Tiramisu and a Ledges Hotel Ski Weekend Review

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As we bumped along in our truck down narrow icy roads, I looked across the seat to my driver and said, “Maybe this is it for us.” Maybe we don’t need the big house, the fancy cars. Maybe it’s just us, the bikes, good food, great friends, and some adventures here and there. Heck, that’s a lot better than my parents had it. And it’s perfect for us as we found ourselves knee deep in snow storms, skiing, and relaxing in a beautiful hotel in the small charming town of Hawley Pennsylvania, looking for a quick weekend getaway to invigorate […]

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 […]

Chocolate Whiskey Pudding

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The days are now a wee bit longer, and mother nature is finally kissing us with a hint of warmth. My St. Patty’s day indulgence of whiskey pudding and other treats are now looming over me as I want to be outside thinking of hot summer days. But I can promise the guilt was worth every smooth bite. Pudding is one of those desserts that we should all take on a few times. It’s so darned convenient in those tiny cups that you can buy at the market. But they are no where near as good as the home made […]

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 […]

White Chocolate Mousse for Pass the Cook Book Club

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In all the craziness, I haven’t busted open the cookbooks since October, for the Pass the Cook Book Club! I am super excited to be back with the club. This month Christiane from Taking On Magazines picked the recipes from  The Silver Palate Good Times Cookbook. All three of the recipes she picked sounded out of this world! Choosing one was rough, but I chose wisely. I love Christiane’s site. She and I often flip through the same magazines, and have even teamed up in the past on the same recipe. She has my kind of taste buds (except, I have a […]

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 […]

Bourbon Bacon Doughnuts

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Welcome. Did you trade in those glitter leggings for comfy sweat pants yet because it’s round two of Doughnut Week and you might as well make your self comfortable. Clearly, I didn’t get enough of liqueur glazed, iced, and frosted fried bites of awesome as I followed up my Irish cream cream filled doughnuts with a round of bourbon glazed bacon topped doughnuts. So let’s get to it! And don’t forget the awesome giveaway hanging out below the post. Hop around and make sure to spread some jelly filled sprinkle splattered doughnut loving around: Coconut Doughnut Holes Filled With Lime […]

Irish Cream Filled Doughnuts

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Yeah, we should be weaning ourselves off of the post holiday sugar binge with healthy salads and spinach smoothies. But seriously? What’s one more doughnut going to hurt? When Carrie and Brandy suggested a full week of doughnut popping recipes I jumped on board. I recently heard a quote, “Today’s food is next month’s body”… well… those skinny jeans aren’t going to fit in February – because I promise these recipes are going to have you drooling at your computer screen all week long. Grab your sprinkles and coffee. Lets jump face first into #‎DoughnutWeek! (oh, and let’s not even mention […]

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 […]

Classic Brownies – and a KitchenAid Christmas Favorites Giveaway!

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Today is double awesome! I have teamed up with 19 other bloggers, hosted by Karyn of Dieter’s Downfall and Pint Sized Baker, and we are hosting a HUGE holiday favorites giveaway. There’s like a billion prizes to be one (ok, 20, including the grand prize) but that’s still kind of crazy, right?! Let’s kick things off with some holiday brownies. A classic recipe. Nothing fancy, no layers, no stuffing, no hidden candy surprises. Just a classic down home brownie. Because sometimes that’s all you need. PrintClassic Brownies Ingredients1/2 cup shortening 6 tbs unsweetened cocoa powder 2 tbs unsalted butter 2 […]

Pumpkin Latte Coffee Cake

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Normally, I test out one or two new recipes on friends at big holiday gatherings or social events, always forgetting the danger of that until I set the platters down and have my own private lack of Xanax induced freak out.  Instead of prepping and testing some recipes all week for a little upcoming Thanksgiving feast, this year I have been (much like a whiny child) doing my civic duty and serving on jury duty all week, leaving me unable to cook or test any recipes between that and working. Oh no. So, we’re going to wing it and see […]

Dulce de Leche Fluff Brownies

Dulce de Leche Fluff Brownies

{Notes from my past self to my future self – some weekends are awesome} Yesterday was one of those rare days where Handsome and I had off and weren’t obligated to some crazy list of events that sped out weekend into a blur that we wouldn’t remember three days from now. No, it started with sleeping in. It was followed by a serious dose of mountain biking with a friend of mine. Some hipster activities that involved leggings, Converse’s, over priced coffee shops, and loitering at one of our local bike shops. We then tried to get all outdoorsy by […]

Pumpkin Bread Pudding with Cinnamon Spice Glaze

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Still trying to figure out that holiday menu? That’s ok, because I am too. I have 99 pages marked and magazine recipes flying about and I know that when it comes down to it, the same old sides will be staring my family down the day of. But, if you are looking for something that you could break into steps and make a few days before, this pumpkin bread pudding is perfect. I made the pumpkin loaves a few days before  I wanted to make the pumpkin bread, snacked on a few slices for myself, and when I was ready […]

