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Washington Cherry Upside-Down Cake

Oh my. Cher­ry Upside-Down Cake. You real­ly must taste it.

Peo­ple often ask me — “why ‘Food for a Year’? Do you make meal plans? Do you show peo­ple how to store up enough food for a year?”.…  I think this recipe a good way to answer that ques­tion. Our years are filled with tra­di­tions, sea­sons, cel­e­bra­tions, trav­el, sched­ules, work, monot­o­ny and once-in-a-life­time moments. And this Cher­ry Upside-Down Cake blends sev­er­al of these into one gor­geous, mem­o­rable dessert.

While on our recent stay in Wash­ing­ton State (Orcas Island to be exact), my friend, Ang­ie, joined us for sev­er­al days. It just so hap­pened that her stay was dur­ing our shared birth­day week — which can only mean one thing :: cake. Con­tin­ue read­ing

Mini Birthday Cookie Sandwiches, with Homemade Birthday Cake Buttercream

Sigh. Gra­cie did it. She went and added anoth­er fin­ger to her age — and to make mat­ters worse, that par­tic­u­lar fin­ger is on her sec­ond hand.  Well, and I didn’t even men­tion the tri­fec­ta of heartache :: she lost her first tooth ((twice, that is a sto­ry for anoth­er day)) too! All this gib­ber­ish is code for Gra­cie turned 6. And with that mile­stone, my heart lost a lit­tle piece of itself.

There must be 2 types of moms, well maybe 3: Con­tin­ue read­ing

Half-Birthday Boy and Cookie Butter Crumble Topped Brownies.

Before I share this yum­my cook­ie but­ter crum­ble topped brown­ie recipe with you, let me first tell you why we cel­e­brate the half-birth­days of my “lit­tle” herd. It all began on April 15, 2003; the day Baby Kade turned 6 months old. Well, actu­al­ly — it real­ly began way back when Baby Kade was about 4 days old & since I haven’t told a good sto­ry in a while — what bet­ter way to tell a sto­ry than with a per­fect brown­ie as the punch-line?! Con­tin­ue read­ing

The Perfect Milk Chocolate Buttercream ((6 minute Buttercream))

Home­made but­ter­cream is on my short­list of favorite things. I won’t say NEVER, but I can­not imag­ine myself ever buy­ing canned frost­ing. Not when the real deal is so easy and mag­nif­i­cent­ly tasty. Anoth­er bonus? The ingre­di­ent list doesn’t sound like instruc­tions for a chem­istry exper­i­ment!

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Banana Chocolate Chip Cake with Stovetop Caramel Buttercream ((Birthday Cake time!!))

Whew!! What a cake this is! But before I tell you all about this cake, let me tell you a lit­tle about the birth­day boy. He was born 11 years ago today at 4:06 am. I am so proud of the fact that he was born in the mid­dle of the night most­ly because all of my oth­er babies came around lunchtime with “planned” deliv­er­ies ((none were text­book and ho-hum but those are sto­ries for anoth­er day)).  Con­tin­ue read­ing

Cook’s Illustrated Perfect White Almond Layer Cake with Almond Buttercream ((it’s as if wedding bells ring with every bite!))

I am so thrilled and excit­ed to have the oppor­tu­ni­ty to share this recipe with you today. I recent­ly made this cake for Gracie’s birth­day and if you are fol­low­ing me on Insta­gram or Face­book, you know all about that! I prac­ti­cal­ly bragged about how good this cake was. 

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Make Your Own Cake Mix ((in bulk)) — for the Best ((and easiest)) Cake

Sim­plic­i­ty is the name of the game! Oh, well there is one oth­er game I play also — the “only eat what you can pro­nounce” game.

Don’t know what I am tak­ing about? Let me show you the list of ingre­di­ents in a Super Moist But­ter Yel­low Cake mix from Bet­ty Crock­er ((sor­ry Bet­ty, I like your cook­books bet­ter than your box mix­es — but the mix­es still taste REALLY good — I just wish you would refine less — like a lot less)):

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Time Flies.

I am on the eve of the anniver­sary of becom­ing a moth­er — oh and Kade is on the eve of turn­ing TWELEVE! Twelve years ago this very night, I was falling asleep ((with the help of a strong sleep aid)) in the hos­pi­tal in antic­i­pa­tion of being hand­ed my very own warm bun­dle of heav­en-scent­ed squirmy love. The path to that night seems as though it was trav­eled a life­time ago. But as his birth­day approach­es — strange­ly, my heart sinks and warms all at once. Con­tin­ue read­ing

Let there be Brownies…”

It seems as though brown­ies have always been, or at least they have always been to me. All oth­er things in the pantry may run out but there was an unspo­ken rule in mom’s kitchen: Always keep brown­ie ingre­di­ents stocked. A “Brown­iepoca­lypse” would sure­ly occur if sup­plies dwin­dled. I am guessing…because it NEVER hap­pened. Con­tin­ue read­ing

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