Good Eats and Sweet Treats from My Small Boston Kitchen

Cranberry Orange Spice Cake with Citrus Cream Cheese

To be quite honest, I haven’t seen cranberries in the grocery store for a while. Can you even get them in February? Whether you can or not, I know it isn’t exactly cranberry season, so as you might assume, this was a holiday dessert. Still digging out from my backlog of posts… I could make a lot of excuses here about how busy it’s been and how I haven’t had much time to blog (all true), but you’ve heard it all before, so let’s just get to it, shall we? (more…)


Cranberry Orange Spice Cake with Citrus Cream Cheese

To be quite honest, I haven’t seen cranberries in the grocery store for a while. Can you even get them in February? Whether you can or not, I know it isn’t exactly cranberry season, so as you might assume, this was a holiday dessert. Still digging out from my backlog of posts… I could make a lot of excuses here about how busy it’s been and how I haven’t had much time to blog (all true), but you’ve heard it all before, so let’s just get to it, shall we? (more…)


Arranging Flowers and Watercolor at Paint Night

I love creating things — baking, cooking, sewing, knitting, painting, crafting. Virtually all of my favorite hobbies revolve around creation. There’s something so magical about making something that didn’t exist before, because it is truly a product of you. No one else can claim it. You can make it completely your own. And a lot of love, passion, dedication, and commitment goes into those projects with a tangible result. They’re special. They’re important. (more…)


On Passions, Badassery, and Avoiding Regret: Happy 6th Birthday, SS

♥♥ Happy 6th birthday to my beloved blog, Sweetly Serendipity! ♥♥

I’m currently reading this great book, “You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life,” and it’s really got me thinking. I’m an overly contemplative person to begin with, but books like this really encourage personal exploration, which taps into a part of myself I’ve routinely tried to turn off for the better part of my adult life. (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…)


Spiced Sugar Cookie ‘Spicedoodles’

I’m sure you’re wondering, are “Spicedoodles” really a thing? It’s a good question, and I don’t really know the answer, but for the purposes of this post we’re just gonna go with it. Calling these Spiced Sugar Cookies might be more correct, but calling them spicedoodles is certainly a lot more fun. Regardless of what they’re called though, they’re super delicious, so you should probably read on. (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…)


Masa Taqueria and Tequila Bar

I first tried Masa Restaurant in the South End during college. I remember at the time thinking it was lavish and indulgent on my ever-depleted college kid budget, and I was enamored with the experience. We went for brunch and I got huevos rancheros, a favorite dish of mine. I’d never had a chance to visit the Masa in Woburn though, despite it being on my daily commute to work for several months this past year. When they introduced their new restaurant concept, Masa Taqueria and Tequila Bar, I had a chance to give it a try and it reframed my idea of what the true Masa experience is. (more…)


Salted Caramel-Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies

It seems to me that cookies are synonymous with the holiday season. They’re a great office gift, a perfect post-holiday-meal treat, and a much-needed pick-me-up during these hectic days of December. For this reason and many others, The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap is kind of a genius idea. I love the idea of it — bake three dozen cookies, send one dozen each to three other bloggers, and receive three dozen cookies yourself. Sounds pretty amazing, right? But I know myself, and this time of year things get so busy that I wasn’t sure I should commit. Intrigue, and the idea of loads of delicious cookies, got the better of me this year though, and I decided to partake in the 5th annual cookie swap. (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…)


Not Your Average Joe’s Harvest Dinner

One of my favorite things about living near Boston is the endless food options. No matter what neighborhood you’re in, whether it’s right in the heart of the city or in one of the many suburbs, good food is all around. It’s essentially a foodie playground, and I am endlessly excited by all of the food adventures that are here for the taking. (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…)


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