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Lemon Blueberry Cheesecake

I do not like cheesecake....can't stand the taste of it at all. Anyone who knows me  knows that I will not eat it unless I absolutely have (i.e. being polite to my hostess). The only reason I will ever make it is if the husband asks for it or if it's National Cheesecake day......which it… Continue reading Lemon Blueberry Cheesecake

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Red, White, and Blue Cobbler

I know, I know....I'm a bit late on the 4th of July desserts. Anyone who knows me knows how much I don't like to conform to the majority and EVERYONE sends out 4th of July before the holiday. My recipe would just end up getting deleted or thrown into the spam box along with the… Continue reading Red, White, and Blue Cobbler

Baking Basics

Kosher, Sea, Table….is there really a difference?

So I recently wrote a post (okay maybe a month or so ago) about the difference between salted and unsalted butter. Now I had one follower ask me, "is there really a difference among the salts? Can't I use sea salt if it says table?" I used to be one of those people who when a… Continue reading Kosher, Sea, Table….is there really a difference?


Strawberry Cornmeal Shortcakes

Well, it's officially arrived.....strawberry season. Doesn't matter where you turn, there is no escape. You can try to run or maybe even hide, but eventually, as they always do, they will find you. They will creep out of their darken spots behind the cantaloupes, lurking deep in the shadows until suddenly they will be in your… Continue reading Strawberry Cornmeal Shortcakes

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Tips for consistency in the kitchen for beginning bakers…

If you're anything like me, consistency can be an issue when in the kitchen. One day, you follow the recipe to the letter and it comes out looking like mush and then next time it looks as though Gordon Ramsey himself placed it on the table. I have always had this problem and probably will… Continue reading Tips for consistency in the kitchen for beginning bakers…


Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte Cupcakes

Pumpkin is coming….


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As fun as summer has been, I am so ready for Fall! By time August rolls around, I’m usually over the humidity, heat waves, and constant “glistening” whenever I step outside. Fall brings so many great things, including boots season, beautiful foliage, and yes, PSL! I might be getting a bit ahead of myself, but I couldn’t resist making these Pumpkin Spice Latte Cupcakes. And yes, that is a pumpkin spice caramel drizzle. The full recipe is included below:

Pumpkin Spice Latte Cupcake Batter:

  • 1⅓ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 ⅓ tsp. pumpkin spice
  • ¾ cup canned pumpkin
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup dark brown sugar
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp espresso powder, dissolved in 1 tbsp hot water

Cream Cheese Buttercream Frosting:

  • 2 sticks or 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 4oz cream cheese, room…

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