Homemade Almond Roca First off, Happy Easter! This is one of my favorite holidays because it is a special time to reflect on what our Savior did for all of us and how grateful I am to him for that. It also symbolizes new life and new beginnings which I am so grateful for as well. I hope all of you have a wonderful Easter holiday today. Today I am sharing with you a recipe given to my by my grandma in one of her amazing cookbooks of recipes she has used since forever. This recipe is particularly special to me because it is my grandpas favorite candy. Blueberry Rhubarb Shortbread Bars This was one of those weeks where I should be thankful I made it to Friday alive. 400 cookies for a local event, lots of packages, business development when I could fit it in and excitement over all that my friend Rachel has done for me (see here and here). And somehow, luckily, I was able to fit these beautiful bars into the mix! Rhubarb is such a wonderful summer fruit for baking but this was actually my first time using it. For some reason those stalks had intimidated me up until now. But don’t be afraid, all you have to do is chop them up, cook them down and you are on your way to something delicious.
THE Chocolate Cola cake I was just introduced to the southern delicacy that is Chocolate Cola cake (aka coca-cola cake) while visiting Charleston, SC early this spring. It was a spiritual experience. It is all that is good and that I hold dear. Fresh Food Friday: 100 Healthy Snack Ideas Join our page on Facebook for our latest recipes and projects! Happy Friday! I did pretty well this week . . . I have only caved on one day to a sugary treat (I will be posting the treats later- they were so good! Gooey Chocolate Skillet Cake Ice Cream Sundae Gooey Chocolate Skillet Cake Ice Cream Sundae The only time I’ve lived away from my hometown was during my sophomore year in college when I moved to Beaufort, a small town on the coast of North Carolina. I lived there for a few months before traveling for a month down the Eastern seaboard to study marine zoogeography. That semester changed my life, and I’ve continued to process the memories over the years. Periodically I’ll share stories here on Willow Bird Baking from that time.
Toffee Recipe An easy homemade toffee recipe that you’ll get requests for time and again! Made four simple ingredients, it is a favorite! The holidays and making this toffee recipe go hand-in-hand for me. Well, candy-making in general goes hand-in-hand with Christmas around here, but toffee? Salted Nut Squares This is one of those recipes that I’m almost embarrassed to share. Don’t get me wrong. These little squares are quite tasty. It’s just that they’re so easy to make that it seems almost wrong. There’s plenty to like about these salty treats.
Red Velvet Brownies - freutcake This weekend I temporarily lost my baking mojo. I burnt a batch of caramel, ruined shortbread and my pizza dough was a disaster. What was happening? Why did my favorite past time turn on me? …Sunday night rolled around and I felt the need to redeem myself with one last recipe for Red Velvet Cream Cheese brownies.
Kitchen Helpers I found these helpful charts last week and just had to share! Both of these beauties are from Chasing Delicious (aka one of the most fab foodie blogs out there)! Aren’t they faaaaabulous?! Buy them here. (Note: There are lots of little charts like this online, but these are my favorites). I love tea, but I’m no expert. Crash Hot Potatoes Man, do I love Australia. First, my oldest daughter was conceived there on our honeymoon…and while we’re on the subject, have I ever shared with you that we almost named her “Sydney” as a nod to her point of origin? In the end, I chickened out, though—I thought that might be a little corny, and truth be told, I think she was actually conceived in Brisbane. But I’ll stop there. This is a family-friendly website. Anyway, I just love Australia.
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Truffles I’ve never liked chocolate chip cookies. Go ahead and throw tomatoes at me if you’d like, but I don’t like ’em. They’re just a plain old cookie, after all, with a few studs of chocolate chips in them. They’re nothing special to me, unless you get some cookie dough-action before it meets its fate in the oven. Now you’re talkin’. I’d much rather drown my sorrows in a bowl of cookie dough than nibble a dozen “cookies” dipped in milk. Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Treats with Trader Joe's Mini Peanut Butter Cups I need to post a retraction. In my last post, the Valentine's Day Double Chocolate Pudding, I misspoke when I commented, "Mr. and Mrs. Romance we are not." That was only half true. Maple Roasted Bananas with Cinnamon Whipped Cream I have begun a lifelong love affair with maple syrup. It started with pancakes, gravitated towards desserts, and found its way to savory foods (maple syrup is just fantastic on asparagus). But today we aren't talking about pancakes or savory foods.