A cookie kind of afternoon

I made Confetti Cookies with colorful sprinkles and Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookies this afternoon. The sprinkle-laden treats are a SmittenKitchen recipe I’ve made before, but adding Caramel chips to my Chocolate Chip Cookies was a new twist. All of the cookies were delicious! Now I’m eager to share the baked goodness! Today’s #OneGoodThing was a cookie kind…

Lemon Swiss buttercream

Lately I’ve been experimenting with different Macaron fillings to varying degrees of success. Raspberry jam was too runny, but then chocolate ganache was too rich. I found a recipe for Swiss buttercream from smitten kitchen (one of my favorite food blogs), and tested it out in the tiniest amount listed. I’d never made this particular…

Macaron improvements

When our friend Margo visited on Sunday, I made raspberry French macaron cookies. But they were a total fail. They tasted ok, but they just didn’t have the right texture. So I decided to try again tonight. I found the recipe from the Sur La Table class I took last spring, and it made a…

Fast, yummy cookies

I whipped up three hot, fresh cookies tonight, and it took a sum total of 12 minutes! I made cherry chocolate chip cookie dough last week and refrigerated little heaps, all ready to bake. The cookies were delicious and I washed them down with a small glass of cold milk. Yum! Today’s #OneGoodThing was enjoying fast, yummy…

Smell of pie baking

I love pumpkin pie, so I decided we shouldn’t have to wait until Thanksgiving. I made our first one of the holiday season tonight, and swooned over the magnificent, spicy scent filling the house! Today’s #OneGoodThing was enjoying the smell of pie baking with Mama! Day 321 of 365. And Day 1,052 in a row (here’s the first 366 & the…

Pear cake experiment

Mama and I fell madly in love with a pear and chocolate cake when we were in Venice six years ago. Sadly, the restaurant no longer even makes it. So I did some recipe researching when we got home, and I was thrilled to find a Smitten Kitchen recipe for Bittersweet Chocolate and Pear Cake!…

Baking in honor of Bobbie

Today we attended a memorial for our dear sweet friend, Bobbie, who passed away last month. Mama and I met Bobbie through mutual extended family, when we moved to Santa Rosa nearly four years ago. Bobbie was one of those people you could meet and fall in love with immediately. She made everyone feel welcomed,…