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French Silk Pie, and the Musings of a Broken Heart

It’s amazing how quickly your life can change. I haven’t hidden the fact that I’ve had some serious personal struggles this last year, but all along I kept thinking that at some point, it’d start to turn around. In my last post on the hardships of growing up, I mentioned starting to do just that on my own. I was finally feeling like I’d started making progress, and that was a really exciting, empowering feeling. I thought things were finally headed in the right direction. But like many times throughout the last year, I’ve found again recently that life tests you in ways you never thought possible, even when you’re already experiencing more than it feels like you can handle. (more…)


Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp

It’s a rare recipe that I come across that I don’t tamper with before trying it out myself. But Ina knows what’s up (I mean, she makes the best brownies in the history of everything…), and judging by the glowing reviews for this recipe, it promised to be a winner as well. Eager to use up a carton of fresh local strawberries, and a few stalks of rhubarb from my parents backyard (though I’m growing my own this year too — thanks Grandpa!!), I decided this was perfect to bring to the family 4th of July BBQ. (more…)


Chocolate Peanut Butter ‘Brookies,’ and an Epic Tale

I’m gonna let you guys in on a little secret today, or maybe a big secret, a sort of giant life lesson I’ve recently learned… and write you an epically long blog post, so if you’re not in the mood, I won’t be offended if you bow out now (or scroll all the way to the very end, because this recipe is seriously ridiculous). Usually this blog is all rainbows and unicorns and happy things, but that’s not real life, at least not all the time. There is a lot beyond what happens in the kitchen, or on a special night out to dinner. The in between moments are real life, and that’s what this secret is all about. Before you go getting excited, it’s not one of those kinds of secrets. It’s the kind that slowly comes over you, that settles into your bones, and sets up shop deep down in your soul. It won’t make you feel warm and fuzzy inside, but once you know it, it definitely changes your perspective on life. Are you ready? (more…)


Strawberry Buttermilk Cake

It seems that here in New England, most of our native crops are late this year. Given the looooonnngggggg winter, it’s really no surprise. I still feel like I’m thawing from a deep freeze! Usually by now we’d have a bounty of fresh local strawberries, but I only just picked up my first pint this weekend. They looked perfect to the eye — lush and red, and perfectly shaped — but once I snuck a few, I found that their sweetness wasn’t quite all the way developed. I had been eyeing this cake from Joanne’s blog for days, so it seemed the perfect application for the tart, juicy berries. (more…)


Healthy Habits Kitchen

Something I don’t yet understand, and perhaps won’t until I get there myself, is parenthood. How an adult (like me) can manage a full-time career, a family, friends, and time for themselves is just beyond my comprehension. I guess the last on that list sort of drops by the wayside, but the rest of the stuff is still there, and I’ve always been completely perplexed as to how people handle it. My parents both worked full-time while I was growing up, yet I had a rich, fulfilling, and happy childhood, and they both progressed in their careers and maintained a healthy social life. These days, I can barely fit in all of the things I need to do in my own life — work, friend time, family visits, more work, and hobbies. Often the things that fall off are the non-essentials, like cooking a delicious meal, baking a fresh batch of cookies, and clearly… keeping up with this blog! When Healthy Habits Kitchen got in touch with me about trying some of their meal kits, I was pretty ecstatic… delicious, wholesome food made in my own kitchen in no time flat? Color me intrigued. (more…)


Rhubarb Ginger Multigrain Scones

Scones. These scones. They say so much about where I am in life at this moment, what things have transpired to bring me to this day and this batch of deliciousness. I have been struggling mightily lately to find a block of time where I can summon both the energy and enthusiasm needed, and also the time necessary, to settle into my kitchen and bake. Baking has always been a source of comfort for me, but in the harder moments when energy and passion are at a minimum (or simply don’t exist at all), sometimes I just can’t be bothered. But on a recent trip home, I plucked some luscious red rhubarb stalks from my mom’s garden, vowing that I would make them into something magical. I found a recipe online that seemed like a good starting place, then put together my own recipe with the usual tweaks and changes, and came up with something that I really love. (more…)


Spin. Sweat. Brunch.

Eating and exercising are two of my favorite things in the world. I get up at the crack of dawn 6 days a week to get my sweat on, partially because I love the way it makes me feel, but also, quite honestly, because it enables me to be flexible with my diet, and to indulge in sweets and treats when I want to. I’m fortunate to have found a really great balance between the two, so when that plate of fries comes calling, I welcome it with open arms. We all have our weaknesses right? (more…)


Almond Joy Cookies

So… baking. That thing I used to do all the time. Well, I’m getting back into it! It has been (and will probably continue to be) a slow process getting back into the swing of things, but I think it’s finally back to stay. I’ve made a lot of excuses for the past several months about being too busy to get into the kitchen, but the stuff making me busy has rarely been fun. So, if I can make time for un-fun, often stressful and rather unpleasant things, then I sure as heck can make time for some fun, right?  Plus baking has this magical way of making a bad day seem less awful, or turning a terrible mood into something more manageable. So please take these cookies as a re-commitment of myself to this space. I can’t promise I’ll be here all the time, but I can promise not to disappear completely again. (more…)


Trail Mix and Breakfast Parfaits

When it comes to eating during the work week, I am a woman of habit. I generally cycle between 2-3 different breakfast options, 2-3 different snacks, and either a salad, soup or leftovers for lunch. I make almost every meal that I eat from scratch, so sticking to a few staples makes it easier on my routine, and a little bit less time consuming. But admittedly, eating mostly the same things all the time does get pretty boring, and I often find myself wishing for something new and different. (more…)


Sweet Potato Pancakes

Hello, web friends! It’s been a while. I’ve decided to stop apologizing for my long absences since they’re just my reality right now, but it’s always good to be back. Today’s post is a bittersweet one for me, because I’ve got a great new recipe to share, but it also marks the end of my participation in a special baking club. (more…)


Granola Coconut Banana Muffins, and a Birthday

Today is the fourth anniversary of the day this blog was born. In some ways, I feel like Sweetly Serendipity came out of the womb with me, it’s like a part of my identity, even in the quiet moments when weeks stretch on without so much as a word. We know each other in intimate ways, and the words I lay here are the truest words I know. In other ways, I feel like we’re still getting to know each other, I’m shifting and shaping each post carefully, and often wondering what our future together looks like. I look forward to it with the same excitement you might look forward to a marriage, or a deep friendship – I see so many good things and happy moments as far down the road as the eye can see, and that’s a pretty special thing. (more…)


Caramel Bars

After a long break for the holidays, it feels like forever since I last posted a Secret Recipe Club recipe. As usual, I’m so grateful for the monthly assignment, because it keeps me in the kitchen when life otherwise seems too busy to allow it. This month I was assigned Heather’s blog It’s Yummy to My Tummy. What a fitting name! I found plenty of recipes I was interested in making, but was in a pinch the evening I decided to bake these, so I picked a recipe that seemed simple and quick. (more…)


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