Category Archives: Holidays

Thanksgiving Recipes and Ideas

Happy Thanksgiving!

The days are quickly ticking by and Thanksgiving will be here before you know it. Since it’s such a big food holiday here in the US, it’s often the case that dishes must be prepped ahead of time and oven space (and time) carefully allotted to everything in advance. In honor of the planning of the holiday, I’m devoting this whole week to Thanksgiving recipes ... Read More »

Pumpkin Chiffon Cake

Pumpkin Chiffon Cake

It’s nice to have some kind of pumpkin dessert out around Thanksgiving. Pumpkin pie may be the most popular, or at least the most prevalent, but it’s not the only way to enjoy the flavor of pumpkin. This pumpkin chiffon cake is one of my favorite alternatives to pumpkin pie. It is light and airy, as chiffon cakes get a lot of their lift from ... Read More »

Scary cupcake-theme Hallowen pumpkin!

Halloween pumpkin template

Happy Halloween, everyone! I hope you’re all done with your Halloween baking and are ready to sit back, carve a pumpkin and eat some candy this evening. My pumpkin this year had a definite baking theme: a skeletal arm holding up a cupcake. It was fairly easy to carve using a fine-blade pumpkin knife (one of the really, really thin ones). There are two tricks ... Read More »

Stage a scary halloween dinner

Stage a scary halloween dinner

Desserts are the best part of a Halloween party for me- after all, it’s a holiday that is essentially based around sugar, isn’t it? Aside from the desserts, I usually stick with “real” foods and make burgers or something else that is easy to cook and serve, especially if there is a crowd. I do like to add to the atmosphere by putting a chunk ... Read More »

Candy corn blog and candy corn baking

Like candy corn? I know I like to have a couple of pieces here and there during the fall season, and enjoy them enough to have created a cookie inspired by and decorated like candy corn. But unless you spend your spare time trying to make your own candy corn, you probably aren’t as big a fan of candy corn as the blogger behind Sweet ... Read More »

Salted Maple Caramel Apples

Salted Caramel Apples

Candy making is more difficult than both cooking and baking, and being a good chef or baker doesn’t guarantee that you’re going to have success as a candymaker. Sugar is finicky, and recipes can go wrong with nothing more than a change in air temperature or humidity levels. This is why, even though I love to indulge in a caramel apple on occasion, I would ... 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 »

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