Sweet Potato Pie with Gingersnap Crust and Meringue

You know how Christmas tastes like roast beasts and comes with Who-pudding? Well, this pie is that – but for Thanksgiving. It is everything that Thanksgiving should taste like. It’s homey, comforting, delicious, and perfect. It is the kind of pie that reminds you of cozy fires and hot cocoa, warm smiles, and comfy socks. This is the pie you need to make share with your loved ones this Thanksgiving. And it’s from non-other than the boys over at Baked. I can’t rave about the Baked books enough, and have been doing so every single year when a new one […]

Pumpkin Spice Macaroons

Sorry, guys. I couldn’t help it. I have been eyeing this recipe up for like 2 years. I meant to post it last year, but my macaroon skills were not up to par. After 3 attempts, I walked away vowing to try again. Well, again was this season, and sure my macaroons may not be perfect looking, but oh my were they perfect. One bite into these little clouds and you will understand what the macaroon madness is all about. I only experienced my first macaroon a year or so ago, and it was love at first bite. Tender, light, […]

Irish Apple Cake with Boozy Custard

In your dessert menu craving an update? Are you tired of rolling pie crusts over and over again to make the same thing every year? Do you secretly loathe cutting those apples into thin even strips every year and have flashbacks to reality cooking shows? Well, have I got a cake for you.  That’s right. This one is all the things you love about the fall baking season with a fraction of the work. (If you have been playing along this season, I am all about that). It’s loaded with apples (randomly diced for a homey look – none of […]

Butterscotch Biscoff Pudding Cookies

and a The Biscoff Cookie & Spread Cookbook Giveaway! Need a soft delicious cookie to add to the line up that isn’t loaded with the same old chocolate chips? These little doodads are the cookies you have been looking for. Double down with butterscotch flavor and knocked out of the park with a little hit of Biscoff cookie spread these cookies are it. Pause. What the heck is Biscoff? Am I the last foodie on the planet to discover this high flying cookie? Apparently, yes. Biscoff cookies are an 80 some year old European cookie that landed in the us in the 80’s […]

Pear Cornmeal Cake with Rosemary Simple Syrup

Forget apple pie. Let go of the pumpkin tradition. Set out this simple pear cornmeal cake this holiday season and watch their shock. This cake will take a fraction of the time you would spend rolling out dough and a quarter of the stress. It’s so uncomplicated that you can go back to actually enjoying your time in the kitchen, with company, and doing the things that matter. The rosemary simple syrup is understated, and the perfect touch to really pull the flavors together. Let them judge for themselves. This cake is the show stopper this holiday season. PrintPear Cornmeal […]

Rum and Date Cake with Caramel Sauce

Imagine a warm cozy fire, candle light, warm blankets, and a slice of this cake. There’s not much more I could ask for as the weather starts to dip and a chill sneaks in. This decedent Rum and Date Cake with Caramel Sauce is what a sinful dessert should be. It looks stunning, will make your eyes roll to the back of your hear, perfect to impress guests, and really, isn’t that hard to make. But, we can keep that between the two of us. While the days get short and dark and the holidays sneak upon us, add this […]

Banana Peanut Butter Swirl Bread

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There are days when I see bright beautiful pictures all over Pinterest. They are on everything from wedding blogs to food photos. Clear, crisp, and clean. Perfect homes, stunning tablescapes, picturesque gardens, all being maintained by beautiful women all in perfect white outfits. I worry that I don’t send the right message through my work on here of GirlCarnivore.com. That my personal “brand” isn’t bright enough. Not clear or crisp enough to attract the right kind of audience, client… the right kind of life. Then I take a step back from those photoshop-ed models, those magazine homes,  and I realize […]

Apple Dumplings

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It’s very simple. Shorter days make me a little old lady. I just want to wrap up in a blanket and read until the sun comes back out to play. It’s making my already crazy jam packed busy life speed by that much more rapidly and I am not sure I can tell the weekends from the workdays. BUT things have been pretty awesome. Photographed a wedding as a second shooter on Saturday with the awesome Adrienne Matz Photography (more photos a coming, I promise) Tested out some super cute Chef shoes that Mozo is putting out over the weekend. They […]

Chocolate Layer Oat Bars for Two

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Grab a bar, sit down. Lets have a chat about nothing to do with food blogging. Let’s have a big, clear the air, what’s really been on my chest talk. No, Dad. I am not pregnant. Now that I got all of you parents calmed down Let’s talk about 2014 and my pursuit of happiness. I have spent 2014 struggling. Really grasping to figure out who I am, what I really want, and what it is I am supposed ‘to do’. I spent so much time fixated on trying to figure it all out that I pretty much have missed […]

