Gift Giving – Music and Brownies

This was published in the December 2013 issue of Alamance Magazine.  I want to share it with you now, because it’s never a bad time for gift giving. With love, J ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Gift Giving There’s so much that comes to mind with the term, gift giving. No matter what has crossed my mind to write…

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Sundays with Friends: Dreaming with Dannie and his Godiva Dream Cheesecake

Wow! It’s been a little bit of time since we’ve had a Sundays with Friends to post (so send me more to theonyxplate@gmail.com *wink*)…and there’s no better way to bring it back than with a Triple-layer GODIVA Dream Cheesecake. Yes….I said GODIVA! This post comes to us from Dannie, a new friend and long-time fan…

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Mom’s Birthday Cake…Amazing Woman, Amazing Cake

Let’s get the most important thing of the year out of the way first….. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO THE MOST AMAZING MOTHER THIS REDHEAD COULD HAVE EVER ASKED FOR! I love you with all my heart, and I can’t wait to see what and where 2012 is going to bring you and I! Today is my…

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Poppin’ for Popcorn!

For Christmas Eve with my family, I decided to have a Popcorn Bar with different selections of seasoned popcorns.  I, being the stellar daughter that I am, had to call Mom and make sure she had her braces off so she could enjoy the selection.  Needless to say…they have been off for a few years. …

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The Cookie Monster Strikes!

Gosh, lately it seems I have been on a sugar kick. Maybe it’s just that I have been exploring the depths of the old cookbooks I have around my house.  Those tend to have a lot of sweets in them.  Rest assured that I have been sharing these items as much as possible with others…

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A love letter to Louisville with a side of pie…

I’ve been planning this post for a while now.  It involves places, food, and wonderful people that have touched my life.  Yet, I haven’t been able to exactly figure out how to transcribe the words to express the love I have for the aforementioned items in my head.  But, today I am going to try. I’m…

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Easter, Farm-Fresh Eggs, and a Cow named Lucy

As Easter approaches, I am easily reminded of Easter’s past.  The joy of the Easter dress shopping for church.  The excitement of wondering what the Easter Bunny was going to bring you on Easter morning.  The cravings for all of the chocolate you knew you were going to get your little paws on during the…

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I Un-Skinnied my Cow…

I have fallen in love with these fabulous Skinny Cow bars…win.  They are white mint truffle flavored.  Such a nice, refreshing, and light treat.  I also was already in love with Thin Mint Girl Scout Cookies…fail.  As a majority of you know, it is Girl Scout cookie time.  We have a few boxes of them…

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**Nutella Party Recipe: Nutella Fortune Cookies

I can’t begin to tell you how intriguing these little guys were.  From the beginning of reading the recipe from Jessica at MyBakingHeart.com, she informs us that these are not going to be the normal fortune cookie, but rather more of a cake texture.  By the way, check her site out.  Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous site! …

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**Nutella Party Recipe: Creamy Nutella Cheesecake

One word to describe this recipe…Wow!  This recipe turned out exactly as it says in the title…CREAMY!  The exact title…Creamy Nutella Cheesecake with Chocolate Ganache and Toasted Hazelnuts.  Unfortunately, I had to leave the toasted hazelnuts off because I was unable to locate them.  Instead, I opted for local-grown Southern Pecans for an added layer of…

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Nutella Brownie Fingers for World Nutella Day, 2/5/11…

It’s almost here!!!  World Nutella Day is only 2 days away!!!  So excited!  Why am I so excited?  Because Nutella is some gooooood stuff.  Like a sweet nectar from the Hazelnut Gods!  Ok, I will stop ending my sentences with so much excitement….but, I can’t help it!!  I love to throw parties, and I love to…

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Mmmmmm…I love cooking with Sea Salt and making Brownies!

I have realized lately that I have been cooking with natural Sea Salt for a very long time now, and I feel as though you should know about it.  To quote an article from eHow.com…”Sea salt is created naturally as ocean water evaporates. Sea salt contains minerals that table salt does not contain naturally, including iron,…

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