Yesterday’s phone call with my mother went something like this: “That Rum Raisin Banana Bread* you sent to Poulsbo on Friday was delicious. I shared it with your youngest brother Saturday morning after he collected it from the mailbox. You know what I really loved? Those Lavender Butter Cookies** you sent me for Mother’s Day.” … More New! Raspberry Butter Cookies
I received an envelope with a card and a two-page story from the 8 year-old girl in whose honor the character of Pinky arose along with Pinky’s Grasshopper Cupcake. (If I didn’t mention it already, Pinky is attracted to frostings.) The young lady and her sister have created critters to join Lady Lolita VandenBug and … More When one gets a Mesij from Caryor Pishon, one makes Leftover Cake
My Dutch great-grandmother would be proud, I tell ya’. Her now locally-famous chocolate Dutch Potato Cake has given birth to a new and delicious, mouth-watering cake. A couple days ago, when I made the mini version of the birthday cake from last week, I was reminded of how much it seems like what I imagine … More New! Dutch Potato Gingerbread Cake
“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 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.
My cousin in Idaho is having a birthday next week and my mother recently did me a favor, so another cookie experiment for my Mini-teacake patties and/or peppermint cookie lines popped into mind for gifts. They are a success, a delicate mint and buttery melt-in-one-bite bit of goodness. I had quite a bit of fun … More New! juliyya’s Peppermint Patties & Minis
The internet was down all afternoon, so I popped outside with the rubbish and heard some ladies singing the old standard birthday song. “Whose birthday is it?” I called from outside the window where the jubilee for 30 years on planet Earth was happening. “It’s Rose’s!” She and several of her friends came to greet … More I Love … Birthdays. August 29th is Rose’s.
There was one lonely and ripe banana in the kitchen. What to do? Bake something, of course. A recipe for peanut butter muffins in my quick bread recipe files served as the inspiration for these moist, lovely and fast-made muffins. I highly recommend. In the “old days,” the peanut butter was mixed with the dry … More Peanut Butter & Banana Muffins with Mini Chocolate Chips: recipe
It is indeed time for another birthday by proxy. Mark handed me a bag of organic dried cranberries during the Christmas baking blitz and this cookie was on the tentative menu. I ruled it out after looking at the number of tins full of cookies and candies on the makeshift tables in relation to the … More Birthday by Proxy: Molasses, Fruit & Nut Chews with Lime Cream Glaze
Recently I experimented with some chocolate shard cookies* made with Seattle’s Theo Chocolate bars and froze some of the dough for further experimentation. Last night I made doughs and completed preparations to bake some newbies this morning and deliver up some sweetness and love to my daughter in her office later today. Some people have … More j’s Crookies, Chip Snicks and Cinnamon Toast Snicks