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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pecan pie bars

I’m a fan of desserts that you don’t have to dirty dishes to eat. Ones you can grab with a napkin and nibble on as your favorite Charlie Brown special is on the T.V. Yes, Charlie Brown. He’s the man. I’m also a fan of buttery pecans in a caramel base with just a hint of bourbon. Because, when you bake.. booze makes it better -in certain things: Rum in Banana Bread, Bourbon in Pecan bars. The alcohol bakes out, and all that’s left is a hint of a rich buttery unexplainable flavor. It’s divine. You may wonder if I […]

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salted caramel flan and other events

I made this last week, along with some other items for Florida Dairy. That’s Fleur De Sel on top of it. “Flower of Salt”. Sea salt, just fluffier… in extreme layman terms. I could get really detailed about it, do you want me to? Okay… It’s the top layer of sea salt, set aside at harvest time. It has a higher moisture content and a distinct flavor it imparts into dishes it’s sprinkled on. It’s salty yes, but it’s much more complex in it’s flavor by it’s mineral content. Make a little sense? It makes a perfect stocking stuffer for […]

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oatmeal peanut butter chip bars

This is not what we had for dinner last night, but it was dessert. We had spinach stuffed flank steak, I just didn’t want to be redundant with the spinach thing. (sorry, Popeye) For this you’ll need:   1 stick melted butter   1 1/2 c white sugar   1 c brown sugar   4 eggs   1 tsp salt   1 1/2 c flour   1 c oats   6oz peanut butter chips   Super easy! Just combine all ingredients in the order listed and spread into a 9×13 (nonstick) pan. Bake at 350 for 35min. Enjoy. Save

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