Strawberry Chiffon Cake

I baked a strawberry chiffon cake with my mom last week!  Tennessee strawberries are ripe, y’all, and it’s time to hatch a strawberry plan.  Of course the first thing that comes to mind is pairing them with a sponge cake.  It’s simple, not overtly sweet, and an awesome vessel for red-ripe strawberries.  Strawberry chiffon cake is also the perfect …

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Irish Cream Shortbread

In honor of all things Patrick-y (saintly or not) and my sissy’s birthday, I’ve baked my first ever shortbread, and man, is it every buttery and flaky!  I’ve only ever had the shortbread that comes in the red plaid box and of course this recipe for homemade shortbread cannot even compare.  It’s the perfect after-lunch-with-a-cuppa-coffee-or-tea treat! …

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Milk Bar’s Birthday Cake

It’s my birthday week!  I had a lovely birthday complete with a deep tissue massage, two very nearly 80 degree days, TONS of new cookbooks from family and old friends, and dinner at my favorite restaurant with new friends.  I always make it a point to take a vacation day from work on my b-day.  For …

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Chocolate Soufflé

Into every healthy diet a little chocolate must fall.  Chocolate soufflé is the perfect homemade Valentine’s gift that screams I LOVE YOU SO MUCH I MADE YOU A CHOCOLATE CLOUD!  Trust me, this is one gift that will be appreciated.  Making a soufflé is not difficult (I swear), it’s just a little time-consuming and fast-moving.   I …

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grown up chocolate cake

January was a huge month for our household.  We celebrated Baby P’s first birthday, complete with a decadent chocolate cake, lots of presents, a kiddie party, out-of-town grandparents, Snowpacolypse and only one meltdown (from me)!  I’d say that’s pretty good, considering everything…

Sugar Cookies

I participated in my good friend’s fundraising event again this year: the Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap.  The swap raises money for  the non-profit charity, Cookies for Kids Cancer.  Lindsay of Love & Olive Oil together with Julie of The Little Kitchen helped raised over $7,000 this season, pairing hundreds of bloggers with their cookie swap matches.

Homemade Marshmallows and Hot Cocoa

When I told my sister I made marshmallows she laughed and said, “why?”.  I know she thinks I am ridiculous and also that I should have another kid if I have enough time on my hands to make homemade marshmallows.  In my defense, I’ve been planning to make my own marshmallows for months now, and I’ve finally found the time to …

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Sherbet in Grapefruit Cups

It’s that time of Tennessee summer for me.  That “I-won’t-blow-dry-my-hair-anymore-because-it’s-too-dang-hot-outside” time of summer.  Jeans have been retired to the back corner of my closet.  My hair has permanent ponytail kink because again, it’s just too dang hot to have hair on your neck.  It’s so swelteringly humid it makes me not want to cook anything.  In fact, …

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