Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cookies

pumpkin chocolate chip cookies |

Chocolate chip pumpkin cookies – moist, cake-like cookies, packed with pumpkin sweetness and full of chocolate-chips. A delicious fall inspired treat. A new month. A new party. Today it’s the first Monday of the month, that means it’s time for a new #chocolateparty. September was our first month and I was happy to see your delicious… 

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Cottage cheese whole wheat dinner rolls

cottage cheese whole wheat dinner rolls |

I wish every-time I plan something it immediately gets checked on my to-do list. I’ve been meaning to bake along with my wonderful friend Lora aka Cake Duchess pretty much since she started the #TwelveLoaves. But you know how it is, life gets in the way, other recipes get prettier pictures, the dateline is over. If I keep… 

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Fudgy Brownies with Candy Cane Frosting

Fudgy Brownies with Candy Cane Frosting |

Do you know what day is today? I know it’s Thursday, but it’s the first Thursday from the 12 weeks of Christmas Treats Blog Hop, started by Brenda of Meal Planning Magic . If you’d like to join us, a handful of bloggers, please visit Brenda’s blog for details. I remember seeing the blog hope last year… 

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Ricotta tart with honey and figs

ricotta tart with honey and figs |

A creamy, sweet ricotta tart brushed with honey and decorated with flagrant fresh figs. Years ago, in my high-school years I always looking forward to the beginning of the school year. There was something that made me look forward to the end of summer. Something that was way better that all the summer vacation fun. It wasn’t the thought of my… 

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Chocolate Layer Cake with Dulce de Leche Frosting

Chocolate Layer Cake with Dulce de Leche Frosting |

I’ve been on a dulce-de-leche kick lately. I’ve swirled some into a Chocolate Dulce de Leche, brushed over an apple tart,  made thumbprint cookies, ate it straight from the can and to top everything I made this gorgeous Chocolate Layer Cake with Dulce de Leche Frosting. This cake is probably the sweetest cake there is. The chocolate cake… 

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I’m not failing

Tiffany playing

Every other Wednesday a bunch of mothers get together at the church in my neck of the woods for a MOPS meeting. This year we have a wonderful discussion theme : Plunge, Love as if your life depends on it. This week we were talking about making and keeping relationships while struggling with motherhood.  While watching the… 

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Chocolate dulce de leche bread

Chocolate Dulce de Leche Bread |

Chocolate dulce de leche bread – soft, rich chocolate cake-like bread with dulce de leche swirls. An easy dessert for your morning cup of coffee, lunch break or after dinner treat.  I’m not a patient person. I almost never try recipes that require baking over 1 hour.  (bye bye meringues) It doesn’t matter how long… 

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Cardamom Coconut Buns

Cardamom buns |

I’m often ask where to I get my inspiration from when baking. Sometimes from cookbooks and other blogs, sometimes from bakeries and restaurants, and few times by just cleaning out the pantry. You might think that all the recipes I share are just the result of my wonderful baking skills (I’m modest I know) but you’d be… 

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Triple Chocolate Cake

triple chocolate layer cake |

This is the last cake I made for my birthday. Seems like every year my sweet tooth gets bigger and bigger. It just wasn’t satisfied enough with chocolate coffee cupcakes or brownie bottom cheesecake, a triple chocolate layer cake had to be baked! As I said earlier, all recipes came from the Chocolate cookbook I… 

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Brownie bottom cheesecake

brownie bottom cheesecake |

Brownie Bottom Cheesecake – a creamy cheesecake baked on top of a rich, chocolate-y, fudgy brownie.  The best of both worlds in one irresistible dessert!  Chocolate Cheesecake is the best dessert ever! When I came to US years ago I wasn’t familiar with cheesecake, pies or even steakhouse bread. I knew the Romanian desserts (which… 

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Chocolate Cupcakes with Coffee Cream Cheese Frosting

chocolate coffee cupcakes |

I tend to believe as one grows older has a harder time taking decisions. For example me. I have been making my own birthday cake for a couple of years now but this year I found it hard to pick one. I wanted a cake. A chocolate cake of course. Then I saw the perfect… 

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Steakhouse Bread

steakhouse bread |

We don’t go often to steakhouse. As vegetarian we need a good excuse to have dinner at Outback or another steakhouse but we do go there when we’re visiting family in South Carolina. My mother in law loves a good steak and there are several local restaurants that we go to every time we visit her. The… 

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Zucchini wedges

zucchini wedges |

  Some might say Labor day is the end of summer. Some will consider September 21st the last day of summer. I’m in between. I love summer but I’m ready for fall. I’ve already started the fall baking. Last weekend I found some beautiful zucchini at the farmers market. We love zucchini and despite trying different zucchini recipes we… 

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Flourless Apple Brownies

flourless apple brownies 4

Where shall I start today’s post? Probably some of you may have noticed the cute little logo on the sidebar and a new page added to the navigation bar. I’m so excited to tell you about all the parties I’m going to throw each month! Yes, you’re invited too! And you, and you and you!… 

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Behind the apron – in my kitchen

behind the apron in kitchen

OK, so I don’t wear an apron, but I thought it’s a cute name for this series. At the beginning of each month I’ll share some “behind the scene” photos. Which products I use and which I don’t, where I buy my bakeware, props and whatever you’d like me to talk about. Most of the questions… 

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Evaporated milk sweet buns

evaporated milk sweet buns |

My family has high expectations from me. I can not make them go back to store-bought bread. No matter how little time I have on hand, I have to bake bread. Don’t get me wrong, I love making and eating homemade bread, but some days, when I’m struggling keeping up with laundry, cleaning, cooking, play dates… 

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