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guilty pleasure: party of two

Valentine’s Day.. a fancy ending to a home-cooked meal… It’s our guilty pleasure. 27 days until vacation and we’ve vowed to get in bathing-suit shape. However we decided to splurge tonight. I made Pasta Puttanesca for dinner – a relatively healthy dinner. But decided on our favorite dessert to end a wonderful weekend! Copy down […]

kelly’s snickerdoodles

Brandon is a sucker for snickerdoodles. I’m always searching for the best cookie recipes. Over the winter holidays, my cousin made amazing snickerdoodles and I finally got around to making them. Here’s where the Penzey‘s Cinnamon Sugar comes in handy again – and with a shake of pumpkin spice as well. Using my new air […]

cinnamon goodness

I had a craving for cinnamon bread so I decided I’d try to make some. My favorite is from Baker’s Crust Restaurant back in Norfolk, mostly because the cinnamon is ooey gooey and it tastes amazing toasted with butter. Thanks to Google, I ended up with Pioneer Woman’s recipe. After making the dough and letting […]

yeast take 2: success!

I’m not sure if you recall my first real encounter with yeast, but it didn’t go so well. Earlier last week, Brandon’s co-worker Greg gave him a pizza crust recipe we wanted to try. Of course we can never agree on pizza toppings, so we settled on a pizza cook off! I didn’t take pictures, […]

lego cake

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted, but I have made a few confections lately. Brandon requested a vanilla cake with vanilla buttercream for his birthday and I wanted to make it special, so I decided on a lego themed cake. I decided to throw in some vanilla bean too! I love the black speckles and […]

fall and fondant leaves

I love fall. A good carrot cake cupcake with cream cheese buttercream reminds me of fall for some reason! (Other than the fact that fall is indeed upon us). I decided to make some fondant leaves to adorn my fall cupcakes. Here’s how: Press together three or four of your favorite fall colored pieces of […]

cookie decorating class

I FINALLY got around to loading cookie class pictures! The class was a lot of fun! I started off by explaining the chemistry of baking – the fats, liquids, thickeners, leaveners, etc. Then the fun part! We colored the royal icing and I taught everyone how to fill a piping bag with the stiff consistency […]

crabby cookies and my first cookie class

It has been a very busy week! I just finished up a large order of blue crab sugar cookies and I’m working on the final plans for a cookie decorating class I’m teaching here at work! The cookies are for a wedding this weekend. The bride-to-be wanted crab shaped cookies, iced in a medium blue royal icing […]

useful tip tuesday: practice makes perfect

I wanted to blog about everything I’ve been up to lately and I know I haven’t posted a UTT, so I figured I’d roll it into one. I’m sure you’ve heard it a million times, but practice really does make perfect. If you are a perfectionist like I am, you want it to come out […]

jalapeno cupcake: fail

I guess it wasn’t a complete fail because it did look pretty, but unless you LOVE jalapenos, I’m going to have to retire this recipe. Since I was trying a new chocolate cake recipe, I figured I’d make a few jalapeno cupcakes (since we have a jungle of them and all). So I cut up […]