Posts in Spring
Tropical Carrot Sheet Cake with Salted Caramel Frosting

No layering necessary! Untraditional carrot sheet cake filled with crushed pineapple and coconut flakes which yields an incredibly moist cake. Smeared with salted caramel cream cheese frosting, you have yourself the perfect cake.

If you are in need of a one-of-a-kind Easter dessert, here you go. Carrot cake is classic Easter, or at least Spring dessert. At least that is how I envision its perfect placement. Not that I actually follow my own thought line. I almost never make carrot cake for easter. I usually find something that seems way more exciting, or at least peaks my interest a little more than boring ol’ carrot cake. Now, my question…

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Baked Lemon Curd Filled Donuts

No frying necessary! These baked donuts are light and fluffy , rolled in sugar and filled with bright lemon curd. The perfect citrus treat for Spring and Easter!

Once in a while, donuts and I will have a thing. Once in a very great while. I don’t actually do donuts, most of the time. Unless I make them. I never eat purchased donuts. It’s something I stopped doing in high school. For whatever reason. Who knows what was going through my teenage mind back then. I also don’t live near any cities where good donuts are actually a thing. Around here it’s just the gross chain breakfast…

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Raspberry Pomegranate Hibiscus Meringue Cake

White cake, raspberry cheesecake, baked meringue, and pomegranate hibiscus curd come together to make one heck of a cake. Perfect for that special occasion, Monday afternoon, or Easter table.

Is anyone else super excited about the fact that the final season of Game of Thrones is starting TOMORROW? I am super pumped, if you couldn’t tell. My husband and I didn’t jump on to the GOT band wagon until years after it started. I decided to start by reading the books I borrowed from a friend. I like to try to read the books first, but I couldn’t wait. We ended up starting the show before I read all the books. I guess it didn’t matter any way since the show surpassed the books. I consider myself lucky because we were able to binge watch the seasons without waiting a year before the next season…

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Indian Coconut Butter Cauliflower

This is a healthier version of butter chicken. Coconut milk makes it rich and creamy while cauliflower is subtly swapped for the chicken. This is an easy, satisfying weeknight meal that will please all at the table.

This dish is for all of those who are still in, what it may seem like, the the throes of winter. We got a big enough snow storm Monday to cancel school. And it has been spitting snow off and on for a few days this week. I know out west is getting hit hard. I feel you people! I find the snow to be beautiful, and I really don’t mind it a whole lot, but I am definitely ready to retire my…

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Toffee Espresso Chocolate Chip Cookies

Buttery, soft and chewy cookies filled with chopped chocolate, espresso and toffee bits. Everything is so right about this cookie.

I feel like every time I make a new flavored cookie, it becomes my favorite. And this is coming from someone that honestly doesn’t eat a lot of cookies. Yes, I make cookies every week. But they are mainly for packing in lunches and for a quick dessert for the kids and my husband after dinner. Cookies are definitely not the first thing I grab for when I want a sweet fix. With that being said, there are a choice few cookies that I will go to first. Most of them revolve…

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Naan with Garlic Herb Butter

Fluffy, buttery herbed flatbread is well worth the time for your next curry dipping vessel or extra special sandwich.

This recipe and the recipe that goes with this naan is something I am incredibly excited about. I have dived head first back into baking and cooking. I have been so excited to finally have the capacity to bake again. I fell off the bandwagon for a couple of months due to many things going on in our lives. But now, I am back into the full swing of things. And it helps that the weather has finally broken (fingers crossed it’s for good) and Spring is officially here! There is something incredibly rejuvenating about…

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Spring, Side DishesLydia
Brown Butter Maple Chess Pie

Pure maple syrup and browned butter come together to enhance one another in a killer custard pie. A super simple flaky, butter crust brings it all together.

Hello again! I am finally back after a not-by-choice 3 month hiatus. My 8+ year old laptop started having some issues the end of December, which the techs thought were resolvable. Turns out, it was going to cost just as much to fix it as it would be to get a new computer. THANK THE LORD they were able to backup all my data before the computer went totally bonkers. So, to make a long story short, here I am, on a new computer with all my data. It only took three months…

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Spring, Pies and TartsLydia