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TWD: Irish Soda Bread

I have to say, I have never made irish soda bread before.  I have always loved it, but it has been some time since I have tasted it.  So this was a real treat.  I was so shocked at the small ingredient list!  And the little work involved!  If I knew it was so easy, I would have made this years ago!  In a quest to get my kids to try more things, I added raisins to it.  My 2 year old daughter loved it (she is my little foodie), and my 4 year old son would even try it (he doesn’t like to try anything new, not even dipping stuff in chocolate fondue!).  As soon as I cut into this, I knew I was going to be in heaven.  It looked so moist and tender.  I cut a small piece, but it was devoured in seconds!  Oh, irish soda bread, how I miss thee!  My husband tried it and didn’t care for the raisins.  He felt like it “confused” his taste buds.  He didn’t know if he should be eating the bread for breakfast or as a side dish.  I said, “eat it anytime, anywhere!”  Here are some pictures of the progress.  You can find the recipe at this week’s TWD: Baking with Julia hosts: Chocolate Moosey and My Culinary Mission.

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Did someone say Samoas?

In honor of all the girl scjout cookies around, I honored my favorite this week, the samoa!  I could eat a whole box of these in one sitting (luckily i try to control myself).  But then I came upon a Samoa Cake recipe http://breakfasttobed.com/2012/02/01/girl-scout-cookiesamoa-cake-recipe/and

Samoa Cake

Samoa Cake

a Samoa Brownie recipe http://www.browneyedbaker.com/2007/08/14/samoas%c2%ae-brownie-browniebabe-of-the-month/.

Samoa Brownies

Samoa Brownies

a small piece of samoa brownie (cause boy are they rich!)

Both of these are so indulgent, decadent, and delicious.  If you love samoa cookies, you must try to make these!!!

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candyland cake

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Well, another baking adventure.  What do you make when your son asks for a “colorful cake” for his birthday?  A candyland cake!  Not a difficult cake to make, just time consuming with placing each individual piece of candy on the cake, not to mention unwrapping each piece.  Then the task of keeping it hidden so that the kids didn’t steel any of the pieces of cancy.  All in all a delicious cake that was every child’s dream!!

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