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Eggless Dipped Cookies - The Perfect Valentine Hearts

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It's that time of the year when love is in the air and hearts are everywhere.Not to be left behind ,here are mine...cookie hearts or more precisey eggless heart shaped dipped cookies . In this season of love , wanted to spread some cookie cheer especially the egg less kind. So, all of you who are always on the look out for eggless baking recipes can rejoice ! For once , you can follow the recipe without having to worry about substituting the egg it with apple sauce or banana. You guys are in for a treat..a sweet treat no less that a dipped heart one . let's get on with it -
IngredientsFor cookies - 2 1/4 cup flour 1 cup butter ( 2 sticks) 1/2 cup packed brown sugar 1/2 tsp salt 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice 
For  Dipping - 1/2  cup red candy wafers (for dipping) /* use normal baking chocolate to skip the red color*/ 2 tbsp shortening like Crisco
Method- Pre heat the oven to 350 degrees F. In a bowl , with the help of a hand mixer, smoothen the butter  . Add the packed brown sugar and bea…

Spinach Egg Muffins and Cold Mornings

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The winter storm may have spared us but it still is very cold here in the Carolinas. These spinach egg muffins along with a cup of tea make cold winter mornings perfect ! Not that I needed a reason to enjoy these savory treats . Egg muffins have been on my  "to bake soon" list for quite some time and today's frigid cold morning gave me the perfect excuse to give them a try . 

I have two school goings kids and believe me when I say enforcing healthy breakfast options in the morning rush time is challenging ...but not impossible. Healthy breakfast muffins have come to my rescue in the past too..remember these banana oatmeal muffins ...they are fool proof and a great hit with the kids and hubby , every time I bake them.



I love savory muffins as a healthy breakfast option because of their ease of preparation. Sure, you have to chop a few veggies , beat the eggs but once you pop them in the oven , you are good to take care of the million things you need to get done in the morni…

Leopard Print Cake ..Apt for Hubby's bday

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I'm a Gemini --and I live up to the reputation of my zodiac...I get bored easily ...actually that is not entirely accurate  ...what I  mean is that repetition bores me ...I have to try new and varied things to satiate my zodiac !! The same  goes for my baking as well ....maybe now I can understand my deep fascination for it ....it gives me a platform to fulfill my insatiable lust for  trying varied things ..the thrill it gives me as I embark on a new baking project is hard to put into words ..Baking  excites me and stimulates me and gives me a creative high ! Okay, you guys get the picture !!! 


Time to come back to this particular blog post which is about hubby's birthday cake . Having gone the floral, fresh fruit and geometric way for his  b'day cakes in the past .. this year was looking for some  fresh ideas . Also, please remember what I disclosed above. Luckily , my quest for some unique ideas came to an end when I noticed his current obsession with watching big cats on…

Banana Oatmeal Muffins and Breakfast Surprise !

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The kids are going back to school after a extended weekend break and boy are they in for for a surprise when they come down for breakfast !! These healthy oatmeal banana muffins should cheer them up , right ? As one reader politely  remarked that the sight of any muffins can cheer kids up , I would still like to claim that my getting up early and making them as a breakfast surprise should make for some extra cheer ! 

Apart from making the kids happy , it is easy on the mommies too  . What with our frantic morning schedule , we need  mess free wholesome ideas that are time saving as well as being healthy for our kids. These muffins apart from the bake time are not time consuming and yield enough that you can send as part of lunch box too, not to mention saving some for later use . While they are baking, go take care of the million things we have to do to send the kids off to school and by the time the kids are seated at the breakfast table, you can serve them fresh out of then oven.

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Egg and Veggies Breakfast Casserole on a lazy Sunday !

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If you read the title carefully , you know that I'm enjoying a lazy Sunday . What makes this Sunday a super lazy one is the fact that I'm not dreading Monday..no loads of things to things to be done beforehand to prepare for the coming week...no waking up tomorrow at 5:30 ..yes, I am fully relishing this lazy Sunday for we have Monday and Tuesday off . So , for this week Wednesday will be the new Monday and Tuesday evening will be the time when I will be feeling gloomy !
My laziness extends to this blog post too. Hopefully , you guys will not notice it or will be too polite about it . I won't be skipping anything vital but will not be as detailed as my previous post .Thankfully, the pictures will come to the rescue, Let's say this blog post has a pictorial feel to it.Do give this breakfast casserole a try ..boasting of kale, spinach, chard greens , mushrooms, carrots and bell peppers, it surely helps take care of your five servings a day of vegetables. Plus it is super …

Mexican Corn Bread with Jalapeños and Olives !

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We , human beings always have a special affinity with our "firsts"..be it our first day in school/ college , first flying experience , first time eating a exotic dish  or our very first bake.We always hold onto that experience/memory with ferocious intensity and even let it dictate our emotion years later  If you guys got the hint and made the connection, pat yourselves on the back. Yes, Cornbread was my first solo bake and it's success lured into further baking pursuits. If someone were to ask my friends back in NY about my signature bake, corn bread would  unanimously win. It would always turn out soft and scrumptious ...so many memories of enjoying it in the company of  friends on a chilly day with hot steaming cups of tea..just plain divine would be how I would describe it.
If you have been following my blog, the fact that I am currently obsessed with Mexican cuisine wouldn't have escaped your notice. So,what better way to pay tribute to it than to bake Mexican co…