Filed under Baking and Desserts

Blank Slate Creamery

Blank Slate Creamery

I’ve now made two visits to Ann Arbor’s newest ice cream shop, Blank Slate Creamery. Apparently I was not the only one who got the memo stating that they opened! My first visit was back in August, about one month after they opened, but there was still a line out the door on a Friday … Continue reading

Holiday Cookies Class at Sweet Heather Anne

Holiday Cookies Class at Sweet Heather Anne

On North Main Street in Ann Arbor resides the bakery Sweet Heather Anne. This boutique cake studio offers not only stunning wedding cakes, but also creates custom baked goods for corporate and special events, and offers a rotating dessert counter with things like French Macarons and gift-able ‘Cakes in a Jar.” Classes are also offered … Continue reading

Chocolate Chai Snickerdoodles

Chocolate Chai Snickerdoodles

You guys know I LOVE baking cookies! Today I have a unique twist on classic Snickerdoodles to share with you (courtesy of Taste of Home’s recipe). These warm, aromatic spices – which are all typically found in Chai tea – add a little extra zest to the cookies. Traditionally, Snickerdoodles are rolled in cinnamon sugar … Continue reading

Easy Peach Crisp

Easy Peach Crisp

Who can resist a big, juicy, late-summer peach? Not this girl. Why not incorporate nature’s candy into a summer dessert? Using Cooking Light’s Peach Crisp recipe, I placed two sliced peaches into melted butter in a skillet over medium heat. Peel fruit before slicing, if you prefer. This recipe is easily cut in half to … Continue reading

Easter Musings

Easter Musings

I find myself dreaming of vacation lately. Where should we go for our “big” vacay this summer? Current contenders are Central Europe (i.e., Czech Republic, Germany, Croatia, and/or Austria), Costa Rica, all-inclusive resort in Caribbean, Quebec, Western US National Parks trip… Yeah. Seeking a budget-minded trip with lots of culture and adventures. And food. In … Continue reading

Cake Nouveau Valentine’s Dessert Tasting 2013

Cake Nouveau Valentine’s Dessert Tasting 2013

Valentine’s Day 2013 was much like Valentine’s Day 2012! And that’s a good thing. My valentine and I first went to Jolly Pumpkin for a couple beers and some salty truffle fries. A fellow Instagramer commented that these fries are like “kryptonite” and I completely agree. My funny valentine. <3 I sported pink for the … Continue reading

Beer Bread

Beer Bread

Any other beer drankers out there? I love many different styles of beer, but the dark beers are my very favorite. Love those creamy stouts and roasty porters. I would probably say that Great Lakes Brewing Company’s Edmund Fitzgerald Porter (affectionately dubbed “Eddy Fitz,” by many) is my favorite beer. I bring up the topic … Continue reading

Blondies with Brown Butter

Blondies with Brown Butter

Have you ever browned butter? It is a task that relies on one’s sense of smell, more than anything else. Place butter over medium heat. Let it melt. It will start to get foamy. Once the foaming calms down, gently swirl the butter around the pan, to keep it moving. Keep it moving! Eventually, after … Continue reading

Everything But The Kitchen Sink Cookies

Everything But The Kitchen Sink Cookies

Check out this little guy. This is Buckwheat. He is always scurrying around our backyard, and has a special spot in one of our trees where he likes to lay and rest. I captured this perfect candid shot of him last week on our deck. In other news, I’ve been baking! It’s no secret that … Continue reading