Dark Chocolate Mint Chip Ice Cream

My cupboard is full of odds and ends.  Remnants of left over recipe items that I’m never sure if I’m going to use again.  I usually don’t even keep them.  I just toss what I don’t use (yes I know this is wasteful).  That was the old me.  Now I hold onto everything “just in…

Lamb and Pea Lasagna

According to native Washingtonians, or at least anyone who’s lived here longer than I have tells me that this is an unseasonably cold winter. I just tell them that it’s Mother Nature testing me because I now have to take the Metro to work and have to walk a total of 4 blocks every day….

m&m Birthday Cake

About a week ago, a friend of mine asked me to bake a cake for his son for his birthday. It was going to be a small gathering with just family and close friends. The bigger birthday blowout was going to be the following week. I made the cake, a simple yellow cake with chocolate…

Red Velvet Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Valentine’s Day was coming up and although I don’t have “that someone special” my own age, I do have a 12 yr old that I wanted to do something special for. His favorite dessert is Red Velvet Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting, so I thought I’d make it Friday night and surprise him with it…

Lemon Poppy Seed Bread

I’m almost always in the mood for lemon poppy seed bread, but I never make it. Surprisingly I haven’t seen it at in any bakeries or cafes while walking from the train to the office, because I would definitely buy a slice or muffin. It would totally be better than my healthy fiber cereal that’s…

Classic Yellow Cake w/Chocolate Fudge Frosting

In the District there lives a family about a mile away from me. A mom, dad, son, 3 dogs, one turtle and two other reptiles whose specific species I can’t remember. The mom and I grew up together in Michigan. We’ve been friends since 4th grade. She played a big part in helping me move…

Meyer Lemon Bars with Olive Oil

This is my second creation from my great Saturday bake-off last weekend. I actually bought Meyer lemons and oranges weeks ago thinking that I would have time to bake. How wrong I was! While I hope to change that soon, I’m going to savor the day that I spent the day in my happy place…

Bacon and Gruyere Breakfast Braid

Dear blog, How much do I miss you? Let me count the ways. It’s been almost two weeks since my last post and two weeks since I’ve been able to bake. Let us never be apart for so long again! There have been so many transitions in the last month. I left a job of…