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 […]

Lemon Curd

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You know those days where you want to be anywhere but where you have to be? Today was one of those days. All I could think about was the valuable time I wasn’t spending in the kitchen. Things like hamburger rolls, tart dough, pies, and sausages were rolling through my head. Anything to get my mind away from a crappy day. Do you zone out in the kitchen? A little time away from the computer and phone with some butter and sugar goes a long way for me. If not the kitchen, where do you let go of some stress? I’m looking […]

Lemon Drop Cake

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As a food blogger, creating food and post to inspire our readers for special occasions is mandatory. Once again I sit down at my desk with an over-sized mug of tea in my hand wondering how on earth to deal with Mother’s Day. As some of you know, my mother passed away when I was younger and I didn’t really have a normal parent/child relationship with her. Last year, I talked about my mom and dazzled you with out Chocolate Jimmy Sandwiches telling you how awkward a post it was for me. In a year of posts and miles forward in the blog-o-sphere […]

Sour Cream Coffee Cake

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Confession time: I have a problem with books. Like, I have about 4 dozen too many. Books I will never use, books I had to have, books that were simply too cheap to not earn a place in a box in my father’s attic never to be seen again on my  book shelf. So, even though I am seeing other bloggers cook their way through cook books I want, am reading intersting reviews on cook books I really want to try, and am adding all sorts of new books to the ever growing wish list I am not allowing myself one […]

Meyer Lemon Pudding Pie

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Sometimes you just need a few minutes, moments of inspiration to try to gather your thoughts and come up with a good menu plan for the upcoming holiday dinner. There is so much anticipation for classic family favorites that you only get to indulge in once a year, and then there is the opportunity for new traditions to be brought to the table. For a food blogger, I’m sure you can imagine the ridiculous amount of pressure. Lucky for me, I forgot Easter was this weekend and decided to wing it. A quick phone call between my step mom and I and we pretty much […]

Simple Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

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It probably goes to show just how disabled I am when it comes to make-up by how long it is taking me to post reviews of one sample box. Seriously, I started this in December and there are only like 10 mascara’s in the box… If I ever get to the last one, it will probably be dried up, sad, and neglected. Make Up Forver Smokey Lash: the bushy applicator that reminds me of a small caterpillar applies volume, length and great curl. All upsides to me with my little knowledge of competing products (after all that’s why I’m risking […]

Blueberry Buttermilk Breakfast Cake

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I need your help. This time next week I will be prepped and ready for surgery. I’m having all four of my wisdom teeth extracted and not looking forward to recovery. I’m hearing polar oposits as far as recovery goes. It’s either a breeze or miserable. Panic…. Have you had your teeth pulled? Only give me the good stories Rig these answers, guys! I need support! Tell me how it was a breeze and how quickly you recovered and that you popped back to your job the next day. Right? Right…. Oh! And most importantly, what recipes would you recommend […]

Our Easter Finale, Cadbury Creme Egg Cupcakes

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I’ve had so much fun this week with these Easter/Spring themed goodies. On a personal level, I crave more savory treats then the sweet ones but I love the responses and comments I get from my random posts (like yesterday’s about Peeps) probably more then when I make an amazing dish because it is so unexpected. I do posts like those because they make me giggle, but it really makes me feel good when I get the impression that it may have made you giggle a little too. Next week we go on a diet (no, not really – but […]

Peeps Gone Wild

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As you walk through any market you know spring has sprung on February 15th when the aisles are packed with the brightly colored gifts brought to children everywhere by the their fluffy neighborhood Easter bunny. One of these treats (ok, like tons of these treats) I grew up finding in every Easter basket year after year with little change – but there is one that sticks out to me. The only candy that tastes better a week after you’ve opened the package. The peep. Let me be frank, I don’t care for a peep. They actually freak me out. Their […]

Hop into the Season with Me and My Robins Eggs Malted Milkshake

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It’s normally not until after the holiday has passed before I look around my kitchen and realize that I have tons of themed candies that I didn’t use for the holiday at hand (maybe that’s because I don’t get pre-Valentine’s Day chocolate and the Easter bunny doesn’t show his cute little tail around here until Easter). I’m a squirrel so I’ll hold onto that darned candy as long as I can thinking that I will use it for the next go around – but we all know that’s not true. Come on, those peppermint kisses will never last until next […]