Whiskey Pear Trifles

Whiskey Pear Trifles | From My Sweet Heart

“THE LIGHT MUSIC OF WHISKEY FALLING INTO GLASSES MADE AN AGREEABLE INTERLUDE.”  James Joyce. There was a time when I would have told you that I don’t care very much for whiskey.  But then, I decided to make some Home Made Irish Cream.  You know, that wonderful creamy liqueur that has you believing you are…

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Vanilla Bean Cheesecake with Strawberries

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“PURITY AND SIMPLICITY ARE THE TWO WINGS WITH WHICH MAN SOARS ABOVE THE EARTH AND ALL TEMPORARY NATURE.”  Thomas Kempis. I am a purist at heart.  And I firmly believe that vanilla is under rated.  Would I turn away a piece of oreo snickers triple chocolate mousse turtle pecan double caramel chocolate chip pumpkin dulce…

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Vintage Cakes: Boston Cream Pie-lets

Boston Cream Pie-lets

“EXPECT EVERYTHING SO THAT NOTHING COMES UNEXPECTED.”  Norton Juster (The Phantom Tollbooth). The Cake Slice Bakers are a wonderful group of women who share a passion for baking CAKES!  Led by the lovely Paloma of The Coffee Shop, we’ve been baking our way through Vintage Cakes by Julie Richardson.  And I really LOVE this book. …

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‘I Wish It Were My Birthday’ Cake

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“IT TAKES AS MUCH ENERGY TO WISH AS IT DOES TO PLAN.”  Eleanor Roosevelt. Yesterday, I picked up a fabulous cookbook by Sherry Yard.  And in it, she talked about her earliest memories of baking.  And then I realized, there is no history of baking in my family.  In fact, my history of baking starts…

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Velvet Hearts

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“WHEN YOU ARE SORROWFUL LOOK AGAIN IN YOUR HEART, AND YOU SHALL SEE THAT IN TRUTH YOU ARE WEEPING FOR THAT WHICH HAS BEEN YOUR DELIGHT.”  Kahlil Gibran.  These simple vanilla cookies are buttery and light.  But with the addition of cream cheese in the mix, they are substantial and almost savory.  I hope you…

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Vanilla Cupcakes with White Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

Vanilla Cupcakes with White Chocolate Buttercream | From My Sweet Heart

“ANYTHING SIMPLE ALWAYS INTERESTS ME.”  David Hockney. In the culinary world, we speak so often to ‘depth of flavor’ and layering of seasoning and spices.  Honestly, to me, sometimes keeping it extremely simple is best.  I love to experiment with some over the top flavor combinations. But there are those times when I just want…

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