Jam Pennies

Jam Pennies

I make no apologies of my love of the British Royal Family. Queen Elizabeth is always smiling and obviously loves her country very much!  Duchess Catherine is stunning.  Prince William has a good head on his shoulders and will make an excellent King one day.  Plus, their kids are sooooo…

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Jam-filled Bran Scones

Jam-filled Bran Scones

Hi friends!  I have a healthy-ish treat for us today - Jam-filled Bran Scones via Smitten Kitchen!  When I first got Deb Perelman's book "Smitten Kitchen Every Day. Triumphant & Unfussy New Favorites" this was the first recipe I bookmarked.  It's taken me almost five months to make it, but…

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Fioretto Flowering Cauliflower Breakfast Hash

Fioretto Flowering Cauliflower Breakfast Hash

Hi friends!  I want to introduce you to my new friend - Fioretto Flowering Cauliflower!  Fioretto means "Little Flower" in Italian and these little flowers of deliciousness are going to be the newest vegetable sensation! So what *is* Flowering Cauliflower?  Well, it is a bit like a cross between cauliflower…

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Garlic Shrimp Montaditos

Garlic Shrimp Montaditos

Hi friends!  Do you agree, there is just something perfect about seafood and garlic?  They are an exquisite flavor combination.  Those flavors get taken to a whole other level though with these Garlic Shrimp Montaditos from Karen Kaplan's new cookbook "Open Faced Single-Slice Sandwiches From Around The World." This could…

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Chocolate Toffee Almond Bars and a GIVEAWAY!

Chocolate Toffee Almond Bars And A GIVEAWAY!

Hi friends! I have some sweet news! Not only do I have a recipe for Chocolate Toffee Almond Bars, which you will want to make ASAP, but this post also contains an opportunity to win TWO cookbooks from "Cookies For Kids Cancer." Whoooo! You may recall a few weeks ago,…

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Facing 50

Facing 50

Today is my 50th birthday. AARP started sending me things last month. Much to the joy of my husband. He thought it was sooooooo funny to leave the mail on my desk, AARP invitation sitting on top. He's lucky to still be with us. Truth be told, I certainly didn't…

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Winter Pear Hazelnut Salad

Winter Pear Hazelnut Salad

At the end of 2017 I was stuck in rut. I wasn't happy with my writing projects, with recipes or much of anything, frankly. It was time to think about what really made me happy in the kitchen. Do I end my blog? (Umm... No!) Do I stop writing? (Again...…

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Samoa Apple Slices

Samoa Apple Slices

I am all about celebrating sweet things in life, especially when sometimes the world doesn't seem to agree. Let's put aside the dark and dreary and share something fun, starting with these Samoa Apple Slices! A few ingredients and we are on our way to a delicious after-school snack everyone…

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Layered Lemon Rhubarb Coffee Cake

Layered Lemon Rhubarb Coffee Cake

Hi friends! You are never going to guess the secret ingredient in this Layered Lemon Rhubarb Coffee Cake! I'll give you a hint. It involves cookies! That's right, cookies. Did you figure it out? I guess the picture gave it away, didn't it? I've never been good at keeping secrets…

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Meringue Cookies!

Meringue Cookies!

Simple, sweet, fun. That's the beauty of these Meringue Cookies. Simple ingredients transformed to something sweet and fun that everyone can enjoy. Childhood should be this way too. Sweet. Simple. Fun. Unfortunately, for children battling pediatric cancer, life can be anything but simple. As a parent and grandparent, I don't…

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