Apple and Brie Dessert Quesadillas

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Eating out is stupid expensive. And I am very very guilty of eating out lately. A lot. A lot more than I would care to admit. With the holiday season right around the corner, it’s time to tighten the belt buckle and get back to my roots – making dinner. I have challenged myself to a solid 2 weeks of no take out, no eating out, and painfully, no brunch out. (Guilty of loving a Sunday brunch. I’m not alone, right?) I’ve written the meal plan, inventoried the pantry, and am ready to get back to some basics. Two weeks […]

Bakery Classics: Nutella Cream Puffs

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It’s amazing what you can remember about food. The world goes whizzing by us at such a ridiculous speed that I can’t keep up. And, I’m no Super Woman juggling a job and three kids like a lot of you are. I’m just trying to hold my own. I don’t know where yesterday went. But I can remember exactly the first time my father made cream puffs. I can remember the smell of the choux paste baking into perfect little balls in the oven filling the house and how excited I was to pop an over stuffed cream filled bite […]

Lemon Cheesecake Coffee Cake

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For the first time last weekend, I got to look up at a dark sky and see the stars. I mean, see the stars. I could see the milky way, thousands of countless speckles in the sky, and was in awe. It was dark and there was no one around. And everything seemed perfect. During our trip home, as the sun set I found myself looking up over and over again watching just how quickly the stars fade because of the lights around us and how few we could see as we drove. It made me want to see more. That’s […]

Peanut Butter Cheesecake

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Handsome and I are headed out for a weekend of adventure in North Carolina. I’ll be meeting his sister, niece, and nephews for the first time.  It’s a much needed ‘family’ vacation and I, for one, am really excited. Handsome and I actually do really well in a car together for several hours – and I figure that’s a pretty big accomplishment for any couple. Nothing is going to plan, and we are both over due for a few days off so this is going to be a blast! Follow my Instagram for random photos and probably at least one […]

Whiskey Pear Tart – the one thing you should probably make this fall

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This weekend was killer. Handsome and I participated in Bike to the Bay for MS 2013. It was a 75 mile trek from Dover to the beeches of Delaware with the option to add an additional 25 to round out the trip to a full 100. I went into the day wanting to crush the 100, but heavy winds and a need for a bit more endurance training made the choice to finish out the 75 easier. Handsome however continued on with another friend he met along the way and they took turns through the last 25 pulling one another […]

Cinnamon Bun Ice Cream

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Spending half of the summer off my beloved mountain bike and learning to road ride I have decided to add one more goal to my season this year. A 100 mile road ride this Saturday for Bike to the Bay, a fundraiser for MS. There will be a lot of people, the day will start off chilly, and I’m guessing it’s going to take me 6 hours to do this. Mentally, I’m already psyching myself out. The other part of me just keeps making jokes that it’s all downhill since we are headed towards the water Handsome and I are […]

Caramel Hazelnut Brownies

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Life has been flashing by like pumpkin memes on Pinterest for me. I’ve been racing, riding, slinging comic books, and designing websites like mad. Plus I have this crazy idea to do something other than snap photos of cupcakes with that not-so- fancy camera of mine. What that means for you is that I’ve unleashed three new sites in the last week and have three more on the chopping block! Chef Dennis is one of the most friendly and helpful bloggers out there. He is all about community and helping others grow. I have known him online and in person […]

White Chocolate Coconut Macadamia Nut Cookies

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Let’s talk about that summer that I gained 10 pounds. This summer.  And learned looking at the scale wasn’t the most important thing in the world.  I’m 5’2″ – 5’3″, 27, and let me tell you, ten pounds is a big deal. A huge deal. I’m not sure I will ever reach a point when ten pounds won’t be a big deal. I know men who can drop or gain that from week to week and not sacrifice a single beer over the stress of it. I hate to say it’s a girl thing, but let me tell you, I stress […]

Funfetti Cake Batter Ice Cream

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I may or may not have put another tally mark on the calendar the other day and decided to treat myself to a little something something (I may have also gone on a crazy shopping spree via ModCloth and Sephora as well…. ). A birthday always means cake and sprinkles – and well – I think I definitely wiped up an ice cream that covers all those bases and then some.I’m not sure if it’s because my birthday is at the end of summer, and that whole back to school nationwide panic hits everyone with a to do list, or […]

White Chocolate Coconut Cream Pie

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Some of you may know this, but I sling comic books for a living. And let me tell you – there has never been a better time to be a nerd. Between the Big Bang Theory (and the 9 million people that ask my if I’m Penny and if it’s really ‘like that’ every single week – seriously, Penny?! That’s kind of an insult… and kind of not all at the same time…), GOOD superhero movies galore, and freakin fantastic comics, its the dream life. Normal people buy comics. Nerds buy comics. Hipsters buy comics. Girls buy comics. Families buy […]

S’mores Layer Cake for Pass the Cook Book Club with Smitten Kitchen!

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Yep, this post is late today. You know why? Pinterest. I’m not denying it. There are like 47 tabs open on my screen right now. 7 of which are just kittens being adorable. Thank God for the internet…. It’s another monthly installment of the Pass the Cook Book Club! Oh snap. This time we are cooking from the lovely Smitten Kitchen cook book from food blogger extraordinaire Deb Perelman. Can we say OG food blog much? Simple, clean, and beautiful. Much like her quality recipes and simple counter top presentation. What’s not to love about that. This month we could […]