“Boy Version” Coconut Dream Bars, Recipe

First thing this morning, while the coffee was brewing, I was cutting the parchment for these cookies. They’re also known as Hawaiian Dream Bars* in my family, another of my mother’s favorites. I didn’t put butterscotch chips in these, so the coconut is the star. If you’re wondering why I’ve provided them a gender-defining name, … More “Boy Version” Coconut Dream Bars, Recipe

And today … Royal Velvet Lavender Caramels in the pan

Yep, it was the lavender sugar in the jar, infused since St. Patrick’s day and ready for cookies or caramels for the Christmas goody tins, made the answer to the question — what kind of caramels this year? — easy. Lavender is most definitely one of those yes-please or no-thank-you flavors, and for several people … More And today … Royal Velvet Lavender Caramels in the pan

Christmas goody making begins with Fudge 1 and Fudge 2

I thought that there’d only be peanut butter fudge made today, but an early start followed by a cleaned and warmed 4-quart pot felt very much like a do-it-now while the pot, spoon and scraper are out. Next, a whole lot of cutting wax paper and wrapping before the fudges join some cookies next week … More Christmas goody making begins with Fudge 1 and Fudge 2

2. New! juliyya’s Seattle Espresso Salted Caramels

I’ve been thinking about making my corn-syrup-free caramels with a bit of espresso for a while, and since I make some kind of caramel for the Christmas goody bags, 2017 has become the year for another original candy from my kitchen. Homemade caramels, soft, so full of flavor, so Mmm. First the molasses. Then the … More 2. New! juliyya’s Seattle Espresso Salted Caramels

Happy Birthday, Cousin. Here’s the AliceMarie Lavender Trio

I like to make my own infused sugars for baked goods, but a kind lady gifted me with a bag of commercially produced lavender sugar and that meant find a use or two for it. It just so happened that my cousin — who sent me the bottles of Royal Velvet culinary lavender which led … More Happy Birthday, Cousin. Here’s the AliceMarie Lavender Trio