Desserts and Sweets

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  • Ice Cream

    (Almost) Vegan Chocolate Ice Cream (ME)

    Posted on Jan 23rd, 2012

    This Ice Cream, with no cream or sugar added, is AMAZING. Seriously. You will not believe how close to the real deal this creamy dream is. You can…

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    Apple Butter Cupcakes with Brown Sugar Icing

    Posted on Mar 18th, 2011

    I made these cupcakes with a little Southern Flair by adding Apple Butter into the mix. My favorite Apple Butter comes from the Huber Family Farm in…

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    Cheddar Apple

    Apple Cheddar Hand Pies

    Posted on Oct 4th, 2011

    On a recent visit to Target I discovered a kitchen tool I never knew existed - a pocket pie press. Hello easy little pies! I was so excited! I…

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    Our fabulous New Year's Eve spread, complete with a homemade cheesecake (recipe by Barefoot Contessa*)

    Apple Honey Cake

    Posted on Mar 15th, 2011

    I first made this recipe for a gathering of friends on New Year's Eve. It was inspired by the beautiful Beehive Bundt pan my friends gave me for…

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    Bacon Molasses

    Bacon Molasses Cookies

    Posted on Dec 14th, 2011

    Is it true that bacon makes everything better? After making these cookies, I say the answer is a definitive YES. I borrowed this fantastic recipe…

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    Big Lemony Birthday Cake with Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

    Big Lemony Birthday Cake with Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

    Posted on Mar 15th, 2013

    A few months ago my friend Jen and I hosted a book group for The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender. In this particular book group the…

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    Blackberry Cobbler with Poured Topping

    Blackberry Cobbler & Food Bloggers Support for Sandy #FBS4Sandy

    Posted on Nov 8th, 2012

    Cobbler is one of my favorite comfort foods, and blackberry is the best. Warm, tart berries tossed with a little sugar and served up with a crisp,…

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    Gluten Free Lemon Blueberry Poppyseed Cake

    Blueberry Lemon Poppy Seed Cast Iron Skillet Cake (Gluten Free)

    Posted on Apr 29th, 2014

    This April I hosted an Ayurvedic cleanse for my friends and family, with the intent to bring the cleanse to a broader audience this Fall. After two…

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    Maple Bourbon Cookies

    Bourbon Bacon Maple Cookies

    Posted on Dec 22nd, 2011

    This is the last of the bunch for my 12 Days of Christmas Cookies and, of course, I saved the best for last. This is a trifecta (in horse track…

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    Bourbon Buttermilk Bread Pudding

    Bourbon Buttermilk Bread Pudding with Strawberry Bourbon Sauce

    Posted on Jul 26th, 2013

    On July 4th I hosted a cookout, and my friend Andy brought enough poundcake, ice cream and berries for a small army. So, what to do with all the…

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    Bourbon Blossoms

    Bourbon Orange Blossoms

    Posted on Dec 15th, 2011

    This is the Christmas recipe I remember most from my childhood. My mom inherited this recipe from my grandmother and we would make them every…

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    Bourbon Sorghum Pecan Cookies

    Bourbon Sorghum Pecan Cookies for the Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap #fbcookieswap

    Posted on Dec 11th, 2013

    I've already made 3 batches of these cookies (including the initial experimental batch) and it isn't even December yet! My friends and family have…

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    Buttermilk Bourbon Pecan Ice Cream

    Buttermilk Bourbon Pecan Ice Cream

    Posted on Jul 9th, 2012

    In the summer there is nothing better than homemade ice cream. Really, there is nothing better all year round but add it to the broiling heat of…

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    Pull Apart Loaf

    Buttery Cinnamon Pull Apart Loaf

    Posted on Aug 17th, 2011

    These last few weeks I've repeatedly seen images of pull apart breads on the internet. I've finally taken it as a sign that I needed to whip some up…

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    Chocolate Pie 1

    Chocolate Hand Pies

    Posted on Sep 7th, 2011

    When I think of "Food Love" one of the first things that comes to mind is Chocolate. I recently found numerous bags of bittersweet chocolate pieces…

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    Cinnamon Pinwheels

    Cinnamon Pecan Pinwheels

    Posted on Dec 8th, 2011

    This year I participated in the International Blogger Holiday Cookie Recipe Exchange hosted by Lori at Fake Food Free. I was sent a Cinnamon…

