Holiday Baking

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bars

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Halloween is over and I barely remember it. I didn’t get to go trick or treating, I didn’t get to dress in that “sexy manatee” costume I had planned, and I didn’t eat nearly as many pumpkin-flavored goods as I wanted to. October was a bust and I want a do-over. Fortunately we still have…

Salted Fudge Brownies: Happy Valentine’s Day to YOU

Fresh on the heels of the salted caramel bars, I’m back with another dessert guaranteed to raise your blood pressure and lower your life expectancy. I promise, they’re worth it. Salted Fudge Brownies are my Valentine to those of you who, like me, can never get a brownie fudgy enough. It could be half-raw and…

Fashionably Late Buche de Noel

Merry Few-Days-After-Christmas, friends! Did you all have wonderful holidays full of eggnog and stockings and too many cookies and repeated viewings of Elf? I know I did. I also had an awesome gift from Santa: How great is that?! I guess he reads the blog! Sweeeet. A sassy shirt is all well and good, but…

Make Your Own Candy Cane Joe-Joes

I don’t know what I would do without my local Trader Joe’s grocery store. Where else would I go with a shopping list 3 items long and leave an hour later, $70 poorer and with four overflowing shopping bags stuffed to the brim with impulse buys like chocolate-covered soybeans and freeze-dried mangoes? Yes, Trader Joe’s…

I Have A Good Excuse, My Brother Ate My Homework

Hi friends! Sadly I had to skip this week’s TWD recipe, but I have a really, really good excuse. This past week has been crazy, and it’s all my brother Jeremy’s fault: First, let me tell you a little bit about my youngest brother. He & I are pretty much karaoke champions. We have been…

Valentine’s Day Candies

If the garlands of red roses and stacks of heart-shaped chocolate boxes and giant inflatable Cupids in stores haven’t tipped you off already, allow me to warn you: Valentine’s Day is nearly here. If you’re looking for fun V-day sweets, here are some cute things I’ve recently been featuring on the candy website: Homemade Conversation…

TWD: All-in-One Holiday Bundt Cake

Dear Inventor of the Bundt Cake Mold, What is the deal with all of the ridges? Why would you purposely create more nooks and crannies for my poor cake to stick to? If I wanted to spend an hour scraping cake from the inside of a pan and then painstakingly cleaning it with a toothbrush,…

Wedding Cake Fever

People. People. I have been so busy. Apparently mid-March brings not only spring fever, but wedding fever as well. Here’s a glimpse at what I’ve been up to lately: This was a cake we did at work. The bride was allergic to corn syrup, so instead of fondant and gumpaste we used chocolate plastic to…

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