Vanilla Bean

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strawberry & vanilla bean cake

May 22, 2014

With the holiday weekend in sight, my brain is in absolute summer mode. I’m already thinking of my favorite things: refreshing popsicles by the pool, mornings spent blueberry picking, and a profusion of fruit desserts. Pound cake with strawberries is such a quintessential summer dessert; ...

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strawberries & cream ice cream

May 12, 2014

Grab a stack of waffle cones or your favorite bowl because it’s ice cream time! If you like cool and creamy treats as much as I do, you won’t want to miss out on a batch of strawberries and cream ice cream. Light and luscious ...

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roasted strawberry skillet cake

March 27, 2014

I was so excited to see the first local strawberry stand open this week that I couldn’t resist buying a box of perfectly red berries. My enthusiasm was a bit premature, however – one bite revealed that while the fruit signaled spring, the flavor was ...

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vanilla bean-brownie cake

February 20, 2014

I recently came across a brownie butter cake via Pinterest. The visual contrast of the golden butter cake against dark brownie caught my eye and inspired this vanilla-bean brownie cake. Flecks of vanilla bean perfume the tender pound cake while buttermilk creates a notably soft ...

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vanilla bean macarons with raspberry curd

May 16, 2013

Fear – a four letter word that can hold you back or drive you forward. Though fear often holds me back, macarons have been on my baking “bucket list” for months. After a few days of research, I felt ready to tackle them. The first ...

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winter white cupcakes + nielsen-massey vanillas giveaway

December 27, 2012

I hope you all had a lovely Christmas! Highlights for me included spending time with family, reflecting on the many blessings of the past year, eating wonderful food, and heading to the coast for a change of scenery. We began our celebration on Christmas Eve, ...

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