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Springtime coconut birds’ nest cookies

Happy spring and Happy Easter, friends! It’s officially springtime here in the U.S., and though I love winter and it’s frosty scenery, heartfelt holidays, and warm clothes, I love the happy birds and sunny skies and blooming flowers of spring. Even if you don’t celebrate Easter, as I do, I know you must love the… Continue reading Springtime coconut birds’ nest cookies

comfort food · desserts

Moist lemon bundt cake

Lemons are simple. They’re bright, tart, happy, sunny. They make me think of a Sicilian housewife in white apron and her hair piled up on her head, stepping out of her kitchen door on a sunny day, out to the lemon tree to pluck a juicy citrus orb from the tree. They bring a sunny… Continue reading Moist lemon bundt cake

chocolate · comfort food · desserts

Mama Steph’s sour cream-chocolate chip pound cake

(Note: this is my 200th blog post! Thanks for being here to celebrate that with me!)  Some years ago my husband and I worked in  youth ministry. We worked with all kinds of lovely, love-hungry teenagers; many from broken homes, poor homes, abusive homes, as well as some from strong, loving families. We embraced them… Continue reading Mama Steph’s sour cream-chocolate chip pound cake

chocolate · holidays

Chocolate cupcakes: What’s not to love?

I happen to love chocolate. I don’t eat a lot of it,  because I don’t eat a lot of sugar, but when I do eat it, I usually go for chocolate! During the Valentine’s Day season, chocolate becomes a nationwide obsession, practically. Heart-shaped boxes of chocolate show up in drugstores and grocery stores, magazine covers… Continue reading Chocolate cupcakes: What’s not to love?

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Spiced apple-pumpkin bread with dried cranberries

What a miracle…a white Christmas in East Texas!  I’ve lived in Texas for 14 years now, and though we’ve had snow at other  times, we’ve never had an actual white Christmas….until yesterday.     It was fun and so beautiful. It made the day even more special. Also, I got to feed kids and family… Continue reading Spiced apple-pumpkin bread with dried cranberries

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A nice, warm breakfast: Bacon pull-apart bread

There are just some things you can’t go wrong with, in my book. For instance, bacon. Bread. Cheese. These are a few of my favorite things! (cue Julie Andrews!)   This pull-apart bread features those favorite things together in one delicious savory treat. The bread is soft and fluffy, the bacon is crisp and delicious,… Continue reading A nice, warm breakfast: Bacon pull-apart bread

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Mama Steph’s Top Cookie Recipes, part 2

Christmas is a busy time of year; we are all decorating our homes, trying to buy gifts for everyone, going to holiday gatherings and events, all the while still trying to work and keep things together at home! How do we do it?  🙂 If you are still pondering what to get certain people on… Continue reading Mama Steph’s Top Cookie Recipes, part 2

Breakfast and brunch

The perfect banana bread

I know you’ve been searching, just as I have, for the perfect banana bread recipe. There are breads out there that use chocolate chips, various nuts, pumpkin, bacon, and all kinds of other wonderful things to add to banana bread. I have enjoyed many of them! Read: This week’s column on Tom Petty and the… Continue reading The perfect banana bread

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I’m In The Mood To Bake: Strawberry Puff Loaf

Some mornings I wake up and just want to be home in my kitchen, making something really good for my family to enjoy for breakfast.  That doesn’t happen terribly frequently, much to their chagrin, but when it does, they are happy guys.  There is a recipe I’ve been meaning to try to out to share… Continue reading I’m In The Mood To Bake: Strawberry Puff Loaf

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MamaSteph’s Outrageously Great Peanut Butter Blondie Bars

“Peanut butter is the paté of childhood.”~Florence Fabricant Peanut butter feels, to me, like an old friend.  Peanut butter was there for me  on days when spaghetti-os weren’t available, and when mom was trying to make me eat canned English peas that I just couldn’t swallow.  What kept me full and protein-fortified? What made my… Continue reading MamaSteph’s Outrageously Great Peanut Butter Blondie Bars