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Fresh Strawberry Turnovers!!

Fresh Strawberry Turnovers!!

A total impulse buy, Raley’s had 2 lbs of fresh ruby-red California grown strawberries on sale for $4.99 this week.  I had to have them! Once I bought them however, I wondered what exactly I was going to do with 2 lbs of strawberries!  For a family, this is a no-brainer. But for someone who … Continue reading

Rice Pudding

Rice Pudding

While preparing pork chops with cream of mushroom soup for dinner, I contemplated my starch options. Usually I could forego a starch side without a second thought, but when having pork chops with cream of mushroom soup, you need something to soak up the delicious gravy-like soup. 🙂  Pasta or rice?  That was the question. … Continue reading

Boston Cream Pie CUPCAKES!! :)

Boston Cream Pie CUPCAKES!! :)

What’s better than a Boston Cream Pie!? Boston Cream Pie CUPCAKES of course!!! As Father’s Day and my dad’s birthday nears, what better time to make my dad one of his favorites, Boston Cream Pie! In cupcake form of course! 🙂 Those who have been following for some time know that I haven’t had the best of … Continue reading

Fresh Fruit with Canolli Cream

Fresh Fruit with Canolli Cream

The official start of summer is just over a week away (June 20th for those keeping track! ;)), yet with 90+ degree weather, one may think it’s already here!  The weatherman keeps saying a cool-down is on its way.  I don’t consider 2-4 degree drop in temperature a cool-down… [sigh] On these sweltering hot days … Continue reading

Banana Caramel Cheesecake!

Banana Caramel Cheesecake!

What to do with ripe banana’s?!?! Hmmmm…  The usual thought is banana bread or banana muffins. Both of which I love, however I wanted something different. I wasn’t feeling the norm. As I prepared to find a banana cream pie recipe, I ran across a recipe for banana cheesecake. Banana cheesecake certainly is far from … Continue reading

Homemade Marshmallows!

Homemade Marshmallows!

Huge marshmallow fan here!  HUGE! Marshmallow Peeps, chocolate dipped marshmallows, See’s Scotchmallows, roasted marshmallows, marshmallows straight from the package… should I continue, or do you get the point!?  😉 In early May, I spent a gorgeous Saturday afternoon in Sonoma with my two dear friends, Nicole and Tina to celebrate Nicole’s Birthday. We spent the afternoon shopping and … Continue reading

Pineapple Upside-Down Cupcakes!

Pineapple Upside-Down Cupcakes!

Summer is almost here!!  You know what that means?!? BBQ’s, backyard Luaus and parties at the park!  I have a hard time showing up somewhere empty-handed. Even if it’s not a requirement to bring something.  Add to that the pressure I put upon myself to bring something different. Something those I’m sharing with may not … Continue reading

Banana Cupcakes with Caramel Buttercream

Banana Cupcakes with Caramel Buttercream

I’ve been intimidated to make a from scratch cake. Both my mom and I tried our hands at true homemade from scratch cakes last year and we each bombed. Severely.  Neither one of us have been quick to give it another go. Until now. I ran across a quote this week that read, “successful people replace the words like “wish”, “try” … Continue reading

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cupcakes!

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cupcakes!

Somebody stop me! No really, STOP ME!! Stop my brain from over-thinking and stop this overwhelming desire to bake! I’d even settle for  a scale back.  Baking off  homemade goodies every other week, opposed to EVERY week would be a good start!  I’m sure some of my friends are tired of sampling the variety of … Continue reading

Margarita Cupcakes with Salted Lime Buttercream!

Margarita Cupcakes with Salted Lime Buttercream!

Northern California hit the mid to high 80’s (low 90’s in a few places)  for a few days and many of us complained. Myself included!  I love being able to wear skirts, summer dresses, flip-flops and sandals. I love BBQ’s and warm evenings spent outdoors enjoying cold drinks and good conversation. I love the sweet smell … Continue reading