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Amish Friendship Chocolate Muffins

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Has anyone ever given you (or tried giving you) Amish Friendship Bread starter dough? My friend at work got us hooked on it.  It’s a yeast concoction that you feed every few days with flour, sugar and milk until the day you use it for baking.  It’s kept in a ziplock bag and will expand, […]

English Muffins

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Lately, I haven’t had time to eat breakfast at home before running off to work.  I work so early (6 AM) that I’d rather use any extra minutes for sleep than sitting and eating a bowl of cereal.  Once in a while I’ll stop at Starbucks, but that’s definitely too expensive to try and do […]

Zeppole (Italian Doughnuts)

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Last week, we had some friends over for dinner.  For the main dish I served the Italian Pasta Bake, so for dessert I wanted to stay true to the Italian theme.  When I received Giada’s New Italian Favorites cookbook for Christmas, this was one of the first recipes I marked.  A few weeks later, we […]

Strawberry-Banana Muffins

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Ben and I are spending the weekend in Rochester Hills, MI visiting our good friends.  We arrived last night and spent the day at the world’s largest Christmas store, Bronners.  I grew up in Michigan, and ashamed to say I’ve never been to this place!  Afterwards, we headed to downtown Frankenmuth to do a little […]

Homemade Bagels

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Ben has been on a bagel sandwich kick lately, so I thought “why not save money and make these bagels since I already have everything on hand?” He makes himself a bagel sandwich for lunch every day, which is nice because since I have to be at work at 6 am (eeks!) I don’t really […]

Cinnamon French Toast

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We had some leftover country bread that needed to be used soon or it would go bad.  I toyed with the idea of making bread pudding, but instead, had a craving for french toast this morning. So, I whipped up this quick and easy recipe..and I can guarantee you’ll have everything on hand.  And, if […]

Chocolate Biscotti

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I brought these treats to Emily’s Holiday Open House Sunday night.  They were delicious!  Joelen, from Joelen’s Culinary Adventures, was also at the party and said they tasted like a rich brownie…except crunchy!  It was also a great opportunity for me to use my Roasted Cacao Nibs that TCHO sent to me for a tasting. […]

Candy Cane Biscotti

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I’m in love with these biscotti.  If I make them for myself, I probably won’t take the time to dip them in the white chocolate and crushed candy canes, because I’ll want to eat them right away instead!  They’re great dipped in coffee or hot cocoa…or even on their own. Print Candy Cane Biscotti Yield: […]

Apple Strudel Muffins

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The second recipe I made with my apples from the Epelgaarden.  I love Allrecipes.com because of the reviews for each recipe. Most of the reviews for these muffins said to add cinnamon and use half brown sugar and half regular sugar in the batter.  They also said to shred most of the apple and leave […]

Blueberry Crumb Bars

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I originally saw the link to this recipe from Good Things Catered where Katie made her own alterations. She found the recipe on Smitten Kitchen, which linked to the original on AllRecipes. I used the recipe as it was listed on Smitten Kitchen and WOW these were good! We were bringing a dessert to two […]

Stuffin’ Egg Muffin

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As I mentioned in the previous post, we had friends visiting from out of town this past weekend. I made the Daring Bakers danish bread for breakfast one morning, but we had a few more breakfasts to go! Well, lucky for me and our guests, I got an excellent recipe idea from one of my […]

Daring Bakers Danish Braid

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This month’s Daring Bakers challenge was definitely a challenge for me. I’m in a hurry to get ready for church right now, but wanted to post the recipe, and photos will come later. Check out the Daring Bakers blogroll in the meantime for others’ awesome photos and ideas for fillings. **UPDATE** Okay, yes, it’s now […]

French Breakfast Puffs (aka Mini Cinnamon Muffins)

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Sunday morning I was craving something sweet out of the oven. I decided to search my friend’s food blog, Stacey’s Kitchen, to see what she had. Right away I found these under her breakfast label. I’m glad she described them as cinnamon rolls, because the name “French Breakfast Puffs” just didn’t sound like what I […]