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Gift Idea: Payard Makecarons

by on November 29, 2013 · 2 comments


Depending on where you live, a good macaron may be hard to find. They’re becoming more popular, but in some areas they are still very much a novelty, which makes them even more fun to serve! Case in point: the time I made macarons for Fuzz’s fifth grade class. Most of the kids had only […]


Published on November 29, 2013
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Time to put up the Christmas tree! Okay, maybe it’s a little early for the real tree, but how about a fudge brownie tree? I saw this idea on a can of Pillsbury Garland Green Vanilla Flavored Holiday Funfetti Frosting and couldn’t resist. It’s so cute!  And now no one can accuse my fudge brownies […]


Published on November 11, 2013
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Peanut Butter Pretzel Truffle

For those of you who love Buckeyes, the peanut butter candy that resembles the seed of a buckeye tree, meet their salty cousins! These little gems are called Peanut Butter-Pretzel Bon Bons, and unlike typical Buckeyes which are made with peanut butter, butter and powdered sugar (and sometimes mashed potatoes), these are made with peanut […]


Published on November 7, 2013
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Pancake Balls

Mornings can be a little hectic during the work and school week, so I appreciate a leisurely weekend breakfast more than ever. In fact, I am so enthusiastic about weekend breakfasts that I’ve joined Hungry Jack’s “Bring Back Breakfast This Weekend” campaign and am giving away samples of new pancake and waffle mix flavors plus […]

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Published on October 22, 2013
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Jif Almond Butter Fudge Brownie Cups

by on October 16, 2013 · 1 comment

Jif Almond Butter Brownies

As promised, here’s a fun version of the Almond Butter Brownies using the new almond butter from Jif. I made these for our Girl Scout troop this week and they were a big hit — no one guessed the secret ingredient, but they did comment on how fudgy and chocolaty the brownies were. All I […]

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Published on October 16, 2013
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Jif Almond Butter

A few weeks ago Jif asked if I was interested in receiving samples of their new almond butter and cashew butter and using it in a few new recipes. Of course I was! Seeing as how I eat peanut butter every day and am always looking for new baking ingredients, this was a no-brainer. And […]


Published on October 14, 2013
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I don’t have a recipe for you, because today I’m eating cheese sticks.  Or in this case, “CheeseSticks” which is what John Wm. Macy called them when he first started making them right out of college.  If you run across these at Costco, Whole Foods or any of these other stores, consider the story of […]


Published on October 3, 2013
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Good things come to those who wait, and sometimes to those who procrastinate. I finally got around to ordering some McCormick Vanilla Butter & Nut Extract and wish I’d done it sooner. It definitely lived up to my expectations, which had been set pretty high thanks to glowing reviews from people who said it was […]


Published on September 24, 2013