Almond Tea Cake–More Than The Sum Of Its Parts!

On the second level of the Eiffel Tower in Paris.

I just got home on Wednesday from my bucket-list trip to France and it was fabulous!  I went with our three youngest daughters (Joe and our oldest daughter couldn’t make it).  I’ve wanted to visit France since I was nine years old and–except for the rain and 50°F temps–the trip was everything I hoped it would be. Continue reading “Almond Tea Cake–More Than The Sum Of Its Parts!”

Mexican Breakfast Rolls for Cinco de Mayo

As everyone knows, a festive Cinco de Mayo celebration includes margaritas, guacamole and tortilla chips, tacos and salsa, enchiladas, and tres leches cake.  In addtion to those great foods, I’d like to suggest that this year you start celebrating in the morning on May 5th (or any morning of the year!) with a cup of Mexican hot chocolate and these beautiful Mexican breakfast rolls for Cinco de Mayo Continue reading “Mexican Breakfast Rolls for Cinco de Mayo”

Hearty Walnut and Currant Cloverleaf Rolls

I may be Irish only by marriage, but that’s reason enough for me to celebrate St Patrick’s Day because (as I’ve mentioned before) I’ll use any excuse to bake something and to have a party!  We’re hosting dinner for friends and family at our house on Friday, and I’ll wear my special St Patrick’s Day shirt, jewelry, and apron. Continue reading “Hearty Walnut and Currant Cloverleaf Rolls”

Strawberry Banana Walnut Bread

It’s February, and February not only means Valentine’s Day, but it also means that the Florida strawberry season–which runs from December through April–is in full swing.  We live about 50 miles from Plant City, “Winter Strawberry Capital of the World”, but this time of year you’ll find Florida strawberries in grocery stores nearly everywhere in the USA under different brand names. Continue reading “Strawberry Banana Walnut Bread”

Blender Brazilian Cheese Puffs

I’m fascinated by the foods of other cultures and I can happily spend days researching authentic ethnic menus and recipes to create a special meal for family and guests.  A few years ago I did just that when Joe and I invited good friends over for a Brazilian dinner and today’s recipe came about as a result of that dinner. Continue reading “Blender Brazilian Cheese Puffs”

Fig Bars with Oats and Walnuts

Happy New Year to everyone!  I’ve been baking a lot for the past few weeks but you haven’t seen any posts from me because I was always in too much of a hurry to take photos.  I have a goal to do 52 posts in 2017 and I’m starting with these delicious fig bars with oats and walnuts. Continue reading “Fig Bars with Oats and Walnuts”