cherry-almond biscotti and other hard things in life

cherry almond biscotti

Spell check does not like the word biscotti. It underlines it for me, in its bright red zig zag pattern, mocking my confidence in cookies. Like the  mother in law that still remembers the times you did not hold to her standards, spell check is there: saying “that is wrong”. Well, spellcheck, it’s right.   Biscotti. The cookie that feels so wrong as you make it. I mean, really: it goes against every typical cookie recipe, because you bake it, slice it and then bake it again… to the point where it’s a cookie rock. But that’s what your coffee […]

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almond vanilla chip cookies

It’s been awhile. You deserve cookies. I am peering out from under my rock, finally getting back into the comfort of routine. As much as people complain about the staleness of routines, I embrace the comfort of the mundane, the blandness of the everyday norm. But, just because it’s the everyday, run of the mill routine; it doesn’t mean that it can’t be filled with sweetness and sprinkles. Or, vanilla chips and almond in this case. Sure, I like a little spice in my life. But, only in my food life- thank you. What’s a food life? Oh….. Another phrase […]

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homemade chocolates and control freaks

I admit it. I am a control freak. Not to the point where it’s my-way-or-the-highway, but to the point where if my husband asks me where the ketchup is; I just go get it. Or, how to do something… I just do it. Then he says, “You could have just told me.” There are numerous occasions where I could have just told, but instead I just did. WHY?! I have no idea. Is it to avoid frustration of explanation? I know the ketchup is in the fridge, but I don’t know exactly where, but I know I can find it […]

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Chocolate mousse cups

Confession: I meant to post this last Spring. I could be considered very late; or very early for this Spring. Or Valentine’s day… yep, I’m right on time for Valentine’s day. Speaking of Valentines….

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spiced apple tart

My daughter and I made this during our study of France, while working on  our Five In A Row unit of Madeline. We also made a Swiss, ham and leek quiche, French Onion soup, and crouque mosuiers, which I will share with you soon. But, today I’m sharing this with you. Most of you may not be familiar with Five In A Row, so I will quickly summarize that ; basically it’s a curriculum based off of children’s books.  You read the book for five days in a row, and on each day you study different components related to the […]

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Carrot cake whoopie pies

It’s   officially spring …but it has felt more like summer in my area. 86 degrees with high humidity = bad hair and craving springtime treats. Of course, when I think of spring, I think of bunnies, and when I think of bunnies, I think of carrots and when I think of carrots I think of carrot cake…. oooo. Whoopie. Hence: Carrot Cake Whoopie PIes   And, there are carrots in there. So you can totally call it healthy, right? Okay, maybe not “healthy” but healthier than a non carrot whoopie pie. The best part is how crazy easy these […]

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lemon pastry cremes girl scout cookies

lemon pastry cremes~ (n) My favorite girl scout cookie that they discontinued, flaky cookies dusted in powdered sugar with a sweet creamy lemon filling inside.   There are a few food items I would say I actually obsess over. Long lost food items from my childhood that cease to be in existence any longer. I have made many attempts to recreate these, some were disastrous ,   Some,  I have successfully re-created. Lemon Pastry Cremes being one of them. (insert happy dance and several woo-hoos) Flaky cookies with flecks of tart lemon zest,filled with a buttery lemon filling and dusted […]

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cookies and milk

Childhood favorites don’t need to  should never be left in childhood. There is nothing wrong with walking barefoot in the grass, playing in the rain or drawing with crayons.  Somewhere along the lines of growing up; a line gets crossed and childish ways are  set aside, and we move into other realms of reality. Adolescence. Adulthood. Then, all of the sudden you realize it has been years since you dunked a warm chocolate chip cookie in a glass of cool milk. Take the time for an afternoon snack. Allow yourself a small dose of childhood once in a while, it […]

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cupcakes and cannonballs

Cupcakes. Innocent. Sweet.  A little more than a cookie and a little less than a cake. That in-between dessert. Kind of like a pre-teen. Seriously, what happens between ages 11-13? !This is the first time I have raised a pre-teen to teen girl and the morphing process is like a cupcake turning into a cannonball. From soft and sweet to a wrecking ball… Not exactly a wrecking ball, just a ball that’s swaying there… and you never know what it’s going to do. Gotta love hormones, eh? Sometimes the only thing that helps pre-teen angst is cupcakes. Creamy,  blue cupcakes […]

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chocolate mint chiffon pie

This was a recipe I created for Florida Dairy Farmers, and it’s the perfect Springtime dessert, (or, almost Spring-at least) It’s fluffy and minty, and has a chocolate cookie crust that balances the creamy mint filling like nothing else… I created this recipe specifically for St Patricks day, it’s green, it’s the ideal dessert after you feast on Corned Beef and cabbage…or Irish stew, or Guiness Flank Steak. You catch my drift… 🙂 For the complete recipe, head over to Florida Dairy Farmers website- they even have a kids section, you you can entertain the toddler on your lap, too.

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strawberry shortcake roll

Believe it or not, this was a partial fail recipe…you see.. I left it a bit too long to cool after I rolled it which equals the “lovely” flat bottom the “roll” has. Hey…isn’t there a Queen song about flat bottoms? Wait. Fat bottoms. Whoops. Hmmm that makes me think of Black Bottom Pie… ever hear of it? It’s got a chocolatey fudge bottom. Yum. But, that’s another post. I’m pretty sure the song had nothing to do with pies, that’s just how my mind works. I can pretty much relate everything to food… So, despite this roll’s “flat bottom”, […]

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