Willowbird Baking Challenge #3 Filled Cookies

Filled Sachertorte Cookies Willowbird Baking’s Challenge #2 is for filled cookie. Think of  a cookie that has a surprise middle or something that isn’t a usual filling, say an oreo like these from Picky Palate. This was Julie’s inspiration for this challenge. I had two ideas in mind. One was for a filled snickerdoodle and […]

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Pumpkin Butter And Brown Sugar Ginger Poached Pear Braided Pastry with Spiced Caramel and Vanilla glazes

Julie from WillowBird Baking’s Challenge #2. A braid pastry. Or as I call it, “Autumn” on a plate. I had recently made a batch of pumpkin butter with leftover roasted sugar pie pumpkin puree I had made for a previous recipe and was trying to think of what it would go with, besides just a […]

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Candy Corn M&M, Roasted Macadamia Nut and Sea Salt Blondies

I am in awe of really good food photography, you know the pics that you stare at that you want whatever is on the plate at your house on your table ready for you to shove in your mouth that very second because whatever is on that plate is going to be the best thing […]

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Roasted Pumpkin, White Bean and Goat Cheese Taquitos with Roasted Tomatillo, Jalapeno and Avocado salsa

I think the title took longer to type out than it took to make these. Yup. Another recipe with pumpkin. This will continue until I run out of pumpkin. Which may be never since my husband just informed me that since I love pumpkin so much he added a “squash” add-on to our bountiful basket […]

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Boozy Brown Butter Cupcakes with Pumpkin Buttercream

Ridiculous. That’s my 4 year old’s new favorite word. She calls everyone ” ridiculous” these days. Pretty funny if you ask me. Cracks me up when kids use big words, even more so when they use them in the correct context. Since its full blown pumpkin everything baking season I am adding in my second […]

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Gluten Free Pumpkin Waffles

I saw this on Pinterest a couple weeks ago and was dying laughing, because its true!!  September 1st hits and regardless that most of the country is still in 90-100 deg weather, its bring on the fall baking. Nothing better than heating up the inside of the house to hotter than what it still is […]

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Homemade Gluten Free “All purpose” flour blend

It seems more and more people are turning to a gluten free lifestyle these days. Many have celiac diease, where their body can’t process gluten and it makes them very sick. Others find they feel better in general on a wheat free diet, and some, like myself, just like the variety in ones diet. Variety […]

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Grilled Veggie Chicken Tortilla Soup

“Soup’s not a meal” – Bania, from ‘Seinfeld’ It is if its this soup. I freaking love tortilla soup. In fact, I “judge” any good Mexican restaurant on how good their tortilla soup is. And when I find a place that has a good one, I try to tweak my own recipe to try to […]

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Simple Roast Chicken

Simple Roast Chicken Or salt and pepper chicken as my kids call it. I love to roast a whole chicken. In fact, I roast one almost weekly. That’s how much I love it. So many people are scared to cook a whole chicken, already cut and prepared parts are less intimidating I suppose, but roasting […]

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Afternoon Painting Project for kids

I am a bona fide Pinterest addict and I think its a wonderful place to get ideas for afternoon projects for my kids. I have pinned so many ideas that I will be posting them here as my kids finish them. So many creative ideas to choose from. I think its also a valuable resource […]

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Hi-Hat Cupcakes

There is just really something fun with  Hi-Hat cupcakes. The idea of a chocolate dipped cupcake with a mountain of frosting underneath sounds ridiculous and overly decadent at the same time. My kind of cupcake! Since the majority of my cupcakes go with the hubs to work, his co-workers are starting to find which ones […]

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Fondant Hibiscus Cupcakes ( tutorial)

I LOVE Hawaii and anything to do with Hawaii so I am always looking for neat things to make that look, well, Hawaiian. I was looking at hibiscus cakes a while ago and came across this gorgeous Hibiscus Cake on Flickr and fell in LOVE with it. The flat hibiscus fondant (or gum paste) decos […]

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