Granny’s Golden Butter Cupcakes – with Candied Edible Flowers

This was the year my daughters would finally have a birthday party. When Jane turned one we had JUST moved into our new house, and when she turned two, we had JUST had another baby. So this had to be her year. Plus I found Granny’s recipe for Golden Butter Cupcakes and that find was a reason…

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Pink Lemonade Champagne Punch – Celebrate Everything

Pink lemonade Champagne punch is a drink that goes down as easily as it is made. So easily, in fact, that my intern and dad and I made it two days in a row while celebrating nothing more fancy than being together for the first time since Christmas. This punch is so easy to make, it’s actually…

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Deviled Eggs with Bacon and Avocado – Because Everything is Better with Bacon

Deviled eggs with bacon and avocado are now potentially my favorite springtime appetizer. Growing up, I thought they were called “doubled eggs” because you split them in half. Which, now that I think about it, actually makes more sense then calling them deviled eggs. I feel as though I should have been consulted by the…

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Easter Bonnet Cookies – Not Simple, But Very Special

Granny’s Easter Bonnet Cookies bring back so many memories for both of us. When we were very little, we often got new dresses for Easter. Or, in Maddy’s case of being an extreme tomboy, a new blazer and matching skort. But by the 80s, it seems the tradition of girls and women getting new Easter…

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Pineapple Upside Down Cake – A Cake with no Downside

Adults always thought Granny’s Pineapple Upside Down Cake was a dessert of elegance and taste. But we kids were on the other side of that opinion. A cake with the crispy edges and no creamy frosting just didn’t make sense. We are not even sure we ever tried it. Pineapple juice was okay, but we…

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Crispy Easter Nests – A Whimsical Springtime Treat

These magical little Crispy Easter Nests make me so excited for an Easter table full of kids. Now that I am a mom, Easter is one of my favorite holidays . And this year, we are having a house full of out of town company – my parents-in-law, sister/brother-in-law and their two young boys. I…

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Mashed Cauliflower Shepherd’s Pie – More Flavor, Less Calories

Shepherd’s pie, I now realize, is the food equivalent of the cliché “he’s not especially good looking, but he’s got a great personality.”  And if this version – Mashed Cauliflower Shepherd’s Pie – were in high school, it would definitely be voted best personality. It won’t be the prettiest dish you’ll ever put on the…

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Honey Banana Bread – Turn Trash into Treasure for your Honey

There is more than one reason for me to make Honey Banana Bread. It makes me sick to think of all the food I’ve thrown away recently as I try to get my toddler more excited about food: Half of a piece of toast with crunchy peanut butter, one chicken meatball, a handful of green…

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Chocolate Cherry Valentine’s Cake – Too Good to Share with your Valentine

I made this Chocolate Cherry Valentine’s Cake to share with people that I love. My husband had a piece (he doesn’t have a sweet tooth), a friend had a piece (he was only visiting for a few hours), and my toddler had two mini pieces (he ate all of his dinner two days in a row!).…

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