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A Cozy Thanksgiving: Say Hello To My Little Friend, Spiced Pumpkin Velvet Cake

A Cozy Thanksgiving: Say Hello To My Little Friend, Spiced Pumpkin Velvet Cake post image

I've been making some very good use of pumpkin lately, and I've enjoyed every sweet minute of it. Several weeks back, my son and I went on a pumpkin pie “bender” and baked about four large pies over the course of a few days, as he had asked me if we could find a way to make our own completely-from-scratch pumpkin pie recipe. His request? No canned pumpkin, no pre-made pie crusts, and no whipped cream out of a spray can. And me being overcome with ... {more please!}

A Cozy Fall Dessert: Apple Cider Spice Cake, Too Darn Delicious Not To Share

A Cozy Fall Dessert: Apple Cider Spice Cake, Too Darn Delicious Not To Share post image

I really wasn't even planning on doing this recipe as a post. Heck, I wasn't even planning on baking this cake at all until a couple of hours ago, but since it can be difficult for me to predict when a baking mood will hit and when I'll have some ingredients on hand that I'd like to use up rather than toss out, it looks like we find ourselves with a freshly baked fall cake as a little bonus recipe this week. It's a sweet treat ... {more please!}

Cozy Summer Dessert: Strawberry “Cloud” Cake, A Spiritual Experience Of The Sweet Kind

Cozy Summer Dessert: Strawberry “Cloud” Cake, A Spiritual Experience Of The Sweet Kind post image

I can't tell you how many times I've had a “spiritual experience” sitting at my dining room table enjoying a quiet, solitary bite to eat of something either savory or sweet. There are times that food can be so utterly delicious in the most simple way, so gloriously beautiful in all of its flavors and colors, that I genuinely can't help but utter a little prayer of gratitude out loud: “Thank you Father for this food that You provide; thank you for allowing me to taste ... {more please!}

A Cozy Holiday: And Momma’s In The Kitchen Baking Cherry-Almond Winter Cake For Christmas

A Cozy Holiday: And Momma’s In The Kitchen Baking Cherry-Almond Winter Cake For Christmas post image

As the Eve of Christmas descends upon us, And the snowflakes trip and flutter on the gusts of wind outside, We ask daddy if he would build us a fire in the hearth To keep us comfy and toasty inside. The kitchen stove is a steam engine, Piping hot with all burners aglow; Dinner's simmering, sputtering and bubbling away, The aromas dance, mingle and flow. Momma tells us to set the table, With special plates, special ware; And daddy says to light the candles, Whose flames ... {more please!}

The Ooey-Gooey, Sticky-Sweet Fingers of Childhood

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The lingering days of my childhood, when I would immerse myself in little-girl-imaginings of being Cinderella sweeping the cobblestone floors of my little cottage in the countryside, vibrate with the rosy hue of a young heart's willingness to create and share, freely. Self-doubt didn’t seem to have a place at the table back then, as my young soul was still so blissfully unaware. In childhood we seem to operate out of a purer place, a point in the heart where we still remember the sound of ... {more please!}