Orange you glad

Ha! You thought I was going to write about oranges, didn’t you? Well, I’m here to tell you that you’re…er…actually not wrong. I will mention oranges, but that’s not my main focus. Instead, let’s talk cranberries. Fresh cranberries are readily available in the days leading up to Thanksgiving and on through the December holidays, but… [ Read More ]

Lattice be friends

I had a baking frenzy last week. Not only did I bake 3 pies and pumpkin bread (and even a pumpkin challah!) for Thanksgiving dinner, two days later we held an engagement party for my older daughter and future son-in-law for our family in California.  We expected about 50 people, and while I was going… [ Read More ]

Watch that dial!

Generally speaking, I love to bake. Yes, there can be pitfalls, from mismeasured ingredients to overheated (or underheated) ovens, but more often than not things turn out well. (Side note: at some point I plan to do a post about kitchen fails…that should be fun!). Candy making is a whole other ball o’wax…if baking is… [ Read More ]

A Honey of a Cake

This time of year always reminds me of beginnings. Yes, I know it’s not even close to New Year’s, but for me September is filled with new pencils, shiny lunch boxes, and packages of college-ruled lined notebook paper. It doesn’t matter how old my girls get…if it’s their first day of school, they know I… [ Read More ]

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We have feet!

Moms & Daughters, baking together My younger daughter is here, visiting before she heads off to start graduate school. Having her here means one thing…she and I will be baking.  This daughter…you know, the one that makes the incredible cakes (and if you don’t know, head over to her Facebook page, Sweetheart Cakes and Treats… [ Read More ]

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Taking a risk

Are you a risk taker? Would you take an untested recipe to meet your husband’s boss for the first time? I’d say I’m a moderate risk taker…I like to try new things, especially if creativity is involved. And I have a moderate amount of confidence in my culinary abilities. Sometimes it backfires, and I kick… [ Read More ]