I pulled an “Alexa” for quick peanut butter frosting for 2 cupcakes.

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.

juliyya’s Chocolate & Raspberry Surprise Cupcakes. Maybe Cupcake Joneses?

“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?

Product Review: Trader Joe’s Dark Chocolate Covered Peppermint Cremes

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

Cranberry Lolly & Orange Scones, Now with Sweetened Condensed Milk

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

Speedy Baking Powder Biscuits Made with Sweetened Condensed Milk & Full Moon

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

Emergency Brownies with Sweetened Condensed Milk: My Recipe

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