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spooky cake pops

My friend Amy and I decided to make some spooky cake pops for Halloween. I wanted to try a new cake recipe so I figured this was a good opportunity (I’ll post that recipe soon!). We crumbled up the yellow cake, added some cream cheese frosting and shaped some candy corns, square monster heads and [...]

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salted chocolate caramel bars

A few weekends ago, my future hubby spent the weekend with his friend Bobby in New York. While I miss him dearly whenever he’s gone, I enjoy spending my Saturday nights baking new recipes. This particular night I made coconut lemon bars (which I didn’t take a picture of) and salted millionaires shortbread, which I [...]

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cookies and cream

I am surprised it look me this long to put these two divine sweets together… ready? This is so easy anyone can do it… Smash up some oreos (these are double stuffed, but that really isn’t necessary since we’re adding plenty of creme) Make up a batch of buttercream. I suggest swiss meringue, but any [...]

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hello chocolate

While my vanilla cake might be my favorite, I also have a soft spot for this chocolate cake. It isn’t the ultimate recipe (which I am still searching for) but it is very close. I honestly think the key to getting an incredible chocolate cake is, quite simply, the chocolate. Some call for chocolate squares [...]

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pizza take two

On the menu tonight: homemade pizza with left over pizza dough. I’ve been meaning to post the pizza dough recipe too! Pizza Dough Recipe – adapted from Greg’s Recipe 4 cups (+1/4 cup if needed) bread flour 1 envelope (2 1/4 tsp) instant or rapid-rise yeast 1 1/2 tsp salt 2 tbsp olive oil 1 [...]

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rosette birthday cake

I came across this gorgeous cake on I Am Baker and decided I’d try it the next time I made a cake – look how simple but pretty this is – all you need is a 1M open star-tip. … and you can put a flower on a sugar cookie for a lovely but easy [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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, [...]

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yeast… FAIL

I have to admit, I’d never worked with yeast – minus the times when I was little and made rolls with my grandma, but those were rolls and she’d probably done it well over 100 times. I followed the directions perfectly – measured the temp of my milk, let the dough rise for exactly 45 [...]

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