Articles Tagged sweet things

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Summer is almost here y’all and that means time break out the grill! My family is just a little obsessed with grilling. When Friday rolls around the grill is fired up, music is whaling, the cooler is full, and our patio is packed with friends and family. In my opinion any weekend with a grill lit is an amazing one!

lemon roulade with honey mascarpone buttercream

It’s spring and all I can think about is cooking with lemons. I’m addicted and when I ran out of the traditional recipes to use with lemons, I started making excuses to bake with them. Like this amazing, creamy, decedent, must go to the gym afterwards lemon roulade or lemon roll if you aren’t wearing your fancy pants. Lemon Roulade with Honey Mascarpone is tangy and bright and absolutely impressive. It was gone in seconds as it was shared with everyone in our neighborhood. They must read my facebook feed as there were suddenly knocks on the door when I

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Roasted Strawberry Parfaits

18 | March 26, 2013

Roasting the strawberries in this parfait recipe brings out their natural amazing flavor and creates a luxurious syrup while still maintaining a firm texture. This is a natural snack at it’s best — perfect for young and old alike. These Roasted Strawberry Parfaits were gone in seconds. I had kids and adults with yogurt covered faces and big eyes saying, “more!” Quick, simple, and beyond good. PrintRoasted Strawberry Parfaits Rating: 51 Cook Time: 15 minutes Yield: 2 servings Ingredients2 cups fresh organic strawberries, quartered 1 tablespoon turbinado sugar 2 cups plain greek yogurt 2 tablespoons honey 1/2 cup granola mint for garnish,

The BEST snack! Chocolate Cherry Sunflower Crackers

Stop. Before we go any further, I have to say these are irresistibly delicious and I’m actually a little mad that my husband took them with him on his 3 day trail running race this weekend. It’s spring break. I have taken on a few extra clients this month and doubled my work load just in time to have Mia at home all day every day for a week. Makes complete sense, right? No one ever said I was smart. Monday, I thought I was going to get through. With deadlines looming I just took my computer wherever Mia and

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With the end of winter and the beginning of spring brings my favorite time of citrus season. Especially because the meyer lemons are at their best and I’m a huge meyer lemon fan. Being a cross between a lemon and a mandarin orange, these lemons are tart but not as bitter as a regular lemon. So, when season hits I buy as many as I can, squeeze the juice and freeze it for use through out the year. The perfect pairing of the floral lavender with the smooth citrus of the meyer lemon makes these lemon bars far from ordinary

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Martyred saints, chubby cherubs, hearts and lace… it’s Valentine’s Day and what better way to celebrate with a rich dark chocolate cake and a beautifully tangy blood orange sauce. This cake is a chocolate lovers dream as the absence of flour lends its way to a moist velvety texture with a crisp crust that pairs perfectly with a uniquely tart red blood orange sauce. Flourless Chocolate Cake with Blood Orange Sauce serves 8 to 12 6 Tbs unsalted butter, plus more for pan 8 ounces bittersweet chocolate chips (70% cocoa) 1/4 tsp instant espresso 1 pinch sea salt 6 large

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Madeleine Crème Brûlée

3 | August 26, 2011

A little while ago, a pretty little white box arrived at my doorstep filled with Donsuemor Madeleines and no, it wasn’t a dream. I was so excited because the only place you can find a madeleine in this town short of making them yourself is at the local chain coffee shop and trust me that comes no where close to a traditional one. Of course I ripped the box open, with dignity and grace mind you, and tasted my first Donsuemor Madeleine. It was perfectly moist, slightly sweet, and just the right amount of crispness to bite into. Just like the ones I

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It’s hot here! Have I said that already? It’s so hot that this sorbet melted halfway into shooting it. Ok, yes I had a chicken pot pie in the oven that made the already hot kitchen 1500°F but it was well worth it. I do not own an ice cream maker. I wish I did but I would have no where to put it in this tiny kitchen. So I had to come up with a more simplified version to make an icy treat to help cool us down. It was a certain success as I turned to look at

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In Texas, apricots are right up there with peaches and when they hit the markets you know it’s the beginning of summer.That’s why yesterday when I was at the market I must of lost my head with excitement and bought 5 pounds. Hmmm? What am I going to do with 5 pounds of apricots I kept asking myself as the dog was liking the side of my face and drooling down my arm in the car ride home. That’s when, for some unknown reason, I remembered an episode from the Two Fat Ladies and a chocolate almond crusted tart that

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A couple of days ago my phone rings. It’s Kim, my next door neighbor and sometimes a product reviewer on In Sock Monkey Slippers. This is what happens when you live next to me; I talk about you to hundreds of people and make you work for me without real pay but it’s all good because I feed you constantly. Kind of like Oprah and Gale. She’s in a hurry (has some REAL work to actually get to) and begins to tell me that someone is looking for me, contacted her and wants my phone number. At first I’m like, “uh…do

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blueberry pie…on a stick

17 | February 21, 2011

This post is dedicated to my little brother that is currently stationed in Afghanistan and who’s proven theory in life is that everything tastes better on a “steeeek.” Sorry, it’s an inside joke. I saw these many years ago in a little bakery in Dallas and the idea has stuck in my head since then. It wasn’t until this past weekend when we were spending time at the ranch that I remembered these little delights. My mother-in-law had taken Mia to the neighboring ranch for a visit and upon their return my 2 year-old little girl had a new word,

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If you’ve been keeping up with us lately you already know that we had a freak storm of tornadic proportions a couple of days ago. It left us  and our neighborhood without power and a tree limb injected straight into our roof. Seriously it was crazy and you can read all about it in yesterday’s excruciating long post, a small tornado and 10 things to do without power. What can I say I was bored without power while we were seeking shelter in the natural science and history museum. But now with power on it’s time to return to normal, or how