Low-Fat, Mini Ginger Pumpkin Cheesecakes

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Hey, guess what?  I’m not a fan of cheesecake.  Can you believe it? I don’t hate cheesecake, I just don’t crave it.  I’m also not a fan of pumpkin pie for the same reason.  Today I made mini cheesecakes that are a combination between a cheesecake and a pumpkin pie.  I tried one and they were good.  Will I be making them again?  No.  I brought some over to my parents to see how these mini cheesecakes fared as far as cheesecakes go.  They loved them and told me that I was such an amazing baker and daughter. Unfortunately, you need to take their review with a grain of salt. They also loved a bizarre- looking, yellow ashtray I made for them when I was in the second grade.  Anyway, here are low-fat, mini ginger pumpkin cheesecakes to bring us all into a Autumn frame of mind.  I hope you enjoy them.  Also, I would like to point out that I’m not quite sure why I, at 7 years old, would think that a homemade ashtray for my non smoking parents was an appropriate gift. Live and learn, I guess. Continue reading →


Gluten Free Chocolate Cookies

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Parenting can be heartbreaking.  They didn’t tell me this part when we took the newborn baby class at the hospital before we adopted Cameron.  I learned how to change a diaper and wrap an infant in an adorable little straight jacket using only the smallest of blankets, but I wasn’t prepared for all of the heartaches that come along with parenting. It’s tough to watch your child be left out or disappointed, and it’s equally tough to watch your child make mistakes. Anyway, I made you a plate of chocolatey-rich, and delightfully chewy, gluten free chocolate cookies. Unfortunately,  I ate all of them because parenting can be heartbreaking.   Continue reading →

Irish Soda Bread With Drambuie

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It’s the 27th of the month, which means it is time to be challenged by one of the Daring Bakers.  This month we were asked by Meredith from Poco Loco Olsons to bake Irish Soda Bread.  Since I’ve never made Irish Soda Bread and, dare I say it, have never even tasted it, I was excited to give this challenge a go.  I found a recipe for Irish Soda Bread in The Bread Bible by Beth Hensperger that uses Drambuie.  Drambuie is a type of liqueur made of Scotch whiskey, heather honey, and a secret selection of herbs.  It’s one of my husband’s favorite winter time drinks, and we just happened to have half a bottle’s worth left.  Irish Soda Bread gets its rise from the reaction between the acid in buttermilk and baking soda. It’s easy to make, and easy to eat.  As soon as the loaves came out of the oven, and cooled for a minute or two, I began to slice it up. I smeared butter on top of a slice, and let it melt just a bit.  I took a bite.  It was perfect.  It had a crunchy texture on the outside and a soft texture on the inside.  It was slightly sweet with a faint taste of caraway seed.  This quick bread is delicious and it makes fantastic toast.  Thanks for the challenge, Meredith! Continue reading →

Vegan Vanilla Bean Shortbread

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Remember in the 1978 movie Superman with Christopher Reeve when Superman is flying around and he sees a young girl trying to get her cat out of a tree?  Do remember that part?  Well, he gets the cat out of the tree, hands it to the girl, and flies off.  The girl then runs into her townhouse and excitedly tells her mother what has just happened. The craziest part is that the mother says, “Haven’t I told you not to tell lies?!”, and then you hear a slap. She hit her daughter. I assume this scene was for comic effect, but… crazy.  That totally wouldn’t fly (no pun intended) with today’s audiences.  There’d be a difference of opinion as to what the girl actually saw, probably a call to the daughter’s therapist, and then they’d hug it out.  By the way, I’m aware of how strange it is that I’ve started this blog with Superman, but my youngest Wesley is obsessed with the movie, so it’s been on my mind. The good news is he seems to eat more while he watches it.  Since he is underweight I am fine with him watching it as much as he wants. Shifting gears here, I made vegan vanilla bean shortbread using coconut oil and it was delicious!  It is light, sweet, flaky, and studded with tiny vanilla beans. I wasn’t planning on posting another shortbread recipe so soon after this one, but I couldn’t help myself.  I’ve made these cookies four times in the last week.  I’ve also watched Superman about 12 times.  Since Saturday. Continue reading →