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gluten-free bourbon caramel samoas.

apple & almond rose tartlets

chocolate covered strawberry witch hats.

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Fudge Crinkle Cookie




Bacon, Guacamole Grilled Cheese Sandwich Ingredients

  • 2 slices bacon
  • 2 slices sour dough bread
  • 1 tablespoon butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup jack and cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 2 tablespoons guacamole, room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon tortilla chips, crumbled (optional)


  1. Cook the bacon until crispy and set aside on paper towels to drain.
  2. Butter one side of each slice of bread, sprinkle half of the cheese onto the unbuttered side of one slice of bread followed by the guacamole, bacon, tortilla chips, the remaining cheese and finally top with the remaining slice of bread with the buttered side up.
  3. Grill over medium heat until golden brown and the cheese has melted, about 2-3 minutes per side.


Midnight snack!!!

(Source: sweetsinthebox, via truffffle-deactivated20140207)

Chocolate Chip Cookies
2 cups minus 2 tablespoons (8 1/2 ounces) cake flour1 2/3 cups (8 1/2 ounces) bread flour1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder1 1/2 teaspoons coarse salt (I used kosher salt)2 1/2 sticks (1 1/4 cups) unsalted butter1 1/4 cups (10 ounces) light brown sugar1 cup plus 2 tablespoons (8 ounces) granulated sugar2 large eggs2 teaspoons natural vanilla extract8 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, chopped into chunks4 ounces unsweetened chocolate, grated8 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chipssea salt1. Sift flours, baking soda, baking powder and salt into a bowl. Set aside.2. Using a mixer fitted with paddle attachment, cream butter and sugars together until very light, about 5 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Stir in the vanilla. Reduce speed to low, add dry ingredients and mix until just combined, 5 to 10 seconds. Stir all chocolate into dough using a wooden spoon. Press plastic wrap against dough and refrigerate for 24 to 36 hours. Dough may be used in batches, and can be refrigerated for up to 72 hours.3. When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a nonstick baking mat. Set aside.4. The original recipe recommends using 3 1/2 ounces of dough per cookie and baking six cookies per baking sheet, but I thought that made for an entirely too large cookie. So I dropped the dough by tablespoonfuls on to the prepared cookie sheet, then sprinkled lightly with sea salt and baked until golden brown, but still soft, 10-12 minutes. Transfer sheet to a wire rack for 3-4 minutes, then slip cookies onto another rack to cool a bit more. Repeat with remaining dough, or reserve dough, refrigerated, for baking remaining batches the next day.


Bleeding Heart strawberries & cream jello shots filled with chocolate syrup (recipe at My Jello Americans)



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Comfort Food & A Fire Safety Reminder


Protein-packed French toast with a cinnamon nut crunch, served with fresh fruit.

Make enough to freeze for an easy back-to-school breakfast.

Fire safety is something we’ve discussed several times over the years at the family dinner table.  In fact, we make it a point to review our emergency plan on average of 2-3 times per year.

Last night at around 2am, my husband and I were roused from our sleep by the panicked voices of a crowd that had gathered on the sidewalk, as well as swirling red and blue lights bouncing off our bedroom walls.  We looked outside the window and saw that the crowd was motioning for US to get out (my first thought is that it had to be another home), so my husband and I immediately went to grab all 4 kids, our dog and our 2 cats.  It wasn’t a drill.  It was the real thing.

In about 90 seconds we had the kids, the dog and 1 of the cats outside — but securing the 2nd cat proved to be a bit more challenging and cost my husband another couple of minutes.  Fortunately, the fire was restricted to the roof of the home, and despite the fact that the flames were rampant and estimated to be 8 - 9 feet tall, FDNY was able to extinguish the fire before it spread.  We were able to return home within a couple of hours with only water to wade through, a bad stench and soot/debris in our backyard.  It was a small price to pay for what could have been.

The rest of the night was a blur of investigators, clean-up crews and other foreign noises.  Daylight came way too soon, and when it did our family was ravenous.  Enter:  comfort food.  Not just comfort food, mind you, but comfort food that still offers nutritional value. 

Protein-Packed French Toast with Cinnamon Nut Crunch

This recipe is as simple as it gets:

  • Slice bread (we used whole wheat Challah from our local bakery)
  • Dip both sides of the bread in an egg wash made from scrambled, pastured eggs, allowing the egg wash to seep in (feel free to add a little real vanilla).
  • Next coat one side (or both) in the crunchy mixture made with ground pecans, ground almonds and cinnamon (note:  we ground the nuts finely using a mortar and pestle)
  • cook both sides of French toast in a stove-top pan with a little pastured butter
  • serve with real maple syrup and fresh fruit

To freeze for future use:

Arrange slices of French toast in a glass container, separating each slice with parchment paper.

Readers, please take the time to review your own fire safety plan with your family.  Be sure to check your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors on a regular schedule and order any additional fire extinguishes needed.  Also, keep pet carriers in an easily accessible area and make sure your pets always wear their id tags, even indoors.


(via Butter Than Toast: Apple Pie French Toast)

blueberry french toast

S’more-stuffed French Toast(recipe here)

red velvet white chocolate chip cookies.