Lemon Bars

Lemon Bars, the silver lining in this never ending summer. 

Summer is almost over… YAY!!

Lemon Bars

Yes, I know that’s an unpopular opinion, but summer isn’t my season. I’m a sweaty Betty (shockingly that isn’t a Mad Men reference), I require a lot of air conditioning, and I look fabulous in a winter hat. Two weeks ago I painted my nails dark purple in protest of the 90° heat. In summary, I can’t wait for the temperature to cool down and the leaves to fall. 

There is one summery dessert that I love—Lemon Bars. 

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Caramel Corn

Crispy, crunchy caramel corn is what your sweet (and salty) tooth needs! 

Caramel Corn on Sifting Through Life

I used to work in a bakery where we made a lot of caramel corn, a lot of caramel corn. I wasn’t involved in the corn popping or the caramel cooking. No, I had the glamorous job of pulling the popcorn apart into individual pieces, by hand, just after it was coated in 250F caramel.

It was an intense task, but I have to say that the temporary loss of feeling in my fingertips was worth it. This crisp, sweet, and slightly salty caramel corn was insanely addictive. We even had to cover it with cling wrap to keep the staff from eating it all.

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Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Chewy, comforting, and full of oats and raisins, these Oatmeal Raisin Cookies are always a crowd pleaser. 

Chewy, comforting, and chalk full of oats and raisins, these Oatmeal Raisin Cookies are always a crowd pleaser.

Through some dark magic of the internet, my recipe for Oatmeal Raisin Cookies disappeared. A world without my chewy, brown sugar filled, nostalgia inducing Oatmeal Raisin Cookies is not a world I want to live in, so I’m reposting the recipe! Wow, I can be dramatic…

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Meringue Cookies

Find my latest recipe for light and crisp Meringue Cookies in my guest blog over at The Carolina Farmhouse Kitchen! 

Melt in your mouth delicious and with a swirl of pink, these Meringue Cookies are perfect for Valentine's Day.

If you follow me on Facebook, then you know I’m writing a weekly(ish) guest blog for Jessica over at The Carolina Farmhouse Kitchen. Her blog is full of old fashioned recipes, entertaining tips, and love for local food and farming. I’m so happy to work with Jessica and to be featured on such a beautiful blog! 

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Vanilla Extract vs
Vanilla Paste vs
Vanilla Beans

Let’s take a closer look at every baker’s favorite flavor balancer, as we figure out the difference between vanilla extract vs vanilla paste vs vanilla beans.  

Almost all baking recipes require vanilla. It’s subtle, sweet, and rounds out the flavor of most baked goods. Most of the time, recipes ask for vanilla extract, but did you know you have other options? You do! And today, I’ll be explaining the difference between vanilla extract vs vanilla paste vs vanilla beans.  

The difference between vanilla extract, vanilla paste, and vanilla beans.

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Classic Pound Cake

Is there anything as simple and delicious as a slice of Classic Pound Cake? No there is not! This recipe is so easy, and the results are a decadent, soft cake that everyone will want seconds of! 

Classic Pound Cake

I’m know I’m on sort of a bundt cake kick, but I don’t hate it! Much like my Marble Bundt Cake, this Classic Pound Cake does not disappoint!  It’s decadent, tender, and will become one of your go-to cake recipes.

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Berry Muffins

A muffin without a muffin top is no muffin at all. These tart and tender Berry Muffins have tall fluffy tops. Find out my tricks for getting puffy tops below! 
A muffin without a muffin top is no muffin at all. These tart and tender Berry Muffins have tall fluffy tops. Find out my three tricks for getting puffy tops every time.

After settling for sad and sunken muffins for too long, I finally created a recipe that yields tart and tender muffins with lovely domed tops. These Berry Muffins are what every muffin hopes to be. 

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My New Year’s Baking Resolutions

Happy New Year! Hope you had a wonderful holiday, where family fights were few and eggnog was aplenty.

With each new year comes new resolutions. My usual resolution (like everyone) is to lose weight. But let’s be real, that never pans out, because have you tasted food? It’s delicious. I thought this year I’d choose something a little more realistic.

Here are my baking resolutions for 2016.  

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Cinnamon Pecan Scones

Cinnamon Pecan Scones — perfect for busy mornings and a hot cup of teaBreakfast food is not my favorite. When I wake up, I am so not in the mood to make a meal. That requires too much A.M. standing. However, I love these Cinnamon Pecan Scones because I can make them in advance (minimal morning standing), and they pair perfectly with a steaming cup of Earl Grey. Oh and did I mention they’re fun and easy to make?  Continue reading