One-Bowl-Wonders: Rye Brownies with Lavender Whipped Cream

This recipe is part of the One-Bowl-Wonders series.  Recipes is this series are simple, quick, and can be made with just one bowl.  They are designed to be ready to eat in about an hour without wrecking your whole kitchen!  Easy recipes. Easy clean-up. Big reward! Inviting more spontaneity into an already busy schedule is tricky for me.  I live by my i-phone calendar.  If it doesn’t exist on my calendar, it doesn’t exist in my life.  But, this methodology makes my life feel very regimented.  I find myself struggling with “last minute” in a way that I never used to.  I like plans, especially plans that get entered into…

What to Make for Easter – DESSERT Edition!

Hi ya’ll, Easter is just a few days away, so I’m closing out What-to-make-for-Easter Dessert week with a round-up of dessert recipes that are perfect for your Easter celebrations!! Lemon Silk Pie with Carrot Cake Oatmeal Cookie Crust A silky smooth, buttery, fluffy lemon pie on a carrot cake flavored oatmeal cookie crust! Mile High Lemon Meringue Pie Tart lemon filling with a heaping amount of fluffy meringue on a buttery, flaky pie crust. Almond Chiffon Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting A light fluffy chiffon cake with almond and raspberry fillings and an indulgent cream cheese frosting. Rhubarb Almond Cake A moist almond cake studded with rhubarb.  Reminiscent of scandinavian…

What to Make for Easter – DESSERT Edition: Mile High Lemon Meringue Pie

Every spring my mother-in-law – who lives in Scottsdale – sends a giant box of lemons from her lemon tree.  I ooh and aaah over them.  And then I make a list of everything I can’t wait to make with them.  I don’t know what it is, but the flavor is ten times better than anything I can buy up here in Washington! Without fail, my husband requests lemon meringue pie.  Sometimes – like this year – we made it twice over the course of our giant box of lemons.  Spring time and this mile-high lemon meringue pie have become synonymous for me. Lemon meringue pie is another make-ahead dessert…

What to Make for Easter – DESSERT Edition: Lemon Silk Pie with Carrot Cake Oatmeal Cookie Crust

Easter dessert doesn’t have to mean carrot cake, although carrot cake is delicious….  If your Easter meal is filled with traditional fare like ham, lamb, and scalloped potatoes, then a big heavy piece of cake probably doesn’t sound too appealing.  So how about a slice of light and fluffy lemon silk pie?  The zing of lemon gives this spin on silk pie a refreshing twist.  And that crust??  I knew I wanted to infuse some of the classic carrot cake flavors into a sturdy crust that contrasts nicely with the tang of a lemon filling.  This crust is part oatmeal cookie and part crust.  But not just any oatmeal cookie……
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How to: The Non-Pastel Easter Table-scape

When this posts, Easter will officially be 1 week away!  While I am an Easter brunch girl alllll they way, I am not a big fan of the decor.  Randomly places eggs?  Pastel colors?  Bunny rabbit figurines? Baby chicks?  Aside from the baby chicks, all of the above get a big “No, thank you” from me.  Especially the pastel colors. So my goal was to create an Easter table-scape without any of the aforementioned items that is still unmistakably Easter!  You may not know this, but I love a good unconventional holiday table-scape challenge;)  So I went with a gardening, new growth and greenery theme. One of the best parts…
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