Pavlova with Spiced Pears & Blackberries

“THERE WAS A STAR RIDING THROUGH CLOUDS ONE NIGHT AND I SAID TO THE STAR, ‘CONSUME ME’.”  Virginia Woolf

Pavlova with Spiced Pears & Blackberries | From My Sweet Heart

I’ve been been wondering what the fascination is with pavlovas.  While I’ve only had store bought meringues before, I have found them to be hard and crunchy, and not really in a good way!  So this recipe only affirms my belief that when you take the opportunity to make something from scratch, the result is so much better!  The fascination with pavlovas?  They are sweet, crunchy, chewy clouds on which you can float the most delectable fruits and creams!  They may be elegant or rustic, and topped with fruits from any season.  Nervous about making meringues?  So was IBut let me tell you about one of my favorite Cooking Channel shows, and who convinced me to give this a try…… [Read more...]

Life is Yummly!

“RIVERS KNOW THIS:  THERE IS NO HURRY.  WE SHALL GET THERE SOME DAY.”  Winnie the Pooh

I have always loved the word yummly and use it a lot to describe anything that I taste that is insanely delicious!  And before I became acquainted with Yummly, the recipe search site, I had always associated this term with Winnie the Pooh somehow.  I think I was getting confused with ‘rumbly in my tumbly’, which Pooh says often, and which happens to me quite a bit, too!

Yesterday, I had the good fortune to come home to an email, in which I was alerted that Yummly had used my recipe for Cranberry Cherry Ribbon Cookies in an article called ‘10 Christmas Cookies that Will Put You in a Cookie Coma’How very awesome!

Yummly is the world’s largest and most powerful recipe search site.  They have been featured by The Today Show, Reuters, Fox, CNN, The Wall Street Journal, TechCrunch, About.com and more.  And they have millions of viewers and subscribers.  So you can imagine my surprise when they wrote to tell me that I would be added to their list of other hand picked blogs that are featured by them and that my recipes were “Certified Yummly”.  I am proud to be associated with such a wonderful site, and one that I use so often in my own recipe searches!  And I am in great company with so many other wonderful blogs!

Baking is a passion that really teaches patience.  But sometimes….. when you are patient enough….. life is not only good…..it is Yummly!

Funfetti Cupcakes { sprinkles with a twist}

“I MEAN, C’MON NOW.  WHO DOESN’T LOVE A FUNFETTI CUPCAKE?”  Matt B. (my son, at the age of 20)

Funfetti Cupcakes | From My Sweet Heart

HaPpY 21st BiRtHdAy To My Son MATT!!!!

Why do I always feel my age on my kids’ birthdays!?!  So every year I ask my boys (young men!) what they would like me to make them for their birthday.  And Matt always wants a funfetti cake or funfetti cupcakes!  And so last year, when Matt requested funfetti, I asked if he didn’t think he was getting a little old for funfetti.  And my quote for this post was his reply!

Good for you Matt!  We should all remain kids at heart!  And the truth is…..WHO DOESN’T love funfetti cupcakes?!  So this year I asked for a compromise.  Maybe just a little something more sophisticated than your average sprinkle.  After all….he is officially and finally 21 today!  You will laugh when you read how I could even think that what I added was sophisticated!……… [Read more...]

Cranberry Cherry Ribbons

“A GUEST NEVER FORGETS THE HOST WHO HAD TREATED HIM KINDLY.”  Homer

Cranberry Cherry Ribbon Cookies | From My Sweet Heart

I never bake (or eat!) so many cookies as I do around Christmas time!  And every season I always try something new.  These cookies were made at Christmas 2011, when Jen at The Three Little Piglets invited me to do a guest post for her Twelve Days of Christmas Cookies series!  Aside from their beautiful color, sweet-tart taste and crunchy-chewy texture, I love these because . . . . . [Read more...]

Cherry White Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

“SHARE OUR SIMILARITIES; CELEBRATE OUR DIFFERENCES.”  M. Scott Peck

Cherry White Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies | From My Sweet Heart

I was so thrilled to participate in THE GREAT FOOD BLOGGER COOKIE SWAP 2011!  First of all, I have to give a huge thank you to Julie at The Little Kitchen and Lindsay at Love And Olive Oil for all of their efforts and hard work in making this happen.  I can’t imagine what it took to pull off something of this magnitude.  But I only hope it was as much fun for them as it was for us!  I’m so happy to have been introduced to some fabulous new blogs and some really great people!  I can’t wait till next year!  If you are interested in participating next year, you can sign up here.

It was equally exciting to visit the blogs of those I would be sending cookies to; and then again those that I received cookies from!  Everyone writes with a different voice and style, but we are all brought together by our love for cookies!  And now I have 6 more sources of inspiration!

I chose to make a chewy, cherry and white chocolate chunk oatmeal cookie.  It is one of my favorites (it’s hard for me to resist any recipe that calls for a tablespoon of vanilla in it!).  And my lighting wasn’t ideal so my cherries look more like raisins (which I love…but not in cookies!).  So I took a close up. . . . . [Read more...]