babies | Cupcake Rehab news! | mom life | unrelated

Oh baby!

Okay, okay. I know it’s been FOREVER. But… I have a new layout. Oh yeah, and, uh…. some news. Kinda big news. The times they are a-changin’…  I actually can’t believe it still, despite the fact we’re in the second trimester. I mean, how did this happen? Well I KNOW HOW IT HAPPENED. Thanks to […]

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anniversaries | I love... | weddings

Two years (yet almost 14).

Exactly two years ago today, I up and got married to my one & only. Suited in black (both of us) & wearing wingtips (again, both of us), with my grandmother’s ring on my finger, photos of our departed loved ones closest to my heart and with my great-grandfather Tom Rooney’s tie clip on his […]

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beverage | chocolate | desserts | great for kids | halloween | holiday | hot chocolate | I love... | no-bake | quick & easy

Hot Vampire’s blood cocktail… aka hot cocoa.

(This was originally written for a contributor post on eighteen25, go take a look and see! And look for more posts by me over there soon.) Ahhh, welcome to October! It’s finally time! I’ve been waiting for this for over a month. It’s time. IT’S TIME. It’s time for Halloween! It’s my favorite time of year. And this year, I’ve […]

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brown sugar | cinnamon | cobbler | desserts | fruit | mint | peaches | quick & easy | recipe | seasonal | traditional with a twist | vanilla

Quick peach cobbler.

How’s your summer going, everyone!? I hope you’re all eating and drinking and growing (veggies- not your waistline) and swimming and beaching your way through the season. I haven’t had much time to bake, plus it’s been hot. But after having some peaches left after my first foray into the 2016 peach/nectarine portion of my […]

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canning | chilies | fruit | garden | jam | low sugar | peaches | peppers | preserved foods | preserves | recipe | seasonal | tomato | traditional with a twist

Hot tomato & peach jammin’!

I’ve been harvesting a lot of tomatoes from the garden lately. I know, I haven’t done my annual garden post. I haven’t had the time (yet). But just know that everything is growing like crazy. I’ve picked about 12 tomatoes and so far other than the small Yellow Taxi tomatoes, each one has been around […]

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4th of july | almond | berries | birthdays | cake | cakes | cheese | cherry | desserts | filling | frosting | fruit | lemon | orange | quick & easy | recipe | ricotta | seasonal | traditional with a twist | vanilla

Almond ricotta cannoli cake with fresh fruit.

(This was originally written for a contributor post on eighteen25, go take a look and see! And look for more posts by me over there soon.) July 4th was America’s 240th birthday, and July 5th was my mother’s (definitely not 240th) birthday. So every year I usually ask her what she’d like me to bake for her and I do the baking […]

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canning | cherry | coconut | d.i.y. (do it yourself) | desserts | fruit | mint | preserved foods | recipe | seasonal | toppings | traditional with a twist | unique

Whole cherries in coconut syrup.

Last year, I made whole canned cherries in a light almond syrup. This year, I knew I wanted to do something different, but I didn’t know what. Enter: coconut. I heard from my dad about a coconut, cherry and pistachio cake (because he wanted me to make it, natch) and I thought maybe I could […]

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