This Weekend

One Stitch Two Stitch

my bf and I along with some friends decided to take a mini road trip down to the Keys on Saturday . . .

BurrsWe made an impromptu stop at Burr’s Berry Farm. They have a stand where you can buy freshly-picked strawberries and seasonal produce, along with homemade jams. Their strawberry milkshakes are yummy!

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GlibertsWe made two stops, one to Alabama Jacks (sorry no pics!) and then here to Gilberts which is a huge Tiki bar right on the water.
DSC05224The view is pretty amazing here. I had a strawberry daiquiri, sat back and enjoyed the live music . . . very relaxing!
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On Sunday, we went down to South Beach and had a nice stroll on the beach. The day was amazing – a clear blue sky and lovely sunshine. These are the times you know how lucky you are to be living down in south Florida! We…

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White Chocolate Strawberry Pie and a Sunshine Award

The Home Heart


Welcome to Spring!

It doesn’t feel much like Spring, does it?

I heard that the weather is getting frisky all over the place. Here in NC we had snow flurries for several hours on the second day of Spring. Pretty wild. And the temp hasn’t gotten much better since. We’re keeping our fingers crossed over here that it warms up soon. I’m pretty sure that pesky groundhog has had his 6 weeks, right? Time for us to get some Spring-like weather going on over here.

Well, if you’re in need of some Spring like me, this pie should do the trick. It is as delectable as it looks – truly. And it was super easy to put together. So the next time you need a dessert or just a pick-me-up, this is the recipe for you.

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White Chocolate Strawberry Pie

9-inch graham pie crust*

12 oz. cream cheese, softened

2…

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Cookies and Cream Bon Bons & Chocolate Covered Cherry Bon Bons

Snookie's Cakes

I can’t remember when I stumbled upon this recipe, just that it was tucked away in my binder, awaiting to be rediscovered.

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I ended up tweaking the orignal Taste of HomeWonderful Candies Two Ways Recipe. I mean, come on, THREE POUNDS of confectioners sugar! Oh look, I think some of my teeth just ran away in fear.

Not that two pounds is all that much better.

Cookies and Cream Bon Bons & Chocolate Covered Cherry Bon Bons

Ingredients:

1 cup unsalted butter, melted

1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk

2 pounds of confectioners sugar +, sifted

1 1/2 cups crushed cream filled sandwich cookies +

1-2 (10 oz) jars of maraschino cherries, reserve juice

white candy coating

chocolate candy coating

red candy coating, if desired

Directions:

In a large bowl, combine butter and milk. Gradually beat in confectioners’ sugar until a smooth dough is formed. Divide in half.

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Coffee and Walnut Caramel Cake

Sad Biscuit

Recipe #12

All things being equal, I am normally a very even tempered and forgiving evil cake genius.  However, there comes a moment in all our lives when someone pushes you too far.  And it’s at moments like that when you have no choice but to unleash your inner sassy black woman and say, “Oh no you didn’t!  It’s on now bitch!!!”

For me, this moment came just a few days ago when they announced the winner of this year’s Kit-Kat Chunky contest.  I was cheering my little black heart out for Kit-Kat Chunky Fudge to win and brought to bear all my instruments of gentle persuasion to try to make it so.  However, despite all of my threats and bribery and waterboarding, my wishes were ignored and Kit-Kat Chunky Mint was declared the champion.

I did warn people that there would be consequences if I didn’t get my…

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Prajitura imposibila: ciocolata, crema de zahar ars si caramel (chocoflan) – also in English

Banana&Chocolate

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In sfarsit, am ajuns sa postez si aceasta reteta. Cred ca asteapta sa fie postata de doi ani, timp in care am tot adaptat reteta (si vasul in care se coace), pana cand am gasit combinatia perfecta.

De ce “prajitura imposibila”? Pentru ca este o prajitura vrajita, al carei straturi isi inverseaza pozitia in timpul coacerii. Da, nu glumesc, intra in cuptor intr-o ordine si ies in ordinea inversa 🙂

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Este o prajitura traditionala mexicana, care se numeste chocoflan, si a carei reteta originala se afla aici. Dar pentru ca reteta originala avea prea multe ingrediente care sunt greu sa imposibil de procurat la noi (cajeta, lapte condensat, lapte evaporat) am cautat solutii sa o adaptez. Am inlocuit si prajitura de ciocolata cu o alta reteta care mie imi place mult. Asadar, ceea ce urmeaza sa va prezint este o reteta complet diferita…

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Chocolate Entry #21: National Chocolate Caramel Day

Death by Chocolate

As if this week being American Chocolate Week was not enough, today is also National Chocolate Caramel Day!
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Chocolate and caramel is probably one of the most common pairings of chocolate, and, in my opinion, one of the best.  My favorite chocolate caramels are probably Ghirardelli’s Dark and Caramel, but I also just yesterday tried a piece of chocolate caramel from Le Chocolat du Bouchard in Naperville, IL.  This was actually the first time I have ever had a chocolate with caramel that was not your typical smooth and creamy caramel.  The filling to this chocolate was actually more the consistency that one would associate with Nugget.  Though it was very tasty, it was not one of my favorites, and I find I prefer the more traditional consistency of caramel.

I also once attempted to make chocolate caramel cupcakes….though the attempt fell short.  Caramel can be just as temperamental to…

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Sticky Toffee Cupcakes

Gloverly Cupcakes

sticky toffee cupcakes

I’ve been wanting to make these cupcakes for ages and they were definitely worth the wait. The caramel cream cheese buttercream is probably one of the best buttercreams I’ve tasted for a while – the texture was so smooth and silky and it had just the right sweetness. I could have eaten the whole bowl!

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I made these for the Comic Relief Bake Off in the office which was a bit of a risk given I’d never made them before. But I decided that all the other recipes I’ve tried from Peggy Porschen’s Boutique Baking book have all been really tasty so these would be too and they didn’t let me down. I decided to leave the walnuts out since I know not everyone likes them, but I think they would have added an extra crunch which would have made these perfect. As it was they were delicious – just…

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