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Cranberry Harvest Muffins

Breakfast Muffins with Soul

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What better way to start the Fall season than to enjoy a brisk morning walk with friends! As women, we are the core and foundation of our homes and lives. Staying motivated and inspired, is not only imperative…but a challenge at times. Although our days get shorter as we head into winter, our endless lists and responsibilities do not! So how about getting together to feed our body and soul, a healthy walk, a spiritual talk and homemade harvest muffins. I have a favorite recipe which … [Read more...]

Hot Cross Buns

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Hot Cross Buns, which are made with lightly sweetened dough mixed with currants, ground cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg, are traditionally baked and served warm on Good Friday. They are given their signature cross in one of two ways: either by slashing a cross in the dough with a sharp knife before baking (the more traditional method), or by piping two lines of frosting over the top once the buns have cooled. I prefer the former option, myself, which makes it easy to slice the buns in half for the … [Read more...]

St. Patrick’s Day Ideas

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Sources left to right: Rainbow in a Jar (My Own Ideas), Fruit Kabobs (Bird's Party Blog), Leprechaun Cookies (Babble), St. Patty's Day Soda (Martha Stewart), Vintage Greeting (Unknown Source), Lucky Cupcakes (My Own Ideas) St. Patrick's Day Treats: Lucky Cupcakes Black & White Cupcakes Clover Cookies Rainbow in a Jar Irish Recipes: Guinness Beer Bread Spicy Guinness Mustard Irish Soda Bread Triple Cheese Beer Spread Shop Our … [Read more...]

English Muffins

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English Muffins have always been one of my favorite go-to breakfast items, but homemade English Muffins have recently won me over. The secret to their dense, buttery texture is that they’re cooked on a skillet or a griddle rather than in an oven like most biscuits and breads. This means that both sides get a chewy, golden brown crust while the insides remain soft. And the thing I like best about making these at home is that I can watch them rise right in front of me as the heat reacts to the … [Read more...]

No Flour Cloud Bread (Gluten Free Recipe)

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The holiday season was harder on my waistline than normal; or maybe I’m more sensitive to it this time around. Shared shirks among friends made it clear- everyone needs something to make them feel more optimistic and motivated about staying healthy. Cooking is a hobby that can act as a double-edged sword. It's my goal (resolution?) to lay off the dessert recipes and seek out recipes that better the old standards of my kitchen. When I saw this No Flour Cloud Bread for the first time, I … [Read more...]

Cozy Spice Pancake Mix

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The holidays are synonymous with home-cooked meals, and breakfast seems to have a set-list of favorites. Pancakes are high on that list. I’ve been known to experiment with all sorts of ingredients, a few of my favorites include orange juice, yogurt, and applesauce. However, having a house full of people is not the best time to introduce a new experiment. This recipe is subtle and rich. It contains spices that mix so well together, it’s hard to put your finger on an individual taste. This … [Read more...]

Homemade Bagels

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Every now and then, I like to experiment with turning food that my husband and I regularly purchase from the store into something I can make in my own kitchen. I do this because I find that homemade food almost always tastes better, and it’s usually healthier, too. That’s why I recently decided to try my hand at making bagels from scratch. I’ll be honest. My first two attempts at homemade bagels were less than perfect. By my third try, however, I had a few tricks under my sleeve to help … [Read more...]

Irish Soda Bread

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With St. Patrick’s Day on its way, I thought it would be fun to bake miniature loaves of Irish Soda bread to give as gifts. Traditional Irish Soda bread, made with just flour, baking soda, buttermilk and salt, is leavened by the reaction that occurs between the baking soda and buttermilk, and is served in Ireland as a regular accompaniment to meals. And while this particular soda bread recipe utilizes that very same chemical reaction, it includes a few more ingredients to make it extra special … [Read more...]

Italian Feast Gift Basket

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This is a gift I have been wanting to put together for probably ten years. Now that I found the time and opportunity to do it, it was so amazingly easy! Most likely because I have spent so much time thinking about it, all the problems have been worked out. And also because I have the tomatoes all canned, the pesto all made and in the freezer, and the big plus - I harvested a nice big crop of oregano this year. You can make your Italian Feast Baskets as easy or as complicated as you want; you … [Read more...]

Biscotti & DIY Gift Bag

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Biscotti means ‘twice baked’. They are a very old type of baked goods; probably among the oldest, because the way they are made make them excellent for keeping for long periods of time. Originally made without sweetening, they were crackers or hardtack, designed for long journeys. With sugar added, they become a crunchy sweet treat, and with other good things added like nuts and cocoa, they become a very special creation worthy of gift-giving. Use these biscotti for hostess gifts or anytime … [Read more...]