Candied Almond Slices: Quick ‘N Easy Style

Candied Almond Slices at FoodApparel.com

Candied Almond Slices at FoodApparel.com

I tossed together a quick salad for some friends awhile back, and they were raving about how delicious it was. I thought, well, thank you, but please don’t go out of your way because it seriously took me like ten minutes. But what did it for them was the Candied Almond Slices. Read more ›

Posted in A to Z Recipe Index, Appetizers & Snacks, Salads & Vinaigrettes

Malted Milk Chocolate Sunflower Peeps Cake with Malted Chocolate Frosting: Classic Style

Malted Chocolate Peeps Sunflower Cake with Malted Chocolate Frosting at FoodApparel.com

Malted Chocolate Peeps Sunflower Cake with Malted Chocolate Frosting at FoodApparel.com

Easter is coming in just a few days. I really love this time of year where we can celebrate new life. I go outside and see all of the bulb flowers starting to nudge their way up again. The grass is greening. The trees are blossoming and releasing flowery fragrances – this is my favorite part – the sweet air!

To be honest, I try to stay pretty low key for the holidays because otherwise I tend to get stressed out and then just don’t see the point of it all. I don’t want to lose my true focus. Because the most important thing for me is enjoying and spending time with my family and close friends.

But it is fun to do a couple of little things. Like, since I have a little two-year-old who is exploring everything right now, I’m trying to help her find her artistic side by making some ‘holiday garlands.’ Which, what it boils down to is that we cut some letters and shapes out of paper, let her color and apply stickers, and then hang everything up with clothes pins in front of our curtain. Voila. Now am I crafty or what?

Really, I don’t pride myself in my craftiness. I’ll leave that to someone else for the most part and instead make a big mess of flour and cocoa powder in the kitchen. Because that, I can eat. Even then, I guess I can try to make my food look cute or crafty once in a while.

Malted Chocolate Peeps Sunflower Cake with Malted Chocolate Frosting at FoodApparel.com

This Malted Milk Chocolate Sunflower Peeps Cake is something that can bring a smile to everyone’s face because it just screams Spring. Read more ›

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Honey Caramel Pecan Sticky Buns: Gourmet Style

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Honey Caramel Pecan Sticky Buns at FoodApparel.com

Cinnamon rolls – I like cinnamon rolls. Well, there are a few caveats – they need to be warm, and they need to be fluffy and moist –  like these Cinnabon Copycat Cinnamon Rolls that Tammy makes – actually much butter than Cinnabon and simply divine. Tammy redeemed my cinnamon roll aversion. I think I’ve just had too many bad ones from grocery store bakeries that were just so sub-par that I forgot how good they can be.

However, even with the fabulous Tammy recipe, I think that sticky buns still beat out cinnamon rolls for me! At least these honey caramel pecan sticky buns. Read more ›

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Posted in A to Z Recipe Index, Breads

Year One: Keep Calm and Bake On (Giveaway!)

Keep Calm and Bake On

Keep Calm and Bake On

It’s crazy to look back and think that Tammy and I have been blogging at FoodApparel.com for one year now (here’s our first post – the Gigantic Molten Lava Chocolate Cake).

Giant Molten Chocolate Cake (Classic Style)

We had talked about starting a blog together long before that. And we just never seemed to have the time. And finally, despite still not having the time, we took the plunge anyway.

You know what? The time thing hasn’t changed at all. This last year has been a roller coaster for both of us. Read more ›

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Orange White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Blondies: Classic Style

Orange White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Blondies at FoodApparel.com

Orange White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Blondies at FoodApparel.com

Orange White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Blondies……or if you want to be exact, ” The Best” Browned Butter Orange White and Milk/Dark Chocolate Macadamia Nut Blondies. Now that’s a mouthful. But first, a quick little rant. Read more ›

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Greek Quinoa Salad: Healthy Style

Greek Quinoa Salad at FoodApparel.com

Greek Quinoa Salad at FoodApparel.com

So, I guess I’m on a little bit of a Quinoa kick lately! It’s just such a nice light grain, and it can substitute from anywhere to rice to pasta dishes. Very versatile, I say!

Anyway, I was hosting a baby shower a couple of weeks ago and was in charge of some of the lunch items. I had this Greek Salad that I was throwing together and I thought, hey, why not throw some quinoa into the mix. The birth of a delicious and nutritious Greek Quinoa Salad. Read more ›

Posted in Gluten-Free, Salads & Vinaigrettes