Spiced Chocolate Chip Cookies

I’ve made a new friend and become addicted to Chai Hot Chocolate. At my new part-time job I have become pretty good friends with my cubicle mate, Ms. T. It is a handy thing since we sit right next to one another two and a half days a week. She is a creative person who is always looking for ways to liven up the work day. One of the nifty things Ms. T has taught me is how to use the office coffee machine to make some fun drinks....

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Cranberry Oat Spice Cake with Coconut, Chocolate, and Pecans

I try to keep a well stocked pantry. I never want to be without ingredients like vanilla, spices, chocolate chips, oats, dry fruit, and many other items I deem essential to my happiness. My well stocked, and organized, pantry has made many a recipe on this site possible. Let’s face it, I am a lazy person and if I can avoid an extra trip to the grocery store I will. One consequence of a well stocked pantry is something I call the...

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Salted Caramel Peach Crumble Pie

It’s giveaway time! As most of you know my second cookbook, Not-So-Humble Pie, was recently released, and to celebrate I am going to give away two copies! I am really proud of this book, and I must thank my publisher for the AMAZING work they did! This book is in full color and it has lots of pretty photographs (at least I think they are since I took them). Because I love you, and I want you to get as many chances to win as...

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Chocolate Chip Cardamom Oat Blondies

I have been something of a baby lately. As you may know, I have been on a medical scavenger hunt for almost two months now.  I have already endured numerous tests, trips to the emergency room, and visits to doctors and specialists.  For as long as I can remember I have hated doctors.  I may in fact have a slight ‘white coat’ phobia, despite all my doctors being lovely people who make me feel as comfortable as possible. ...

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Salted Caramel Apple Pound Cake (And a Giveaway!)

When life gives you left-over Salted Caramel Sauce, I say make pound cake! With fall teasing us in the Dallas area, the temperatures are fluctuating between 100 and 80, I find myself feeling very domestic.  The cooler weather puts me in the mood to putter around the house organizing books, clearing out closets, and whipping up cozy treats in the kitchen.  Usually during this time of year I would be baking fall fruit pies, as the...

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