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Easter Desserts

p1020282[1] So in early March, I came up with a list of Easter treats I wanted to make and share.  Tutorials on fondant Easter bunnies, little carrots, and cute eggs, all to go along with carrot cake cupcakes.  (And I don’t know why I like carrot cake, because I certainly do not like carrots.  In fact, they are the number one food on my list of Foods I Don’t Like, but there’s something about adding sugar that changes everything.)  I also wrote down ideas for decorated Easter sugar cookies and even a cake.  Last post I said that we are moving, and in fact we are.  We get our keys April 5th!  It’s our first house and we are so excited.  However, it was a last-minute decision to list our condo before we move, instead of after.  As a result, my mom came over last Friday and helped me pack almost everything in my kitchen, to get ready for the open house.  And with the boxes being moved to the garage were my ideas for Easter treats.  The only baking “things” in my kitchen are cookie sheets and a 9″x13″ pan.  It’s really sad. So what I’ve decided to do is give you a list of a few things I have made for Easter and some recipes from around the web that I think are fantastic.  They’re certainly ones I’ve wanted to make, and some are even on my Pinterest board.  Speaking of Pinterest, if you want to see more Easter or spring dessert ideas, check out the board titled SPRING.  Enjoy, and Happy Easter! xoxo

From the blog

Lemon Poppyseed Cake–Light and sweet, this is a nice cake with a raspberry filling. 081[1] Carrot Cake Cupcakes–These cupcakes are super moist and paired with a cream cheese frosting–yum! Continue reading

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Top 10 Desserts [for holiday baking]

How is this holiday season treating you?  I hope amidst the stress this season can bring, you’ve found time to gather with family and friends and be reminded what this season is really about.  In an effort to try to help bring calm to this time of year, I’ve created a list of my top 10 favorite desserts that are great to bring to a holiday party or gathering.  So, in no particular order, here they are.

Christmas Cake Balls

They are such a hit at every party I’ve gone to, and the ease of this dessert is not only in the creating of it, but the eating as well.  You don’t need any silverware, just maybe a napkin.

Chocolate-Peppermint Cupcakes

I love peppermint, and paired with chocolate, you can’t go wrong with this dessert.  I’ve topped the cupcakes with crushed peppermint candies and Andes mints.  Either tastes fantastic.

Sugar Cookies

If you have a little more time on your hands, or want others involved, decorating sugar cookies is a fun way to go.  Even kids can join in.  (You can always make a buttercream frosting–check the end of the post–and color with food coloring for an easy way for kids to decorate.  Add some sprinkles or jimmies, and you’re golden!)

Pecan-Oreo Fudge Bars

What’s not to love about this dessert?  Nuts, fudge, and Oreos.  Need I say more?


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Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars {tutorial}

My father’s birthday was earlier this week.  Everyone at his work forgot; no one wished him a happy birthday.  (Granted, he didn’t tell anyone, but it is odd saying, “Good morning, today’s my birthday.”)  He came home dejected and sad.  Poor Dad! (Actually, it wasn’t too bad.  To make him feel better, he went to the grocery store and bought a huge steak and grilled it for dinner.  Nothing like meat to make a man feel better!) Today, I thought I would make him some dessert to comfort him, so he knew he was still loved.

One of his favorite desserts is peach pie.  My mom makes a fabulous peach pie, but since I invited them over, I didn’t think it fair that she also bring the dessert.  I love peach pie too, but I don’t love making it.  Pie crusts are hard and take a lot of love and work.  I have to be in the mood to make pies.  I decided to make these bars instead, mostly because I had all the ingredients and didn’t need to go to the store.  And my guess is that you probably have all these ingredients in your pantry too.

Start off by spraying cooking spray on a 9-inch square pan.  Press wax or parchment paper over it, pressing down with your fingers to “seal” it.  Then spray cooking spray on top of the wax paper.  (The first spray enables you to easily take it out of the pan.  The second spray allows you to get the bars off the wax paper.) Continue reading

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