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The Best Maple Muffins

It’s Maple Season in New England! We use maple syrup in a lot of The Best Maple Muffinsour baking and cooking, not to mention on top of breakfast items, and love it when we run out right when the fresh stuff is coming from all those sugaring houses in the area. We were able to pick up a FRESH quart the other day and I have been in the baking mood ever since. We have usually done our own sugaring, but this year just didn’t have the time. Want to do your own sugaring at home? Check out my past blog post on sugaring where you will find a great book on the subject.

I have been craving muffins for some reason lately and thought that a classic maple and walnut muffin would be a perfect way to start off our Sunday morning!

This is a super simple recipe that uses real maple syrup in both the muffin batter and in the topping. These muffins are fluffy, moist, Read More…

Chewy Peanut Butter Banana Bars

We have been trying to eat healthier but we have had some intenseBanana Peanut Butter Bars cravings for something sweet lately so that is where this concoction came from. I always have some frozen ripe bananas in the freezer so recipes like this are a quick and easy fix when we need something on a weeknight to satisfy us. Nothing goes together like peanut butter and bananas, except maybe a little chocolate! These are terrific bars that go together super fast and make you feel like you are indulging but are actually getting some power from protein.

Toss all the ingredients together and bake for 25 minutes and you Read More…

Easy Kit Kat Brownies

Can you make special brownies? That was a question recently asked Kit Kat Brownieof me and for a while, I wasn’t quite sure where they were going with that request. Turns out we just needed to get creative with some candy bars and some good old gooey brownies! This is a simple way to make some special brownies – these have a little extra chocolate (and who doesn’t love that) and a little surprise wafer crunch!

This is an easy way to turn brownies into a conversation piece as Read More…

Christmas Crack Update

We have always made Christmas toffee or what today seems to be

Ritz the new ingredient!

Ritz the new ingredient!

called “Christmas Crack” to enjoy and give away to friends and family. I’ve been seeing a ton of videos and posts on social media about Christmas crack and the different ways to make it.

One new twist caught my eye and I just had to give it a try. It was awesome! So, I have updated my mom’s version and will most likely Read More…

Homemade Peppermint Patties

First of all, these are SO EASY to make! For some people, dealing

Homemade Peppermint Patties

Homemade Peppermint Patties

with chocolates or making candies seems overwhelming with all the extra steps or having to use a candy thermometer and fancy equipment. This recipe uses simply ingredients, no cooking or heating (other than a microwave) and can be done in under an hour!

I have always loved the combination of chocolate and mint so of course, I have always been a big fan of peppermint patties! I enjoy coming up with creative cookies and goodies to give to friends and family for the holidays and this creation is the perfect addition to our cookie box.

We try not to have the same old shortbread and peanut butter smash cookies in our special Christmas cookie box as the whole point of our cookies boxes is to surprise people with fun and Read More…

Melt-in-Your-Mouth Sugared Pecan Balls Recipe

These are the worst and best cookies to make. The worst becausemelt in your mouth pecan balls
you not only want to eat them while you are making them, but then the smell attracts the whole family and before you know it, they are all gone! The best because they are not too sweet and go so well with a cup of tea, or coffee, or even hot chocolate. They pack well and everyone enjoys getting powdered sugar all over themselves because they are just so darn good you don’t mind!

I also love these cookies as they are so easy to make and because of the simple ingredients and fast baking time, I can make these on a weeknight and save the weekend for the more intricate baking.

These make amazing Christmas cookies as they look perfect in a clear cellophane bag tied with a big red bow as a gift! But why bake Read More…

Moody’s Diner – A Family Classic

Oh the pies! Okay, let me back up a bit here. There is this diner up Moody's Dinerin Waldaboro, Maine right on Route One at the bottom of a wicked (popular Maine adverb for “very”) steep hill. Moody’s Diner, a family establishment since 1927, has been a part of my life since I was a child. It holds a lot of childhood memories and I only found out recently that it goes back even further than that.

Honestly, there really isn’t anything specifically spectacular about this diner. The foods okay (depends on what you get). The services is equally okay (depends on who you get). Okay, the pies are AMAZING diner pies that are just like grandma made (hopefully Read More…

Halloween Treats: Monster S’mores and Kreepy Krispies

Made these super easy and fun Halloween treats for my nieces! Monster S'moresThey loved the Monster S’mores and the Kreepy Krispies that we had after dinner on our way to the Rutland Halloween Parade! “More S’mores” was chanted a few times in the backseat on our ride.

The Monster S’mores:

You will need: one box of graham crackers, container of marshmallow fluff, 12-18 popsicle sticks, 1 cup chocolate chips (semi-sweet), and 1/4 cup white Read More…

Sour Cream and Walnut Banana Cake

We always have bananas on our kitchen counter as they are the perfect snack for on-the-go. Dependingfinished banana cake on the season and weather, sometimes they last longer and sometimes I swear they ripen overnight. When we find some that have gone past the pleasant eating stage, I peel them, put them in a zip-lock freezer bag, and toss them into the freezer. Then, when the extra ripe bananas fill the bag (I use quart size so about 4 bananas fit) it is ready to bake banana bread, banana muffins, or – our family favorite, banana cake!
When you are ready to bake, take your bag of frozen ripe bananas out of the freezer and as they thaw
you can mash them up a bit right in the bag to make the perfect consistency. Then, simply add the bananas to your recipe.

frozen ripe bananas

Banana cake is really just a denser and I think gooier banana bread recipe that you put in cake form as it is extra moist and thus good for slicing and serving. I have baked this cake lots of different ways Read More…

Easy Caramel Popcorn – Warning: This is Addicting!

I love popcorn. Any kind of popcorn. I will eat it any day, or every day – anywhere and anytime! I seem to

Homemade caramel popcorn in our hand-colored bags

Homemade caramel popcorn in our hand-colored bags

be the only one in the family with that kind of popcorn dedication, though my dad does eat his share. Over the years I’ve found fun ways to make popcorn and enjoy mixing up the flavors and spices I use to create unique and yummy batches for my snacking cravings.

While I love the truly homemade brown paper bag method (see bottom of this post), for this recipe I do tend to use Read More…

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