The Best Salted Caramel Shortbread Bars

7 02 2015

Salted Caramel BarsIt’s no secret that I shy away from baking and that I’m more comfortable in the savory end of the kitchen but once in a while I’ll break out and try something for fun. Superbowl weekend seemed like a good time since we had great friends coming over. There is kind of an overload of salty sweet stuff out there nowadays but this is nice and simple with great results. You don’t need much on-hand other than thinking ahead about the salted caramel sauce itself. If you are more adventurous than I, you can certainly make your own but I bought off the shelf with great results. I hope you agree! Read the rest of this entry »





Oreo Brownie Cupcakes

3 07 2014

Oreo Brownie CupcakesI don’t post a bunch of baked goods to the site as I’m not much of a baker.  That said, the recent plateau of 40,000 visitors to this site (thank you to all of you) calls for celebration and a celebration needs dessert! Don’t let the relative ease of this deter you, these things are seriously yummy and easy to make in quantity for a party or just a few for the family.  I know just writing this that I’m going to crave them all over again today. Easy recipe and directions to follow!  Enjoy! Read the rest of this entry »





Peanut Butter Cup Brownies

5 11 2013

browniesPrepare for your new addiction.  Chocolate and peanut butter together are some of my favorite things.  Saw these posted on Facebook, you know where everyone “talks” these days, and I immediately shared the recipe to Katie’s wall.  She made them that night (and again the next day) and they are oh. so. good.  After the initial burst on FB, I was requested to put the recipe on here so it’d be easier to find in the future so here you go, enjoy.   Read the rest of this entry »





Lavender-Honey Ice Cream

22 09 2012

Some back story is needed here.  A few years ago when Katie and I got married we were gifted with a certificate at a store in Corvallis, Oregon called The Inkwell Homestore .  Now, here’s the problem…I could spend thousands of dollars in this store without trying real hard, so this generous gift presented a challenge.  Furniture, home furnishings and an awesome high end kitchen wares section.  We looked at stock pots, grill pans, a little of everything, then we came across the perfect solution…an ICE CREAM MAKER!

Fast forward two years.  We were over at our best friends, the Sheddens house, doing a little hedge trimming at their new home to help out and literally almost tripped over a large lavender plant that was at a perfect time to harvest.  I mentioned to Kelli that she ought to harvest some for cooking.  The next weekend she surprised me with a large bag of fresh lavender blossoms. Read the rest of this entry »





Pumpkin Spice Cake with Crystallized Ginger

13 02 2010

Looking for one of the most unique Thanksgiving desserts ever?  Look no further!  This recipe will actually make two 9″ cakes or a cake and some giant muffins. Read the rest of this entry »








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