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Perfect Birthday Cake Cupcakes

Perfect Birthday Cake Cupcakes

Jack’s seventh birthday was Monday and his party was set for Saturday. It was Thursday and I needed a recipe for really yummy cupcakes asap. Jack had asked for vanilla on vanilla. “Sure you don’t want red velvet?” I asked, hoping to use my tried-and-true red-velvet recipe. “Vanilla,” he said. So I googled “I am baker vanilla cake” […]

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Gluten-Free Chocolate Tart

Gluten-Free Chocolate Tart

This chocolate tart is one of my all-time top five desserts. It’s easy to make, rich and satisfying, and absolutely stunning to serve. The other wonderful thing about this chocolate tart is its simplicity. The filling requires just a handful of real-food ingredients: butter, cream, vanilla, chocolate, and a pinch of cinnamon. The crust, however, is not […]

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Mexican Flan: Step by Step

Mexican Flan: Step by Step

Let’s talk flan, people. What is it? Flan is a delicate baked caramel custard dessert, popular in Mexico and South and Central America. When flan is done correctly, it’s absolutely the most heavenly dessert you’ve ever tasted. When it’s done wrong, it’s miserable (something akin to sweet overcooked scrambled eggs). My husband John was very vocal flan-hater […]

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My Great-Grandma's Apple Pie

My Great-Grandma’s Apple Pie

We always make two pies on Thanksgiving. Usually, apple and pumpkin, or bourbon-pecan and pumpkin. For the pumpkin, I use Libby’s tried-and-true recipe; it’s easy and always turns out well. For the pecan, I use my own favorite recipe for Double-Shot-of-Bourbon Pecan Pie; this one is also easy (you just need one bowl!) and is absolutely […]

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Easy Homemade Graham Crackers!

Easy Homemade Graham Crackers!

Now that I’m all into preschool lunches, it seemed like a good time to try out homemade graham crackers. What are graham crackers, anyway? Sure, they come in a blue box with yellow writing … but what makes a graham a graham? According to Wikipedia, graham crackers were invented by Rev. Sylvester Graham, an early pioneer of health food. […]

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Dulce De Leche Icebox Cheesecake Pie

Dulce De Leche Icebox Cheesecake Pie

It’s National Cheesecake Day! Who knew? I didn’t until I hopped on Instagram this morning. (Are you on Instagram yet? Come join me! It’s fun and artistic and inspiring!) As a tribute to this important day, I’m reposting this unbelievable dulce-de-leche frozen-cheesecake-pie thingy with a Teddy-Grahamy crust and Nutella drizzled all over the top. It’s by […]

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More Summer Inspiration!

More Summer Inspiration!

So how is July treating you? Hot? So hot, I know. Well, here are 10 more ideas to cool you down and brighten up your long summer days! If you have other ideas to share, please do! Thank you and happy summer, Marie 1) Make homemade cherry limeade! Pit a bunch of cherries (10-20), and […]

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Rice Krispie Treat Easter Nests

Rice Krispie Treat Easter Nests

I’m actually a little surprised it took me this long to look it up. Here I am 36 years old and I’m just now learning why we tell our children that a big bunny brings eggs on Easter. This is the explanation on History.com: According to some sources, the Easter bunny first arrived in America in the […]

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Angel Food Easter Bunny Cake: Step by Step

Angel Food Easter Bunny Cake: Step by Step

This is the Easter cake my mom used to make for us when we were kids. I remember being fascinated by how a few simple cuts in two circular cakes could make a bunny with a bow tie. I also remember licking the beaters after whipping the cream! I love those memories.  And even more, […]

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Whole-Grain Snack: Animal Tracks Cookies

Whole-Grain Snack: Animal Tracks Cookies

Remember that moment in Big when Josh raises his hand and says, “I don’t get it.”? I love that scene. (You can watch it here.) It so perfectly captures the 1980s, and the genius of a child’s mind. I had my own Big moment here at home the other day. Jack had asked to make cookies, and […]

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Dulce de Leche Icebox Pie and Other Summer Dinner Party Ideas

Dulce de Leche Icebox Pie and Other Summer Dinner Party Ideas

We are settling in well in our new house. I love being closer to family, downtown, and the neighborhood pool. And I especially love the way the sun seeps through the west windows in the early evening. (Sissy likes it, too.) Now that most of our boxes have been unpacked (or at least hidden in […]

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Mint-Chocolate Brownie Cupcakes

Mint-Chocolate Brownie Cupcakes

Spring makes me do funny things. Just as the mountain laurels start to bloom, I actually (if falsely) believe that our house could be clean for an extended period of time. Like one day or something. And under that belief, I get very determined and start cleaning at odd hours like a crazy woman. Then one […]

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Easter Treats: Easter Bunny Marshmallow Pops

Easter Treats: Easter Bunny Marshmallow Pops

I love this TED Talk about art. It’s by Korean novelist Young-ha Kim. His premise is that, as children, we are all artists and have an innate desire to play. He says that, as we get older, this type of free play and creation is discouraged.  For example, he says that, as an adult, if you were […]

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Valentine's Day Recap

Valentine’s Day Recap

If Valentine’s Day is supposed to be a celebration of love, it was. For the third year in a row, we had John’s band and their families over for a Valentine’s Day dinner. The guys cook (and drink beer) and the ladies chat (and drink champagne). The kids make a huge mess. But back to LOVE. […]

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Easter Treats: Rice Krispie Treat Nests with Candy Eggs

Easter Treats: Rice Krispie Treat Nests with Candy Eggs

I rarely know what day it is.  Probably because I don’t write checks very often or work a regular job.  And probably also because I have a three-month-old and three-year-old at home, neither of whom has any concept of time.  (Although I did get a laugh the other day when Jack, the three-year-old, told me […]

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Personalized Favor Tags via Cocina Marie

Personalized Favor Tags

If you enjoyed these personalized cupcake toppers, I bet you will love these personalized favor tags, too! These were also for a wedding shower, so all of the pics are of the bride- and groom-to-be.  I also included a few of their sweet doggie, Hank.  Ar. To make them, start by following the instructions for […]

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Creamy Mustard Sauce

Crazy Good Creamy Mustard Sauce for Steaks

Sure, Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, but this easy and elegant recipe is not just for that. It’s perfect for any romantic dinner at any time (as long as your guest likes a big juicy steak as much as I do). To start, you will need two steaks, cooked how you like ’em. […]

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Simple Candied Roasted Nuts

Simple Candied Roasted Nuts

After having candied walnuts in a salad at Fleming’s Steakhouse and candied pecans in one at North by Northwest recently, I wanted to make some candied nuts of my own.  And with Jack at home during the mornings, now that his preschool has ended for the summer, this week seemed like a good time for […]

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iPad App for Cocina Marie!

iPad App for Cocina Marie!

I heard a story on NPR a couple of months ago.  It was about how, now, with social media, some authors are able to get input from readers as they write.  I can’t find a link to the story or remember how it all worked … but I do remember thinking, “What a good idea!” […]

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DIY Valentine's Day Gift Idea That Isn't LAME

DIY Valentine’s Day Gift Idea That Isn’t LAME

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and I, for one, am so excited!  I’m hoping that John gets me either a diamond heart pendant from Kohl’s, or a new Lexus with a big red bow on it! Not. Sorry to say, but Valentine’s Day is overrated.  After John’s birthday and Christmas in December, and […]

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