Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies

My October mood—give me all the Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies. We’re more than halfway through October, and so far, I’ve had zero pumpkin spice lattes. Before you start praying for my basic soul, I haven’t had […]

Caramel Cake

Caramel Cake, filled with caramel frosting and drizzled with caramel sauce. Get your caramel fix here!

Caramel Cake by Sifting Through Life

I love birthdays. My birthday. Your birthday. Family birthdays. Strangers’ birthdays. I love them all. A lot of people hate their birthday, so I think I try to combat all that ill-will and love everyone’s birthday whether they want me to or not. 

This year, my roommate wasn’t super excited about her birthday, but I was! Because 1) As we’ve discussed, I love birthdays and 2) I knew I was making this Caramel Cake. It’s a caramel lover’s dream with homemade caramel sauce in the cake batter, frosting and drizzled on top.

It’s so good that I had a brief moment where I contemplated keeping it all for myself. It was brief, but it happened.  

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Buttermilk Biscuits

Get these fluffy, Southern-grandma-approved Buttermilk Biscuits in your oven and then into your mouth. 

Buttermilk Biscuits by Sifting Through Life

I get in these little baking fits where I become obsessed with perfecting a recipe. These Buttermilk Biscuits are the flaky results of my latest fit.

I woke up one Saturday and really, really wanted biscuits. The kind that steam when you open them up and have layers so buttery and so flaky that they melt in your mouth.  After several Saturdays and dozens of biscuits, I found my perfect recipe. 

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Margarita Cupcakes

Packed with tequila and puckery lime, these Margarita Cupcakes prove that margs aren’t just for drinking. 

Margarita Cupcakes from Sifting Through Life

A long, long time ago, in March of 2015, I shared my Margarita Cupcakes. Also in March of 2015, I had a fondness for surrounding my pictures with giant black borders. Oh, and I took those pictures on my state of the art iPhone 4. Times they have a-changed. And because they have changed, I thought it was time for an update. 

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Almond Orange Biscotti

It’s a good thing a batch of this Almond Orange Biscotti makes a ton of cookies because you’re going to want to eat every single one. 

Almond Orange Biscotti

If you’ve followed along for a while now (Hi, mom!), then you know that I have a deep love for dessert disguised as breakfast. Exhibit A. Exhibit B. Exhibit C.

Now I can add Almond Orange Biscotti as Exhibit D. It is just the right amount of sweet, is easy to take on the go and is heaven with coffee. 

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Rosemary Parmesan Focaccia

After many weeks of procrastinating, I made my first bread, and after tasting this Rosemary Parmesan Focaccia, I don’t know why I waited so long. 

Rosemary Parmesan Focaccia

Guys, I did it. I started the Great Bread Adventure of 2017. It took me a while 1) to read the beginning chapters of Peter Reinhart’s The Bread Baker’s Apprentice and 2) to gain the courage to actually start baking. If you’ve never done it, bread baking often takes a long time. I knew this Rosemary Parmesan Focaccia would take about a day to make, and I didn’t want to mess it up. Thanks to my fairy bread father, Peter Reinhart, it came out darn near perfect. 

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Red Velvet Madeleines

These Red Velvet Madeleines are a southern twist on a French classic. 

Red Velvet Madeleines

I’ve had Red Velvet Madeleines on my mind for a while now. Something about turning one of my favorite cakes into a tiny madeleine pillow spoke to me… and then nagged at me for months. I finally listened, and it turns out that tiny voice inside knows what she’s talking about! 

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