Lemon Pie, Cherry Filled Cupcakes, and Raspberries...

Lemon PieAfter more than two months of sewing like mad to get my Etsy shop up and running, I'm taking a little break to catch up on other projects.  I never stop baking, or dreaming of what I want to bake, but not everything I make ends up on this blog, either because I'm not satisfied with the recipe, or I feel uninspired by the photos I take, or I simply don't have time to put together the post.  The thing that makes me the most frustrated, though, is when I love the photos, but the recipe was just not quite right, which is what happened with this lemon pie...

Beauty and the Beast Cake

Beauty and the Beast CakeBeauty and the Beast is my most beloved of the classic Disney movies.  The music, the choreography, the characters, her dress, his giving her a library as a gift ... it's all so wonderful.

I've loved it since I was a little girl, and I'm so excited to see the new live version with Emma Watson.  This was the opening weekend for the movie, and although I wasn't able to go see it yet, I did make a cake to celebrate...

Cinnamon and Sugar Biscuit Doughnuts with Bourbon Dulce De Leche Sauce

Cinnamon and Sugar Biscuit Doughnuts with Bourbon Dulce De Leche SauceIf there's anything my husband loves more than doughnuts, it's freshly churned ice cream served with doughnuts.  Doughnut making requires time, though, and we definitely have less of that these days.

But other than quickly baked cake doughnuts, these biscuit doughnuts are about as easy as it gets when it comes to doughnut making.  Rather than a yeasted dough that needs time to proof and rise, these are made with the same recipe I've used countless times for my most perfect baking powder biscuits.  The dough comes together in less than five minutes, and needs no time to rest or rise... 

Classic Crispy Waffles

Classic Crispy Waffles
It's taken me quite a bit of recipe testing to come up with a recipe for waffles that I think is practically perfect.  Over the years, I've served my husband far too many soft, limp waffles that were essentially just waffle-shaped pancakes, and he ate them without complaint, but I knew they were all wrong.  Now, I love a stack of light, fluffy pancakes drenched in pure maple syrup, but not when what I want is a waffle that's golden and crisp on the outside and fluffy inside..

Purple Sweet Potato Cake

Pink Birthday CakeOne would think that if you roast purple sweet potatoes until soft and tender, blend them into a silky smooth puree and bake them in a cake, that said cake would emerge from the oven a delightful violet color, or maybe a purply pink.  But one would be wrong.

In fact, while the cake batter went into the oven purple, the baked cakes emerged a bizarre green color.  I'm no scientist, but I'm guessing there was some sort of oxidation effect during the baking process that was to blame... 

Chewy Granola Bars

Chewy Granola Bars, paleo, gluten freeGranola bars and cereal bars were a pantry staple when I was a kid, but unfortunately, most store-bought granola bars are so full of added sugar and chemicals that they are nowhere near to being a healthy breakfast or snack.

These chewy granola bars are not only good for you, but so easy to make.  I plan to keep these on hand from now on, and when our baby is big enough, these will make a wonderful healthy snack for him, too.

Mix it up with some dried fruit or natural, unsweetened coconut, cashews or almonds, pumpkin seeds, etc., and the variations are endless...

We Go Together Like Milk and Cookies Cake

We Go Together Like Milk and Cookies Cake for Valentine's DayHappy Valentine's Day!

When I was in high school, I remember that my mom would leave a little note and present for my sister, brother and I to find when we woke up on Valentine's Day.  She would tell us how much she loved us, and the present was something simple and inexpensive, but something we would like.  I remember getting a cute little pin to wear to school one year.

Valentine's Day isn't just for sweethearts, but for everyone we love, and not that we need a day to remind us to tell the people closest to us how special they are, but it is a holiday I enjoy celebrating.  I especially like making everything into hearts.  Heart-shaped pancakes for breakfast today, anyone?