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Dia de los Muertos Cake

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I love seeing the colorful skulls or calaveras when visiting Mexico.    I found this pan in the clearance bin at Michael’s (oh how I love that store) last month and thought it would be fun to make a cake and … Continue reading

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Death by Cupcake

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So enough with the Fall recipes, let’s get our Halloween on!  I love Halloween.  It’s fun to dress up and stuff your face with sweets, right? Not only are these cupcakes scary good because they are loaded with butter and … Continue reading

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A Giant Fancy Chocolate Cake

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  We were invited to our friend’s house for New Year’s Eve, an event that called for a big, fat, fancy (and delicious) cake. This Stump de Noël – from the Baked Exploration cookbook – totally fit the bill. It wasn’t … Continue reading

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Gluten Free Brownie Bites

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Happy Holidays! Here is it, #3 in my four part post of the new line of Krusteaz Gluten Free mixes.  I think this one is my favorite, better than my brownies from scratch!  The cornbread muffins and apple cake were … Continue reading

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Maple Coconut Granola

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 Here’s a thing about me: generally speaking, I’m wildly uncreative. I realize I’ve covered this topic in the past, but it’s worth repeating again this holiday season. Time and time again, I find myself attempting (and failing) to find my … Continue reading

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Holiday Cheesy Flaky Rolls

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Have you heard of Tartine Bakery?  No?  Maybe Chad Robertson?  As fast as you can, go out and buy one of Chad Robertson’s books! Really, GO NOW! I have Tartine Bread and it has transformed how I bake bread!  Tartine’s owner … Continue reading

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Walnut Pie

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Pecan Pie is my absolute favorite holiday pie.  However, the price of pecans has shot through the roof.  Apparently China has a taste for pecans now and demand is high.  It was hard to justify buying pecans when I had … Continue reading

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Eating my way through Italy…

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Auguri and Happy New Year friends! My friend Heather and I have returned from Italy… Happier and perhaps a little more worldly but certainly NOT thinner. Pizza, gelato, fresh seafood, pasta, nutella filled pastries, sfogliatelle!   Want to know what topped my list of … Continue reading

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Li’l Italian Butter Knots

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Yippee!  In 4 days I will be boarding a plane for my dream vacation – Italy.  Florence, Rome, Naples… Here I Come!!! You may remember from this post that I have always wanted to go to Italy.  Even better I … Continue reading

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French Country Braid

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  Next to Ciabatta, this is my favorite bread to make!   It takes three days to make but it is worth the wait.  I typically make it for Thanksgiving and this year was no different.  I have made this … Continue reading

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