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Posts tagged ‘vanilla’

Banana Zucchini Bread {with Raspberry Compote}

In the last few months, I have slowly been going through my Grandmother’s recipes. She passed away just last fall, and I was lucky enough to go to the funeral and celebrate her life with many loved ones. I was also lucky to bring home a few bags of her saved recipes and cookbooks.


Blueberry Lime Coconut Muffins

Put a lime in a coconut and mix it all up. Add blueberries, and you’ll get one delightful muffin!


Coconut Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

 You’re gonna hate me if your New Year’s Resolution is to stay away from baked goods like cookies.


Squash {Lovers} Pancakes

Saying “I Love You” can be as simple as making breakfast.


Cinnamon Squash Bread

Flirting for squash, and getting your kids to try it (the squash that is, not the flirting). (more…)

Homemade Caramel Sauce

Here’s a last-minute gift idea, perfect for friends, neighbors or just yourself, (and a promise from me to post something besides dessert in January!) (more…)

Chocolate Cinnamon Buttercream {And the Day I Became a Mom}

Eight years ago I met my Xavier.

Vanilla Lime Cupcakes {For Two} With Lime Whipped Cream

I love this new trend of cutting down a recipe to fit your cravings…so you can fit into your jeans.  (more…)

{Purple} Green Smoothie

Well, it started out green. (more…)

Happy Birthday Cake!

Somebody turned one last week, and I am still in shock.

The first taste of birthday cake is an important one. I wanted Zoe to have something simple and delicious. She loves strawberries, and I thought Fresh Strawberry Buttercream and a simple vanilla cake would go nicely. It turned out perfect.

Vanilla Cake with Fresh Strawberry Buttercream

I didn’t expect to get emotional while making my daughter’s first birthday cake.  It started when I was at my mother’s house in Arizona. I was excited because I got to use all her kitchen gadgets and her fancy double oven. I pulled out her Kitchen Aid mixer that had once belonged to my Grandma. I began creaming the butter, and my mind wandered to my Grandma. She passed away almost 13 years ago on the night of my High School graduation. I miss her. She was a round lovable woman with a great big deep laugh, and always a nice firm hug. She made all sorts of goodies with that very same mixer.