Zucchini Whoopie Pies

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Everything right now is apple or pumpkin. All of it. And I won’t lie, I totally found myself trying to enjoy a #PSL the other day, but they don’t make them in ‘skinny’ and I didn’t know a vente from a grande and that annoyed the young man behind the counter…. so regular coffee it was. But I’m here in defense today of all of the amazing produce out right night. The squash are redonculous, stacked cumbersome and high at my local market, the pears, all shapes and sizes. The green fresh beautiful produce… I don’t want to miss any […]

Banana Bread Scones with Maple Glaze

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You know those days when nothing is going according to plan? When there are 400 chores to be done and more being created every moment and still nothing is going right? Today was one of those days. And that is 100% ok. Because the chores will always be there. There will always be laundry to be done or a shelf to be dusted, but today was my friends first 5k. And I wanted to be there to cheer them on. So, we dropped the chores and the work and drove down to be there to help them celebrate. I am […]

Spiked Mudslide Cupcakes

Hello Guys and Dolls. It’s time for an internet confession. (Because everything is 100% anonymous when you’re online). After a 24 day diet where I purged myself of pop, sugar, and gluten, I have been hitting the sugary sweets like an addict on buy-one-get-one-free day at the methadone clinic. It’s been a bit ridiculous. I have tried telling myself a slice or watermelon or bite of an apple will sedate my skin crawling urge for sugar, but really, I want to shove my face into a bag of Snickerdoodle Chex-Mix and let the world judge me as they see fit. […]

Strawberry Oatmeal Bars

Strawberry Oatmeal Bars

Sometimes it’s about the simple things. Ok, lately, it’s all about the simple things. Finding time to squeeze in a homemade baked good instead of just binging in the bakery aisle like I am a kid who just toked up for the first time leaving with 4 desserts between two people under the judgemental eye of the sales clerk (true story, minus the toking). These strawberry oatmeal bars are perfect for on the go quick busy weekdays (or even weekends). I had a few jars of homemade strawberry jelly from Handsome’s mom and I thought – even though he cherishes […]

Berry Tart with Lemon Cookie Crust

12 Hours of Cranky Monkey This next post is about bikes. If you are just here for the tart, scroll down. If you never try anything new, you will never know how fun it can really be. I didn’t imagine myself a mountain biker. I never even considered it. But somewhere back on a hot summer day watching my first mountain bike race a few years ago I apparently drank some Kool-Aid. A whole lot of it. I met some amazing people, made some amazing friends, watched some crazy races, taken some awesome photos, even finished a race or two. I’ve […]

Bananas Foster Cheesecake Bars Recipe

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Sometimes plain Jane cheesecake just doesn’t cut it. Sometimes you have to dress it up a bit, put on the black tie, and douse it in caramel. Because sometimes you want something a little bit more than your classic old fashioned cheesecake. Let Bananas Foster Cheesecake Bars come to the rescue. A quick and easy recipe, that makes kicking banana loaded dessert bars topped with a caramel sauce and extra bananas (just in case you weren’t getting enough already) is perfect for your next celebration. And celebrate we shall. PrintBananas Foster Cheesecake Bars Ingredients2 cups vanilla wafer crumbs 1/2 cup […]

Rum Cake Recipe Handed down for Mother’s Day #FlavorStory & Giveaway

The best recipes are tried and tested. The come with notes and stains. They are on old wrinkled sheets of paper that small like a Sunday morning in the kitchen. They are handed down from one generation to the next. This rum cake is no different, a special recipe that was passed down from my boyfriend’s grandmother, to his mother, and now to me. And with all those combined years of baking experience, it’s down right perfect. This is a rich pound cake, with 8 eggs and more butter than I have used in months, it’s sinful. When laying out everything […]

Confetti Layer Cake with Vanilla Frosting

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Being the most social blogger ever, I baked a cake for someone. Not just any someone, but the ever ever lovely prim and proper Ms. Movita Beaucoup. a delicate little dancer, who writes the most thoughtful and heartwarming posts that will leave you waiting in anticipation for the next, who also, just happens to ice a cake like a pro. Every year Movita Beaucoup’s site hosts several competitions that make the masterful DIYers and skilled pastry chefs crawl out of their creative dormancy and show off their highly trained mad skills. These competitions also make me want to wither up and quit as I […]

Salted Caramel Brownies

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These are my go to brownies. Like, the best brownie recipe ever. The only brownie recipe you will need. I have been baking them for two years trying to find a way to make them not disappear before the camera got a moment to snap a pic. Trying to snap a pic without stealing a bite and smearing caramel everywhere. Debating on if you guys realllly needed to know what the best brownie recipe in the world was. I mean, we have set some boundaries. Keep some secrets from one another. Right? Otherwise this relationship just may start to get […]

