Oregon Dark Cherry & Oatmeal Bars

“IN THE CHERRY BLOSSOM’S SHADE THERE’S NO SUCH THING AS A STRANGER.”  Kobayashi Issa

Oregon Dark Cherry & Oatmeal Bars | From My Sweet Heart

Do you have cherry trees where you live?

Here in the nation’s capital, we are awaiting the bloom of the cherry blossoms.  To me, that is the kick off to springtime.  And it always has me thinking of cherries.  I love fresh cherries when they are in season.  But I still like to bake with them, even if they are not quite around yet.

I’m baking with Oregon dark, sweet, cherries.  They are plump and lush.  And are perfectly paired with a crumbly, cinnamon oatmeal crust.  These cherry oatmeal bars are wonderful for breakfast, perfect when cut into bars for your lunch bag, or served warm with a scoop of ice cream for dessert!…

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Luscious Lemon Cake

Luscious Lemon Cake | From My Sweet Heart

“SING ME A LOVE SONG IN A SLOW, SOUTHERN DRAWL TO THE TUNE OF SUNNY DAYS . . .”  Kellie Elmore. What are your thoughts on lemon cake? Lemon cake to me is an edible love song.  It’s devouring sunshine no matter what the weather.  And it’s always uplifting.  The Cake Slice bakers are baking…

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Do Si Do Mini Bundts #BundtBakers

Do Si Do Mini Bundts | From My Sweet Heart

“OURS IS A CIRCLE OF FRIENDSHIPS UNITED BY IDEALS.”  Juliette Gordon Low. Do you buy Girl Scout cookies every year? I do!  To me, it’s just another ritual of spring.  We all have our favorites.  Mine are Do Si Dos; sweet oatmeal cookies sandwiched with a peanut butter filling.  So it was very exciting when…

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Soft Lemon Sugar Cookies

Soft Lemon Sugar Cookies | From My Sweet Heart

“. . . AND THEN I DECIDED I WAS A LEMON FOR A COUPLE OF WEEKS.”  Douglas Adams. Do you ever get on a flavor kick that you just can’t shake? For me, it happens all the time with lemons.  Especially after the holidays when you feel like you are tired of the heaviness of…

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Whole Orange & Almond Cake

Whole Orange & Almond Cake | From My Sweet Heart

“TO BE GREAT, BE WHOLE; EXCLUDE NOTHING, EXAGGERATE NOTHING THAT IS NOT YOU.”  Fernando Pessoa. Don’t you love baking cakes that are simple and uncomplicated? I love those cakes that mix up in one bowl, with few ingredients, bake in one pan, require no frosting, involve very little clean up, AND taste amazing!  This is…

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Parmesan Garlic Grissini #Twelve Loaves

Parmesan Garlic Grissini | From My Sweet Heart

“IL PANE APRE TUTTE LE BOCCHE.”  Italian Proverb. Bread opens all mouths.  Especially when the bread is Italian! Twelve Loaves is a group of bakers who are dedicated to the art of baking bread.  Once a month we are given an ingredient or theme.  The end result is up to us.  Thank you to Lora…

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Sweet & Spicy Margarita

Sweet & Spicy Margarita | From My Sweet Heart

HAPPY NATIONAL MARGARITA DAY! What is your favorite margarita?  Do you prefer them frozen or on the rocks? Well, today I am celebrating with a margarita that is sweetened with the flavors of mango, peaches, lemons and limes.  But sriracha gives it a spicy kick!  The highlight of this drink?  Casa Noble Tequila!