Birthday surprise for Mama

I surprised Mama today by showing up in the middle of her Senior’s Memoir Writing Class with birthday cupcakes! After dropping her off at class and secretly conspiring with the teacher, I dashed off home and baked the fastest dozen cupcakes of my life. I didn’t manage a photo of the ginger cupcakes with vanilla…

Cookies in the dark

The heat wave drags on and knocked out power in most of our neighborhood last night. Hence the late post. I’d spent much of the day making cookie dough in preparation of upcoming festivities. I portioned out most of the dough in ready-to-bake balls, but I baked a few for quality control. 🙂 When we…

White Nectarine Ginger Pie

I had a dozen white nectarines and two pie crusts so I experimented, adding fresh ginger and ginger chips. The insides don’t look very pretty, but it is extremely tasty. I paired it with freshly whipped cream flavored with Elderflower syrup. Delicious! Today’s #OneGoodThing was enjoying white nectarine ginger pie with Mama! What was your…

Cookies for Mama’s memoir class

Mama returned to her Memoir Writing Class this afternoon after a hiatus, and I got to walk her in and meet everyone! I made my special cherry chocolate chip cookies for the occasion and they were a hit. Though I know a couple of these smiling faces, most of them were new to me. As her…

Key lime impatience

Our lime tree is bearing fruit for the first time ever, and I’ve been eager to bake with these beauties. Though they look more like lemons on the tree, the lime flavor was crisp and tart. Since it’s apparently pie day, I made a key lime pie using this fabulous smitten kitchen recipe. We didn’t…

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…