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    Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies

    Classic Oatmeal Peanut Butter Cookies

    Posted on Dec 22nd, 2011

    These Oatmeal Peanut Butter Cookies are a classic in the kitchen year round. You can make a creamy peanut butter spread to make little peanut butter…

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    Lavender Mixtures

    Cooking with Lavender

    Posted on Apr 18th, 2011

    About five years ago I fell in love with Lavender. The smell and beauty of the plant entranced me. I quickly learned, after visiting numerous…

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    Cranberry Chocolate Shortbread

    Cranberry & Bittersweet Chocolate Shortbread Cookies for the Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap #fbcookieswap

    Posted on Dec 12th, 2012

    This year I participated in the 2nd Annual Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap, where bloggers from around the country bake cookies and send them to other…

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    Biscotti

    Cranberry Almond Biscotti

    Posted on Dec 6th, 2011

    My friend Danni makes the most amazing Biscotti I've ever eaten. On my trip to Portland, OR this past week I finally snagged her recipe and made a…

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    Cranberry Butter Cookies

    Cranberry Butter Cookies

    Posted on Dec 19th, 2011

    I love fresh cranberries during the holidays. As I was jotting down ideas for my 12 Days of Christmas Cookies the fresh cranberries in my fridge were…

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    Strawberry Shortcake

    Fresh Strawberry Shortcake

    Posted on Jun 24th, 2011

    It is early Summer and luscious, sweet strawberries are ripe for the picking. Since strawberries are my favorite fruit it makes sense that Strawberry…

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    Gingerbread Cake

    Gingerbread Cake with Lemon Cream Cheese Icing

    Posted on Nov 8th, 2011

    This little cake is simply elegant in appearance, and combines the best flavors of Fall for a tasty dessert. I tried a mix of this with whole wheat…

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    Southern Living No Taste Like Home Cookbook

    GIVEAWAY Southern Living’s No Taste Like Home Cookbook and Charm City Chocolate Cake Recipe

    Posted on Nov 23rd, 2013

    To win your own copy of Southern Living's No Taste Like Home, please see the Giveaway options at the bottom of this post and enter to…

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    Brown Sugar Pie

    Heavenly Brown Sugar Pie

    Posted on Apr 25th, 2012

    This brown sugar pie is amazingly simple yet delicious. For this recipe, I made some modifications to a recipe I found in the Good n' Southern…

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    Apple Butter

    Homemade Spiced Apple Butter

    Posted on Nov 2nd, 2011

    I never knew how simple it was to make homemade apple butter until I read this post on the beautifully redesigned blog (with wonderful recipes) The…

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    Bailey's Chocolate Cookies

    Irish Chocolate Cookies with Baileys Royal Icing

    Posted on Mar 7th, 2012

    Chocolate and Baileys Irish Cream are a natural combo for St. Patrick's Day food goodness. Wrap it all up into a cookie and you have a little bit of…

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    Honey Bun Cake

    Janis’ Honey Bun Cake

    Posted on Jul 5th, 2011

    There isn't a spot of honey in this tasty yellow cake concoction, but it is heavenly sweet goodness and tastes just like the packaged honey buns of…

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    Kentucky Derby Mint Julep Fruit Salad

    Kentucky Derby Recipes: Mint Julep Fruit Salad (ME)

    Posted on May 4th, 2013

    Being a Louisville native, I absolutely love and adore the first Saturday in May, The Kentucky Derby. This year the weather happens to be a little…

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    Lavender Brownies

    Lavender Brownies

    Posted on Apr 6th, 2011

    I've been making these brownies for many years and they are one of my all time favorites. The chewy texture of this recipe is perfection (thanks to…

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    Lemony Zucchini Bread

    Lightly Lemony Zucchini Buttermilk Bread

    Posted on Jun 18th, 2012

    Zucchini bread was always a favorite of mine in childhood. My parents kept a large garden in the backyard on our farm in Anderson County. In the…

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    Cutting shapes from the crust for decoration on a one-crust pie.

