Soft and Chewy Ginger Molasses Cookies

I want to give a little update to my chewy ginger molasses cookie recipe, including some new photos!  Its the same suuuuper soft and chewy recipe filled with extra molasses, ginger (two kinds!), and brown sugar! Just with a little photo facelift. Also, I said it before, but I would just like to reiterate it.  Gingerbread cookies and I aren’t buds –  Way too tedious!  They are a lot of work for something dry and not all that delicious.  These chewy ginger molasses cookies take the best parts of gingerbread flavor and put it in a soft, roll and bake style cookie.  Sign me up for that! Chewy on the…

Mascarpone Cheesecake with Gingersnap Crust and Maple Cranberry Compote

If someone said, “What is your favorite dessert of all time, Maria?”  My answer would be  this Mascarpone Cheesecake. Even as a kid, I loved cheesecake.  I remember requesting it on my birthday as young as 7.  But those cheesecakes weren’t this cheesecake.  This cheesecake made me fall in love alllll over again. I would explain my discovery of mascarpone cheesecake this way….  Its like really liking your new mini-van until you take a Porsche for a spin…  For the sake of my sad little metaphor, we will call this the Porsche of cheesecakes.  It feels fitting; this cheesecake is a little bit sophisticated (don’t worry, its still super easy…

Pomegranate Kale Salad with Parmesan Vinaigrette

You guys, do you think I can get bonus holiday cheer points for making the most festive looking salad?  Pretty please?  The holiday season has only just begun and I am already in desperate need of bonus “cheer” points.  Tim has called me “the grinch” roughly 10 times a day since Thanksgiving for offenses such as disliking multi-colored christmas lights, giant blow-up santa claus lawn decor, and eggnog.  So, ya’ll, I need to get my reputation back into the holiday black.  Pun intended. A dark green salad the color of evergreen trees flecked with sparkling ruby colored jewels is about the most festive salad I know.  I made it the…
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Keeping it Advent

[mp_row] [mp_span col=”12″] The Christmas season is almost always so full, hectic, and busy.  Its easy to lose sight of what the season is truly about.  Because contrary to how it seems, its not about the parties or baking or gifts or ugly sweater contests.  So, I need the daily reminder that this month is Advent, a season of expectantly awaiting the birth of Christ. Right now, ya’ll, I just need more Jesus and less bling-bling craziness.  And because its me and the ability to slow things down isn’t one of my strongest attributes, I need easy ways to keep December about Advent. So, I’m popping in an extra post…

Cranberry Walnut Sour Cream Coffee Cake

Streusel topping, streusel topping, streusel topping!!  When something has a streusel topping don’t we all do that silent (or not-so-silent) chant!?  I mean have you ever heard someone say, “I like coffee cake, but I don’t like the streusel topping.”?  Of course not!!  Surely no human has ever uttered such nonsense.  At least I don’t see any plausible reason why someone would.  Because, come on now, no one hates the streusel topping. Now that we have that settled, lets move on to more pressing matters like the fact that my dog got a haircut today, no longer looks looks homeless, and has regained her title as the cutest little munchkin…
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