July 18, 2018

A Summer Peach Galette

A pretty Summer peach galette that combines a flaky, rustic pie crust with vanilla scented, cinnamon-spiced peaches. Easier than pie, but just as tasty, this simple, sweet dessert can easily be adapted to feature whatever seasonal fruit you have on hand (peaches, nectarines, plums, cherries, blueberries… you name it!).

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Okay, where did we leave off?

We had just sold our house in Tacoma. I wrote my last post the morning before we left, and fast forward to now: writing this while the baby sleeps, from our tiny, temporary basement AirBnb apartment in northern Virginia.

Honestly, this move has been tough.

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The housing market here is incredibly challenging and so, so expensive. We did a lot of internet research before we got here, had our loan application already approved and underwritten, and were fairly optimistic at the outset. But finding a new home has taken a lot longer than we’d hoped.

We’ve look at dozens of houses (and hundreds of listings online), and made several offers that fell through, starting with a house we really loved that turned out to have a money pit of an environmental disaster in the backyard in the form of an ancient, leaking heating oil tank; a full price offer that turned into a bidding war well over what the house was worth; and most notably, the beautiful house we couldn’t believe was still on the market… until we discovered that it was the scene of a brutal and tragic double murder right before Christmas.


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June 5, 2018

Cherry Torte with Raspberries

An irresistibly simple cherry torte dotted with sweet cherries and raspberries. This tender, buttery cake is a breeze to make and can easily be adapted to feature your favorite Summer fruit.

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A good reason to bake a cake: we sold our house! I think that calls for cake. I was a ball of stress for weeks, but thankfully, we were fortunate enough to receive (and accept) a great offer just two days after putting our house on the market. I didn’t want to jinx anything until we officially closed, but now that we’re in the clear… it’s time for cake!

See also, we’re about to move across the country with a nine month old and a dog, so we’re very much in stress baking territory, and that cake needs to be simple.

Enter this sweet cherry torte, an altogether wonderfully delicious and easy cake packed with early-Summer cherries and sweet raspberries, that will likely take you longer to collect the ingredients for than to actually prepare.

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May 22, 2018

No-Bake Mascarpone Mini Cheesecakes

My favorite mini cheesecakes! All the flavors of traditional cheesecake – a brown sugar graham cracker crust, creamy and indulgent mascarpone cheesecake filling, and a sweet fruit topping – combine for an easy, delicious, and crowd-pleasing no-bake Summer treat.

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When it comes to back pocket desserts, these no-bake mascarpone mini cheesecakes are an easy favorite.

These sweet cheesecake jars check off a lot of boxes: they’re a breeze to make (in advance), but still feel a little bit fancy thanks to ultra-creamy Italian mascarpone cheese. They can be adapted to the season with any number of different toppings – think macerated berries in Spring, stone fruit and syrupy figs in late-Summer, homemade caramel in the Fall… – and most important, are delicious, and can be counted on to please a crowd.

And these red, white, and blue babes would look real’ pretty as part of a Memorial Day or 4th of July barbecue spread.

(See also, these lemon buttermilk cupcakes!)

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