Pumpkin Pasties from Harry Potter


Confession:  I am a Harry Potter nut. Really, I am.  I love those books with every fiber of my being.  The movies (though the books are way, WAY better) are a source of comfort for me.  Having a bad day?  Well, then I’m gonna pour a glass of wine, pile up on the couch with…

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Disney Magic Cruise | Eastern Caribbean | Pirate Night at Parrot Cay


It’s time for another restaurant dinner tour!  This time we’re headed back to Parrot Cay aboard the Disney Magic cruise ship.  Several nights on board you are served a themed dinner, which gives you a chance to order off of a unique menu from a restaurant you may have already visited on a previous night….

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Carob Peanut Brownies with Caramel Icing


Being a hobbyist baker has its downfalls.  No, I’m not talking about coming dangerously close to murdering your husband when he stomps through the kitchen and causes your cake to deflate like an old balloon, though that is definitely grounds for an immediate divorce. Thankfully, Matt has yet to commit such a crime.  He’s used…

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White Chocolate Cookies ‘n Creme Fudge


It’s Good Friday!  Do you have the day off from work and a nice long weekend stretching out in front of you?  Spend your extra time at home whipping up a batch of this quick, no-candy-thermometer-needed fudge to share with your family this Easter weekend.  You’ll be everyone’s favorite person after they take a bite…..

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Koulourakia | Greek Easter Cookies


Koulourakia are a traditional dessert cookie eaten on Easter Sunday in Greece.  They are characterized by a butter cookie base, egg glaze, and a little surprise – a sprinkle of sesame seeds on top!  The cookies are usually hand-shaped into rings, braids, or the one shown in the photo above, a “twisted snake”.  The snake…

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Chocolate Pretzel Bird Nests for Easter


This is less of a recipe and more of a food craft.  It could be a great activity to do with your kiddos on Easter weekend, or maybe something you can rustle up to take to a classroom party. Heck, I don’t even have kids, and I had fun putting together these cute little bird…

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Glazed Vanilla Buttermilk Cookies


I dunno about where you guys live, but around here, it’s impossible to find buttermilk in small containers.  Since I don’t regularly use buttermilk, most of the carton ends up sitting on the bottom shelf of my fridge, all by its lonesome, until it becomes funky and I toss it out with the Thursday trash…

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