Category Archives: desserts

Sugar Craving, Oh, No!

Since Tuesday or so, I’ve been craving sugar. Also since Tuesday, I’ve had no access to sugar and haven’t eaten anything particularly sweet, unless you count that banana I had that day- when I cooked breakfast, sinus headache and all.

(Speaking of sinus headaches, saline solution rinsing through one’s nose does wonders to help deal with it. Go saline solution!)

So today, I finally had the determination to go buy some Honey Buns or Fancy Cakes, since my mind had been focusing mostly on them. Then, when I got to the store, I had no desire to eat Honey Buns or Fancy Cakes, and my stomach even kind of turned when I saw them.

What in the world is going on?

To have kept craving the Honey Buns and have had a constant desire to eat them for three days only to now have a kind of revulsion to them? God is one weird cookie, or should I say, bagel, since cookies don’t sound exactly wonderful at the moment.

The good news is that I have continued to eat healthier food, making sure to get my bite of tomato and onion and cucumber in along with my vitamins and carbohydrates.

Has anyone else experienced this kind of strange craving that randomly goes away? Maybe my body was reacting to the lack of sugar coming into it, who knows? I definitely don’t.

The good news is that Gigi made biscuits, and I bought Morning Star Chik’N tenders. Even more good news is that the local grocery store now carries the 4 Cheese Hot Pockets with Herb Crusts. The bad news is that the Chik’N tenders are pricy- there are only seven in the box, and it costs $4.49. That means the Chik’N tenders costs 64 cents a piece- and that’s just ridiculous!

But we don’t buy them too terribly often, so they’re not that big of a deal- one in a while may be okay.

The great Honey Bun debate within myself will continue. Maybe I should try making my own Honey Buns or my own Fancy Cakes- that could be fun.

Recently, Heather, AKA Van Tilden, made a delicious cake with vertical striped frosting. I’ll post more about it soon, hopefully with pictures.

Carpe diem!


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Posted by on May 20, 2011 in desserts, food, postaday2011


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Caleb’s Birthday Cake

Maw-Maw baked Caleb’s birthday cake for him in March. The cake was chocolate and absolutely enormous- in fact, the the cake was so incredibly huge that it ended up toppling over later in the night. Maw-Maw luckily saved it and put it in a container, and we munched on the cake for weeks afterwards.

Check it out!


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Spring Sweets: Gigi’s Glistening Strawberry Pie

Easy and delicious, this strawberry pie is the perfect chilled dish to eat on a hot day.

What you need:


  • 1 baked pie shell (as per directions on package) and cooled to room temp.
  • 1/2 – 1 quart strawberries, hulled and sliced to size preference.
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 6 tsp. cornstarch
  • 1 reg. size box strawberry jello.

What you do:

  • Mix water, sugar, and cornstarch and cook over medium heat until thick or until it is clear.
  • Remove from heat.
  • Add strawberry jello and mix well.
  • Let cool.
  • When cool, pour jello mixture into piecrust and add strawberries.
  • Top with whipped topping.

Sorry for the lack of pictures this time around; all the ones I took had an odd yellow tint to them, so I figured I’d rather you see how good they turn out.

Gigi tends to leave the strawberries large; you can try cutting them into tiny pieces or have varying sizes. This recipe can also be altered by adding different fruit instead of strawberries; for instance, kiwi would be a great addition to make a strawberry-kiwi pie.


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Posted by on April 12, 2011 in desserts, food


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Yam, Yam, Yam (via Holy Poached Eggs!)

On Sweet Potatoes and Yams, in celebration of the blog about Gigi’s Sweet Potato dumplings that she made the other day:

Yam, Yam, Yam In a gut-striking moment of discovery, I have found out that yams and sweet potatoes, in fact, are not the same thing. Traditionally in the South, we don’t use the word “yam.” Instead, we refer to the food as sweet potatoes. And in fact, this is entirely, entirely correct. Actual yams and sweet potatoes are unrelated foods, as I randomly discovered tonight. We normally have foods like pumpkin pie and sweet potato pie for Thanksgiving an … Read More

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Gigi’s Excellent Sweet Potato Dumpling Recipe!

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Gigi made some fantastic, easy sweet potato dumplings.

For the people outside of the South who read my blog, other places typically refer to sweet potatoes as “yams,” the most common example being “candied yams.” However, the actual name for this food is “sweet potato,” as yams are a different species.

Sweet Potato Dumplings

What You Need:

  • 1 container crescent rolls
  • sweet potato rounds (from the freezer section or cooked and sliced; your preference
  • Sauce:
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 stick of margarine
  • 1 tbs. cornstarch
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

What You Do:

  • Press out rolls and fill with sweet potatoes.
  • Roll up.
  • Cook sauce (first four ingred.) on simmer until it thickens.
  • Stir in vanilla extract.
  • Put rolls in casserole dish and pour sauce over.
  • Cook at 350 until brown.

I ate these, you guessed it, with dark coffee. They’re actually interesting because the sauce is the sweetest part of it, and the sweet potatoes have just the right amount of sweetness in them.

What you waiting for? Carpe diem! Get out there and make this recipe and enjoy yourselves!


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Posted by on March 15, 2011 in desserts, snacks


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Project Van: Cooking Cakes in Japan by a Bona Fide Southern Girl

Van Tilden gives us a lesson about baking cakes from the Land of the Rising Sun!



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Posted by on February 10, 2011 in desserts, food, guest blog, postaday2011


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The Exaggerated Misadventure of Mutated Lemon Bars: A Disaster Story

We’ve been planning on making lemon bars for a few weeks now. In an effort to redeem the failed cream cheese poundcake, Gigi decided to make another one in addition to lemon bars.

However, in the middle of the night, an evil ninja from a rivaling tribe sneaked into our home and rewrote the lemon bar recipe.

Gigi, in her innocence, followed the recipe.

But the ninja’s alterations were devious and non-delightful.

So when Gigi saw me approaching when the lemon bars were finished, she flailed her arms at me, screaming, “Stay back, STAY BACK! Run away! Save yourself!”

The inner mule-headedness pushed me onwards, and I saw the lemon bars, semi-innocently sitting on the island with their powdered sugar enticement beckoning me.

The first thing I noticed is that they did not resemble lemon bars in the slightest.

The second thing I noticed is there was no smell of lemon bars.

I tempted the fates by tasting one.

But that was the trick- the lemon bars were so-called in order to trick me into experiencing the disgusting abomination of slightly sweetened baked eggy doom taste in my mouth.

I repeated this process three times to make sure I hadn’t just picked up a bad lemon bar.

Nope. The same thing happened each time- a burst of pure awful taste, a swift and effective penance imposed by God Himself to purge me of any wrongdoing in the past decade of my life.

In that moment, I decided vengeance was the path I would follow.

So, hear this, O lemon bar ninja from a rival tribe: I will hunt you down, and I will destroy you by making you taste my lemon bars, which will be so good that the amount of happiness coursing through you body will cause you to spontaneously combust in a moment of sheer rapture- and then God can sort you out from there.



Posted by on January 30, 2011 in desserts, disasters, food, postaday2011


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