Desserts

Almond-Oat Lace Cookies

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Oy. This bitter cold is driving me batty. I always feel like a day spent entirely indoors is not a day well spent, but with little kids and temperatures below zero, trudging outside is just no fun for anyone. So, we are keeping busy indoors as best as we can, which is another way of [...]


Snow Day Ice Cream

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Chicago finally got it’s first significant winter storm. A solid 28 hours of blizzarding dumped nearly two feet of snow, and even though the streets and alleys are a mess I think we’re all not-so-secretly excited about it. Everyone here is joking that the East Coast got five days of news coverage for their storm, [...]


My Favorite Oatmeal Cookie Recipe

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The bitter winter months are upon us, and we are surviving and keeping busy as best as we can. I really hate turning to screen time to pass an otherwise boring kind of day, so when I feel the temptation to occupy the kids with TV I usually invite them into the kitchen instead. Saturday [...]


Kerrygold Irish Cream Shake

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Oh, what a day. Three sick kids. One kid not cooperating. One baby up at 3:58 am (which means that I was up at 3:58 am). One sick babysitter who we all love and depend upon. A daunting to-do list that never seems to shorten. Worst of all, my grandma is so sick and her [...]


#BoozyBaking: Bourbon Shortbread with Mascarpone and Cherries

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I was recently asked by my friends at Maker’s Mark to create a holiday dessert recipe sure to wow a dinner party. After thinking about it for a while, I took inspiration from mixologist Pamela Wiznitzer‘s recipe for an Old Fashioned. She uses REAL maraschino cherries – none of that supermarket junk with corn syrup [...]


Homemade Raspberry Sauce

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Oh how I love our neighborhood produce market.  I never know what I’m going to find there, but I go at least once a week to check out the deals and stock up on organic produce for half the price of conventional stuff at the regular grocery store.  Last weekend I found 6 oz packages [...]


Old Fashioned Coconut Cake

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My mom recently celebrated her birthday, and because our family is so large (with two more babies on the way!) we all had to find some time to celebrate with her.  She stopped by our place for a quick little afternoon tea party, and the kids could not have been more excited.  I love love [...]


Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake

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Chris celebrated his birthday last weekend.  In our house, birthdays are a big deal for the kids.  I love how, at their ages, little things make them so happy.  They don’t need fancy gifts or exotic vacations.  They are simply happy to have an excuse to make cake and eat it! This year, Vivian helped [...]


Blueberry D-mp Cake

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We had such a nice weekend.  On Friday night Chris took Evie to her school’s Father-Daughter dance.  She was SO excited about it all week.  Every day she asked, “How many more days until the Father Daughter dance??”  I let her pick out a dress (blue with gold polka-dots), and she let me do her [...]


Homemade Oreo Cookies

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One of Mack’s all-time favorite treats does not come from my kitchen.  Whenever we take a road trip or flight, the kids get to pick out special treats, and Mack always chooses Oreos.  Can’t say I’m surprised: Oreo cookies are delicious.  And, a recent study compared the overall addictiveness of Oreo cookies to cocaine. But, [...]


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