chive | garden | gluten-free | herbs | mayonnaise | no-bake | potatoes | quick & easy | recipe | salad | savory | seasonal | syrups & infusions | traditional with a twist | unique

A bevy of blossoms brings beautiful vinegar.

It’s been a busy few weeks. No matter how busy the weeks get I try and continue to incorporate blogging into my life. I try not to let all the craziness of life cause me to ignore the blog, or let it sit for more than a few days without a post. It’s just my […]

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birthdays | friends | I love...

Happy, happy, happy birthday…

To my one & only, my partner-in-crime, who turns the big 3-1 today. I cannot believe I know him since right after he turned 19. Time flies when you’re having fun… and of course, eating. Love you! Look at that handsome fella. … (and in case you’re wondering, he wanted these for his birthday treat.)

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"Lola" | chocolate | cupcake photos | cupcakes | frosting | mixers | nut (flavor) | peanut butter | pretzel | recipe

Hey there, (peanut butter chocolate with a pretzel on top) cupcake.

It’s been a long time since I made anything with peanut butter. Yeah, I’ve made peanut butter chocolate fudge about a year ago, and some peanut butter ice cream, but I haven’t actually baked with it since April of 2010! And I had some really yummy Trader Joe’s peanut butter hangin’ around. So of course, […]

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barbecue | canning | dill | garlic | grilling | onion | peppers | pickles | pickling | quick & easy | traditional with a twist | unique | vegetables

Grilled pickles, a.k.a. barbecue-in-a-jar.

Joy comes to you in many ways. I find joy in lots of things- my family, spending time with Jay, cooking, baking, gardening, my pets (especially when they’re all cuddly & sleepy), fashion magazines, a nice cup of high quality coffee with cream & sugar, the color of the leaves in the fall, the smell […]

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adult | alcohol | barbecue | beer | brown sugar | canning | garlic | grilling | molasses | onion | recipe | sauce | savory | tomato | traditional with a twist | unique

Beers & barbecues.

It’s that time of year again. When everyone starts to grill their meats, when the sun sets later and when corn on the cob becomes the staple side dish. It’s been an unusually warm winter and an early spring, despite the temperatures dropping quite low at night lately (which has threatened crops that started to […]

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almond | blueberry | breakfast | brown sugar | cake | lemon | nuts | quick & easy | recipe | seasonal | streusel | treats | vanilla

Like a lemon to a lime, a lime to a lemon.

I don’t know if you remember, but I made another version of this pie back in December. That was the “winter” version; cranberries & cinnamon. This, however, is the summer version. Inspired by this. Yes, sometimes I keep my lemons in a mortar & pestle… … And also inspired by MCA’s lyric in one of […]

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cookies | I love... | madeleines | reviews | tea

Tea for two.

… Donsuemor & Davidson’s Tea asked me a few months ago to take part in their blogger tea party, so of course I accepted! I love tea. And I love Donsuemor. And that means that this post is all about my little tea party featuring Davidson’s delicious teas and Donsuemor’s delicious madeleines. … I might […]

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