Quick Honey Garlic Shrimp

bowlI can’t believe it, but this shrimp dish is LOVED by my whole family. It takes only about 5 minutes of actual cooking time, is low in calories and fat, and tastes and smells amazing. (If you are not a fan of shrimp, I am sure the marinade would also be amazing on chicken.) Read More

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Cream Puffs and Pastry Cream

platter 2I love cream puffs.

I’m not sure what else to say about them. They look fancy and of course I love, love, love the creamy custard inside. They can be fancied up even more with drizzles of chocolate or the addition of fruit. They can be made as mini pop-able bites or as large puffs that require a fork to eat.

Though they look fancy, they are not that hard. Most of the work actually takes place on the stove top rather than in the oven. And you can make a bazillion of them if you want and freeze them for later. Read More

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Classic Cherry Pie and Homemade Crust

piece 2 closeI don’t really understand the phrase, “Easy as pie.” Homemade pie isn’t really that easy. It takes some practice, and it takes TIME. I mostly tend to make graham cracker crust when I make pie because it is tasty, easy, and doesn’t take a lot of time. Pastry crust pies have always been a little more intimidating. The ingredients are simple and straightforward but somehow the actual making of pie always seemed a little difficult.

The pie crust recipe I am sharing today is one I have had good success with. It bakes up flaky and golden brown and gets good reviews from tasters. It does take time, though. It requires chilling between steps and is not going to be able to satisfy a spur-of-the-moment desire for pie. This is a plan ahead recipe. Read More

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Strawberry Lemon Poppy Seed Scones

insideDid you know scones could actually taste good?

They can!

I honestly did not know until recently. My previous scone experiences had been dry, crumbly, hard, tasteless… Scones often accompany coffee or tea, so I thought maybe it was a coffee drinker’s thing and that’s why I didn’t get it–because I don’t get coffee or tea either. (*gasp*) Maybe people who like coffee like dry, hard crumbles to dip in their coffee? I don’t know. All I knew was that it held no appeal for me.

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Smart Cookie

cookie with cardToday is my kids’ last day of school, and it has become a family tradition for the past few years for the kids to bring these smart cookies as teacher thank you gifts.

Teacher appreciation + a baking mama = Smart Cookies.

The teachers just “crumble” when the kids show up with these sweet tokens of appreciation.  Read More

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