Blueberry Rhubarb Coffee Cake Recipe

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With fresh local rhubarb in plentiful supply a few days ago, and blueberries picked last summer in my freezer, that were just begging to be used,  I became inspired to come up with a fruit coffee cake recipe.   Fruit coffee cakes are a nice change from heavier nut-laden ones and are always a welcome twist when served to guests.
My recipe is adapted from mmmisformommy.com‘s cake which is a wonderful rhubarb buttermilk cake that I tried at a friend’s house once.
This coffee cake is filled with fruit, it’s not too sweet and the streusel topping adds a nice crunch with a light cinnamon flavor.
The whole thing together is buttery goodness that melts in your mouth, especially with your morning coffee or tea.

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Artichoke, Asparagus and Shrimp Salad Recipe

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I rarely find a salad I don’t love, especially one that has a nice mix of ingredients like this one.  The nice thing about this salad is that it has vegetables, shrimp and pasta so it’s like a meal in one!  You get your protein, carbohydrates and vegetables.  What could be better!
A couple of weeks ago my local supermarket had a special deal on fresh asparagus and it looked so delicious I decided to come up with a new recipe to highlight it. I came up with this salad and I think it turned out pretty nicely!
So, if you like shrimp, asparagus and artichoke hearts, then this salad is for you.  If you like salads without mayonnaise, then this salad is for you.  If you like ingredients that remind you of the spring and summer months ahead, then this salad is for you.  Grab a crusty loaf of sourdough bread to serve with it and you have the perfect meal.

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Easy 15-Minute Valentine’s Day Vanilla Candy Tutorial

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My daughter came to me the other day and suggested this Valentine’s Day candy blog post.  I’ve always made her cake pops for her birthday and she absolutely loves the candy coating I dip them in so she’s always thinking of things to make with it.

She happened to come across a couple of bags of the candy in our pantry and wanted to eat some of it.  I explained that it probably wasn’t a great idea since it was right before dinner. I happened to have my cookie cutters sitting out and she came up with this fun idea instead.

About 10 minutes later, a tray of these festive sweet treats was hardening in the refrigerator.

For a candy that only takes a few minutes to make with only a couple of supplies, it sure looks beautiful.  She’s planning on making them for teacher gifts this year.

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Mint Marshmallow Cookie Candy Recipe

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I am warning you right now that when you try this recipe, it will probably end up being one of your favorite candy recipes ever.  Yes, it’s that good.  How can it not be when it’s got marshmallows and mint sandwich cookies all blended together with melted chocolate chips!  To me it’s the perfect mint candy, not too strong, but definitely minty.  It’s also unbelievably easy to make and it stores well, which makes it that much better.

This is now my candy choice when I put together my Christmas cookie trays.  In fact, if you ask my daughter and my brother, it’s a requirement for my holiday baking list, and my brother usually gets a batch when his birthday rolls around.

The recipe makes about 44 large pieces of candy, but it can easily be doubled for those of you who have large events to attend, or assemble lots of cookie trays to give out at the holidays.

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Very Berry Cookie Truffles Recipe

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I’m all about easy cooking. Don’t get me wrong, there are moments when I like to take my time baking a special homemade treat, but for the most part I like to make things that don’t take a lot of time. No bake treats are even better!

These Very Berry Cookie Truffles definitely fit this description.  They are quick and easy, and only require 3 ingredients and a few kitchen tools.

With a sweet and crunchy candy coating, and a soft, chewy chocolate berry flavored filling, they make a pretty presentation and are the perfect bite sized treat for any occasion. Just imagine them on a dessert table at a baby or wedding shower.

I always worry a little bit when I try out a new recipe, but luckily, in my house, my family members are my taste testers and are usually honest.  These were a huge hit with them. I took the rest of the candies to my office and everyone loved them there too!  So I know they are good.

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