Triple Berry Baklava Bites

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Delicate little pouches of heaven, Triple Berry Baklava Bites are crisp and sweet.  Filled with a blend of dried berries and nuts, sweetened with honey and the perfect size for popping in your mouth.  One bite and you'll be hooked. Baklava is a gift from the gods. The Greek gods if I remember correctly.  My recollection of Greek mythology is a bit fuzzy these days since my obsession with all things Zeus and his clan waned about 20+ years ago.  Yep, I'm old.  But that's probably when my … [Read more...]

Candy Cane Shortbread Cookies

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Buttery and crisp, these festive cookies will leave a lasting impression.  Little ones will love their fun shape and everyone will love their sugary, buttery flavor.  A great project to get the kids to help with! I had the opportunity to, once again, participate in The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap.  If you're not familiar with the cookie swap you're in for a real treat!  The swap is sponsored by two food bloggers, Lindsay and Julie, along with California Olive Ranch, OXO, Sheila's … [Read more...]

No-Bake Peppermint Bark Cookies

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Light and crispy chocolate wafers dipped in peppermint-infused white chocolate and then sprinked with crushed candy canes.....these are the ultimate holiday cookie.  Easy to make with only four ingredients and no baking required.  You will have trouble keeping these around. Catalog season is upon us my friends.  It's serious.  I have piles of kindling lying all over the house because I want to give them all a chance to win my love. But I can't keep up.  Seriously.  Everytime I open the … [Read more...]

Pumpkin Bread Pudding with Eggnog Bourbon Sauce

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Rich, creamy and decadent....this Pumpkin Bread Pudding is welcome anytime of the day.  A wonderful way to use up leftover bread and so easy to make. I know we're kinda past the pumpkin part of the year, it seems like everyone clamors to get pumpkin spice out of their system by Thanksgiving and then it's gingerbread All.THE.THINGS, all the time.  But....I missed the boat this year.  I was so busy getting my cranberry on that I forgot about pumpkin.  And I don't even think I had one bite … [Read more...]

Gingerbread Latte Cupcakes with Eggnog Buttercream Frosting

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Inspired by the popular holiday coffee flavor at Starbucks, this cupcake is full of spice and topped with a creamy buttercream frosting made with eggnog.  A great addition to your holiday dessert table or just to have as an extra special treat during the holiday season. Many years ago, like two....I wasn't a coffee drinker.  I didn't start my day thinking about coffee and I didn't need to hook up to an IV filled with coffee like I do now.  (Note to self, must quit coffee immediately.) … [Read more...]

Apple Pie Layer Cake

Apple Pie Layer Cake | The Suburban Soapbox

Buttery cake layers sandwich a creamy cheesecake and apple pie filling along with crispy pie crust crumbles. A great way to mix up the dessert table this holiday season, this cake has a little something for everyone.   For my last big birthday, I ordered myself a birthday cake.  I was 40....I was doing things my way.  And since we were going to Manhattan for the weekend I figured I would get something I always wanted but never felt like a bazillion dollars just for shipping was … [Read more...]

Count Chocula Milkshake

Count Chocula Milkshake | The Suburban Soapbox

Whip up a Halloween treat this year with Count Chocula cereal.  This rich, chocolatey milkshake will be the ultimate prize for kids after a long night of trick or treating this week.   Do you remember this cereal?  Count Chocula was a favorite of mine while growning up.  I THINK it was available year round back in the day but now...you can only find it around Halloween.  Weird.  And I don't remember seeing it in the house much when I was little...I think it was one of those … [Read more...]

Chocolate Covered Rice Krispie Peeps

Chocolate Covered Rice Krispie Peeps | The Suburban Soapbox

Sticky, sweet Rice Krispie Treats are given a bath in a layer of dark chocolate then decorated with candy eyes and bones for an extra special spin on the usual snack.  A quick, last-minute treat that's fun and impressive. Dark and creepy never tasted so sweet. Is there anyone who doesn't like Rice Krispie Treats?  I'm sure there are a few of those weirdos out there....they hang with those people that don't like chocolate or sweets.  Who ARE these people?  Where do they come from?  I just … [Read more...]

Caramel Apple Cupcakes with Cinnamon Buttercream

Caramel Apple Cupcakes with Cinnamon Buttercream | The Suburban Soapbox

Crisp apples and rich caramel sauce are baked into a moist and tender cake.  Topped with a creamy, buttery cinnamon buttercream frosting and you have the most amazing dessert for fall.   Fall in your mouth....that's how a friend described these cupcakes.  I can't say I don't agree with her.  I mean...come on.  Caramel apples and cinnamon in a cupcake.  It doesn't get much more fall than that....unless you pair one with a Pumpkin Spice Latte.  That could turn any bad day into the BEST DAY … [Read more...]

Spiced Zucchini Cake with White Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting

Spiced Zucchini Cake with White Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting | The Suburban Soapbox

Bring on fall with a mouth-watering Spice Cake healthed up a little bit with tons of zucchini.  An extremely moist cake topped with creamy frosting that's good enough to eat out of a bowl.  Fall is almost here and this is the way to celebrate.    My cat ran away from home on Saturday.  That's a problem that I always underestimated.  Whenever I saw that someone had lost their pet I thought, "Oh...how sad."  I would keep my eyes peeled for said pet but never knew the torment that came with … [Read more...]