Nuts, Raisins, Dried Fruit

Mini Pear Pies with Caramel

Mini Pear Pies with Caramel

The other day on pinterest I saw a recipe for Mini Pies with Pears and Blue Cheese that looked awesome! I both love and hate it when I see a genius recipe idea like this… because I wish I had been the one to think of it first! But I was so happy someone had thought to do this–because it’s so simple to adapt in so many fresh, unique ways! Instead of blue cheese, I decided to fill mine with my husband’s all-time favorite cheese, and a classic-pairing for pears: delicious Bris! Then I simply topped them with some chopped candied pecans, and served them with an autumn side-salad.
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The BEST PB Choc Chip Cookies

The BEST PB Choc Chip Cookies

A few weeks ago my friend Patty brought me the Cake Boss {Buddy Valasto’s} Cookbook, and I have loved everything I have made from it so far! I made a batch of his peanut butter chocolate chip cookies for my kids and babysitter the other night when my husband and I went on a date to watch the new man of steel movie (which was awesome!) And my kids have not stopped raving about them since! {My son Braden who’s 4 is the biggest cookie-dough fiend I know!} So today I decided to make some more. Since this recipe is a new family fave and i’m sure I will be referring to it a lot, I decided to write it up: I didn’t change the ingredients, but I re-wrote the directions to make them a lot simpler and shorter. Instead of rolling them out into a log shape and cutting them (which took a whole page to explain) I decided to just make 1/4 cup, big, soft ones and change up the cooking temperatures and times. These are by far the best PB chocolate chip cookies I have ever had! I LOVE this recipe! I know you guys will too!
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Hot Cross Buns

Hot Cross Buns

Growing up in England we had hot cross buns at Easter time every year. This wasn’t just our family’s tradition, but a pretty standard tradition for most English people. It stems back from the 1700′s when Catholics marked their buns as a way to remember Christ and his crucifixion on good friday. Then when protestant monarchy came into power, they believed hot cross buns to have a dangerous hold over catholic belief in England, and tried to ban them. Except, it didn’t work completely because they were too popular, so they were permitted to be sold at Easter and Christmas time only. Now they are only sold around Easter time. Probably not because of any strange laws–but because it’s the only time of year when they’re really popular!

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My Carrot Cake Recipe

Today after finding three packets of carrots in my fridge [don't ask] I decided that I would make carrot and apple bisque for dinner to use some of them up. Then after realizing I didn’t actually have any apples, [and am surrounded by bare apple trees], I thought I would have a go at making something much more fun instead–carrot cake! My husband and I love it, but I haven’t had much luck at making it in the past.

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