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GF Cranberry Almond Muffin

Cranberry Almond Muffins

  I’ve been on this kick where I’ve been trying to limit refined sugar and gluten in my life. This is somewhat hilarious and is certainly not a coincidence to the extreme sugar overdose caused by my last post; Peanut Butter Snickers Cake.   I don’t have any diet restrictions as far as gluten goes, and with that being said I have no problem-o bellying up to good slice of cake, or bowl of pasta, or bun on my burger. However, when something as tasty as this muffin comes along and fills that bread-o-licous need in my life, I’ll take it! Because I’ll be honest, my pants are a whole lot more forgiving when flour (and sugar) is outta the picture. With the pop of fresh cranberries, a zip of […]

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Peanut Butter Snickers Cake

Peanut Butter Snickers Cake

  I’d like to start by apologzing, because this cake will be your new enemy. Why? Because it will stare at you until you have devoured every…last…morsel.  And then…then you will dwell on the fact that you ate an entire cake. By yourself. And you will most likely feel completely ashamed, because not only did you eat it all…but you’ll want more. It’s fine. I’ve made this cake twice in the past two weeks. In my defense, the first time I made it, it was shared with family. I only had a sliver, I swear. But the second time. Haha, oh the second time. That cake stayed here. If you are like me, once this cake is gone you will likely go […]

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Julie’s Potica

Matt’s grandmother, Julie, was known for many things. And a beloved holiday favorite of the family is potica (po-tee-tsa). Potica is a traditional Slovenian nut roll that was often served at holiday or family gatherings.  I absolutely love when recipes have family ties. I am sure that most anyone can think of a certain dish that reminds them of a person or occasion in their family. For Matt, it’s potica. And potica is memories of grandma. Making Potica is most definitely an all day event. From making, and hand-kneading, and rising the dough; to rolling, and filling, and rising again; to finally baking. You will also use nearly every dish and pan in your house. I wish that I had […]

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Almond Poppy Seed Cake with Orange Glaze |sneaks and sweets|

Almond Poppy Seed Bread with Orange Glaze

I am definitely a brunch person.  There is just something about that sweet and savory meal combo that makes me feel happy. I think that’s why I love our family’s Easter meal so much. Ham, cheesy potato casserole, waffles, sweet bread. YUM. And today I have a most delightful and easy sweet bread for you to make and take to your brunch table this Easter.  A few weeks ago, our friends brought over an almond poppy seed bread and I’ve been thinking about it ever since. I tried a few versions…ate a lot of bread…and finally settled upon this. I dare say, this is now my favorite sweet bread. And that’s saying something…because I sure love sweet breads. Rather that […]

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Half Moon Cookies

Half Moons

Hey there! Let me just start by saying, YUM.  Half Moon Cookies. Not at all to be confused with black and white cookies.  Unlike black and white cookies, these cookies are chocolate and cakey. Unlike black and white cookies, these cookies are piled high with chocolate fudge and fluffy vanilla buttercream frosting.  And unlike black and white cookies, these cookies are absolutely, fantastically, DELICIOUS. OK-scratch that, black and white cookies are probably delicious, too. But it’s hard to compete with this recipe. I’ve had this recipe tucked in my recipe box forever. It’s an absolute favorite of mine. And it makes an impressive, crowd pleasing cookie. Actually it makes around 40 large cookies…so a crowd is needed indeed! Oooooor not […]

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Vanilla Lemon Cream Cake

Craving Sunshine

It’s about that time of year. Ba-humbug to being cold. The winter weather can seriously take a hike. Amidst the planning of our new garden and ordering of fruit trees, I am seriously longing for some sunshine. February, upstate NY, not likely. We really haven’t had a real winter. I think that it maybe snowed once. In fact, we haven’t had a snow day at all this year. I don’t know if that has ever happened in the history of NY winters. After a statement like that, I have surely jinxed us with a March full of snow. (I apologize in advance to those who live here.) So what’s a girl who is craving sunshine do? Bake a cake. Psssh! It is the most […]

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Lemon Blueberry Muffins

Summer Lemon-Berry Muffins

Our new home has a row of blueberry and raspberry bushes. For the past few weeks, while Julianna is still snoozing, I look forward to grabbing my cup of coffee and heading out to the fruit bushes beside our house with the boys to see what’s ripened overnight. How did I ever live without this? It’s glorious. At one point, I was picking several quarts of fruit daily. And what I didn’t freeze made their way into a variety of baked goods. Mostly muffins. LOTS of muffins. These muffins to be exact… Lemon, Raspberry, Blueberry Muffins (aka Summer Lemon-Berry Muffins). The blueberry only version of these muffins have been a favorite of mine for a long, long time. Tossing in […]

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St. Patrick’s Day Throwback

In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, here is a throwback to my very first post! Happy St. Patrick’s Day everybody!  I take pride in being a smidge Irish, so I had to celebrate this week with a tasty treat. I also love cupcakes, so what a great way to kickoff my new site. Check out these cupcakes! Guinness beer chocolate cupcakes topped with…Bailey’s Butter Creme Frosting…AKA: Irish Car Bomb Cupcakes. They were so much fun to make and quite delicious. Matt and I also discovered how well the frosting pairs with Thin Mint Girl Scout cookies-I know…oink. Enjoy! Today’s Workout: Insanity Plyometric Cardio Circuit Question for the day: What is your favorite Irish food? 

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Grandma's Brownies

Grandma’s Brownies

Phil. You really should consider giving us a smidgen more of hope, at least once in a while. One thing is for sure. You do not lie (although I wouldn’t mind if you did). Winter is here to stay. Yesterday we had snow. Lots and lots of snow. Snow day kind of snow, yippee! Here is a little rundown of how my morning went… Snow days remind me of being a kid. Being a kid reminds me of going to grandma’s. Being at grandma’s reminds me of grandma’s desserts (brownies being one of my favorites). And thinking of grandma’s brownies reminds me of how awesome it is to bake on a snow day (adult snow days are equally as exciting…in […]

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Blueberry and Peach Bundt Cake

Blueberry and Peach Bundt Cake

Sundays are great because it’s the perfect day to spend time with family. Have you ever heard the song, That’s What I Love About Sundays (Craig Morgan)? It’s one of my all-time favorites, because that’s what Sunday is to me-family time and relaxation. One of my favorite memories is heading up to grandma’s after church for Sunday dinner. So last weekend-that’s what we did-sort of. Only this time, I made dinner. And when this girl is in charge of Sunday dinner, dessert is a must! When you are busy with the task of whipping up dinner and a dessert, I like to make sure the dessert is easy, yet special and obviously delicious. That’s why I love Bundt cakes-they are […]

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