baking

Easy Homemade Blueberry Pie

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Nothing says summer quite like fresh blueberry pie--especially one made from blueberries you've picked yourself!  Sadly for those of us down here in sunny Florida, blueberry season is already over, but we are happily still enjoying the lingering fruits of our labor. Mmmmmm....blueberries.... The great thing about homemade pie--especially when you "cheat" and use ready-made [...]

How to Make a Sandcastle Cake {Tutorial}

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Oh, the cake! I knew as soon as we decided on a mermaid theme for Trouble's 4th birthday that a sand castle cake would be perfect.  I had seen a few really photos on Pinterest, I just couldn't find any detailed instructions.  Since paying hundreds of dollars for a professionally decorated cake was out of [...]

Sugar-Crusted Blueberry Cake with Sour Cream Glaze {Recipe}

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Have you ever had a recipe "fail" turn into one of your best recipes ever?  That is exactly what happened with this cake.    My plan was to bake a blueberry buckle, but then realized I didn't have the requisite springform pan.  I thought I'd improvise and add the streusel topping to the bottom of [...]

Chocolate Coconut Dream Cake

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Some dear friends hosted a small get-together on New Year's Eve. I volunteered to bring a dessert because a.) I love any excuse to bake something fabulous and b.) I try to stock up on baking staples whenever I see them on sale so my baking cupboard is always ready to go. I had seen [...]

Caramelized Pear Upside-Down Cake

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This recipe for Caramelized Pear Upside Down Cake might be my favorite dessert recipe of all time, which is no small feat!  It is simply heaven on a plate.  Between the sweet-but-not-too-sweet pear flavor and the perfectly-imperfect texture of the cornmeal in the cake, it's so good I can't even think of anything more to [...]

Refrigerator Raisin Bran Muffins

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These refrigerator bran muffins--a family recipe shared by my amazing Auntie Lois--are an all-time favorite in my house.  They are SO yummy!  The recipe makes a huge batch, but the batter stores in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks.  It is perfect for busy mornings because we can spoon out just what we need [...]

How to Make the Best Sugar Cookies

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I love baking sugar cookies.  I make them for almost every holiday and birthday and I have had lots of people ask me how I make them.   I'm not going to lie, they are very time consuming and the ultimate labor of love.  But for those of you who are interested, here is my [...]