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Grandma’s Gingersnaps

23429134205_2edfe768e2_nRight around the time that fall hits, it seems our tastes change. We long for those comforting foods– you know, the ones with all the butter and cream? Haha. And also the ones filled with warm spices.

These gingersnaps from my grandma’s recipe box fit the bill perfectly. In my family, these have always been called “gingersnaps,” but the truth is that there isn’t anything “snappy” about these cookies. These are soft and chewy and filled with molasses. They’re just plain delicious. A cookie by any other name, right?

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Peach Ginger Mascarpone Tart

Oh, hello again friends.

Thought I’d dropped off the face of the earth? Yeah, me too.

I ended up taking a blogging break for longer than I had intended, but sometimes life just works like that.

But, peaches! I love peaches. This year I bought a 16 lb. box again and made all sorts of things with them. Peach ice cream, peach shortbread, peach jam, peaches for breakfast, peaches for dinner… It’s now at the very end of peach season, but if you’re able to get your hands on some still, you should think about making this light and delicate dessert.

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Dark Chocolate Ginger Cookies with Candied Orange Slices

Well, that’s a mouthful! In the best kind of way. I just made these and they are ridiculously good, so I just had to share.

If you are absolutely done making Christmas cookies this year (and really, I won’t blame you. It’s only 5 days away!!) these would also make excellent cookies for a New Year’s party.

What I love about these cookies is that they’re still festive while being significantly different (and much less sweet) than most Christmas cookies. (more…)

What I’ve been up to: Cherries Edition

Hi friends.

Well, things have settled down (as much as they ever do) since my dear friend Becka left last week. But there’s always tons of stuff to do.

I’m still working on some long-term projects, but I thought I’d share a little bit of what I’ve been doing.

Last year I tried canning for the first time and immediately fell in love. I canned like crazy, much to Little Man’s dismay. Thankfully, this year he doesn’t seem to mind, and mostly wants to help out.

Anyway. I made strawberry freezer jam once this summer, but other than that I hadn’t done much.

I thought I’d lost my chance for canning things cherry-related when I failed to buy cherries when they were cheap at my local supermarket.

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