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  • Blueberry Scones with Orange Glaze Recipe cc4d644c17653de0d5edfaff_640

    A couple of weeks ago, I hosted a bridesmaid tea for my dear friend, former roommate and soon-to-be-bride Nicole.  I can’t think of a better way to spend the afternoon than with a bunch of girls talking about weddings over tea and pastries!  I loooove being a bridesmaid, if I could figure out how to ...

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  • Sushi Cake and Sashimi Tarte (part 2) sushitarte_title

    Yesterday, I shared how I made a sushi cake for my friend’s birthday.  Today, I’m sharing how to make its equally yummy counterpart- a sashimi tarte!  If you haven’t read the sushi cake post (part 1),  click on the photo below to read that post first because it explains the basic ingredients and techniques that I used to ...

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  • Sushi Birthday Cake & Sashimi Tarte (part 1) sushicake12

      Jeff’s super lucky because since we moved out to San Francisco 2.5 years ago, a bunch of his close guy friends have joined us over in the bay area.  One of them is his college twin and roommate Alan, who moved out here with his wife just a few months after us.  Alan really looks ...

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  • Heart Brownies and Recipe heartbrownie_title

      Hope you are having a great weekend!!  We had some good friends over for dinner tonight so in honor of Valentine’s Day coming up later this week, I made these heart brownies for dessert. I blogged about this exact same thing a couple years ago but its so easy and yummy, I had to ...

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  • Zoey’s 1st Birthday: Fun Rice Krispy Treats ricekrispies_xo7

    Like I mentioned in yesterday’s post (whoa! blogging for two consecutive days!), the very loose theme for Zoey’s birthday party was “xoxo, zozo”.  I was trying to think of ways to incorporate this into the decor and food.  I had ordered online a bunch of those huge silver metallic alphabet balloons that spelled out “XOXOZOZO” as one ...

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  • Honey Cupcakes with Honey Cream Cheese Frosting (recipe) honeycupcake1

    Last week, I shared how I made a (fake) beehive cake for a bumblebee-themed baby shower I helped host a few months ago.  The cake was fake because I made honey cupcakes for everyone to enjoy instead. I figured it would be easier for guests to nosh and nibble on cupcakes than to serve slices ...

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  • {fake} Beehive Cake Centerpiece beehive3

    Back in March, I flew down to southern CA because I had the honor of hosting a couple baby showers on back-to-back weekends:  one for my sister and one for my dear friend Melissa, both of whom were expecting daughters and only 4 days apart.   My party-planning group of friends and I have hosted ...

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  • Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies and Hurtful Comments peanutbutter_cookies1

    On negative comments:  One comment left on my last blog entry about sleep training really stung.  Believe it or not, mean comments hurt my feelings.  They get me down and they make me want to stop blogging.  I find as a new mom that I face  a surprising amount of judgement on the choices that ...

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  • Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies brownbuttercookies1

    My friend Lynn introduced me to the perfect chocolate chip cookie recipe.  She makes these all the time for our small group and they are heavenly.  I asked her for the recipe and she said its an America’s Test Kitchen recipe! It’s their perfect chocolate chip cookie recipe.  The secret behind these? BROWN BUTTER.  Brown ...

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  • Oreo-stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies oreocookies1

    Want to try out another AMAZING cookie?!  Oreo-stuffed chocolate chip cookies!! It’s TWO cookies in ONE!!  Sweets truly don’t get better than this!!! Two of my favorite cookies crammed into one supercookie!   Monday, I shared about baking nutella-stuffed chocolate chip cookies.  That got my little brain thinking, “well, what else can I stuff into ...

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  • Nutella-stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies nutellacookie1

    Ok, I think I found it, the ULTIMATE COOKIE!  I think these are the best cookies I’ve ever made, hands down.  Even Jeff agrees with me on this one. I used to think my signature cherry toffee oatmeal chocolate chunk cookies were the best, but I change my mind and take it all back. These nutella-stuffed chocolate ...

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  • Yummy Southern Buttermilk Biscuits buttermilkbiscuits1

    (no baby yet. still waiting!) The other day, I had a cup of buttermilk left over from making these bacon chocolate pancakes.  I didn’t want to throw it out, so I started googling recipes on what yummy goodies  can I make with just one cup of buttermilk.  I found this recipe for Southern Buttermilk Biscuits, checked ...

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  • Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Pretzel Bites Recipe pretzel_bites_title

    YUMMM!! These treats are the best!!!  These peanut butter pretzel bites are the perfect combination of salty, sweet, crunchy and melt-in-your-mouth goodness.  I’m a sucker for anything with the chocolate/peanut butter combination (check out my reese’s peanut butter cup recipe) so I was popping these babies in my mouth every 10 seconds: These are so easy ...

