Cookies and Cream: Two Ways

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By now, you probably know how much I love baking. But let me tell you a little secret: I don’t really love baked desserts. I could make pie crusts and buttercream ’til the cows come home (side note: where did this expression come from?), but my heart has always belonged to ice cream. Continue reading

A Weekend in Miami

IMG_8795It’s the end of April, and spring is still holding out on New Jersey (for reference, it’s 50°F, raining, and I’m wearing a turtleneck as I write this). But for this not-long-enough long weekend in Miami, it was summer. Continue reading

Lime and Coconut Mini Cupcakes

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Spring is here! Just kidding – it’s snowing outside as I write this. Sigh.

The weather outside is showing no sign of changing anytime soon, but that doesn’t mean I can’t bring a little taste of paradise inside my house. Turn the kitchen into a tropical getaway with these lime and coconut mini cupcakes. Continue reading

September Sunshine and Secret Gardens

DSC_0431 The first cool days in September are always some of my favorite days of the year. The sun is still bright with evidence of summer in the blooming flowers and green trees, but the air has that autumn chill that makes me giddy. It’s the perfect time of year to get outside and enjoy the last bits of the summer season. On a particularly lovely September day, I hit the road to check out a little-known public garden near my home in northern New Jersey. Continue reading