strawberry almond muffins

DSCF3847This is off-season, but that’s what I get for archiving a bunch of half-finished posts. Well, you get what you get, readers! (All two of you. Hi.) To be honest, I feel like these muffins were too moist. Maybe I should have baked them a little past set. I mostly needed to find something to use up my overripe strawberries with, so found this recipe. Will probably try something else next year. (Or buy fewer baskets of strawberries…)

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gingerbread cookies

dscf3168Ok obviously a few weeks late, but this can still be a reference for next year, right? ‘Tis the season to-eat-cookies, fa-la-la-la-la, la-la, la-la! We had a tradition of making unfrosted gingerbread cookies when I was younger; the taste of these is very similar, but without the need to chill the dough. Much more convenient for sure. This dough work probably work well for a house too, since it doesn’t rise much at all. For a house, I’d recommend rolling dough out a bit thinner for easier handling.

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blueberry bourbon basil whipped cream frosting

dscf3016Longest blog post title ever, but there’s not really a simpler description for this cake I made for Rose’s birthday this year. Which obviously dates this post to basically two months delayed, but um, better late than never? This was definitely one of my best cakes of the year. Look at that beautiful lavender color of the frosting – so pretty! And I swear it was tasty to boot, we have witnesses.
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fresh blueberry pie

DSCF2526Berry season is among us!!! Funny thing is, I never used to like blueberries, and now I blink and my snack bowl is empty. I think of them as the most superior among all berries, perhaps even higher-rated than strawberries, because they don’t have leaves to cut off. Rinse and consume, so simple and delicious. But here’s another option: put in something like 10 minutes of effort and come out with this fresh blueberry pie.
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first attempt – pound cake

DSCF1741I’m going to call this an unsuccessful attempt, because what I really want is a copycat Sara Lee pound cake recipe, and this is not it. Plus, my first couple slices of this cake had a funny after taste, and it was definitely not a great hit with the house. Kind of a medium satisfactory baked good, that satisfies “I’m hungry…” but not really anything else.
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black velvet cake

DSCF1848I was telling my coworker about how red velvet cake is really just chocolate cake plus a bottle of red food coloring, and he said, “You know, the real reason why people go crazy over red velvet cake is the cream cheese frosting.” And I said, “Well then, why don’t I just make a normal chocolate cake with cream cheese frosting? Ok, I’ll do it.” And thus, black velvet cake is born. 6/21: This post has been updated to be assembly instructions instead of baking instructions 😉

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