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Rhubarb Crisp in a Jar

Rhubarb Crisp in a Jar

Posted on Monday, May 13, 2013 in Happy Endings

Food (and drinks) in jars is pretty much the coolest concept ever. I mean, aside from aesthetics (they just look cute), it’s a highly convenient way to bake up cakes and pies – and make sangrias, even. They’re easy to assemble, tend to take up less room in the fridge, and are perfectly portable for gifts, parties, and lunches on the go. Even this awesome blogger wrote a cookbook all about it.

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Salted Double Dark Chocolate Cookies

Salted Double Dark Chocolate Cookies

Posted on Friday, April 26, 2013 in Happy Endings

I love having a food blog. I’ve always adored experimenting with recipes, writing is in my blood, and I’ve been huge into photography since the beginning of time (though for me, food photography is much more of a challenge than landscapes, pets, or portraits). Oh, and I love creating spaces on the web – I’ve been drawn to the internet since its inception, shaping my career first around web design, then development, then focusing more on writing professionally for corporate websites, and then finally, this blog – such a perfect intersection of so much of what I love.

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Pumpkin Spice Latte Layer Cake

Pumpkin Spice Latte Layer Cake

Posted on Monday, October 22, 2012 in Happy Endings

My guy and I have recently recommitted to a healthier lifestyle. We’re getting older, we’ve got a daughter now, and it just sort of needs to be done.

We’re eating less processed foods and more whole foods. We go out for walks every evening, and we’re talking about working towards taking part in a 5K come spring. And we’re enjoying indulgences like this Pumpkin Spice Latte Layer Cake.

Say what, you say?

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M&M’s Pumpkin Bread

M&M’s Pumpkin Bread

Posted on Friday, October 5, 2012 in Happy Endings

We’re tired.

We’re really, really tired.

We have a baby, see, and all that hooey about sleeping through the night? Like, “Oh, is she sleeping through the night at three months? Great!” Yeah, it’s crap. Because, for one, the technical definition of “sleeping through the night” is 5 solid hours. Which, by the way, actually sounds pretty awesome because we haven’t seen that large a hunk in nearly three months. But it’s also crap because just because your three month old is sleeping through the night doesn’t mean when she’s four months, or five, or nine, she will be. She might just, say, forget she had any inkling that she knows how to sleep for longer than two hours at any one time.

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Ridiculously Easy One-Bowl Brownies

Ridiculously Easy One-Bowl Brownies

Posted on Friday, September 28, 2012 in Happy Endings

Happy Friday! Here’s an oldie but goodie from my previous blog. These chewy, melt-in-your-mouth morsels tend to be my go-to brownie recipe: not only are they pretty much the perfect brownie, they’re also so wonderfully easy to whip up.

Try them – you’ll be glad you did.

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Fluffy Nutella Buttercream Frosting

Fluffy Nutella Buttercream Frosting

Posted on Friday, August 31, 2012 in Happy Endings

Dessert is beautiful in many, many ways, but in our house, we especially appreciate its ability to bridge the divide between my vegetarianism and his carnivorous diet. Because unless we’re putting lard in our pie crusts or sprinkling bacon on our ice cream (and even my bacon-loving guy isn’t really on board with the bacon-in-desserts thing), dessert is naturally vegetarian. No need for our usual fork-in-the-road recipes, which really isn’t such a bad way to live, but there’s something fun about being able to nosedive simultaneously into, for instance, the same Fluffy Nutella Buttercream frosted cupcakes.

Nutella in buttercream form. Pure heaven. After all, if dessert is beautiful, Nutella is pure divinity. People write poems about it. They dedicate terrific blogs to it. And there’s even a holiday to celebrate it!

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Key Lime Pie in a Jar

Key Lime Pie in a Jar

Posted on Friday, August 24, 2012 in Happy Endings

One of my fondest memories is of when I took my niece, 13 at the time, to Florida. (This was nearly nine years ago. Where does the time go?)

We went to Disneyworld. We saw the sweet manatees at Homosassa Springs.

And we picnicked at one of the most gorgeous beaches I’ve ever visited, just north of Clearwater. We took a picnic – a “meal” of exactly one whole key lime pie that we picked up along the way. We dug our toes into the soft sugary sand and scooped bites of pie directly out of the tin with plastic spoons, us rebels us. Quite possibly one of the best dinners ever, if not exactly the healthiest.

I still view key lime pie as perfect picnic fare, but I’ve decided that individual servings in individual-sized jars is totally where it’s at.

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Strawberry Shortcake Cupcakes

Strawberry Shortcake Cupcakes

Posted on Monday, July 16, 2012 in Happy Endings

My garden is a sad sight this year, as summer started just a tad too late for me to have much confidence in all the things I wanted to plant. Happily, though, the peas are thriving – and so are the strawberries.

Big, red, perfect, plump, juicy strawberries. I’ll run out there to snag a couple to slice atop my yogurt for breakfast or a handful to enjoy whole after dinner. Or, like the other day, I’ll just start picking and soon I’ll have a nice bowlful, and then I get to dreaming all about what kinds of creations I can make with these delicious scarlet goodies.

Say, for instance, strawberry shortcake cupcakes.

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No-Bake Blueberry Cheesecake Mini Tarts

No-Bake Blueberry Cheesecake Mini Tarts

Posted on Friday, June 22, 2012 in Happy Endings

I thought I’d go with a “Happy Endings” type recipe for this Friday. These are sweet, easy, and cute … the perfect conclusion to the week.

These two-bite tarts (three if you’re daintier than me) are ideal for entertaining – they’re easy finger food, they look great, and they take – I’m not kidding – not even 10 minutes to make. Taste-wise, the filling is just right. Sour cream, cream cheese, whipping cream, lemon zest, brown sugar, and a little vanilla. It’s the perfect base for those beautiful bursts of blueberries.

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Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Banana Cake with Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Frosting

Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Banana Cake with Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Frosting

Posted on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 in Happy Endings

Every harmonious household needs a few good dessert recipes, right?! And the very best thing about dessert? It’s vegetarian. Perfect for the mixed veggie/carnie kitchen. Nary a meat-eater complains about the lack of meat when a scrumptious dessert is placed before him or her.

Like this one, for instance. It’s a banana sheet cake packed with tiny little Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup minis. And then topped with an amazing peanut butter cream cheese frosting. And it’s delicious.

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Blueberry Lemon Cheesecake Squares

Blueberry Lemon Cheesecake Squares

Posted on Thursday, September 2, 2010 in Happy Endings

The bittersweet truth is, fall is pretty much here – and I, for one, am feeling it. In fact, I’ve just about given in. I’ve been thinking about pumpkin recipes. I lit an apple candle. I even found myself brewing up some chili in the crock pot a couple days ago.

But in one last-ditch attempt to hold on to the sunny joy of our too-short Seattle summer, I took my two youngest nephews to the blueberry farm and we gathered the last few berries from the last few bushes that had still had them.

And then I made these Blueberry Lemon Cheesecake Squares.

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