Black Widow Cupcakes – arachnophobes, beware!

(Black velvet spiders, recipe in post) The air is chill, the nights are long, and all is quiet save the rustling of leaves… Hallows eve is upon us! Turning children’s stomachs with fear, and too much candy – buahahaha! It’s been quite a while since I’ve done anything much for Halloween – sure, as a […]

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Honey Roasted Almond Butter – I think I’ve gone nuts!

Today may well have been the perfect fall day. The colors were bright, the sun was shining, the breeze was blowing, and for all I know children were laughing. It may well have been, perfect. But I wouldn’t know, because I’ve been inside making friends with the bathroom floor (if you’re reading this, bathroom, I’m […]

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Bean and Lentil Soup – a big pot full of easy

Ah, with the chill of fall eminently setting in, there’s nothing quite like a big pot of warm, simple, cozy soup. On top of the weather turning gray, I’ve been turning a little… well, under the weather. All the more reason to make soup – an easy, comforting meal even a sickie like me can […]

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Angel Food Wedding Cake – a balancing act of simple and elegant

(Angel Food Wedding Cake, with chocolate whipped cream frosting, vanilla buttercream frosting, strawberries, and strawberry roses piped full of chocolate ganache – more on all this later) After days on end of grey and dreary, overcast and rainy, the sun finally emerged to brighten the skies when it was most desperately needed. Almost like summer, again.Over […]

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Oven Roasted Chicken – so easy, so delicious

Roasted chicken is probably the simplest meal there is for impressing guests. It’s economical, elegant, delicious, and looks like a lot of work when it isn’t. It’s also incredibly versatile, whether you want your chicken to be lemony, herbed, spice rubbed, or plain. The biggest fear when doing a roast like this is that it […]

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Blue Jeans and Buttercream – Ranting, and Raving

(Tube cake decorated with four different frostings, strawberries, and topped with a strawberry rose piped full of chocolate ganache – more on this later in the post) Why is it, when I consider myself of average build, I have such a hard time finding jeans that fit? I pose that question philosophically, to no one […]

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