Fancify Friday–Add a smile
My youngest likes it when her food smiles back at her. Apple slices, raisins, chocolate chips, they all make for ready smiles on a plate of food. Adding a smile to your food is easy.
Lately my youngest likes to make Greek yogurt sundaes for dessert. It’s a banana topped with Greek yogurt (strawberry this time), peanuts, and a chocolate chip smile.
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about 5 days ago - 1 comment
Holiday cookie time. Who’s ready to start baking? I wanted to make the richest, darkest cookies I could find. I aimed for a recipe like flourless cake that left all the flavor to the chocolate. This IS it. WARNING: These are dangerously chocolatey. You can roll the dough balls in powdered sugar for a hint More >
about 2 months ago - 2 comments
Ohio inspires ice cream makers. The proof? Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams started serving scoops in 2002 in Columbus and blossomed into an ice cream dynasty. Jeni Britton Bauer’s book Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams at Home has become New York Times Best-Selling cookbook teaching regular cooks to craft Jeni’s signature flavors like Brambleberry Crisp, Salty More >
about 4 months ago - 2 comments
Thanks Dr. Jessie Voigts of Wandering Educators for sharing your family’s favorite recipe for DIY froyo! We love yogurt–and even make our own. One of the things I love to do with yogurt is to make frozen yogurt! It’s delicious, capable of so many flavor changes, healthy, and purely addictive. I’ve combined and adapted More >
about 4 months ago - No comments
This week my tween got her braces off (round one at least). To celebrate we made brownies featuring her favorite ingredient that’s been on the no-no list for the past 18 months–caramel. You can use either individual caramels, or I found these handy caramel “bits” at Target. Recipe for Coconut Caramel Brownies More >
about 6 months ago - No comments
I wasn’t expecting much when I read about Yum Yum Brownies on Hungry Girl. Canned pumpkin plus chocolate cake mix. Sounded like Thanksgiving mixed with Ghirardelli. Eww. But, I had to give it a try–I mean, there’s chocolate in it. Add to that, I happen to love canned pumpkin–I never had it as a kid More >
about 7 months ago - No comments
Almost German chocolate cake frosting, but not quite. That’s how I like to describe my coconut frosting. Softer and creamier than your standard, sticky German chocolate, toasting the coconut and the pecans is the real secret (well, that and a generous helping of heavy cream). Recipe Tweaked from 365 Great Chocolate Desserts Ingredients: More >
about 10 months ago - 15 comments
Lately, I’ve noticed little cake desserts popping up from tavern-themed restaurants to Italian restaurants. I like it. They’re akin to a deconstructed cake–all the flavor, much less work. This weekend I made my own version using cake leftover from my daughter’s birthday party cupcakes. Note: I found mini Irish coffee mugs at Bed, More >
about 11 months ago - 9 comments
I needed some chocolate therapy this weekend so when a friend of mine passed along a recipe for chocolate cake with the subject line “OMG best cake ever” I had to give it a try. Thanks Jessie! This recipe for Double-Deep-Chocolate Hanukkah Layer Cake from Gourmet makes for tasty cupcakes. The batter came together fast More >
about 1 year ago - 11 comments
There’s nothing more heart-warming then joining my kids around the kitchen to make a holiday dessert. And then as you’re whipping Nutella into heavy cream discussing what you’d do in the event of a zombie apocalypse. At least that’s where the conversation turned as my teen was helping me put together this yule log (there’s More >
about 1 year ago - 16 comments
We call these Elvis pops around out house. See iced-banana-chocolate-peanut-pops just seemed too long. Yes, these snacks combine some of Elvis’ favorite flavors all into one icy treat. I tried to solve a couple problems with our family’s version of banana pops: first, cutting a banana in half and then dipping the whole thing in More >