Baking

Watch that dial!

Generally speaking, I love to bake. Yes, there can be pitfalls, from mismeasured ingredients to overheated (or underheated) ovens, but more often than not things turn out well. (Side note: at some point I plan to do a post about kitchen fails…that should be fun!). Candy making is a whole other ball o’wax…if baking is… Continue reading Watch that dial!

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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

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

Baking

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

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

Baking

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

Scotch Whisky, Whiskey, Bourbon

(Mostly) Single

I was lucky enough to attend a tasting event right before Memorial Day sponsored by the North Short Whisky Club, and hosted by Joshua Hatton of Single Cask Nation and ImpEx Beverage (and general whisky guru). I spoke of Joshua before in relation to his One Nation Under Whisky podcast in my Expectations Upended post. Anyway,… Continue reading (Mostly) Single

Baking

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