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If summer is for making cupcake flavors you might not normally try, then it's also for making the most obnoxiously (festive?) colored sugar cookies with your kids! Am I right?     Once you try a swig sugar cookie, you won't go back. They are absolute pillows of softness and full of rich vanilla flavor.   My friend Christy made me promise NEVER to share this recipe with her. It's too dangerous. She likes buttercream and sugar cookies as much as I do. I'm sharing it with you, but it...

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Sometimes you just need something in a festive wrapper.   Sometimes you just need something a little different. A little out of the box.   For me, nuts in my buttercream is certainly out of the box. I'm a big fan of creamy, smooth, unadulterated buttercream. But what is summer for after a long school year if not to try out a recipe that might not become your staple but is worthy of a place at the table? That's exactly how I'd describe this one.       Recipe from Sugary &...

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I love a good coffee cake in the morning. Or sometimes at 10 at night. Because coffee cake is pretty satisfying then too.   This one would be perfect for Thanksgiving or Christmas morning. Or any morning when you have a few extra minutes and the leaves outside are crunchy brown and orange.       Recipe from Bake or Break. Click HERE for the recipe. I recommend using more chopped pecans than what the recipe calls for. Mine is a bit sparse and I measured what the recipe said. A...

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I just love to make cupcakes. I love that they are compact little cakes. I love being able to mound frosting, piling it up high. I especially love when they have a surprise filling inside.   This cupcakes was a total success. Chocolate base that works in high altitude! Rich, smooth frosting and gooey dulce de leche running through.         Recipe from Baker by Nature. Click HERE for recipe. Add new comment...

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When I used to work at a domestic violence agency, I was part of a coalition to stop violence in the neighborhood. We met monthly and more often than not the facilitator would have a box of bagels from Panera. The Cinnamon Crunch Bagel was always my go-to and sometimes I'd eat two just because they are so good!     Clearly I have no Panera close to me now so I decided to try my own hand at a good substitute.     I obviously need to work on my hole-making skills in the bagel w...

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This cake was a delight. Unexpectedly. The vanilla pound cake couldn't be more perfect and I kept wanting to make the creme-holes bigger just so that I could eat more crumbs as I worked.    And the creme is delicious as well. I didn't add so much as to overwhelm. Instead it was just enough to add this extra surprise flavor and to create some soaked, gooshy areas that hit the spot.       My friend Carol, whose birthday we were celebrating, is a nutritionist and eats almos...

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We have raspberry jelly in our home, which is a rare treat! I just had to use some of it to try out these biscuits. Flaky and buttery, with that dynamic combination of rapsberry and chocolate with the tanginess of the cream cheese.  Who wouldn't want to start their morning with one (or three) of these!      Taken from Taste and Tell Blog. Recipe found HERE. *I left off the chocolate drizzle because they started to feel too much like dessert with that extra chocolate. Add new ...

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Festivity. Even sitting in my shorts with my green, green grass outside this cake can make me feel just like Christmas. The gorgeous ruby Christmas color. The tangy cranberries we don't often eat fresh any other time of the year.    This coffee cake is about as simple as homemade can get with just five ingredients. And isn't that just what you want in the midst of the present wrapping, nightly events, frantic cookie decorating? So take a load off for a minute. Practice being present ov...

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Looks stunning. Sounds delicious.      Not as phenomenol as one would have hoped. You win some you lose some. Worth a try, eh?   Add new comment...

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Oatmeal raisin rolls. A sweet treat on a lazy day. Not overly indulgent. You can feel a bit better about these than a cinnamon roll. But still that belly-comfort feeling of soft, warm, fresh bread kneeded by your own hands and going into your mouth.       Taken from Averie Cooks. Recipe found HERE. Add new comment...

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