When my family lived in Tacoma on my grandmother’s little farm from the time I was in 2nd grade through 9th grade, my mother — with the aid of Velda and her kennel across the street — raised apricot poodles with black points. (We also had German shepherds, but that’s another story.) Lots of folks … More Apricot Poodles & Date-Walnut Chews
Man oh man. Today I quickly baked a batch of Gratitude cookies* for the two maintenance men who arrived this morning to repair a broken U pipe under the kitchen sink, replace and hook up two broken elements on the old stove and install weather-stripping around the door. I put all three of the requests … More I pulled an “Alexa” for quick peanut butter frosting for 2 cupcakes.
“Why don’t you simply make half a batch of raspberry sauce if you don’t need the whole thing?” asked Sylvia after I’d told her that I’d only used 1/4 cup of it in the frosting for the Raspberry Joneses* made a few days ago. Answer: because it takes as long to make a half batch … More juliyya’s Chocolate & Raspberry Surprise Cupcakes. Maybe Cupcake Joneses?
I had a first go at this cookie a number of years ago for Mother and the Old Buck’s 50th wedding anniversary, along with the huge Mexican chocolate cake I made for the same occasion. Then, last week a package of freeze-dried, unsweetened, unsulfured raspberries in Trader Joe’s caught my eye and I decided to … More Revised & New! Raspberry Jones for a Birthday
I had to go to my local Trader Joe’s again today to pick up one of their dark Belgian chocolate Pound Plus bars because somebody had bought every one of them in stock when I went in store yesterday and there was another box due last night. (There was still plenty of the other four … More Product Review: Trader Joe’s Dark Chocolate Covered Peppermint Cremes
The last of the can of sweetened condensed milk — around 2 Tablespoons used in substitution for sugar and part of the milk — has helped to turn the apartment into a lovely, fragrant morning space. I went to the store yesterday to acquire the orange, then reached into the fridge this morning for a … More Cranberry Lolly & Orange Scones, Now with Sweetened Condensed Milk
There’s a half can of sweetened condensed milk left over from Emergency Brownies* a couple days ago, and unlike the days when I stirred it into cups of coffee in an early upscale coffee shop in Bahrain from behind the counter as a 16-year old, I lost my taste for coffee sweetened in that fashion, … More Speedy Baking Powder Biscuits Made with Sweetened Condensed Milk & Full Moon
Many know that chocolate is a food group by itself, has proven health benefits and, for me, is essential for pick-me-ups when nothing else will do. Brownies are also known to be one of the fastest ways to meet that essential need and usually all the ingredients necessary for a pan full of them are … More Emergency Brownies with Sweetened Condensed Milk: My Recipe
I am so grateful for what is about to happen in less than two hours. After five and a half months, me and solid food will get to remake our acquaintance. Just out of the oven is one dozen of my special chewy chocolate chip cookies, made with See’s Semisweet chocolate chips and none of … More Thanks via Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies
I love a birthday, especially a child’s birthday, and was asked to make the cake for a new petite friend who just started kindergarten in September when she was 5. The difference a month makes, or, as my grandmother said, a day makes a difference! The surprise is the small oblong cake on top. Eva’s … More Eva is 6! She likes chocolate cake.