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Mary’s Maine Bars: Bake a Difference with OXO and Dorie Greenspan

Welp, we’re most of the way through September and I haven’t touched a can of pumpkin yet this year. But I guess that’s okay? There’s still time, right? To be fair it isn’t even officially fall yet, so I know there’s time, but sometimes it just doesn’t feel like it. Days have been eclipsing at such an alarming rate lately, that sometimes I think I only need to blink and another week is gone. I wonder often if there will be time to do everything. Apple picking, pumpkin lattes, crock pot meals, fall hikes, lazy weekends, leaf-peeping, baking adventures, movie nights, cozy sweaters, the whole lot of it. Fall is home to so many of my favorite things, and yet it already feels like it’s slipping away.


Peanut Butter, Reese’s Cup, and S’Mores Loaded Brownies

As a dessert lover, I don’t discriminate. I love virtually all desserts, but I definitely have my favorites. A crispy-on-the-edges-chewy-on-the-inside chocolate chip cookie is one of them, and fudgy brownies are another. These fudgy brownies get an extra special treatment, because not only is the brownie base delicious and decadent, but it’s loaded with some pretty outrageous fillings, too. (more…)

Gingerbread Chocolate Chip Blondies

I’ve often expressed my affinity for things in bar form, but there comes a point when it feels like you’ve tried every brownie and blondie recipe out there, and to make things interesting you’ve got to mix it up somehow. Personally, I could never tire of a spectacular chocolate brownie (these are my go-to), but it is fun to try new things and see what you come up with. (more…)

Salted Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie Bars

Happy New Year, friends! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season full of family, friends, and food. As evidenced by my apparent disappearance from this blog, I was a busy bee for much of December, and it’s only now that I’m back to work and falling back into a routine that it seems like there is time to get back to the business of “normal” life. At the present moment, I’ve got eight blog posts waiting to be written and published — a backlog unlike I’ve ever had — but I haven’t felt compelled to put fingers to keypad lately. It’s just one of those blogger life seasons, I guess, where the words don’t come as easily, and life seems to speed by with other priorities taking the lead. (more…)

Caramel Apple Pie Bars

Friends. It’s DecemberHow did this happen? I swear yesterday it was warm and sunny, and I was looking forward to the coming fall activities with pretty leaves and pumpkin lattes and being able to layer my clothes again. Now I have a forearm strain from spending too many hours cleaning up those “pretty leaves,” and the “layers” have come to be covered by the parka I now wear to work in the morning. Also 2015 is almost over. And I’m going to be one year older very, very soon. Woof.  (more…)

Pumpkin Oreo Cheesecake Bars

Fact: there is not nearly enough cheesecake in my life. For some reason, cheesecake is a largely overlooked dessert when I’m considering what recipe to make next. Pinterest pictures of cheesecake are always super enticing, but the actual act of making them somehow seems like too much work, even though I’ve made plenty of them before. In bar form, however, they seem much more approachable, and as often happens, when I came across this recipe the photos totally roped me in, and these Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars came to be. (more…)

Fresh Fig Walnut Crumble Bars

Happy October, friends! As I write this post, I’m cuddled up under a blanket, and grudgingly just turned on the heat for the first time this season. The good news? My new house seems to have a pretty efficient heating system for a 110 year old structure. The bad news? Heating bills are imminent 🙁 I love fall when the sun is out and the sky is gleaming blue, but when we’ve got hurricanes threatening and rain coming down, it’s a bit foreboding. Good thing I have a fridge full of fig bars and pumpkin tassies and Reese’s pieces cookies (recipes all coming soon!) that I’ve packed away so I can eat my feelings about the impending cold weather. No wonder I’ve needed to work harder at the gym lately! (more…)

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