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Good thing I have a once a month book club!     Who else would I try fun and whimsical treats like this out on?  My kids don't appreciate one cookie from the next and they are a little too time intensive to sign up for taking them to some large event.  But book club with seven or eight girls spread out in the living room?  Perfect.       My favorite combination: a sweet dessert with a salty finish.  Make them ahead to save yourself time the day of you...

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I love a good, deep coffee ice cream.  Now I can have the homemade version           This cream cheese-based ice cream method yielded great results for me.  Laced with toffee this made a great late night indulgence.           Coffee Toffee Ice Cream Adapted from The Sugar Hit Makes 1 litre of ice cream.   3 tbsp cream cheese, at room temperature pinch of salt 2 cups milk 3 tbsp cornstarch 1 cup cream 1/2 cup evaporated milk 3/4 cup...

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Did you know that I got a lovely ice cream maker for my birthday this year?  It's been purrty fun in a country that just really doesn't do ice cream too well.  I've been churning and creating but I haven't been telling you about it.  But since my sister just happened to get her own ice cream maker yesterday for her birthday I figured it's time to start the ice cream posts rolling!   This was a little slice of refreshment!  I'd seen a post for grapefruit sorbet and decide...

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          A little bit chewy.  A little bit gooey.         A little bit unique.  A little bit sophisticated.       Nutty, chewy dough.  A rich peanut butter and caramel soft center.   This little farm girl approved!       Brown Butter Oatmeal Cookies Filled With Caramel and Peanut ButterTaken from Bakeaholic Mama  1/2 cup  butter1/2 cup sugar1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar1 large egg1 ts...

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A baby shower done Seattle style with blues and rain clouds.  What better opportunity to try out a new cupcake featuring blueberries?     The base is slightly sturdier than my usual cupcake and just a bit muffin-like.  But not so much that you feel like you've just eaten a muffin instead of a cupcake.  Decadent, over the top frosting.  So much so that I wished for slightly less next time.  (Be still.  It's true.  I asked for less frosting.)   Pre...

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These doughnuts.  Oh man.   It was late January.  In Oklahoma.  With my sister.         We had three desserts already made in the fridge but we were having a hankering to make something different.  A hankering that led to a doughnut search that led to this recipe.   A hankering that led to frying and dipping and dunking and shaking at 8pm.  That led to my 4 doughnut and 6 donut hole consumption by 10pm.  That led to some major doughnut ...

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We've been over this, right?  How I love pancakes so, so, so much.  How I love to try new kinds of pancakes.  How the dual between regular schmegular pancakes and something new gets decided by whoever wakes up first?  Well, guess who's been winning that one more lately?   Breakfast fare and coffee married together.  How could that go wrong?  Well it didn't.  It was in fact delightful and frankly I could almost skip all the chocolatey nutella parts of it be...

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I have been looking for an excuse to make these cupcakes for ages.  And okay, they have nothing to do with a 4 year old's pizza party but it was an event and it was an excuse!  Adults need something delicious to eat too that's not technicolor right?         They are rich and a bit whimsical.  They have a lot going on the top but it's not too overpoweringly sweet for those like my husband who will often skip the frosting part altogether.  A definitely crowd...

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One Mother's Day Nate made me these Nutella Rolls with Cream Cheese Icing.  Double yum.  But they involve time and commitment, which lots of us don't have on a regular basis.  In which case, let me introduce you to a new friend called Nutella Drop Biscuits.  See?  Already from the name you can tell YOU could make these.  All you have to do is drop 'em.     Drop 'em and then give them a healthy sprinkle of flaky sea salt.  (Possibly the smartest Christ...

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We are a pancake family.  All four of us.  We eat them almost once a week in their decadent, sugary, pillowy glory.  If Nate's in charge we will always have our classic, vanilla, sky high pancakes.     If I'm in charge you never know what might come out of the kitchen.  Pumpkin Cinnamon Streusel Pancakes (so good!), Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Pancakes, Almond Poppyseed Pancakes (light and delightful), Cinnamon Roll pancakes (I love cinnamon!), Milk Chocolate Ch...

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