Coconut Cream Cupcakes

As you may recall, for the past few years, my quest as been to make the best cupcake KNOWN to MANKIND…bar none, hands down!  It happened to me during the cupcake craze that swept the nation.  In fact, I had intended to post a “cupcake of the month” here after my Orange Blossom Cupcakes, but only managed to … More Coconut Cream Cupcakes

Cracked Sugar Cookies

Back in 2004, I went through a “sugar cookie phase” where I searched for the most perfect recipe  known to mankind.  In September I saw a very interesting article in “Country Living Magazine” about a bakery in New York called “Billy’s“.  Naturally, because my son’s name is Billy, I immediately perked up.  They were bringing New Yorkers homemade, simple, … More Cracked Sugar Cookies

Homemade Jello

I just discovered something very exciting…well at least I think it is.  You can make your own jello and Knox Blox, without using the boxes of “Jell-O” brand gelatin.  The photo above shows the various Halloween shapes, although you can’t really tell what they are…bats, pumpkins, you get the idea.  Anyway, making homemade was SO easy and yes, … More Homemade Jello

Orange Blossom Cupcakes

It’s no secret to anyone who knows me that a few years ago, I went through a serious “cupcake phase”.  It lasted for about 3 years and included a lot of day-dreaming about cupcake flavors and owning a bakery.  I even used to watch “Cupcake Wars” and “DC Cupcakes” on TV and taste-tested cupcakes in bakeries all over California (I called it “research”)!  I studied recipes … More Orange Blossom Cupcakes

Better Together Cookies

As mother to 7 hungry growing children, finding foods that everyone likes has always been a challenge.  When it comes to cookies, each person has an opinion…one hates coconut, another nuts, another cranberries and yet another oatmeal.  One thing is certain…everyone agrees that anything with chocolate is completely acceptable! Just to stir things up (no pun intended … More Better Together Cookies