Oftentimes, when I receive a cookbook to review, I let my children decide which recipes we shall try. I know that if I let them have a say in what I’m whipping up in the kitchen, they’ll be that much more excited to help me make it – and eat it afterwards. So it goes without saying that they were thrilled when I got the chance to start baking recipes out of Pat Sinclair’s Baking Basics & Beyond, 2nd Edition. As I read through the list of tasty treats that we could make, they narrowed their selections down to the Apple Coffee Cake, Chocolate Monster Cookies, and Banana Bars with Brown Sugar Frosting.
Now that my children are pre-school and school age, I am amazed at how much busier our lives have become. The weeks are filled with school, volunteering at school and homework. Our weekends are filled with ballet, swimming, gymnastics, birthday parties and recitals. We love nothing more than watching our children grow, thrive and participate….
I love cranberries. I love their bold bright color. I love their sweet tartness. And I love how versatile they are – from baked goods to chutneys to savory sides – these plump little berries can be used in almost anything.
Along with my professed love for cranberries, I also love quick breads. And whenever I can combine two of my favorite snacks – I’m in my glory, which is how we came to today’s recipe for an Orange Cranberry Nut Bread.
Pop-pop’s sweet tooth also has a very practical side; he only likes to eat sweets that have fruit in them! So my sister and I are always on the look-out for new fruit-based desserts. So when I came across this recipe, I knew this Apple Coffee Cake would be right up his alley, especially when coupled with his afternoon cup of coffee.
So, now that hurricane season is here, we like to cuddle up together at bedtime and read our favorite books. One of which is a well-worn copy of Storm Wrangler, written by Coert Voorhess – it’s a an all out cowboy-meets-superhero-meets-best-daddy-ever kind of tale!
With pages upon pages of gorgeous illustrations, and a lovely lilting text, it has become one of my son’s most requested books, especially during stormy weather. Since he likes it so much, I decided it would only be fair to let him provide the content of our book review.
During a recent “cousins’” sleepover, when my handsome little nephew begged me for some “icing with cake”, I knew I just had to pull through for him. Nothing says I love you quite like being “The Aunt Who Makes Amazing Kitchen Miracles Happen On A Whim!” Sadly, I didn’t have enough time to bake him a cake from scratch, but I did have a pre-made sheet cake that I knew I could gussy up for him…with some Homemade Butter Cream Frosting.