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Flourless Chocolate Cake and Fresh Pink Roses

Valentine's Day Cake and Misc

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This is a rich and decadent chocolate cake that you will want to make for Valentine’s Day or any other occasion.  There is no flour added and with just a few basic good quality ingredients you will be able to make this light and very moist cake. As it bakes, a thin crust will form on the surface and break apart slightly for a pretty and delicate appearance.  Enjoy the cake with a light sprinkling of confectioners’ sugar or a dollop of whipped cream on the side.

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Poached Pears with Vanilla Bean Whipped Cream

 

recipe- poached pears

A simple and delicious dessert to make this fall season is Poached Pears.  Serve it as is or with whipped cream, chocolate/caramel sauce, ice cream, or a sprinkling of nuts and honey.  These are wonderful combinations. Make it a day ahead and store the pears in the refrigerator with the syrup until ready to serve.

While I was preparing the pears and prepping the ingredients to be added to the pot, the scent of cinnamon, vanilla, and citrus filled the kitchen.  Fall was in the air.   It intensified as the pears slowly simmered over the hot stove. For the rest of the day, my house had a lovely sweet scent as if I’ve been busy baking all day.  I discovered this Poached Pears recipe in Baking With Julia cookbook and have been using it for many years.

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Donut Birthday Cake and a visit to Georgia’s Bakery & Cafe

Donuts - white gunpowder

I can’t help but smile seeing this pretty donut birthday cake.  It is an actual donut, just slightly larger than the normal size.  I made a special order for two extra-large donuts one with white icing and the other with chocolate at a local bakery, Georgia’s Bakery. They came with no other decorations as requested and with very little effort one was transformed into a birthday cake with a handful of colorful sprinkles and candles.  Love that!

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Easter Flower Arrangements

Easter flower - egg arrangements

Hello Spring!

With the arrival of spring there is a new sense of beauty emerging. Fruit trees are blossoming and flowers are starting to come up.  On a recent trip to a gardening and nursery center, the sense of spring was in the air as I walked down the aisles filled with flowers, herbs, vegetables and other pretty plants.  After a bit of time I was able to pick a nice selection to take home to be used to make flower arrangements for Easter.  Moss, lichen and hard broiled eggs were also a part of the arrangement filling in the empty spaces between the plants.  I like the organic feel of the display {above pic} and how it brought a little touch of spring inside the house.

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