Flourless Lemon-Orange Coffee Cake

Flourless Lemon-Orange Coffee Cake

I have a cat and a dog.  They're adorable.  Furballs that poop and shed, but adorable and loveable nonetheless.

That's as close as I have gotten to motherhood, and from what I understand, there is a lot more involved in parenting than making sure that your "baby" gets outside and has plenty of belly rubs.

You probably know where I'm going with this.  It's Mother's Day this coming Sunday, and it's always the least I can do just to acknowledge that I know nothing of the trials my wonderful mom went through for me, and to say THANK YOU, ever so much for going through them.  I don't even deserve any of it, but she did it all out of wonderful, motherly love.

My mom taught me how to be a kind person, how to cook, and how to not also eat the mud pies I made as a toddler.  I'm so glad I make better things than mud pies now.

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Strawberry Orange Cupcakes

Strawberry Orange Cupcakes

Dear Springtime,

I thought it would be great if I could let you know what you mean to me.  It’s really delightful when you’re around, and not every season makes me really want to go outside like you do.

Sure, there tends to be a lot of wind, pollinating flowers that make my nose itch like crazy and my eyes turn red, and some extra anxiety concerning taxes, but it’s really all worth it when I think about all the fabulous benefits you bring us.

Besides lovely picnic/ hiking weather, a plethora of outdoor festivals (I love festivals!), and baby animals, all the fresh fruits and vegetables that spring up (pun intended) in farmers’ markets/ gardens/ stores/ etc. make me want to really get baking!

These fresh strawberries you’ve brought have been a complete inspiration.  I mean, eating plain strawberries is great, don’t get me wrong – but there is a LOT you can do with strawberries.  Of course I had to make something fun with them!  And those oranges still on the tree were also begging to made into something other than juice, you know?  So Strawberry Orange Cupcakes pretty much had to happen.

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Mother’s Day Recipe Roundup

Mother’s Day Recipe Roundup

Dear Mom,

I think that even though you deserve thanks and appreciation every day, Mother’s Day is one day to make extra sure you hear it.  So this is a letter from me to you, letting you know how much you really mean to me.  Hopefully the fact that everyone else on the internet can read it, too, makes you proud for having such a thoroughly unashamed daughter.  Or maybe you’ll at least laugh a little.

By the way: Don't forget about the fun giveaway I'm hosting from now through May 12! It's super easy to enter.
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Strawberry-Banana Cake Waffles

Strawberry-Banana Cake Waffles

Who says you can’t have cake for breakfast? 

Actually, probably 9 out of 10 dietitians wouldn’t recommend it… something about having a sugar crash midway through the morning?  I dunno.  Well, I guess I’ll just chalk that up to another “life’s not fair” instance and move on…

Wait, no.  That’s depressing.  And when it comes to cake, I like to think of myself as an optimist.

Besides, earlier today I was having one of those cake-or-waffles dilemmas.  You know, where you have to make the ultimate decision.  Between cake… or waffles.  Yes, the struggle is real.

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