Quarantine Cake (or, Chocolate Fudge Upside Down Cake)

*Updated March 30, 2020 – pictures, cooking time, pro tip, archive links

I don’t know where the last two weeks went. Sucked into the black hole of covid-19, never-ending work from home, and suddenly “home-schooling” (in quotes because seriously, who am I kidding?) two kids under age 9. We did get out for a couple of days in an RV Continue reading

Double Chocolate Cherry Cobbler

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So, I turned forty recently. FORTY. For the most part, I like birthdays and I have no problem getting older. But for some reason, this one is throwing me for a bit of a loop. Maybe it’s because I’m a mom now, and being a mom is making me nostalgic. And being nostalgic means I’m remembering all the fun things I’ve done over the years (many, MANY years) and for the first time feeling like the door is starting to close a little in my life. Continue reading

Sugar Cookies: Two Tone, Layered and Stained Glass

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This time of year has always been my favorite – I love the change in the weather (yes, even here in soggy Portland), I love the feeling of wrapping up the current year and preparing for the new one, and I love the food.  FOOOOOOOOOOD.  Turkey and stuffing and potatoes and rolls and pie, oh my – followed by Continue reading

PB Chocolate Cereal Treats

I’ve been writing a lot of blog posts in the shower lately.  Well, not *literally* writing them . . . showers and computers don’t coexist peacefully, after all.  But in my head, in the shower,  post after post just comes rolling out.  It’s too bad, really.  If only I had a shower-proof computer those posts might actually see the light of day.  Why the shower? Continue reading

Chocolate Banana Cake with Pretzel Streusel

Whoa, time warp.  Wasn’t it just April the other day??  I don’t know how this June thing happened, and I gotta tell you, I’m not really on board with it.  I’ve been a little distracted – okay, a lot distracted – by, you know, life . . . Continue reading

Chocolate Cherry Shortbread Cookies

This is my favorite shortbread cookie, in part because the dough is tasty (and no eggs, so no dough-eating guilt, yay!) and in part because it is so flippin’ easy.  Foolproof, I might even say.  And endlessly tweak-able.  This is the same dough Continue reading

Chocolate Compost Cookies

I have never been an “it” girl. If you asked anyone to describe me, the word “fashionable” would never occur to them. Hip? Trendy? Edgey? No, no, and golly no. I blame it on my Idaho upbringing-you know, back in the days before the internets and cell phones and such, when po-dunk places like my hometown Continue reading