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lemon bliss cake

I realize that this photo is terrible and I’m sorry about that.  The cake looks messy and dry, but it is not!!  And all those crumbs were sooooo good. I use the words yum and yummy a lot.  Delicious and scrumptious.  I try to look up some thoughtful and eloquent synonyms but I can’t help…
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banana bread (gluten-free and DELICIOUS)

This banana bread is really very good.  Seriously good.  For real.  Andy was home from school today, studying in his room and started texting me…What are you making! Smells so good!  I informed him that I made the banana bread again, but in muffin form.  Down he came and quickly gobbled up two and oh,…
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triple chocolate banana bread

Wowee.  This is delicious.  Rich in flavor and color and texture – you can’t  miss this one. I mean it.  Best chocolate banana bread ever.  As mentioned in the post from Liv for Cake (below) you can certainly skip the chips and ganache for a less chocolatey experience.  And/or add walnuts to cut some of…
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andy’s favorite vanilla cake (of the three…)

Ok, so nice response from all you vanilla fans out there.  I too happen to love vanilla – and as I get older I think I enjoy it even more than chocolate.  Strange.  You go from loving certain things as a child, and it all changes so much as we age.  I now like gorgonzola,…
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white cake with raspberry filling

Scrumptious white-ish cake, glorious raspberries, delicious icing…happy birthday to me!  This was one of two cakes that I made for myself (and shared!)  Loved it.  My mom, Marco, and Andy agree.  Others wouldn’t try it because well, I made a ridiculous ice cream cake that called to them instead and I guess hard to have both…
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yellow cake

If you have a food processor and a few pantry ingredients, 10 minutes and a cake to bake – make this!  Simple, perfect, light, flavorful and can easily transform into something else (think layer cakes and trifles) Alice Medrich developed this recipe for you.  I failed miserably on a new apple cake recipe (thought the…
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warm double chocolate brownie cakes

I’ve been meaning to bake these for 5 years.  Clipped from the February 2009 issue of Food & Wine magazine — Valentine’s Day seemed like the perfect occasion.  Made with milk chocolate and cocoa powder, butter and eggs – these are fairly simple and quite delicious.  If the milk chocolate bums you out, you should…
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pumpkin cupcakes

It was an impromptu gathering and I happen to have some chocolate chip cookie dough in the freezer but as usual wanted a non-chocolate option.  It was 5:30 and friends were coming at 6:30 – so it had to be fast and easy.  Ina Garten to the rescue.  These were so easy, so yummy, and…
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pumpkin-banana bread (healthier)

This is good – a great seasonal bread and another alternative when you have some browning bananas hanging out on your counter.  When I read this recipe I thought I finally found something Greg would happily eat in the morning before school.  I made several different loaves – some with semisweet chocolate, some with milk, and…
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gingerbread cake

This was good – “addictive” Sylvie said as she and I stood over the pan taking mini chunks with our fingers.  Filled with seasonal spices – this dark and smooth cake is a winner for the holidays.  (I know I’m a little late!)   Very simple and easy to make – this is a good…
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yellow cupcakes

So yummy!  Hanna said “Lisi, I never ever like cupcakes and I actually like these!!”  Sylvie and I agreed 100 percent.  And mind you – this tasting was w/out the icing.  Sylvie picked this recipe — eager to bake from this very pretty decorating book called Hello, Cupcake!  We were baking for My Sister’s Place…
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apple cinnamon muffins (very healthy – made with almond meal)

Andy came into the kitchen and said omgoodness what is that smell?  It smells sooo good!  I told him I was making muffins but didn’t mention the healthy part of the description.  Hot out of the oven Andy asked if he could have one – I said sure and his eyes lit up with joy…
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pumpkin choc chip muffins (healthier side)

We all just LOVED these muffins!  So did Sylvie’s new camp friend Kate who came by to meet us — oh, and her mom and her sister too!  Verrry successful.  I froze a bunch of these to save for another day, but throughout the day (and next day) Andy continually defrosted them one by one….
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gluten free banana cake

Another recipe that is gluten and dairy free…and protein packed, and very tasty!  Rob, Alisa and I enjoyed in the morning as it is a healthy way to start the day.  Eggs, bananas, almond flour…dark chocolate.  All good!  The kids didn’t love this one I think because I used bitter chocolate, but I imagine semi-sweet…
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blueberry streusel muffins

Andy said – “wow, these might be better than Dunkin Donuts!”  “I love them!”  Andy obviously loves the muffins from DD – so a big compliment, huge.  I worried that I overbaked them a bit, but Andy assured me that all was delicious and then, “can I have another one?”  Greg and friends Matt and…
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chocolate chip crumb cake

It was Zach’s birthday and we decided that we should all sing and celebrate together.  And although Jodi told me repeatedly that I didn’t have to bake (Lauren made a cake at a bday party that she would bring), I really wanted to because Zach (and Lauren) are probably my biggest fans.  I whipped this…
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sunshine bread

I really really enjoyed this bread.  It has warm honey and orange notes, sweet red raspberries and crunchy sliced almonds.  It is delicious sliced and toasted with a little bit of butter – but also really nice alone.  Sylvie and I actually couldn’t stop picking at this bread.  Very addictive to us – but not…
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honey corn muffins

Finally – a moist corn muffin and one that we all could say yes, blog-worthy!  I’ve tried so many recipes and they usually fall flat – often dry and tasteless.  The honey and buttermilk in these muffins helps yield a soft, moist, cake-y and just plain good muffin.  The kids all loved – Greg, Andy, Sylvie,…
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banana streusel cake

