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Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

Below freezing temps in the Northeast could not stop us from whipping up some fresh ice cream for our Gluten Free birthday boy’s ice cream cake.   Chocolate Chip Ice Cream: 1 cup cold whole milk 3/4 cup sugar 2 cups cold heavy cream 2 […]

Soft and Poofy Sugar Cookies (with Frosting)

Like Annie from Annie’s Eats, my husband LOVES those poofy soft sugar cookies from the grocery store. (And who am I kidding? So do I!) I decided to give these a go. As Annie says, they are buttery, pillowy, and delicious. The frosting is perfect […]

Yellow Cake with Quick Vanilla Frosting

As I mentioned, my husband ran the Boston Marathon on Monday and I am incredibly proud of him! This was his first marathon and he ran with the Dana Farber team as part of the Dana Farber Marathon Challenge (DFMC).  He raised more than $5,000 […]

Fresh Fruit Trifle

  The birthdays of my mother and my brother are within just a few days of each other.  The members of my family don’t love sweets as much as I do, and when I bake a cake for them I tend to eat the biggest piece […]

Mandarin Orange and Pomegranate Tart

This cake on MyRecipes.com caught my eye.  I absolutely love the brilliant orange of the mandarins contrasting with the bright ruby pomegranate arils!  Isn’t it such a beautiful and striking combination for fall?  I decided to use it as an inspiration for this tart.  Mandarin […]

Chocolate Sugar Cookies with Pink Frosting and Sprinkles (over Times Square!)

For my friend’s NYC bachelorette party I made some festive cookie favors!  I was running late for the bus so I didn’t realize until we arrived and checked into the hotel that I hadn’t snagged any photos yet.  As I was positioning the cookies near the window […]

Banana Pudding Tart

A few weeks ago my husband and I spent an extra long wonderful weekend in Tennessee. I had never been to the south before (other than Florida) and I was really excited for fried catfish and all things BBQ!  What I did not anticipate falling […]

Boston Cream Pie (Cake)

My dad’s favorite dessert is Boston Cream Pie.  When my mom asked me to make a cake for his birthday, my brain went crazy with ideas but I kept coming back to Boston Cream Pie.  It is his favorite, after all!  I had never made a […]

Mini Strawberry Cupcakes

Why is that all things mini are just so cute?  Baby shoes, teacup dogs, doll house furniture, cocktail weiners, tartlets…things that are shrunken down are just so appealing that we can’t help but use words like adorable to describe them!  The same goes for these tiny cupcakes—they are […]

Magnolia’s Vanilla Cupcakes with Vanilla Buttercream

The Magnolia Bakery in New York City is known for its cupcakes.  The bakery has received much acclaim and several appearances in pop culture.  (A Sex and the City episode is the first that comes to mind!) Though I have never been in the bakery (though I did walk […]