Dutch Apricot Pie

Every year, I do my best to come up with something special to make my sister for her birthday. Last year I made teacup cupcakes, and the year before that I whipped up some Nutella-filled lamingtons. This year though, it’s all about the pie. Though I’ve only seen a few episodes of the show, my sister is a huge fan of Supernatural, and I’ve been filled in on numerous occasions that one of the main characters really loves him some pie. So, with a bag of frozen apricots I picked last summer at a friend’s orchard, I got to work making this simple pie with my favorite all-butter pie crust and a delicious crumble topping. Normally, I can’t wait to dig into a pie fresh from the oven – but this time I waited a few hours for the pie to set up, and it ended up being one of the best fruit pies I’ve ever made. So, to my sister, I hope you have an awesome birthday – I didn’t forget the pie!

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Guinness Cupcakes with Bailey’s Buttercream Frosting

I know you’re probably being inundated with St. Paddy’s Day-related recipes right now, but I’m jumping on the bandwagon – after all, whether you’re Irish or not, who couldn’t use some chocolate-y stout cupcakes topped off with boozy Bailey’s Irish cream frosting? This recipe makes two dozen cupcakes, so you’ll have plenty to share with your friends. I sent a dozen of them to work with the hubby, who reported back that they were a big hit with his co-workers. If you want to go all out, serve them with some homemade shamrock shakes! Enjoy and have a great weekend!

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Apple Ginger Orange Marmalade

Happy Fat Tuesday! I’m over at Food Fanatic today with a recipe for Apple Ginger Orange Marmalade – a perfect accompaniment for those stacks of pancakes. Enjoy, and have a wonderful day!

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Sprinkle Scones

Oh yes, another scone recipe – because in my opinion, you can never have too many. I can’t recall ever meeting a scone I didn’t like, except perhaps those containing peanuts/nuts since I’m allergic to them. Otherwise, scones are my jam! Maple, pumpkin, vanilla bean, cinnamon - even savory versions like bacon swiss - you name it, I’m there. Last week I was in a celebratory mood, so I decided that our weekend scones needed sprinkles. I whipped these up Saturday morning, and instead of using my scone pan, I cut them into small triangles – because let’s face it, tiny food is cute. I highly recommend making these over the weekend, especially if like us, you reside somewhere that is currently exhibiting temperatures identical to those of the ice planet Hoth (Star Wars geeks, you know what I’m talking about). Have a fantastic weekend – and stay warm!

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Baked Meyer Lemon Doughnuts

Remember my last post about trying to beat the winter blues? Well, my citrus kick didn’t end there. In fact, since we’re enjoying a beautiful 45 degree day today, it’s practically summer here – so, I decided to dive right into spring cleaning a little early. In the midst of all of my cleaning and organizing projects though, I still found some time to bake up these delicious lemon doughnuts with lemon glaze. They’ll make a perfect afternoon snack with a cup of tea, and I definitely plan to make them again next week when the next big snow storm comes through. For now though, I’ll be pretending that spring is here and taking full advantage of the nice weather. I hope you enjoy these doughnuts as much as we did, and I hope you have a great weekend!

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