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  • Brown Butter Rice Krispies Treats rice_krispies1

    When we moved from Boston last year, I treated myself to a nice new cookbook: Flour Bakery was one of Jeff and my favorite places to eat.  The newer Cambridge shop was less than half a mile from where we lived so we quickly became regulars when the new location opened.  We loved riding our bikes ...

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  • Red Velvet Cupcakes redvelvet_cupcake2

    Since I shared about my green tea cupcakes last week, I thought I’d share about my absolute favorite cupcake of all time:  Magnolia Bakery’s Red Velvet Cupcake.  I love love LOVE red velvet cupcakes and NYC’s Magnolia’s has the BEST RECIPE.  It’s my “go-to” cupcakes for birthday celebrations, potlucks, dessert potlucks and just whenever I have a hankering ...

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  • Green Tea/Matcha Cupcakes greentea_cupcakes1

      I experimented with making some green tea flavored cupcakes for my friend N’s bridal shower a few weeks ago. My co-host L and I were planning a Japanese tea-themed shower for her so I wanted to make some matcha flavored baked goodies!  I wasn’t really sure how do make green tea cupcakes, so I just ...

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  • Secret Earth Shattering Cookies earthquakes1

    One of the places I miss most about living in Cambridge, MA is my favorite bakery there.  Those of you who know me know which bakery I am talking about because I can and will go on and on to anyone who would listen about how good their treats were.  They also happen to serve ...

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  • Churning Out Some Fresh Homemade Butter butter4

    My friend Esther  blogged about making her own butter last week which I thought was SO COOL!  I’ve always wanted to make homemade butter!  I had almost a full pint of heavy whipping cream in the fridge leftover from Valentine’s dinner and this would be the perfect way to use it up.  Usually what happens ...

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  • Heart Brownies from Flower Cake Pan heartbrownies1

    I hope everyone had a great Valentine’s Day!  Jeff frequently has to work late unexpectantly, and that was the case for this past Tuesday, so we are celebrating tonight instead.  He’s making his special Valentine’s filet mignon (this will be the 5th year in a row!) and I made some homemade froyo. Hooray for dinner ...

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  • All American Apple Pie apple

    There are lots of things I miss about living in New England.  It’s been a little over two months since our move from Boston and I’ve thought a lot about the things I loved the most about our 7 years living out east.  At the top of the list is our friends and our church, ...

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  • Halloween Bark (recipe) halloweenbark11

    Happy Halloween!!!  Guess what, I’m writing this post from….TAIWAN!!!  Jeff found out last week that he had a business trip here, so I jumped at the opportunity to tag along!  Two days later, I am on an airplane and touching down in Taipei. I haven’t been to Taiwan since I was a teenager, so I ...

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  • My Halloween Costume: A Giant Cupcake!! costume3

    Jeff put me in charge of coming up with our Halloween costumes this year.  Actually, it was more like he sent me an email while he was away on a business trip saying “I forgot to tell you, my office Halloween party is in three days, can you make us costumes? Thanks. Bye!”  Hahaha, typical ...

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  • The Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookie (recipe) chocolatechipcookie

    I’ve been on a search for the ultimate chocolate chip cookie recipe ever since I got the crazy idea to bake 600 cookies by myself for my wedding.  Luckily, I came to my senses and ended up buying 50 dozen cookies from a bakery. (Best idea ever.) Because of that temporary lapse in judgement, I ...

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  • I’m Loving: Bacon Chocolate Chip Pancakes!

    Don’t you wish you were at my house this morning? I’m drooling all over again looking at the pictures. When we were in NYC last month, we stumbled upon the Vosges shop in Soho. I was so surprised they had a store! (I learned there are other stores in Chicago and Vegas, too!) I love their ...

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  • My Wedding: Cookie Bar wedding_dessert4

    (photo by Jules Bianchi) In addition to having cupcakes and a coffee/tea/hot cocoa station, I really, really wanted a cookie bar!   I don’t know why I was so insistent on having a cookie bar, I just really wanted one!  I thought it would be a fun, whimiscal touch.  Cookies have always played a special part in ...

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  • My Wedding: The Cupcake Stand wedding_dessert7

    I have to devote a whole post to our stunning cupcake stand, it is my favorite DIY project for our wedding and I didn’t even make it myself.  The wedding cake and cupcakes display was going to be one of the focal points at our reception so I wanted something nicer than the cheap styrofoam ...

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  • My Wedding: Wedding Cake and Cupcakes! wedding_dessert9

    If you haven’t yet figured out by looking at the baking section of my blog, I have a very big sweet tooth.  Once on a trip to NYC, I mapped out my own cupcake walking tour and hit seven bakeries in one afternoon!  Desserts are very, very important to me and so Jeff and I ...

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  • Homemade Truffles! truffles

    My parents were in town for Jeff’s graduation this past weekend. On Saturday  I took my mom to a chocolate truffle making workshop and I fulfilled my fantasy of being a chocolatier that afternoon.  The workshop was super fun and informative!   We learned so much about chocolate: the origins, the ingredients, difference between white, ...

