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Strawberry Milk-Cakes

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  After making cookies and cream cupcakes a few weeks ago, I decided I would try a strawberry version to send to school with the Doodlebug.  I'm finding out many things as a parent, namely that strawberry cake is the preferred confection of children across the nation.  Maybe the world, I don't know. Someone explain this to me.  Cheesecake, I get.  Wedding-white, yep, I'm with ya.  Lemon and chocolate?  I'm down with those, too.  But strawberry cake?  Not so much.  I mean, I'll eat it--it is cake after all--but it would never be my first … {click for more...}



Chocolate Almond Coffee Cake

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I did something crazy the other day.  Something I would not normally do, and would in fact, typically go to great measures to avoid.  But it had to be done. See, I decided on Friday morning that I needed wanted to make a coffee cake for breakfast over the weekend.  Because we all know that "coffee cake" is just an acceptable way to eat dessert for breakfast. Since I had no time other than my lunch break to grab the ingredients, I was forced to run to sounds-like-not-so-small-Mart to get them.  Shudder.  It was a madhouse.  A disaster.  An environment that had me wondering why people … {click for more...}



Grandma’s Filled Cookies

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I loved going to my grandma's house on Christmas morning: celebrating family, the excitement, the anticipation, the wonder of the season, and the food...oh, the food. And by food, I mean cookies, cakes, candy, fudge, pies--you name it, grandma had it.  Even better, it was all within my reach.  Trays of cookies on the endtables, bowls of candy on the buffet--ahh, sweet glorious sugar coated heaven. Until the year I ate so much I got sick. But that's a story for another day. This story is about grandma's raisin-filled cookies, which somehow I never had the opportunity … {click for more...}



Sausage and Cheese Breakfast Enchiladas

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While I'm not a huge breakfast fan, I am a fan of food in general.  Actually, no, no, no...let me rephrase that: I love many breakfast foods, including waffles, crepes, pancakes, scones, cinnamon rolls, muffins and coffee cakes.  Not so much on the savory stuff.  Carbs and me, we're the best of buds. The problem with this--besides the imminent possibility of having to wear elastic waist pants--is that the Tall Boy doesn't care for any of those items.  And since compromise is an important part of marriage, I feel compelled to make things he likes every now and then.  Sigh. And really, I … {click for more...}



French Toast Cake Balls

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When I was pregnant, my friend Chandra took a cake decorating class at a craft store near out home.  At the time, I didn't really even care for cake, but my hormonal, hungry self was ready to eat anything. So when my friend brought over huge HUNKS of buttercream frosted cake on a weekly basis, I found myself sneaking into the kitchen late at night for just one more bite because "the baby wanted it." Suddenly, I was transformed into a cake conessieiur.  A cake snob.  Nothing had ever tasted better to me than buttercream icing.  I found myself eating it by the spoonful, … {click for more...}



Cream Cheese Enchiladas

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TBIM!  Too Bad It's Monday! Like that saying?  I'm so clever, I tell you what.  It's my new catch-phrase for the day.  I'm thinking of copywriting it, but that would take time and work, and I think we've already established that I'm typically looking for ways to avoid work, not make more. Mondays are always a bummer for me.  Even though I do actually enjoy my "real" job, it's a bit depressing to think about another five long days away from my little Doodlebug.  He's growing way too fast, and every moment away from him digs at my heart. On the other hand, the nice thing about Mondays … {click for more...}



Coconut-Lime White Chocolate Cookies

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I'm not a very patient person.  Just ask my parents, my husband, my kid--when I decide I want something, I pretty much want it right now.  Can you see me stomping my foot?  'Cause I am. You should see me at the grocery store.  I've got my detailed list, organized by section, and when I grab that cart handle, I'm a woman on a mission.  You'd better get out of my way, because I don't have time to dilly-dally.  I have more important things to do in life than spend time deliberating over what brand of brown rice to purchase. I don't like to wait, is what I'm trying to say. So when I saw … {click for more...}



Cookies and Cream Cupcakes

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You know what's great about cupcakes? Pretty much everything. Kids love them.  Adults love them.  They're perfect for birthdays, showers, work functions, or you know--just on a Thursday. Plus, they provide built-in portion control.  Unless you eat the entire batch.  Just sayin'.  Which is quite possible in this instance--because holy cannoli--these are fabu. Chunk up your Oreos (one per muffin cup) and place in your tins. Note to self: don't leave the package of Oreos in your car on a 108 degree day and expect them to chop nicely.  Not happening. Whisk together … {click for more...}



The “Why Won’t My Pants Button Anymore?” Brownie

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I’m a planner, down to the most minute detail.  I have to-do lists made every day—for work, for home…you name it, I’ve got it on a list.  I love the feeling of satisfaction when I cross something off my list.  When I complete a project or finish a successfully planned event, I do a little happy dance.  It’s fun.  I’m giddy.  I feel like I’ve got it under control as long as my lists are in order (really, I’m not as neurotic as I sound.  I’ve just got too many balls in the air not to attempt some form of organization).    But I don’t handle it well when things don’t go according to plan.  And … {click for more...}



Peach Praline Muffins

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So, I know I said when I did my cake mix cookie post that I wasn't really into baking, but that's not entirely true. While I'm a much better cook than baker, I much prefer to eat baked goods than nearly anything else. Well, except for ice cream. And artichoke dip. Any kind of Mexican food. Or pizza. Pretty much anything with cheese, or pasta, or-- Actually, I really just like to eat, and most of the time I'm not too particular. But I do really like baked goods, and if I ever expect to eat any of them around my house, I'll have to be the one making them. Because we've already … {click for more...}