Chocolate Cookiemuffs

I have always been a fan of the Meringue Girls (I loved their first cookbook) – so I was excited to see that they’d branched out from meringues into other sweet treats – so that I can make their delicious treats without ending up with all of the leftover egg yolks in the fridge.  The […]

Caramel Kiss Brownies 1

Normally, I horde my baking stash like crazy.  It’s mine, all carefully picked from grocery stores in America and spirited across the ocean to be hidden away until an idea pops into my head for something to bake.  But when Beardy Bestie Fran came over for our weekend of baking, I let her pick out […]

Olaf cookies

I’m going to be totally honest, I bought these cookies for the reusable cookie cutter.  There’s a wide variety of bake your own kits on the shelves of my local grocery store and most of the time I ignore them, as I can easily make better and less expensive kits.  But this one sucked me […]

Chocolate Orange Cookies

When Beardy Bestie Fran came over for our marathon baking weekend, she zeroed in on this cookbook from James Morton, How Baking Works.  We’re both big Great British Bake Off fans and James was definitely a popular contestant – his sweet, easygoing nature while producing delicious bakes definitely won us over.  Having met him at […]

Dulche de Leche Brownies 1

I am definitely guilty of using my baking as bribes!  These were devised for an employee of Beardy Fiance’s, someone who we are hoping to convince to watch our cat, wee McNulty, while we’re away at the wedding next month. McNulty can be a bit of a troublemaker.  Just yesterday, our neighbours told us that […]


The biggest problem with hanging out with mainly Irish people is how little they get my cravings for American food.  Like macaroni and cheese.  “It’s pasta in cheese powder?” Beardy Bestie Fran will say, making an face.  Maybe it loses something in the description?  Yeah, that must be in.  But with the opening of Five […]

Chocolate Berry Cheesecake Bars 1

Cookbooks are a great way to recreate the foods from restaurants you’ve loved without necessarily being able to travel there.  I’ve been homesick for Dublin lately and so making sweets from the Avoca and The Cake Cafe Cookbook remind me of my time in college, when I pretty much lived off sweets.  Brown Betty Bakery […]


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