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Spiced Crumb Cake

25 Sep

Last week we celebrated my niece Kristina’s birthday! In true Lipecky style, there was TONS of food. My sister-in-law made delicious pulled pork in a crock pot (She used pork ribs!! Must keep that in mind for next time), and everyone brought a variety of different appetizers, sides and desserts. There is no doubt that we Lipecky’s know how to rock a party with some awesome food. There was bean dip, spinach dip, brie cheese topped with fruit, roasted chicken, pasta with meat sauce, the aforementioned pulled pork, coleslaw, roasted hot and sweet peppers, and sausage stuffing.

My contribution was a Spiced Crumb Cake. This is kind of a lame picture but I wasn’t planning on writing a blog post about this until my mother-in-law asked me for the recipe. So I decided to share the recipe with you all too! You may notice that this recipe calls for 4 sticks of butter. No that is not a typo. You will actually be using an entire 1 lb. box of butter. Enjoy 🙂

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Apple oatmeal bars

2 Feb

Alex always tries to eat healthy foods during the day. Then he comes home and eats whatever he wants for dinner (like a half pan of lasagna or 10 slices of pizza, I swear we eat more food than a household of 6). He claims that eating healthy snacks during the day helps him to reserve calories for his favorite meal. I, personally, don’t think that’s the best diet in the world but he swears that it helps him to keep in shape. Whatever works for him, I guess. So what does he pack for work? An apple, banana and usually a granola bar but sometimes a bag of crackers.

At the end of the work week, we almost always have leftover fruit. I hate just throwing stuff away so I use the apples and bananas to try to create new dessert recipes. Recently I have made banana chocolate chip cookies (OK but not great), apple dumplings using biscuit mix (pretty good), and apple oatmeal bars. The bars were definitely the best. We had them for dessert one night but they also were a great breakfast. Plus they are healthy!

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Tiramisu cake

9 Oct

Warning: this is not an easy dessert to make. In fact, it is one of the more time-consuming and laborious cake recipes I have. The instructions themselves are actually pretty easy to follow but there are several different components that make up this delectable dessert so clean up is just a disaster afterwards. I would suggest making this cake if you plan to have company over, or if you want to impress someone with your baking skills.  There is no point in putting in all of the effort if you can’t gloat about your hard work at the end. Please try this recipe and let me know what you think! Continue reading

Pumpkin cookies

28 Sep

I’m not really a huge fan of the fall season. Cold weather is just not my friend.  I actually dread the idea of having to wear sweaters, jackets and scarves.  Not to mention the cold winds make my skin dry and lips chapped.  But one of the redeeming qualities that this season has is its foods.  This is the time of year for comfort foods like chicken pot pie, beef stew, chili and pot roast.  Apples are also at their prime so it’s the perfect time to start baking.  I love how the warmth of the oven and the aromas of spices like nutmeg and cinnamon seem to fill up the entire house.

The most quintessential element of the fall season is, of course, the abundance of everything pumpkin.  You have pumpkin seeds, pumpkin pies, pumpkin beer and pumpkin lattes. I think I even saw pumpkin Hershey’s kisses at the grocery store last week.  So in spirit with the season, I decided to make something pumpkin themed over the weekend.

Even though saying goodbye to summer is sad, these pumpkin cookies do help to alleviate the separation anxiety.

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