Pumpkin Bread with Maple Glaze

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I'm not a fan of pumpkin pie. In fact, I avoid it like the plague on Thanksgiving. When someone asks that I be responsible for pumpkin pie, I flat out refuse. Or, on the rare occasion I feel like being polite, I simply reply “Sure!” and then bring pecan pie instead. “Oh you said pumpkin pie? I could’ve sworn I heard pecan pie. Sorry!” Then there’s pumpkin spice (not to be confused with pumpkin PIE) and all the creative concoctions inspired by this holiday flavor. Lattes, breads, teas, Read more [...]

Mini Nutella Cupcakes

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There is nothing awesome-r than a recipe that's easy to make AND tasty. Usually it's one or the other, which is why this recipe has made it to the top of my list. I can't think of anything simpler than three ingredients and few things are better than nutella (don't even try). The first time my daughter and I made these I was skeptical the recipe would actually work. It did so now you too have a go-to Nutella dessert. You're welcome. You can make these mini or regular sized, either one works, Read more [...]

Juno Cookies (Chewy White Chocolate Chip)

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I love snow days. They're a forced stay-cation that you're actually able to enjoy, because unlike weekends, you have nothing to do but hunker down. No errands to run. No zoos to visit. No cramming quality time with your kids into a 48 hour countdown that results in panic attacks as you near the t-minus 8 hour mark. It's just hours of pure nothingness - you can do as much or as little as you want. We welcomed our first snow day of 2015 today. A blizzard by the name of Juno. Thanks to Read more [...]

White Chocolate Cranberry Blondie

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Deck the halls with lotsa blondies fa la la la la la la la la... I came across these on a NY Times article titled "Battle of the Christmas Desserts" or something like that. As I've mentioned in previous posts, I don't always eat chocolate, but when I do, I prefer white, so I decided to give these blondies a try (I know you chocolate purists are scoffing at me right now). I made them for a potluck holiday party my daughter was invited to and they were a big hit with both adults and children. Read more [...]

Santa’s Shortbread Cookies

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It's my favorite time of year! The smell of pine intoxicating the house, Mariah Carey's "All I want for Christmas" playing on repeat, and the fireplace crackling away, as I dip my nose into some hot chocolate (or spiked coffee =). Even the dogs get into the holiday spirit with their festive stick-on antlers. Simply put, December is awesome. This year is even more special than most. Our toddler understands the concept of Santa, and so, my husband and I are essentially reliving our childhood. Read more [...]

Bella’s Linzer Cookies

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Having family visiting this weekend inspired this new little treat. One of my favorite cookies at bakery shops (but not always the tastiest given neglectful baking), I decided to give this one a try. Linzer sablés (or Linzer "eyes") are the cookie-sized version of the Linzertorte, a short, crumbly Austrian torte with a lattice design on top. The dough  is traditionally made with hazelnuts (or almonds) and is covered with a filling of redcurrant, raspberry or apricot jam or preserves. Read more [...]