Sweets & Dessert

easy brownies

Posted on May 30th, 2013

I always keep a box of brownie mix in my pantry.  My husband and I love brownies, and it is an easy way to satisfy that craving.  I find that the…

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easy summer berries

Posted on Jun 27th, 2013

I love serving fresh fruit as an easy summer dessert. I usually just make a fruit salad out of whatever looks good at the grocery store or farmers'…

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homemade caramel

Posted on Dec 17th, 2013

I started making caramel last year. Each batch makes about 120 pieces, and I ended up making 3 batches. Needless to say, it went over well. As with…

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how to: basic pie crust

Posted on Nov 25th, 2013

I've been in charge of making the Thanksgiving pies for the past 3 years. I usually make either 4 or 5 pies depending on the amount of people who are…

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lemon curd tart

Posted on Jun 12th, 2014

I love lemon curd because it is the quintessential sweet-tart dessert. We had a dinner party this week, and I decided that a lemony dessert would be…

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my favorite pie recipes

Posted on Nov 26th, 2013

As I mentioned yesterday, I am in charge of Thanksgiving pies, and I usually make 4 or 5 pies. Our Thanksgivings are pretty small (6-10 people) so it…

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peach, basil, & vanilla ice cream

Posted on Jun 6th, 2013

I believe that it was last summer that I first heard of mixing peaches and basil together.  I had started growing basil on the windowsill of my…

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pecan tassies

Posted on Dec 16th, 2014

My mother-in-law, Barbara, makes the best pecan tassies. I look forward to them every year, and even though I tell myself that I am only going to…

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plum-almond tart

Posted on Jul 11th, 2014

    [Note: This was supposed to be posted yesterday, but for some reason it didn't go up. Have a great weekend!] I rarely cook…

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salted brown butter and vanilla rice crispy treats

Posted on Apr 25th, 2014

I was in the mood for rice crispy treats, but wanted to make something a little special. I remembered reading about Smitten Kitchen's salted brown…

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spiced applesauce

Posted on Oct 14th, 2014

I've been making a big batch of applesauce every fall since I was married. We would typically go apple picking and end up picking way too many…

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the best peanut brittle

Posted on Dec 10th, 2013

One of my favorite Christmastime activities is making candy. I used to make peppermint bark with my mom, and we would wrap it up and give it to…

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toffee and chocolate chip cookies

Posted on Mar 13th, 2014

These cookies require a big glass of milk to go with them. The toffee and dark chocolate play extremely well together, and create a rich cookie that…

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vanilla ice cream with figs and olive oil

Posted on Oct 10th, 2013

No matter what time of the year it is, ice cream is my go-to dessert. In the colder months I usually don't go out for ice cream, but still enjoy it…

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