Lemon Meltaways

Lemon Meltaways (3)Although I am making these cookies for Christmas, the fact is that Lemon Meltaways are perfect year-round. In the wintertime, they are a great complement to a cup of hot tea, with lovely citrus notes that offer a change to the typical peppermint and cloves that we enjoy so much during the cold months.  But, in the summer, too, these pair well with lemonade or fruit, a great snack while sitting outside watching the world roll by. Continue reading

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Pear Butter Cupcakes

Pear Cupcakes3If you’ve had your fill of Christmas Cookies and need to mix it up a bit, I’ve got a great recipe for you.  These Pear Butter Cupcakes do require a bit of extra effort due to the fact that you have to make the pear butter and add it to the center of the cupcake, but I think they’re worth it. Continue reading

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Eggnog Sugar Cookies

Eggnog Sugar Cookies{1}It’s about that time – cookie season! In all likelihood, you have a list of your favorite go-to Christmas cookie recipes. But, if you’re like me, you also like to try new cookies to keep your selection interesting. Sugar cookies are pretty much always a safe bet, but this slight modification–adding eggnog to the dough and icing–turns a classic into something extra special. Continue reading

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Pumpkin Cheesecake Snickerdoodles

PumpkinEvery fall, the street I live on has a neighborhood block party of food, games, and music.  I knew I wanted to make cookies, and settled on Pumpkin Cheesecake Snickerdoodles.  Continue reading

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S’mores Blondies

Marshmallow Blondies (1)I love brownies, but here’s the secret—the ones made from a box are 99% of the time better than brownies made from scratch. I know, blasphemy. So, for that reason, I rarely bake brownies unless I’m really trying to re-convince myself that they are worth my time. These non-brownies, though—aka blondies—are a nice bar that you can’t get from a shelf-stable box. They’re a bit chewy, a bit dense, and lasted only a hot second when I took them into work. Continue reading

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Watermelon Krispies

Watermelon Krispie1This post is less about a recipe and more about fun. Most readers will have already made krispy treats.  These are a variation of that, intended to make children (or the young at heart) smile.  If you know how to make krispy treats and you have a springform pan, this should be a breeze. Continue reading

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Blueberry Marshmallow Crumb Bars

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Last month I focused on strawberries, and this month it’s blueberries! I really can’t get enough of fruits and berries in the summertime. And I’m not talking about supermarket berries – I mean farmers market berries, pick-your-own berries, berries from your garden. The burst of flavor that they provide is so delicious! This month I’ve made a fresh Blueberry Marshmallow Crumb Bar. This recipe is easy to make, but most importantly – you don’t have to turn on your oven! Perfect for the steamy days of summer.

Blueberry Marshmallow Crumb Bars

  • Servings: 16
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

1 ½ c crushed graham crackers (1 sleeve)
6 T butter, melted
1 c heavy cream
1 t vanilla
12 Sweet Jumbles Blueberry Marshmallows
¼ c milk
1 pint blueberries

Instructions

  • In a large nonstick sauce pan, combine marshmallows and milk over medium heat. Stir frequently until marshmallows have melted and you have a smooth sauce.  Set aside, cooling to room temperature.
  • Line 9×9” baking pan with parchment paper.
  • In a small bowl, combined crushed graham crackers and melted butter. Mix until crackers are the texture of wet sand.
  • Set aside ½ cup of the mixture. Press remaining mixture into the bottom of the lined baking ban.
  • Remove a handful of blueberries from the pint (I used 16) and puree the rest. Set aside.
  • Using an electric mixer, whip heavy cream and vanilla until stiff peaks form.
  • Gently combine pureed blueberries with the cooled marshmallow sauce. Fold in whipped cream.
  • Pour marshmallow mixture over graham cracker crust. (These should separate somewhat on their own when setting, no need to pour in layers.) Top with reserved graham cracker crumbs and whole blueberries.
  • Refrigerate until set, at least 2 hours.
  • Remove from pan and slice to serve.  Keep refrigerated.

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Shortbread Two Ways – Lemon Verbena and Lavender Citrus

ShortbreadShortbread cookies are among my favorite types of cookies.  Sweet but not too sweet, a great base for all kinds of flavor ideas, and rather simple.  This summer I was growing Lemon Verbena in my backyard (until I killed it despite assurances that it is un-killable, but that’s another story), and I also attended a local Lavender festival which offered some inspiration for this post. Continue reading

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Nectarine Raspberry Galette

Nectarine Raspberry Galette2This past Sunday I went to my local farmers market and made a beeline for “the peach guy.”  I was happy to discover that not only were peaches available, but so were nectarines.  They always have samples of the varieties on sale that day, and I discovered a White Nectarine that was the most delicious thing I have tasted in recent memory.  Never in my life have I had such a juicy, delicious nectarine. I bought a bagful, along with a bounty of other fruits and veggies, and headed home to indulge. Continue reading

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Marshmallow Icebox Pie

marshmallow icebox pie (2)Now that summer is here, I’m fully enjoying fruits and berries.  This month’s marshmallow recipe is for Marshmallow Icebox Pie.

 

 

 

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