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raspberry almond bars

These here bars are some of our absolute favorite treats of all time!  We know we love them, and we know they are delicious, but when we actually make them they manage to far exceed expectations, EVERY TIME!!  Raspberry and almond are truly a match made in heaven.

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chocolate chip cookie dough cupcakes

These may not sound all that exciting, but I always fall for the dessert surprise in disguise.  I was shocked to discover that both the cupcake and the frosting taste EXACTLY (IMHO) like chocolate chip cookie dough. They are supposed to be stuffed with cookie dough balls, but if that’s too much for you, they are equally delicious without.  Really, they were much, much tastier than I had anticipated. Highly recommend to any chocolate chip cookie dough fans!!!

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chocolate strawberry celebration cake

First, this picture was taken with an iPhone.  Usually I wouldn’t share it, but the cake was too amazing to keep quiet.  Ashley and I had so much fun making this together for Christmas Eve dinner.  Mom made a fabulous prime rib and the whole family feasted like we’ve never feasted before!  Our favorite part was most definitely Ashley’s chocolate buttercream – OUT OF THIS WORLD!  Absolutely amazing.

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red velvet valentine cakes

Yum, yum, yum!  I love the idea of red velvet cupcakes, but they never turn out as tender and moist as I imagine they should be.  I’ve made a few recipes from scratch and I’m just never quite satisfied.  Until now.  Ashley suggested doctoring up a cake mix sorta like her pistachio cupcake recipe, and the results are super tasty!  Really, these were very rich, moist and just what I’d imagined a red velvet cupcake could and should be.  They were a fun, super easy valentine treat to make with the kids using a little trick I saw over at Cafe InaContinue reading ‘red velvet valentine cakes’

bon appetit’s chocolate (mayonnaise) cake

My pumpkin supply is running short here in Asia, but that’s OK because I was forced to try something different this fall.  I’d completely forgotten how amazing the perfect chocolate cake can be!  I’ve never had a go-to recipe, but when I saw this in Bon Appetit it looked like I had met my match.  I don’t go for light and fluffy when it comes to my cakes, particularly the chocolate variety.  I like dense (check), rich (check) and moist (check).  The cake was fab. And the frosting?  Beyond.  Dangerous.  Anytime I need a chocolate cake, this will be on the menu.  Seriously, didn’t even miss my pumpkin in the middle of October, that’s how good it was!

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harvest squares

I know, I know, I just posted a pumpkin dessert.  As much as I enjoyed trying that new cake, this is one recipe I have to make every year.  It is reminiscent of pumpkin pie, and, although simple, this is hands down my favorite treat for fall!  Simply delicious.

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