Classic Pumpkin Pie

Classic Pumpkin Pie

Thanksgiving is around the corner and I still haven’t received my assignment for the Thanksgiving Day meal. For years I played host, focusing on the turkey and other savory dishes while my family took charge of dessert and other sides to round out the Thanksgiving feast. There’s been a shift in recent years; the hosting […]

Apple Coffee Cake

Apple Coffee Cake

  The last time I checked in it was July, the middle of summer, hot.  I took the rest of summer off from blogging for my wedding anniversary and a three-week trip to Europe.  My husband and I returned for the fourth time to St. Jean Cap Ferrat with stops in Paris, Brussels, Bruges and London. […]

Strawberry-Almond Olive Oil Cake

Strawberry Almond Olive Oil Cake

  I have several bags of clothes and shoes sitting by my front door waiting to be donated, and counting.  Still a few more drawers wait to be inspected and edited.  Then I will be done with spring cleaning…and with not much more of spring left to spare.  I’ve been cleaning out cabinets all over my house […]

Blueberry Sour Cream Cake

Blueberry Sour Cream Cake

  My husband and I stole away to Santa Fe, New Mexico last week for a few days.  Since retiring at the beginning of the year we have talked about several little getaways we’d planned to take but none of them ever progressed beyond this stage.  Family obligations and tax season came and went; when we […]

Sourdough Coffee Cake

Sourdough Coffee Cake with Chocolate Chips and Cinnamon Streusel Topping

  “It shouldn’t be so hard,” he said.  “My aunts never had any problems with theirs.” My husband was referring to my four (or was it five?) previous failed attempts at establishing a sourdough starter.  As a child, he had observed the female members of his family effortlessly maintain their sourdough starters, even taking a jar on camping […]

Cherry Almond Coconut Bars

Cherry Almond Coconut Bars

  When I received my assignment for this month’s Blogger C.L.U.E. post I was thrilled–I got Lisa’s blog.  If you’ve been visiting me for some time then you’d know what a dear friend Lisa has become.  We met through another blogging community nearly five years ago and have since built a friendship beyond visiting each […]

Almond-Coconut Bundt Cake with Lemon Glaze

Almond Coconut Bundt Cake with Lemon Glaze

  If you were to make me choose between cookies or cake, I’ll pick the latter…both to eat and to bake.  Maybe it’s because my cookie repertoire is very limited.  I know only a handful of recipes really well; I use them with confidence but I rarely have the urge to run to the kitchen to […]

Orange-Cardamom Einkorn Madeleines

Orange-Cardamom Madeleines

  For the past four days my husband and I have been fully engaged in the Christmas rush.  We’re still not even nearly done but we’re ticking items off the list, slowly.  The storm couldn’t keep my husband indoors.  I had planned two days of baking and online Christmas shopping while it poured outside, only […]