Banana-Nut Pound Cake with Maple Crown Royal Glaze

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There was a post planned for this site where I was going to talk about this ‘pay it forward’ ideal that I would love to live by. I have had a lot of awesome pay it forward moments in the last year (mountain bikers are an especially good group for this) where a kind person has helped me, not because they had to, but because it was the right thing to do. Then January 1st happened and return lines and crappy sales associates and just generally pissy people happened and whatever benevolent and pay it forward attitude I had went out the […]

Pumpkin Maple Stack Cake

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Last week I got to be a kid again. And it was awesome. My dad and I spent the day in Philly, going to the zoo eating out and seeing a concert. It was a blast. I didn’t work, worry about emails, or wonder what was happening on twitter. I was walking around a zoo making sure we didn’t miss anything and pouting because the rhino refused to turn around – for hours. Giant rhino booty does not a good picture make.  (These pics were all taken with my Tameron Lens – seriously, great investment for a walk around lens. […]

Christmas Breakfast? Maple Pecan Cinnamon Rolls

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I may be in my twenties, but Christmas morning has never changed. I wake up early giddy with anticipation. I try to not wake anyone else. Finally, I drop one too many spoons or shut the pantry door a little too hard and everyone else wakes up. There is the childlike joy of unwrapping presents under the tree and the mess of paper that follows. We never made Christmas breakfast. Ever. Chocolate chip cookies, candy and pure excitement was all we needed to fill our tummies. But if you did want your family to have something more than pure sugar […]

Maple French Toast & Bacon Cupcakes

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Want to streamline your baking, speed up your cooking and spend less time in the kitchen? Check your salt situation before you start baking…. Oh and check your eggs too. Because when you look at a recipe and think there is no way that there is 30 minutes of prep work, know that the author somehow knew that you were going to have to stop a quarter of the way through to run out for salt… Then again half way through when you realize you only have two eggs left in the fridge. In other words, use some common sense […]

Buttermilk Maple Muffins and the Giveaway Winner

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I had dreams of going to Texas and discovering amazing restaurants and out of this world food. Unfortunately, my 4 days in Texas were spent in a hotel. The entire time. I’m not trying to sound unappreciative of my hosts. They feed us a lot! I just didn’t have the time to explore like I was hoping. It was 4 days packed with networking and productive meetings. I had a blast and really feel like I’ve made some great contacts in the industry. That’s right – I’m networking in the comic book industry. Think what you will, but I love […]

Pancake Cupcakes with Maple Frosting and Candied Bacon

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I am not big on breakfast foods. I really don’t like to eat before noon for some reason and, if I do eat breakfast, I want something like steak. Most breakfast foods to me are very sweet and sugary and pretty much send my palate into overdrive first thing in the morning. However, after seeing the words “Candied Bacon” in Bon Appetit the other day, the first thing that came to mind was breakfast goodies – and cupcakes.   Seriously, candied bacon sprinkles? Yes, please. The final product, pancake cupcakes with maple frosting and candied bacon on top. After a […]

Apple Cider and Maple Cream Tart and political jargon

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I am going to say something right now few people would openly admit.   I am from Delaware.   No longer a state unknown by many in the good old U S of A, even though it was the first, now the state known across the globe for yet another crazy women running for a political position. I’m young and admittedly idealistic (meaning I’d like to assume anyone who wants to can become anything they want) but when did politics become such a joke. When your ad campaign starts with the like “I am not a witch,” you shouldn’t even […]