Mini Blackberry Hazelnut Meringue Cakes

Gluten-free hazelnut meringue cookies layered with blackberry preserves, whipped cream, and a fresh blackberry make the cutest two-bite meringue cakes you ever did see.

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Happy Wednesday, dear friends! I have a very special post for you today. I mean, mini meringue cakes? C’mon, clearly today must be a special occasion. But before we get started, I want to extend an invitation to you…

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Alaska Oatmeal Cookies

These thin, chewy oatmeal raisin cookies will have you sneaking into the cookie jar at all hours of the day.

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Admittedly, I could have called this recipe “Thin and Chewy Oatmeal Cookies” or “The Perfect Oatmeal Raisin Cookie”, but instead I decided to balk all of the SEO rules and call them precisely what I wanted: Alaska Oatmeal Cookies.

Why Alaska? There’s a story there.

As I have mentioned before, Boyfriend works as a personal trainer at a local gym. When he first started working there back in January, he met George. George is the client of one of Boyfriend’s coworkers; he is in his 80′s, hates the way Chicago idiots drive in the snow, and thinks Boyfriend’s beard is epically awesome. Obviously, he and Boyfriend immediately bonded. Every Monday, before George’s training session, the two of them shoot the you-know-what and discuss everything from the weather to what’s for dinner that night.

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Bisquick Banana Bread

Homemade banana bread does not have to be a culinary challenge – use homemade Bisquick mix to pull this sweet and satisfying loaf together in no time!

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Admittedly, I like banana bread.

We’ve seen Vegan Sourdough Banana Bread. We’ve seen Millet Banana Bread. There were even Banana Oatmeal Muffins to scale things down to an individual-portioned level.

Obviously my love for banana bread recipes is not a new thing.

But taking my love for all things banana bread and combining it with my love for using homemade versions of store-bought items? That one is new.

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Carrot Raisin Bread

A soft loaf of bread that embodies your favorite Carrot Raisin Salad…with one secret ingredient.

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Once upon a time, I played the clarinet.

And then, one day (about 10 years ago), I chose not to anymore.

Maybe the reasons why are important, maybe they aren’t. Regardless, one day I discovered that I no longer loved the thing that had brought me such joy. I had lost my passion; I had to take a step back.

A few weeks ago, my parents came up to Chicago for a visit. I asked them to bring my instrument with them. I had found that, all these years later, I wanted to play again. No, I haven’t had much of a chance to practice regularly, but tonight I sat down for a few minutes and played. Nothing fancy – in fact, I spent a large chunk of time just playing scales. But it felt good. It felt right.

If you had told me 10 years ago that I would someday find a great calm in playing scales and runs of triplets, I would never have believed you. But with some age and within a different context, it all seemed to make sense. It’s not always easy and it certainly isn’t pretty most of the time, but it is right.

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Gluten-Free Cranberry Orange Muffins

Cranberry Orange Muffins will make your morning so happy you might just sing…and all while being gluten-free!

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Happy Tuesday, my darlings! I am recovering from quite a long week and weekend, but no worries! Our dear friend Julia from The Roasted Root is here to save the day. She knew I was crunched on time and sanity, and so she made these b-e-a-utiful Gluten-Free Cranberry Orange Muffins to share with us today. Don’t we just love her?? 

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