    No Fail Pie Crust

    Posted on Feb 27th, 2012

    I've always been a little afraid of making my own pie crust, until now, since I was introduced to this amazingly easy and classic recipe. After…

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    Peppermint Meringues

    Peppermint Meringue Drops

    Posted on Dec 9th, 2011

    Meringues are certainly outside my comfort zone, but I think these turned out pretty stellar for my first try. Anytime a recipe relies on the…

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    Pistachio Cookies

    Pistachio Cardamom Cookies

    Posted on Dec 7th, 2011

    A friend of mine discovered a fantastic recipe on Mediterranean Cooking in Alaska, a favorite at Saveur. This is an adaptation of that site's recipe…

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    Pumpkin Cream Cheese

    Pumpkin Cream Cheese Dip

    Posted on Nov 8th, 2011

    This super simple recipe makes a wonderful appetizer for a party or a snack to keep in the fridge. I love Pumpkin everything and can't get enough in…

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    red velvet cookie

    Red Velvet Cookie Sandwiches with Buttercream Filling

    Posted on Feb 13th, 2012

    Red Velvet cake made into a cookie and filled with a rich creamy butter based icing is just about the tastiest dream of dessert heaven I can imagine.…

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    The original recipe in my Grandmother's handwriting.

    Rosalie’s Mexican Wedding Cookies

    Posted on Dec 11th, 2011

    These devilishly divine cookies were a favorite around my Grandmother's Christmas table. I was lucky enough to inherit many of her recipes written by…

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    Simple Berry Parfait

    Simple Berry Parfait (ME)

    Posted on Jul 27th, 2011

    This is a super simple dessert that makes great use of fresh summer berries. No cooking and minimal preparation are ideal in the hot summer months.…

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    Thankful Buddha with Cranberry-Pear Pie

    Simple Fruit Pie

    Posted on Feb 24th, 2011

    You can taste divinity in a good piece of pie. There is nothing I love more than the smell of a fresh baked fruit pie. It warms the house in Winter…

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    Southern Chocolate Pie with Coconut Whipped Cream

    Posted on Feb 27th, 2012

    I made Minny's Chocolate Pie from The Help for an Oscar Party yesterday. Needless to say, expectations were high and the pressure was on. Luckily,…

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    Southern Tres Leches Cake with Edible Flowers

    Southern Tres Leches Cake with Fresh Fruit and Whipped Cream

    Posted on May 16th, 2013

    It is my birthday week (I officially turned 34 on the 14th) so it seemed only fitting that I create a lovely, fabulous baked goody to post this week.…

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    Strawberry Lemon Cornmeal Cake

    Strawberry Lemon Cornmeal Cake

    Posted on Jul 5th, 2013

    Strawberry season has trailed off, but there are still berries on the shelves to choose from that would be lovely in this lemony cornmeal cake. I…

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    Summer Peach Cobbler with Biscuit Topping 2

    Summer Peach Cobbler with Sweet Buttermilk Biscuit Topping

    Posted on Jul 5th, 2012

    Nothing says summer in the South like fresh, juicy Georgia peaches. Even as far north as Kentucky we get them shipped in by the truckload. I snagged…

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    Trail MIx Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

    Trail Mix Chocolate Oatmeal Energy Cookies (ME)

    Posted on Apr 25th, 2013

    Ever thought to yourself, It would be so awesome right now to be eating a homemade cookie on this hike instead of trail mix and power bars? Well, if…

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    Vanilla Butter Cookies with Peanut Butter Chips

    Vanilla Butter Cookies with Peanut Butter Chips

    Posted on Jul 1st, 2012

    I don't do much baking in the summer. I'm less inclined to heat up the oven (and in turn, my house) in the scorching heat. The temperature outside my…

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    Chip Cookies 1

    White Chocolate Potato Chip Cookies

    Posted on Dec 20th, 2011

    These joyful morsels were a bundle of success, and certainly a favorite out of the many cookies I made this year. The combination of salty and sweet…

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    Fresh Banana Bread, Hot Out of the Oven

    Whole Grain Buttermilk Banana Bread

    Posted on Apr 12th, 2011

    Warm banana bread with melting butter - is there anything more homey? The smell alone is enough to make your mouth water. I've been making this…

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    Zucchini Oatmeal Cookie Sandwiches

    Zucchini Oatmeal Cookie Sandwiches with Lemon Cream Cheese Filling

    Posted on Aug 14th, 2013

    As a kid, Little Debbie Oatmeal Creme Pies were one of my absolute favorites. I would beg my mom to buy me a box at the grocery, and when she obliged…

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