Baking

A Honey of a Cake

This time of year always reminds me of beginnings. Yes, I know it's not even close to New Year's, but for me September is filled with new pencils, shiny lunch boxes, and packages of college-ruled lined notebook paper. It doesn't matter how old my girls get...if it's their first day of school, they know I… Continue reading A Honey of a Cake

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Baking

We have feet!

My younger daughter is here, visiting before she heads off to start graduate school. Having her here means one thing...she and I will be baking.  This daughter…you know, the one that makes the incredible cakes (and if you don't know, head over to her Facebook page, Sweetheart Cakes and Treats and prepare to be amazed.… Continue reading We have feet!

Baking

Expectation vs. Execution

I’m my own worst critic. The negative voices in my head can be quite loud, even when the reality is otherwise. Let me give you an example… We’re having a special family event this week…a party celebrating the engagement of my older daughter to her beau (yes, I said beau, just like “Little House on… Continue reading Expectation vs. Execution

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Taking a risk

Are you a risk taker? Would you take an untested recipe to meet your husband’s boss for the first time? I’d say I’m a moderate risk taker…I like to try new things, especially if creativity is involved. And I have a moderate amount of confidence in my culinary abilities. Sometimes it backfires, and I kick… Continue reading Taking a risk

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Play with your food

My daughters will attest to the fact that, during their "growing up years," I didn't stop asking them questions intended for them to think about science, math, vocabulary, etc, as we went about our day. Yup, I drove them crazy all right (I still do!). Best of all was when I cooked with my girls…spending… Continue reading Play with your food

Scotch Whisky, Whiskey, Bourbon

Springbank with Snacks

Food and drink…it kind of rolls off the tongue, doesn’t it? Or rather, it rolls back across your tongue and down your gullet, but that’s not the point. It’s nice to sip on something, but it’s even nicer to have something to chew on as well, and especially with scotch, something that completes the picture… Continue reading Springbank with Snacks

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Crumbling Cookies

“Well, that's the way the cookie crumbles.” What is this…a statement of hopelessness? Futility? Nay, gentle reader, I say nay! This is a statement of hopefulness, of goodness and light, because now we have a way to make a wonderful pie crust. And we get to beat the hell out of cookies in the process!… Continue reading Crumbling Cookies

Baking, Scotch Whisky, Whiskey, Bourbon

Sticky Notes

Molasses and rum. They go together like peanut butter & jelly. No, more like peanuts and peanut oil. Actually, they’re like cows and methane. (I’m going to stop now…you get the idea). One produces the other. And both are made from sugarcane juice, which is itself a byproduct from refining sugar. Molasses comes from repeated… Continue reading Sticky Notes

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A Flag for a Dad

This is a special Father’s Day post because…well, just because. When my husband celebrated his first Father’s Day, I made him and my older daughter special T-shirts for the day. The following year, I did it again. I called it “A Flag for a Dad,” and I used her little handprints as the stars. So… Continue reading A Flag for a Dad