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  • Homemade Dog Treats (recipe) dog8

    Hello!! I’m back from our sailing trip around the Caribbean! We had a great time sailing to different islands around BVI and hanging out with our friends!  This was my first time sailing and it opened my eyes to a whole new way of vacationing and I LOVED it! We would just jump off our ...

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  • Princess Crown Cupcakes (tutorial) cupcake.titlejpg

    Our sweet flower girl turned 5 last week and celebrated with a fun, elaborate princess-themed birthday party.  It was like the party of my dreams! Never mind that I am a grown woman, the party had everything I loved  –  pink decor,  teacups, rhinestones, manicures and tiaras!  I promised to bring cupcakes for the special ...

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  • Unwrapped: Twinkies (recipe) twinkie7

    There is no better way to close this  2 week Unwrapped series but with the ultimate snack: TWINKIES!!!  This beloved golden cream-filled sponge cake is like an American icon and has become the universal symbol of junk food.  And you can find them everywhere- supermarkets, vending machines and gas stations- they are are ubiquitous!  I ...

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  • Unwrapped: Thin Mints (recipe) thinmint7

    After I made Samoas last week, a number of people asked me to try making Thin Mints and who was I to deny them?  Thin Mints are the Girl Scouts’ best selling cookie (they make up a quarter of the yearly sales! Samoas come in second place) and they are this former brownie’s favorite cookie. Side ...

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  • Unwrapped: Twix Candybars (recipe) twix7

    Continuing on the junk food binge, I had to make Twix candybars!  Those are one of my favorite candybars so I had to try to recreate them.  It was pretty self-explanatory process so this tutorial is pretty basic. First thing I did was bake a block of shortbread for the base of the candybar.  You can ...

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  • Unwrapped: Wheat Thins Crackers (recipe) wheatthins

    Continuing on with the Unwrapped: Your Favorite Snack Recipes this week. So far, I’ve covered Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, Samoa Girl Scout cookies and goldfish crackers.  Forgive me, but today, I had to toss in something healthy: Growing up, my siblings and I rarely got to eat junk food. No candy, no cookies and no soda. ...

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  • Unwrapped: Goldfish crackers (recipe) goldfish9

    I couldn’t do a series on favorite snacks without attempting to make goldfish crackers.  If you work with kids like I have, you know that goldfish can work miracles.  Nothing soothes tear-filled eyes, scrapes and bruises like a little colorful dixie cup full of goldfish crackers.  It’s like the universal comfort food for toddlers. …and ...

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  • Unwrapped: Samoa / Caramel Delight Girl Scout Cookies (recipe) samoa81

    I must be living under a rock because somehow I totally missed Girl Scout cookie season this year!!  Faced with the prospect of no thin mints for the next year, I went to the Girl Scout cookie website and my fears were confirmed.  I typed in my area code and was greeted with this message:  ...

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  • Mini Cupcake Pops (tutorial) cakepop_title

    For my friend Jane’s bridal shower, I volunteered to make cupcake pops.  After seeing cute pictures floating around on the web, I’ve been dying to try it myself and Bakerella makes it seem so simple.  It must be easy for the normal person, but I am clearly anything but normal and this project took a ...

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  • Mochi Cake Recipe mochi_title

    Mochi. It’s a funny word. And if you aren’t Asian, then you have probably never heard of it and it sounds like a name for a puppy or some kind of itch. If you are Asian, then you wouldn’t bat your eye at eating rice and/or beans for dessert and you know that mochi is ...

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  • More Marshmallow Fun with “Conversation Marshmallows” (tutorial) convomarsh_title

    After seeing all those cute, omnipresent (but unpalatable) conversation hearts around Valentine’s Day, I was inspired to make some “conversation marshmallows”! I made the same marshmallow recipe as when I made the marshmallow s’mores, but instead of cutting them into 1″ squares with a pizza cutter, I used a bunch of mini cookie cutters (lightly oil first ...

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  • Gimme S’more! (tutorial) marshmellow_title

    This past weekend, I made marshmallows!  I’ve always wanted to make marshmallows from scratch, but was hesitant because I pictured a disaster in my kitchen. I foresaw stringy white sticky goo and powdered sugar spilled everywhere.  But I’m glad I gave it a shot! The mess wasn’t so bad! Homemade marshmallows are SO much better than ...

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  • My Favorite Cookie: Cherry Chocolate-Chunk Oatmeal Toffee Cookies cookies_title

    These are my all-time, hands down, award-winning, favorite cookies.  They are perfect.  They have a soft texture, the toffee makes it chewy but its still crispy around the edges.  And I can convince myself they are healthy because it has oatmeal and fruit in them.  So eating six at a time is actually GOOD for ...

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