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pittsburgh/yoga/baking/sunshine love. xo, nicole

a simple and delicious italian jam shortbread tart via @food52. #raspberry #almonds #butter #yum
Dec 8, 2013

a simple and delicious italian jam shortbread tart via @food52. #raspberry #almonds #butter #yum

this open-faced blueberry pie, finished off with fresh whipped cream, is the perfect summer dessert — super fresh and super easy.
Aug 10, 2013 / 1 note

this open-faced blueberry pie, finished off with fresh whipped cream, is the perfect summer dessert — super fresh and super easy.

coconut cream cheese cupcakes, barefoot contessa style.
Jul 28, 2013 / 1 note

coconut cream cheese cupcakes, barefoot contessa style.

summer!
Jul 20, 2013

summer!

lotsa props and a pan of blueberry oat bars.
Jun 24, 2013

lotsa props and a pan of blueberry oat bars.

card suit shaped pecan shortbread cookies, dipped in chocolate. #yum!
Mar 17, 2013 / 4 notes

card suit shaped pecan shortbread cookies, dipped in chocolate. #yum!

farmers’ market cheese plate, courtesy of my girl KT :)
Jun 30, 2012 / 3 notes

farmers’ market cheese plate, courtesy of my girl KT :)

Made these babies for a wedding cookie table tomorrow!
May 18, 2012 / 6 notes

Made these babies for a wedding cookie table tomorrow!

lemon coconut cake for gram’s big 9-0!!
Apr 22, 2012 / 1 note

lemon coconut cake for gram’s big 9-0!!

Apr 11, 2012

ok so, i know this easter post is belated, but it was such a pretty day that i wanted to share. dyed eggs, a big fruit plate, homemade cookies (thumbprints and cold dough), and dessert for a passover celebration on monday: matzo-almond croccante from the april issue of bon appetit! here’s to a beautiful spring! xo!

here are the thumbprints! mom and i prefer them with icing, but strawberry jam is a delicious topping to the salty, buttery, crumbly cookie. they are also very easy, albeit messy, to make. gram always helps out with the egg white/ walnut rolling step :)
here is the betty crocker recipe. it’s one of our all-time favorites, and we always end up tripling (or in this case, quadrupling) the ingredients.
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup shortening (we use Crisco!)
1/4 cup butter or margarine, softened
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 egg, separated
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup finely chopped nuts (we recommend walnuts)
1.  Heat oven to 350ºF.
 2.  Mix brown sugar, shortening, butter, vanilla and egg yolk in medium bowl. Stir in flour and salt until dough holds together. 
3.  Shape  dough into 1-inch balls. Beat egg white slightly. Dip each ball into  egg white. Roll in nuts. Place about 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie  sheet. Press thumb deeply in center of each.
4.  Bake  about 10 minutes or until light brown. Immediately remove from cookie  sheet to wire rack. Cool completely, about 30 minutes. Fill thumbprints  with jelly or icing.
Sep 26, 2011 / 1 note

here are the thumbprints! mom and i prefer them with icing, but strawberry jam is a delicious topping to the salty, buttery, crumbly cookie. they are also very easy, albeit messy, to make. gram always helps out with the egg white/ walnut rolling step :)

here is the betty crocker recipe. it’s one of our all-time favorites, and we always end up tripling (or in this case, quadrupling) the ingredients.

1/4 cup packed brown sugar

1/4 cup shortening (we use Crisco!)

1/4 cup butter or margarine, softened

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

1 egg, separated

1 cup all-purpose flour

1/4 teaspoon salt

3/4 cup finely chopped nuts (we recommend walnuts)

1. Heat oven to 350ºF.
 2. Mix brown sugar, shortening, butter, vanilla and egg yolk in medium bowl. Stir in flour and salt until dough holds together.
3. Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Beat egg white slightly. Dip each ball into egg white. Roll in nuts. Place about 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheet. Press thumb deeply in center of each.
4. Bake about 10 minutes or until light brown. Immediately remove from cookie sheet to wire rack. Cool completely, about 30 minutes. Fill thumbprints with jelly or icing.
father’s day dessert: orange pound cake, with chocolate chunks and chocolate ganache. yum-o!
Jun 20, 2011 / 3 notes

father’s day dessert: orange pound cake, with chocolate chunks and chocolate ganache. yum-o!

oh, my. mom and i did good tonight. arugula, fresh from the garden, shaved parmesan cheese, s&p, dressed with lemon and olive oil.
May 15, 2011 / 3 notes

oh, my. mom and i did good tonight. arugula, fresh from the garden, shaved parmesan cheese, s&p, dressed with lemon and olive oil.

we’ve got a beautiful birthday girl to celebrate soon, and a smashingly pretty rainbow cake might just be the perfect dessert to make for her! xo.
May 5, 2011 / 3 notes

we’ve got a beautiful birthday girl to celebrate soon, and a smashingly pretty rainbow cake might just be the perfect dessert to make for her! xo.