I had to post this again.  Sorry for the repetition but made this last weekend and everyone raved.  It is my kids favorite.  I urge you to try it.  Now back to the original post:  This banana cake is scrumptious.  In the midst dealing with a flat tire, trying to fix the TV volume that was (and still…
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banana poppyseed cake with lemon poppyseed icing

So, as usual, I had some over-ripe bananas sitting on my counter and wanted to make something else besides my quick and easy banana bread or my favorite banana streusal cake.  But again, as usual, I was pressed for time and my hand is still not back to normal — so I wasn’t up for…
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banana muffins (healthier version)

These were really really good.  So much better than I expected to be honest.  No butter, eggs or refined sugar!  Andy gobbled these up.  I mean really, he gobbled them.  Almost all of them!  He liked them best fresh out of the oven, all wet and warm.  Sylvie liked after toasting and enjoyed immensely when…
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pumpkin whoopie pies

Moist little pumpkin cakes sandwiched with a cream filling…truly yummy and so perfect for Thanksgiving or really anytime this fall.  My friend Ali wanted to try and taste these before her guests did, and thought a dry run was a good idea.  She does this with her whole Thanksgiving meal (save for the turkey!)  I…
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nutella fudge mini-cupcakes

Splendid little nuggets of goodness.  I mean ri-dic-u-lous!  If you are a Nutella fan then these are for you!!  Sylvie and I ate these right up.  I’m hoping Nutella fan Cousin Daniel did too (sent him a package).  If you are Nutella lover, try this recipe!  Nutella, eggs, flour and salt make Nutella flavored magic….
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cinnamon snack cake (w/some whole wheat flour)

“Mmmmm…mmmm …can you pack this for my snack?” was the first thing Andy said to me after sampling this cinnamon whole wheat cake.  Sylvie said this is “extra good!” and Greg said “so good mom, really really good.”  And Conor, Greg’s friend said “Amazing – and I love that it is for snacking – not…
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blueberry raspberry muffins

Please read my earlier post (daryel’s which choc, mac-nut, coconut, cranberry cookies…3 below) and about the Greenwood Mountain Inn for details on how I met owner’s Daryel and Rob who were kind enough to share this recipe.  My Rob loved these.  Ate one the day we arrived and traveled with one the day we left…
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marble cupcakes

I wanted to make a treat that would make both vanilla and chocolate lovers happy so I made these delightful marble cupcakes.  Andy, Greg, Sylvie – they all loved these and really enjoyed picking the one that suited them best.  Sylvie and her friend Melissa both picked plain (no icing which was shocking to me)….
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1-2-3-4 cake (yellow cake)

This easy, tasty and delicious traditional yellow cake is better than any you can buy in a box.  All you need are the basics in your pantry and you’ve got good cake.  This one is filled with layers of lemon curd and has an easy sweet buttercream icing – but you can do any thing…
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chocolate chip (whole wheat) muffins

Greg kept saying…are these healthy?  Are they?  I said no not healthy at all (since he as an immediate aversion to anything whole wheat).  He sat down, took a bite and said, mmmm…good.  “These are good.”  I came clean.  Told him they were made with white whole wheat flour – and he said really?  Really?  And he…
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doughnut topping (for muffins)

This donut topping is just delicious.  Really simple…just cinnamon and sugar – on top of melted butter.  What is not to like?  Sadly, the muffin I tried was not too terrific, but I needed to share the topping.  Great for blueberry, raspberry, blackberry, apple or pear muffin…this is decadent and an nice change from a…
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pumpkin walnut bread

OK, so again, easy and delicious.  2 bowls, no mixer and lots of yummy spices.  Not too sweet pumpkin bread with lots of healthy walnuts make this an easy staple for a breakfast treat, brunch or an afternoon snack.  And save for the icing, it is dairy free (and it is still quite good without).  I made…
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chocolate yogurt muffin cakes

These muffins are moist and delectable – and great for a brunch treat.  They are very easy to make and you probably have most of the ingredients on hand right now.  I happen to love muffins with a textured top and the added chips and sugar (placed on top before you bake them) gives them a…
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yummy yellow cake

This cake is sooo very good, ridiculously easy to make, and has no butter!  It is Greg’s absolute favorite but we all love it.  I was talking to my old and dear friend Michelle yesterday about the blog.  She said she’s been baking so much, loving it, and what to make next?  I told her that the yogurt…
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pumpkin cookies or cake with brown butter icing

So if you’ve been reading my blog – you’ll remember that although we all really liked the orange pumpkin cake — it wasn’t overwhelmingly pumpkiny.  I had to try again.  It’s not that I even (personally) love pumpkin flavor so much but feel that the kids should know what pumpkin tastes like.  (Since they were clueless with…
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berry or plain yogurt cake

I loved the write-up of this recipe in Cake Keeper Cakes – in that you usually have the ingredients for it on hand.  This is a great simple plain cake.  One that my son Greg loves.  He said “mom, this is amazing – it is just perfect for me!”  Every day this week there was…
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banana bread (quick and easy)

This recipe was given to me by my sis-in-law Sandy and it is a keeper!  I make it for bake sales, morning coffees, afternoon snacks and dessert.  I make it with or with out chocolate chips or nuts and in various sizes and shapes.  My kids seem to love them in a muffin shape and…
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