Maple Cinnamon Banana Bread

Maple Cinnamon Banana Bread

The new year is here.  I can't believe it.  December flew past me.  It seems one minute I was throwing together Halloween costumes and the next minute I was toasting in the new year!  How does this happen?  I was so busy baking, prepping, planning, wrapping and posing Iggy our Elf on the shelf, that I didn't have time to stop and just enjoy the season. I know my family and most of my friends have already taken down their Christmas decorations. … Continue reading →

Sriracha Beer Cheese

Sriracha Beer Cheese

I love spicy food about as much as I love dessert!!!  In fact, the hotter the better!  My proudest moment was eating at an Indian restaurant in college.  I ordered a Vindaloo that was so spicy, the waiter actually hovered to watch me take a bite.  He then admitted that he had never seen a woman eat that dish.  I was beaming!  I was wiping my nose as well, but boy was I pleased with myself. One of the best days of my life was when I discovered … Continue reading →

Baklava Bites

Baklava Bites | lemonsforlulu.com

There are certain things you MUST like if you are Greek.  You must like Greek coffee,  Ouzo, Feta cheese, olive oil and baklava. Growing up, my mom would make baklava each Christmas.  The honey drenched, nut filled triangles adorned our cookie trays for most of my childhood.  Now that we are older, my mom has decided it was time to pass the reigns to one of her kids.  Problem is, it's a lot of work!  I can make baklava, I just choose not too. … Continue reading →

Peanut Butter Snickerdoodles

Peanut Butter Snickerdoodles

  I made these cookies with my youngest daughter, Lucy.   She is my baking assistant.  She is an expert egg cracker.  Yes, a few end up on the floor, but it's all part of learning.  Lucy is also very good at adding my pre measured ingredients.  Her favorite ingredient to add is the chocolate chips.  I usually give her a little pile to sample before we stir the chips into the batter.  It makes her very happy. Lucy and I made these … Continue reading →

Chocolate Caramel Shortbread

Chocolate Caramel Shortbread

We are just about ready for Christmas.  Presents have all been purchased.  Cookies have been baked, the menu has been planned, lists have been made.  There is only one last thing that needs to be done.  The wrapping. I loathe wrapping presents.  Gift bags are way easier, but I admit, not as much fun to tear into.  Before we wrap,  I have to figure out which gifts are from "the big guy" and which gifts will come from me and my husband.  Santa … Continue reading →

Cookies and Crafts for Sandy Hook

I had a weekend filled with tears after Friday's tragedy.  I held my kids closer and spent more time with family. I was going to keep it business as usual today.  But as I drove my daughter to pre-school, I  heard snippets President Obama's memorial speech on the radio and I lost it.  I can't help but cry.  I'm a mother to three little ones, my world is filled with children.  While I'm busy preparing for the upcoming holiday, families in … Continue reading →

Praline Blondies

Praline Blondies

I will not go to Target, I will not go to Target, I will not go to Target,  I WILL NOT GO TO TARGET! This has been my mantra.  I cannot spend any more money at Target!!!!  But wouldn't you know, I have ONE last gift to buy???  How did this happen?  I made a list and checked it twice.   Alas, I have one, itty, bitty gift left.  A gift that will cost me at least $50 dollars.  We all know we can't walk out of Target without at least spending $50! … Continue reading →