Gingerbread Cupcakes with Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting

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 We had a holiday pot-luck lunch at work today and everyone signed up to bring a dish to share.  I made these fun little cupcakes and got very positive reviews.   I also picked up a few new readers ... so welcome to SRFD!  I love the spices in gingerbread; the warm cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and the tang of the molasses.  These homemade cupcakes are easy to make, and just for fun, I topped . . . Continue Reading

Cranberry Orange Walnut Sweet Bread

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This is the kind of recipe that I think about long after the last piece has been enjoyed.  I dream about ways it can be tweaked and how to add more calories into my day so I can have another slice of this heavenly bread.  Lightly sweet, this braided loaf is filled with tangy rum-soaked cranberries and crunchy walnuts, all wrapped up in an orange scented slice of . . . Continue Reading

Cashel, Ireland


It seems like this trip was months ago, instead of weeks.  Getting back to the states just in time for Thanksgiving made time fly!  Christmas and New Years are just around the corner and my days are filled with decorating, baking, Christmas cards, shopping for just the right presents, and working - yeah there's that.  So if you're looking for a quick 5 minute escape, like me - please . . . Continue Reading

Zimtsterne ~ Cinnamon Stars


December already - oh my!  There are so many recipes I'd like to try this year and with only 30 days left in 2014, it looks like I won't make it!  So before the holidays get away from me I wanted to post these lovely traditional German Christmas Cookies.  Zimt is German for cinnamon and sterne is star, and that is exactly what these are ... cinnamon star cookies.   The dough is simple . . . Continue Reading

Dublin & Portlaoise Ireland

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What would a trip to Ireland be without a visit to the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin?   We recently returned home from an amazing 9 day adventure in Ireland that started and ended in Dublin and included many small villages and towns throughout the southwestern part of the island.  To be honest, big cities don't really do it for me.  I love the outdoors and Ireland offers so much to those . . . Continue Reading

“Pie Talk” at The View from Great Island


 Peppermint Pie           So excited to be visiting with Sue from The View from Great Island today - talking all about pie!  We'll be answering your questions all week right up to Thanksgiving.  Please leave a comment with your questions and we'll get back with you as soon as possible.  Click on the link below and join in on the fun - thanks so much for stopping by! The View From Great . . . Continue Reading

Crunchy Crackers

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My husband called these my bird seed crackers.  I’m not sure if that means he loves them or not – but I certainly do.  You know how we want to eat healthy but sometimes miss that crispy crunch from a chip or cracker?  These crunchy crackers will cure that craving and then some.  I've been taking a few to work each day and just love the toasted nutty flavor and crispy crunch – it . . . Continue Reading



What would a trip to Ireland be without a big scoop of Colcannon?  This is one of the most popular and beloved Irish recipes.  It has many adaptations but the basic recipe includes potatoes, cabbage and/or kale, scallions, butter, milk and salt and pepper.  Leeks and chives are also common add-ins.  I couldn't believe I haven't posted this yet - especially since it is our favorite potato . . . Continue Reading

Brown Irish Soda Bread

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We're off on a wonderful adventure this week!  Can you guess where we are?  Here's a hint ... I'm most likely eating lots of this Brown Irish Soda Bread topped with rich creamy Kerry Gold Butter!   To get us in the mood for all things Irish (I'm always in the mood for Irish food and vacation), I whipped up this absolutely fantastic Brown Irish Soda Bread.  I say whipped up because it . . . Continue Reading

Homemade Coconut Cream Pie Larabars (featuring COCOZIA Coconut Oil)

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If you’re still on the fence about homemade Larabars – then this is the recipe you should try first.  If you like coconut, dates and nuts you'll love this delicious snack.   These date bars taste almost exactly like the Coconut Cream Pie Larabars you can buy in the stores.  The texture, flavor, and natural sweetness – I hate to be overly effusive but these are amazing!  I am thrilled . . . Continue Reading