Baking

The BEST Raspberry Jam & 5 Gourmet Desserts to Make with it

The BEST Raspberry Jam & 5 Gourmet Desserts to Make with it

My mother in law makes the BEST raspberry jam EVER! It’s so good that the entire family won’t eat any other kind, which is kind of a problem when you have a husband that always tells you: “You should make the kind my Mum makes!”  I kind of despise making jam, so I procrastinated it, then one day my mother in law surprised us with enough jam to fill half our freezer, and last us the year… {or at least half a year with the way we use it!}
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“What does the fox say? Happy Valentines!”

“What does the fox say? Happy Valentines!”

Next week on valentines day my little guy will be turning FIVE, and I am planning a big party for him, while taking care of 4 kids under the age of 5, so I figured i’d get a head start on some valentines projects this week instead! I wanted to make some cute valentines cookies for my sons class and his friends… but I didn’t want to do boring heart shaped ones. I got some cookie cutters on sale last week, and have been looking for a really good excuse to make some foxes! Then I thought of something totally clever, and was so proud of myself… until I looked online and realized 1000 people have already thought of the exact same thing! {Don’t you just HATE that!?} Anyway, “What does the Fox Say? Happy Valentines day!” Might be a very common and popular theme this year, but it doesn’t make it any less cute!! I love these fox cookies, and how they’re just “different” to your regular ones! I hope you like them too! Happy Valentines day!

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Fool-Proof Raspberry Panna Cotta

Fool-Proof Raspberry Panna Cotta

I fell in love with Panna Cotta last summer when my husband and I stumbled upon one of the most fantastic little restaurants we have ever been to, in Skiathos, Greece. It has been in the back of my mind to learn how to re-create one like that ever since, but I think I have procrastinated the ‘challenge’ out of pure intimidation. I have watched Master Chef judge, Graham Elliot, and his contestants make them — some with great struggle, and some with such finesse, that I didn’t know which would be worse… not being able to make one as pretty and as perfect as Graham Elliot’s, or not being able to make one at all, like the contestants.

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Raspberry Coconut Crumble Bars

Raspberry Coconut Crumble Bars

Life has finally started to slow-down, to the point where I can bake during the day for FUN and not because ‘I have to,’ {for someone or some special occasion}. I wanted to find a recipe that was quick and easy enough for the kids to help out, so we could have fun baking together, and to find a new go-to recipe that the entire family would LOVE, that wasn’t chocolate chip cookies–{boring!} My husband is REALLY difficult to please when it comes to desserts–he’d take a cheese-plate over a cupcake any day– but the one thing he does go crazy for is a crumble, so I decided to make these raspberry coconut crumble bars.
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Christmas Wreath “Peace” Cupcakes

Christmas Wreath “Peace” Cupcakes

Tomorrow my son is having a fun pre-school christmas pajama party, so I signed up to bring some cute christmas cupcakes. My son {and most kids} LOVE jelly beans, so I thought I would make a jelly bean christmas wreath with some edible glitter, and a “P” for peace. They were SO EASY and fun to make that I thought I would pass on a quick how-to! I hope you like them!
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