checkerboard cake, baking, desserts, love to bake, cake, homemade cake, buttercream frosting, Sally’s Baking Addiction

Check(erboard) your cake

Food blog follower I read a lot of food blogs, and their Pinterest-perfect presentations often inspire and challenge me. I often try (and sometimes fail) at replicating their recipes, but there’s always another recipe to attempt. One such recipe was for a checkerboard cake from Sally’s Baking Addiction. I was intrigued as to how it was… [ Read More ]

eggnog scones, baking, desserts, love to bake, eggnog, scones, British desserts, Silk Original Eggnog, Kerrygold butter

Using my “Nog”-gin

I’m not a recipe creator, I’m a recipe adaptor I take recipes that I find and tweak them so they satisfy my philosophy regarding ingredients and cooking techniques. My ingredient swaps tend to be based on my own palate preferences (or what I know my family will like/accept), dietary needs, ingredient availability, and my general… [ Read More ]

cranberry bread, baking, desserts, love to bake, cranberries, cranberry sauce, Sally’s Baking Addition, Natasha’s Kitchen, holiday baking, Christmas baking

Orange you glad

Misdirection (kind of) 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… [ Read More ]

lattice pie crust, baking, desserts, love to bake, Sally’s Baking Addiction, pie, pie crust, moms and daughters, Cranberry Almond Apple Pie, Geode Cake

Lattice be friends

Bakers…start your ovens! 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… [ Read More ]

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Oh, fudge!

This post got waylaid by failure This post was supposed to be about making Whiskey Fudge. I wanted to show that, with a little time and patience, you can make fudge without using sweetened condensed milk (you know, that overly sweet and overly processed stuff you find in a can). And including the whiskey? Well,… [ Read More ]

homemade pecan pralines, pecan pralines, desserts, pecans, pralines, candy, candy making, soft-ball stage, Cajun desserts, Creole desserts

Watch that dial!

Baking vs. Boiling Sugar 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… [ Read More ]

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A Honey of a Cake

Ahhh…Autumn 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… [ Read More ]

French macarons, moms and daughters, baking, desserts, meringues, macaroons, love to bake, homemade

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 ]