Hot Cross Buns for Pass the Cook Book Club

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Yeast is not. my. thing. I know that there is a skill, a knowledge bestowed upon those who work with yeast that comes from practice, finely honed skills, a sense for when it’s perfect, and the eye of newt or some such other witchcraft because yeast is like heck no all up in my kitchen. First, it doesn’t froth, it never froths. Second, it doesn’t rise. Nope. Even if I use the no frothing required yeast, it takes double the time to even make the dough burp from a wee bit of gas. Yeah, yeast and I need to have […]

Chocolate Whiskey Cake

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  Some things just aren’t meant to be. Take this cake for instance… I’ve made it three times now. I have the recipe memorized. Why? Is it that amazingly good? Well, no. It’s good, but not bake me three times in 4 days good. It is apparently the most delicious thing that little mischief monster below can grab from the counter and run around the house with though… Even from a booby trapped impossible to get to oh my God the dog just walked across the dining room table spot. Yeah, it’s been that kind of week. But then, when […]

Snickerdoodle Bars

Snickerdoodles are a cookie that I would have never picked up as a child. And really, when push comes to shove, I can’t say that next to a chocolate chip, it would ever be my first choice. But as an adult, with more exposure to the soft cinnamon cookie, I can  say that they are pretty freakin awesome. The other night, I was headed over to a friends house and needed to make something on this quick as we were fighting a broken heater and time constraints. I had everything all out and ready to make these, and at the […]

Nutella Cinnamon Rolls with Crunchy Coconut Granola Topping

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The other day I was in the mood for cinnamon rolls, but I wasn’t in the mood for yeast and rising and dough and dishes. Nope, I was being the lazy baker, boring blogger. I wanted quick easy cinnamon rolls. I could have just popped the little Doughboy open and let him do all the work, instead, I decided to let him hang out and root me on. I’m a classic anti-baker. I loved the finish product, but I find baking generally not my thing. You’ll never see me turn down the chance to nibble on some cookie dough, so […]

Peanut Butter Chocolate Dipped Donuts

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Real life happens. And that means that sometimes the dogs are playing happily in the living room while you clean up and you can hear them and everything is peachy keen. Until you discover they happened to eat all the doughnuts you were baking for the last post of the week – and the final post of the epic doughnut week. And you have to start all over again.  And sometimes that sucks. Now, enough of my boring blogger problems – let’s get to the doughnuts!   There have been some amazingly smexy doughnuts up for show this week. Please […]

Rum-Praline Shortbread #captainstable

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Santa is packing up the sleigh and reading for his ride. The reindeer are nibbling on their candy canes and fueling up. Elves are putting in the last go round and probably looking forward to a nice day off in their PJs. Kids are bursting at the seams in anticipation. And I for one am pumped. This holiday season flew by. Came too quick. Rushing by without a moment to savor. I have nothing wrapped and am disappointed that I didn’t find magic gifts this year that I knew would delight. But, as a client just asked me if I […]

Holiday Party Tips and a Killer Cranberry Vanilla Bean Cake

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Throwing killer parties is work – but it’s also a blast and I love doing it. If it were up to me, every Friday night would be all about entertaining. But we all know that’s not realistic. When I do get to entertain large groups of friends and family, I always have a game plan, a keep it cool mantra, and roll off my shoulders attitude about everything. Once you do it a few times, it becomes a breeze and you’ll see just how easy throwing a killer holiday party can be. 15 Holiday Party Tips to get you prepped […]

Skillet-Baked Chocolate Chip Cookie

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Dear Santa, it’s been rough this year. I can’t come up with a single idea for anyone. Normally I know exactly what I want to get everyone, plotting and scheming for months ahead. Counting pennies and making sure everything magically comes together. This year… Nothing. Where oh where is my Christmas magic? Will there still be a Christmas, heck yeah. Do presents matter? Not one bit. But I do really enjoy giving them, so I’m a little bummed out. Last month Staples sent me the Nexus 7 to test out. And to be honest, I’m against these sort of hand […]

Chocolate Mascarpone Raspberry Pie

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A few weeks ago I noticed this young unencumbered couple was spending far too many nights and far too much hard earned moolah away from our own dinner table and out on the town. Now, this girl loves a good restaurant as much as any food loving fat kid, but I am also the stingiest little Ebeneezer you will meet this side of Dickens. I decided it was time to go back to my frugal ways. Time to pinch those purse strings and stop being so frivolous. I told myself no going out for two weeks (one night we knew […]