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Cookie Dough Swirl Marshmallows and Marsh Madness!

Basketball, shmasketball. No offense, of course, but the whole ‘bracket’ business blows my mind. Maybe it’s because I’m chronically short, but basketball has never sparked by interest. I could very well do without. Marsh madness, however, is an entirely different beast. Replace basketball with marshmallows and, well, you’ve got my attention. Seriously, I’ll take marshmallows...

Lemon Buttermilk Cupcakes

This blog has been cupcake-less for far too long. I’ve been neglecting cupcakes for other sweets like cookie dough and layer cakes. Shame on me. These delicately tart cupcakes are the perfect way to welcome springime (which, to me, is marked officially by daylight savings time – it’s when I can finally start photographing dinner...

Jumbo Sixlets Cookies

I’m sure I’m not the only one who regularly smuggles candy into the movie theater. Heck, I’ve even stuffed bags full of popcorn into my purse to bypass the ridiculously overpriced and overbuttered snacks they sell there. But that’s beside the point. Sixlets used to be my stand by movie candy. I’d stop by the...

Marzipan Brownies

I’ve been thinking a lot about brownies lately. And mainly, what makes a really good brownie. I’ve been doing research, all scientific and the like. I’ve come to the conclusion that the denser the better. It should almost be the consistency of fudge (why did you think they were called fudgy brownies, anyway?) Chewy. But...

Homemade Frozen Pizza

Taylor and I have a tradition of always having an “Emergency Pizza” on hand. Dubbed as such after one evening where we were both hungry and cranky and could not agree on where to go eat and did not want to cook. We wanted real pizza but ordering it would cost more than two college...

Olive Oil Rice Krispie Treats

We’ve reached the end of our lime green saga. I hope you’ve enjoyed it, and haven’t been too blinded in the process. Unless, of course, you’ve been blinded by desire to abandon the keyboard and go bake, immediately. Then that’s ok. And this final recipe would be (practically) instant satisfaction. In under 20 minutes you’d...

Pistachio Macarons

Another friendly contribution, this one from Nashville’s resident macaron expert. Tabitha has a knack for these complicated cookies, and I was thrilled when she offered to bring a green-hued version to the party. They’re much prettier than my first attempt, don’t you agree? She’s got the magic touch, I tell you. She’s tried to teach...

Olive Oil Granola

You may be surprised when I tell you that this treat was the first to disappear off the dessert table. Gone. All of it. My friend and fellow food blogger Erin of Erin’s Food Files offered to bring this addictive snack as soon as I revealed the theme of the party. And while it wasn’t...

Meyer Lemon and Olive Oil Chiffon Cake with Lemon Poppyseed Curd

The party favors might be gone (in just under an hour all 100 notepads were spoken for!) but I’ve still got plenty of delicious goodies to share. The centerpiece of our little party was this ruffled green layer cake and matching cupcakes. Light and airy lemon chiffon, filled with a rich and delicious lemon poppyseed...

Happy Birthday, Little Blog!

Five years. I’ve been filling this space with words and pictures for five years now. That’s like, 42 in blog years. We’ve come a long way since that very first post. Five years, 588 posts, 16,130 comments, and dozens of cupcakes later, I decided this was indeed a momentous occasion and we had to celebrate....