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Carrot Cupcakes with Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting

The perfect Easter sweet!

Easter Recipe: Carrot Cupcakes with Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting

Easter is right around the corner and I am getting excited! Things I love most about this holiday are the spring colors, candy, cute animals, and secret gifts. This year, in addition to leaving behind the traditional dyed eggs, our Easter Bunny is planning to leave individually packaged carrot cupcakes for my family and neighbors! Carrot cake is a flavor I often overlook, but love. This was my first time baking carrot cake from scratch and I chose this recipe from Averie Cooks as my … [Read more...]

Homemade Marionberry Jam

Switch out any berry you like for this delicious jam recipe.

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Meet Chelsia, our newest blog contributor! Chels is a native Oregonian who dreams of living with all four seasons in Central Oregon. She's a wife and stay at home mom to her three vivacious kiddos whom she home schools. When she's not schooling or chasing after her munchkins, she enjoys reading, bubble baths, and finding clothing/kitchen treasure at thrift stores. But more than all of that, she finds refuge in her kitchen where she and her husband can be found cooking and baking up a storm for … [Read more...]

Wedding Favor Idea: Tea Blends

With three of our favorite tea flavor combinations.

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If you and your spouse-to-be are aficionados of the tea leaf, you may want to consider gifting a hand-blend featuring both your favorite tea flavors as favors for your wedding guests. When it comes to tea, there are endless possibilities for combining tea leaves with flowers, herbs and spices (for a comprehensive list, see Jeanne's post on tea favor bags), and we've listed three of our favorites: 1. Loose Green Tea Leaves with a Pinch of Dried Ginger This combination is surprisingly … [Read more...]

Sesame Seed Candies

A delicious homemade dessert recipe.

Sesame Seed Candy

In celebration of the freshness of spring, I’ve been on the lookout for a new kind of sweet treat recipe to share with everyone. The recipe I found on RadMegan.com provides the tools to make the sesame seed candies that you see everywhere in stores. This recipe is not only great for sesame seeds, but you can add all kinds of nuts and dried berries as well. A truly fresh breakaway from my (tried and true) base cookie recipe; this recipe is so easy, you can start 15 minutes before a dinner … [Read more...]

How-To: Creamed Honey

A simple trick for dealing with crystallized honey.

How-To: Creamed Honey

I love honey. It’s one of my go-to treats for a sweet tooth, and the first thing I’ll pour in my tea when I have a sore throat (or just because). I like it whether it’s raw and rich with enzymes, or pasteurized and packaged in a bear container. I even like the way it tastes and spreads over toast after it has crystallized as honey inevitably does after a few months on the shelf. Although I don’t mind the texture of crystallized honey, it can be a bit tricky to work with, so I often … [Read more...]

Lemon Pudding Cakes in a Jar

The perfect dessert for your next spring party!

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I made these lemon pudding cakes a few months ago and was surprised at how utterly scrumptious they were. These lemony delights are similar to a molten lava cake, but they're made with lemon instead of chocolate. It's such a perfect combination of creamy pudding mixed with cake and a crunchy sugar topping. The only challenge now was how to bring this hot dish to a dinner party without needing to bake it there. I swapped out ramekins for wide-mouth canning jars and the solution was simple! … [Read more...]

Homemade Jello Cookies

A colorful dessert recipe!

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I don’t know why it never occurred to me before: a dessert mix that is already super flavorful and colorful? Of course it would make for a wonderful cookie base. While perusing recipes on various blogs, I came across this recipe on The Farm Girl Recipes, and I was awakened to a whole new perspective on this spring and summer dessert favorite. Jello Cookies Adapted from TheFarmGirlRecipes.blogspot.com 3 cups all-purpose flower 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 ½ cups salted butter, … [Read more...]

Deli-style Nutmeats

Vegan and gluten-free!

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Welcome our new contributing writer, Lorraine! Lorraine is a medical student, writer and food lover living in her hometown of Portland, Oregon. Sometimes, Lorraine realizes that, for the most part, her family, friends and adored acquaintances are just a bike ride away. This gives her a sense of cozy giddiness! Mostly though, she gets psyched about creating and sharing food, particularly the kind of food that is accidentally healthy and delicious. See more of her work at … [Read more...]

Guinness Beer Floats

Indulge in this delicious treat for St. Patrick's Day!

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St. Patrick's Day is one of my favorite holidays, so to celebrate the day properly, my husband and I will be hosting a dinner party at our house with all the traditional St. Patrick's Day foods we can muster: corned beef and cabbage, Irish soda bread, and, of course, a simple St. Patrick's day-themed dessert: Guinness Beer Floats. The combination of beer and ice cream may seem strange at first, but I assure you it's delicious enough that even your non-beer-loving friends may find … [Read more...]

Cardamom & Pistachio Biscotti

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When moving to Florida in the Fall of 2009, I donated all of my coats, and cast away nearly all of my long-sleeved cozies. I never imagined I would experience a chill again. For the first time, Winter of 2014 (because as it happens, Winter doesn’t truly occur until after the first of the year), I’ve pined for my years of wonderfully warm layers— I’ve acclimated, as they say. I’ve been playing with different steamy drinks and baked morsels to liven each cup! I wanted to share a favorite … [Read more...]