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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…)


Coconut Apricot Oatmeal Cookies

It’s been a while since I’ve stopped in to chat with you all - I hope you had a wonderful holiday season. I certainly enjoyed mine, especially having a whole SIX days off of work! The last time I had that many consecutive days out of the office was, well, never! Not since I was in college, which at this point was years ago, so it was a very welcome break. And during that time, I did LOADS of baking… and subsequent eating, and then more baking, and then more eating… and then LOTS of sleeping. It was fabulous. (more…)


Holiday Arts and Eats at Assembly Row

This time of year, crafts fairs are plentiful as holiday shopping season thrives. Since I was little, I’ve been attending small, local, artisanal fairs with my mom, and it’s always something we’ve enjoyed together. Now that I’ve settled in a different part of the state, we don’t have an opportunity to go to a lot of fairs together, but I still explore them whenever possible in my neck of the woods, and keep that tradition alive. I was offered a chance to attend the Holiday Arts and Eats event at Assembly Row recently, and was excited to add a new holiday fair to my list! (more…)


Triple Layer Chocolate Peppermint Brownies

Holiday baking is coming a touch late in my world this year, after just having taken on a new part time job that in practice takes up a lot more time than it did in theory. I’m really loving it, so can’t complain much, but working full-time during the day and then an after-hours job definitely doesn’t leave time for a whole lot extra. All I can say is, thank goodness for weekends!

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A Turducken for the Holidays

I know we generally talk about things with lots of sugar around here, but I occasionally have reason to talk about move savory dishes, and today is one of those days. For Thanksgiving this year, I was offered the opportunity to try a Turducken from Echelon Foods, and not just any turducken, the “Original Turducken.” As a member of a family who always serves traditional Thanksgiving dishes with a twist, this seemed like a perfect addition to our holiday table. After I mentioned it to my parents, they were both pretty psyched about the idea, so I picked up my turducken and got ready to roast! (more…)


Chocolate Cheesecake Brownies

How I start a blog post is largely dictated by my mood when I sit down to write it, and today that mood is decidedly cranky. I have my first cold of the season, and generally I only get one a season, so when it arrives I tend to be a bit of a grouch. I apologize in advance! The good news is I’m writing about something I love, chocolate! Double chocolate. And it’s goooood. (more…)


Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Fall is a season full of good things. Apples and pumpkin and sweaters and spices, bright leaves and blue skies and chilled cheeks and sunshine. It’s a wonderful time of year. Just over a month ago now, one of my good friends flew out to visit from California, and knowing that the traditional autumnal activities just aren’t the same in Southern California, we went on an apple picking excursion. I came home with a full bag (and belly!), brimming with peaches and apples, and one perfectly round sugar pumpkin. My bounty sat on the counter for a week or two while I contemplated what to do with it, but inspiration wasn’t striking. The peaches started to rot, the apple stash dwindled as it become a part of my daily lunches, and I was sad that these sweet treats weren’t being baked into oblivion. Then, an evening full of baking with a friend introduced me to this pumpkin cookie recipe, and my world was changed. (more…)


Harvard Square City Wine Tour

A couple of weekends ago, I had the chance to try out a City Wine Tour through Harvard Square. I don’t often participate in tours around my own city, but was glad to have the opportunity to give something new a try. On a rainy Saturday afternoon, our group of 13 convened at Nubar with our host Joanne, and got down to the business of learning about wine! (more…)


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