A Mother’s Magic Touch

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blueberry almond flat-cakes

 

I tried mixing up a batch of just-like-Mom’s blueberry pancakes last week. After burning the first plate and chucking it in the trash, I realized I really should have paid closer attention to Mom’s cooking in the kitchen as a 5-year-old instead of banging on pots and pans with a wooden spoon…

 

But I was just too picky of an eater! The moment that Mom flipped my plain pancakes onto my plate, I’d smother them in syrup and happily munch away, completely ignoring Mom as she stirred fresh blueberries into the remaining batter. (I hated things mixed into my pancakes. No fruit, no nuts, no oats… Well, I might’ve been okay with chocolate chips or sprinkles.)  (more…)

February 18, 2013. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , . Baked Bliss, Midweek Meals. 14 comments.

Sweet Hearts

heart-shaped cranberry muffins

Every Valentine’s Day, my brother and I would stumble into the kitchen. After rubbing the sleep from our eyes, we’d sort through the little piles of chocolate kisses and conversations hearts on the table that Cupid’s fairies dropped off during the night. (If Christmas has Santa and Easter has the Bunny, why wouldn’t Valentine’s Day have its own candy-carrying character?)

 

Then Mom would sigh and reluctantly allow us each to eat one sweet treat before making us a special breakfast. She usually whipped up pancakes, waffles, or cinnamon sugar toast — practically a dessert itself! As soon as she set our plates in front of us, we’d inhale the food before rushing off to school.

 

But if February 14th fell on a weekend, we’d enjoy a more leisurely breakfast. Mom would bake Pillsbury croissants or even homemade muffins, if we promised not to sneak extra chocolates while the pastries cooled on the counter. And with such festive muffins waiting for us, we readily agreed!   Continue reading for recipe.

February 8, 2013. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , . Baked Bliss, Delicious Desserts, Midweek Meals. 24 comments.

Pink is For…

pretty pink donuts

There must have been something in the water last year… Two weeks ago, the stork dropped off a bundle of joy to two different ladies at work! My boss and his wife received the little girl, and I was so tempted to decorate their doors with bright pink balloons and crêpe paper…

 

But that didn’t quite seem appropriate for our drab hallways and professional environment. (Probably a safety and productivity hazard too, with all of the attention it would attract!) So I settled on making them celebratory treats instead.   Continue reading for recipe.

February 6, 2013. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , . Baked Bliss, Delicious Desserts, Midweek Meals. 33 comments.

The “Sweet and Sneaky” Summary

sweet and sneaky ways to eat your veggies

I was amazed by your responses to my mini series on sweet and sneaky ways to eat your veggies. I expected people to think my recipes were insane, or maybe imaginative at best, but you surprised me with many thoughtful compliments instead!

 

I smiled while reading each of your comments, and a few of them really touched my heart.   Continue reading.

February 2, 2013. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , . Baked Bliss, Delicious Desserts, Midweek Meals. 16 comments.

Sweet and Sneaky Ways to Eat Your Veggies: Onions

aka “Sweet Machine Malfunctions”

caramelized onion breakfast muffins

 

A year ago, my friend and I stood glaring at the SPR machine. (Surface Plasmon Resonance, in case you were wondering.) In theory, we could twiddle a few knobs and punch a few buttons to calibrate the monster. In actuality, it hiccuped and laughed in our faces.

 

So we ignored it to talk about food.   Continue reading for recipe.

January 25, 2013. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , . Baked Bliss, Midweek Meals. 40 comments.

Sweet and Sneaky Ways to Eat Your Veggies: Carrots

aka “Earning Desserts as a Five-Year-Old”

carrot cake oatmeal

 

I always ate my three daily servings of fruit as a kid. I drank my “crazy drink” (OJ + fizzy water) through a straw at breakfast, munched on apple slices at lunch, and popped grapes like candy as an after school snack. But vegetables?

 

Totally different story.   Continue reading for recipe.

January 23, 2013. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Midweek Meals. 30 comments.

Sweets for the Sweet

double ginger biscotti

On Christmas Eve when my man set my wrapped gift under the tree, he placed another present down with it. Although I had only met her once, his grandmother sent me a set of four glittery red boxes filled with saltwater taffy, caramel corn, and peanut brittle. How sweet! (No pun intended…)   Continue reading for recipe.

January 9, 2013. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , . Baked Bliss, Delicious Desserts. 18 comments.

The Farkle Risk

fluffy herbal tea pancakes

While waiting for the ball to drop on New Year’s Eve, we watched four five reruns of Big Bang Theory, ate leftover Oreo Dream cheesecake from the Cheesecake Factory, and played Farkle. Despite my staunch chocolate and cookie addictions, the last part was the highlight of the night.   Continue reading for recipe.

January 3, 2013. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , . Midweek Meals. 58 comments.

Best Meals of 2012

I know, the logical order would have been to start with my favorite meals of the year and finish with desserts… But I love sweets so much that I couldn’t wait to share those with you! I promise I didn’t forget about my top breakfast, lunch, and dinner dishes though: here they are!  Continue reading for recipes.

December 31, 2012. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Midweek Meals. 10 comments.

The 100-Mile Miracle

baked glazed donuts

A very suspicious package appeared under the tree on Christmas Eve. To every other family member, it resembled an unremarkable square box, but my Santa-senses started tingling when I spied my name on the gift tag.   Continue reading for recipe.

December 28, 2012. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , . Baked Bliss, Delicious Desserts, Midweek Meals. 29 comments.

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