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 [...]

Pumpkin Coconut Chocolate Chip Cream Cheese Muffins {Recipe}

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Sometime last winter I found canned pumpkin on clearance at Walgreeens.  It made the perfect "filler" item to complete my multiple transactions, so I stocked up and bought all the cans they had left.  I'm so happy fall is finally here so I can start to use it!  (I am incapable of eating pumpkin anything [...]

How To Make a Perfect Pie Crust {Tutorial}

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Fall is practically upon us, which means pie season is also here (at least for me!) There nothing in the world that can compare to homemade pie crust.  Yes, it is a little bit more effort than say, buying a pre-formed pie crust or even one of those handy refrigerated roll-out crusts, but believe me [...]

Pineapple Upside-Down Cake {Recipe}

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Princess has been begging to bake a cake, ever since I bought her a much-pleaded-for Cooking up Fun with Strawberry Shortcake DVD a few weeks ago (on sale at Target for $4.88). I have to admit, things have been a little crazy around her lately. Between caring for the girls, maintaining two blogs, preparing for [...]

Princess & Trouble’s Everything Cookies {Recipe}

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Princess has been begging to make cookies for weeks now. I love to bake, but I don't like having cookies around because then all I want to do is eat them. And yes, even though we baked them just a few days ago, they're already long gone.  But just the memory still makes me drool. [...]

Chocolate Coconut Dream Cake {Recipe}

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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 [...]

Holiday Baking Inspiration (& Nissa Lynn Apron Giveaway)

One of my very most favorite holiday traditions is baking.  I know this is going to come as a shock, but I tend to go a little overboard.  Last year I think I baked somewhere around 30 dozen cookies.  It was insane.  This year, I'm going to try to cut back just a little.  But [...]

Caramelized Pear Upside-Down Cake {Recipe}

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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 {Tutorial}

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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 [...]

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