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Coffee Cake

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Every year, when I was in elementary and middle school, our family would drive 7 hours to visit my grandparents.  While the car ride always felt like forever, the week went by in a second.  My grandparents lived on acreage, and it was so much fun exploring the “vast beyond” of their backyard.  Northern California is such a different environment than the Pacific Northwest and I loved viewing the different plant and animal life nature had to offer.

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One of the things that my grandma always made for breakfast was coffee cake.  Right out of the oven, all nice and warm.  These little bites of heaven are moist with a bit of cakey-ness on top–perfect with a tall glass of milk.  Every time I make these I am transported back to my grandmother’s house and her sunny kitchen.  Ahh, the memories of childhood. Continue reading

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Cinnamon Chocolate Chip Scones

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It NEVER fails.  Every time I go to a coffee shop, I always order a scone with my drink.  I don’t know what compels me to do so.  Maybe I subconsciously think that my coffee will taste better.  Maybe I just really like scones.  Rarely do I order the same scone, but I always order the same drink.  I know, I’m weird like that.

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I have had scones that are dry, dense, and hard.  (Maybe that’s where the coffee/scone combo came into my head–the coffee helped me eat the scones!)  These scones are flaky and soft and anything but dry.  The cinnamon adds a nice touch and is not overpowering at all.  Eating it with a dab of the lemon cream makes it taste like heaven–light and refreshing.  Continue reading

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Cinnamon Rolls

I am honored to be doing a guest post for Frosting for the Cause.  Frosting for the Cause is an amazing blog dedicated to raising awareness about those affected by cancer and their families.  So, if you’d like to read how cancer has affected my family, or if these cinnamon rolls are calling your name, then head on over to the site.  Hope to see you there!  xoxo

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Strawberry Pound Cake Ice Box Dessert {tutorial}

Saying the name of this sweet is a mouthful!  But it is such a good, cool, summer dessert, that the long name makes up for it.  This ice box dessert is nice because you can make it as homemade as you like, or as simple or complex as you like.  If you’re running short on time, you can pick up a box of pudding mix and some pound cake at the store and still have this dessert taste yummy.  The other thing I like about this dessert is that you can put it in the fridge overnight.  The pound cake won’t get too soggy.  (I know that because I tested it with my grandma and mom today.  I brought them over a jar and we all had a little bit, and the pound cake was still dense, like a good pound cake should be.)

You will need pound cake, either homemade (my favorite is a cream cheese pound cake from the book Sticky, Chewy, Messy, Gooey–that is the pound cake in the pictures) or store-bought, strawberries, white chocolate chips, and custard (or vanilla pudding).  And some mason jars to layer the treats in.

Take a round cutter and cut down into the pound cake to creat circles close to the circumference of the Mason jars.  Continue reading

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