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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Ham and Veggie Salad with Salsa Vinaigrette – Hi Hammy

This ham and veggie salad was quite the pleasant surprise. This is a don’t-judge-a-book-by-its-cover situation. It is not much to look at, but I can promise you it is worth a try. I love ham, but I really only considered it a holiday meat, or something to stuff into a sandwich or omelette from time…

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Aunt Carla’s Frozen Fruit Pops – And a Fruity Summer Cocktail

These Frozen Fruit Pops were a staple in our house growing up. The top shelf of our basement freezer almost always housed a tray of this concoction which we called Frozen Fruit Cups. After playing outside all day, these were all we wanted (well, these and Dunkaroos). Frozen fruit pops  are not actually a creation of Granny, but of…

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Banana Sugar Cookies – A Test of your Generosity

I accidentally invented this recipe for banana sugar cookies and I am so excited to finally share it. One Christmas, I made Granny a few batches of cookies. She said that she loved them and shared them with her friends. But she couldn’t share the beach cookies from www.chefchloe.com because, as she put it “there is…

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Ambrosia-Fit for the Gods and Your Dinner Table

The first time I had Ambrosia salad was at an all-you-can-eat buffet with Granny. It was probably an early bird special kind of buffet. And, I’m wondering why people make jokes about these early bird buffets. All the food you want, including dessert, before 6 pm, someone else cleans up, and you’re home well before…

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Lightning Cake Cake Pops and a Mailman Themed Birthday Party

Making cake pops was never on my bucket list. Nor was throwing a mailman themed birthday party, but I can now kick the bucket a little happier knowing I have done and loved both. When Silas asked for a mailman party, I had no idea what to do, but was impressed with what his little…

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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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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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Double-Decker Knox Blox – Let’s Bring This Snack Back

Remember Jell-O Jigglers? Maybe you called them Knox Blox? They were something that I had completely forgotten about, but were a significant piece of my childhood. Recently I came across this recipe in Granny’s Recipe Box and thought they’d be perfect for Spring. Knox Blox were always a staple in our fridge, and a perfect…

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