The Weekend Whisk – 4/19/14

by Kate on April 19, 2014

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Yikes! Has it really been 6 WEEKS since I posted a Weekend Whisk post?!? How time flies! Life has just gotten in the way of me posting a “real life” post lately. This week it’s a stroke of pure luck that I’ve been posting at all. You see, I’ve been hanging out with this cutie all week. My niece Ava has been staying with us for the last week and a half. We have been loving every minute of it.


These three girls have enjoyed each other immensely! Tummy time …


Strolls to the park …


Murphy has pretty much stuck to this little girl like glue. His station has been at her feet whenever I sit down with her.


In addition to baby days, I decided to cut my hair off again. Loving the ease of it!


With warmer weather finally here (and hopefully to stay this time) I finally hit the pavement for my first outdoor run of spring. Man, it felt so good to run outside again. Fresh air, sun and not staring at a wall in my house felt fantastic. I decided to see if Murphy could keep up. Since he’s just a few months over a year old now I feel like he’s big enough for it now. Looks like I have a new running partner! He did great with it and I’m thrilled. I loved having him along beside me.


Now it’s time to start prepping for the Easter festivities! And by prepping of course, I mean making desserts. That’s about it around these parts. Hopefully it won’t be another six weeks but until then, as always you’ll find a recap of the deliciousness that’s been happening around here in case you missed it.



One Year Ago: Chocolate Chip Bacon Cookies with Maple Glaze

Two Years Ago: Peanut Butter & Jelly Pie



Black & White Angel Food Cake - FoodBabbles.comBlack & White Angel Food Cake

Lemon Prosecco Float - FoodBabbles.comProsecco Lemon Float

Italian Easter Bread - FoodBabbles.comItalian Easter Bread

Lemon Cake With Chocolate Fudge Frosting - FoodBabbles.comLemon Cake with Chocolate Fudge Frosting

Red Wine Fig Jam - FoodBabbles.comRed Wine Fig Jam

Cookie Dough Cupcakes - FoodBabbles.comCookie Dough Cupcakes

Lemon Scented Ricotta Muffins - FoodBabbles.comLemon Scented Ricotta Muffins

and the most popular post this week was …

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Black & White Angel Food Cake

April 17, 2014
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You all know me well enough by now to know that when it comes to dessert, I always go for the good stuff. The decadent and the spectacular. Sure, I eat pretty healthy in my day-to-day life but that’s really just so I can have dessert. Then came along this black and white angel food […]

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Prosecco Lemon Float

April 14, 2014
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When it comes to holidays, I’m a big fan of the family brunch. I almost love brunch more than a big holiday supper. I think it’s the melding of the morning meal with afternoon fare. When I plan a brunch I always like to have a fruit salad, perhaps some muffins or a strata and […]

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Italian Easter Bread

April 12, 2014
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Only recently I discovered Italian Easter Bread. A girlfriend of mine and I were talking about family traditions. Being Italian she told me all about a slight sweet, brioche-type bread braided with colorful eggs nestled inside, just peeking out like eggs hidden for Easter. Her grandmother used to make it each year for the holiday. […]

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Lemon Cake with Chocolate Fudge Frosting

April 9, 2014
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With spring finally sprouting here in New Jersey and Easter right around the corner, a change takes place. It’s like the calendar flips from March to April and my whole culinary outlook changes. This lemon cake with chocolate fudge icing is a perfect illustration of that. As soon as the temperatures begin to creep toward […]

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Red Wine Fig Jam

April 7, 2014
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When it comes to jams, preserves and jellies I always like finding interesting flavor combinations. I love using creative flavors and creating something intriguing like this fig jam. So what’s so interesting or intriguing about fig jam, you may ask? How about red wine fig jam? Oh yaaaa!! That’s what I’m talkin’ about! This fig […]

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Cookie Dough Cupcakes

April 4, 2014
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Some things in life are just too good not to try. Cookie dough cupcakes aren’t a new concept. I didn’t make this up, although I really wish I had! I’m one of those people who love eating raw cookie dough as I go along baking up real cookies. So the idea of hiding a little […]

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Garlic Naan

April 1, 2014
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Naan is something I’ve come to love these days. I’ve always enjoyed it when I’ve eaten out or even store brought brands for snacking on. I love spreading naan with hummus and topping it with fresh veggies as a light lunch or afternoon snack. I also realized that naan makes an amazing pizza! Since that […]

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Pepperoni Provolone Pizza Cones

March 28, 2014
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Pizza is pretty much one of the world’s perfect food, in my humble opinion. What’s not to love about a crisp, golden, chewy crust smothered in flavorful tomato sauce and stringy, melted cheese? Then you get to top it with whatever your heart desires. Yep, perfection. It’s pretty easy to eat on the go too. […]

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Herbed Buttermilk Bread

March 25, 2014
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There’s nothing better than bread fresh out of the oven. Sometimes that bread is a labor of love. Kneading the dough together. Letting it rest for several hours. Shaping the dough. Letting it rest once more. Then baking it to a lovely golden crust. Don’t get me wrong, that all day process is well worth […]

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Munch Madness 2014: Round One Update!

March 21, 2014
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The Munch Madness 2014 competition is well underway! Have you been checking in over on Knuckle Salad to see who’s coming out on top? I hope so! There have been some interesting combinations and the judges are in full tasting mode. Hope you filled out a bracket! There are prizes at stake here people. Well, […]

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Stuffed Balsamic Portobello Mushrooms

March 20, 2014
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What you’re feasting your eyes on at this very moment is a combination of nearly all my favorite savory flavors in one outstanding meal! Meaty balsamic kissed portobello mushrooms filled with sausage, goat cheese, fragrant rosemary and more. These stuffed balsamic portobello mushrooms make a filling dinner or fill up large white mushrooms for an […]

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Well, Isn’t This Lovely?

March 18, 2014
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I’m about to sweeten your day! Recently I had the opportunity to try some sweet treats from The Lovely Candy Company. Their whole line is certified gluten-free, non-GMO, kosher and contains no high fructose corn syrup. I had the opportunity to sample the Original Chewy Caramels, Chocolate Swirl Caramels and Superfruit Chews in Cranberry, Raspberry and Blueberry. These better-for-you […]

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Lemon Scented Ricotta Muffins

March 16, 2014
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These bright lemon muffins are light, fluffy, tender and the perfect thing to brighten those winter blues. A sprinkling of coarse turbinado sugar over these golden muffin tops add a sweet little satisfying crunch. Just taking a nibble of one of these happy citrus muffins will make you feel like spring has sprung! And I don’t […]

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A Big Celebration & $350 Giveaway!

March 12, 2014
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There have been countless times when I’ve talked about the blogging community. My love of baking and sugar along with that sense of community are the main reasons I do what I do. I’ve met so many wonderful people, shared experiences and in turn, I’ve formed some very real friendships that continue to grow as […]

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