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Belgian Waffles

There are waffles, and then there are Belgian waffles. A regular waffle can run through a range of possible flavors and textures – from light and crispy, to hearty and filling – and can be any of a variety of shapes, according to the type of waffle iron that you own. A Belgian waffle is always light and it is always made in a deep ... Read More »

Spiderweb Tiered Cake Stand

Spiderweb Tiered Cake Stand

If you bake on a regular basis, you probably already have one full-sized cake stand at home for serving and storing cakes. Cupcakes usually require more room than a regular cake, but often fit on a regular cake stand for presentation purposes. If you’re hosting a big group and serving more than a dozen cupcakes, you’re going to need a little more space to showcase ... Read More »

Chocolate Covered Witch Hats

Chocolate Covered Witch Hats, in progress

Just because you don’t want to do any baking, it doesn’t mean that you can’t still make some easy and fun Halloween treats. I got the idea for these chocolate-covered witch hats when we had an unexpected mini-heat wave and I found myself reaching for ice cream rather than for a piece of cake as an afternoon treat. The hats are easy to make and ... Read More »

Finger Food Plates

Finger Food Plates

Since the holiday season kicks off with Halloween and leads into two months full of holiday parties, family get-togethers and other seasonal celebrations, this seems like the perfect time to check out some little things that might be a big help during the entertaining season. And when I say “little things” I really mean little things. Finger Food Mini Plates are just about the cutest ... Read More »

Halloween Candy Bundt Cake

Leftover Halloween Candy Bundt Cake

Halloween candy is a funny thing. Unlike other times of the year, around October we’re all likely to buy candy in bulk and fill up our homes – relative to most the average day, at least – with snack sized candies and chocolates. If you have kids at home, the few weeks following Halloween are also going to find you loaded with candy. The candy ... Read More »

Bites from other Blogs

In October, I’m always pleased to see an upswing in the number of pumpkin recipes out there. I’ll happily eat pumpkin pie any day of the year, but when more bloggers start using pumpkin, there are lots of new ideas around. Whisk recently put together some Pumpkin Chai Tarts, spiced with ginger, cloves, chair tea, maple sugar and coconut milk. They look like miniature pies ... Read More »

Which molasses should I use?

Grandma's Molasses, light and dark

Molasses is a byproduct of the sugar-making process, and is made with both sugar cane and sugar beets. Specifically, molasses is the concentrated cane syrup or beet syrup leftover when sugar crystals are extracted. The most widely available molasses is sugar cane molasses because it is often used in baking. It comes in three varieties: light, dark and blackstrap. When sugar cane is being processed ... Read More »

Pumpkin Cupcake Pan

We’re heading into crunch time when Halloween is concerned, and if you want to get into the pumpkin-decorating spirit without carving open a big squash, a cute Pumpkin Cupcake Pan just might fit the bill. This is a standard muffin tin that has pumpkin-shaped depressions around each muffin cup. When you batter rises – whether you’re baking a cupcake or a high-rising muffin – it ... Read More »

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