Short And Sweet. Pecan Toffee Squares.

Pecan Toffee Squares

Hurry up and grab some graham crackers and 3 other ingredients to make these scrumptious Pecan Toffee Squares. Just 15 minutes and no candy thermometer! Definitely sweet.
Pecan Toffee Squares
Pecan Toffee Squares


12 graham crackers, whole
1 cup butter
1 cup brown sugar
1 1⁄2 cups pecans, chopped


1. Line a 10 x 15-inch jelly roll pan with non-stick foil. Place a layer of graham crackers onto the prepared pan.

2. Melt butter and brown sugar in a heavy saucepan over medium heat. Bring the mixture to a boil and cook exactly 2 minutes.

3. Pour mixture over graham crackers then sprinkle with nuts.

4. Bake at 350℉ for 9 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool slightly on a wire rack.
Pecan Toffee

5. Cut into small squares to serve.

Recipe from
Pecan Toffee Squares
Pecan Toffee Squares

Here’s a foot stomping short song.

And a sweet song.

At least he treated her right before he inevitably dies. It’s the little things. :)

Check out Reina del Cid on Bandcamp where you can buy her music.


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King Cake Cupcakes. Listening To Quintron And Miss Pussycat.

King Cake Cupcakes
king cake u/s
There isn’t a baby in any of these cupcakes. Too afraid of ever causing anyone to choke.

What is in these King Cake Cupcakes is all the magical colors and flavors of Mardi Gras king cake. They are super easy to make, too, as crescent rolls stand in for the usual homemade yeasted dough.

King Cake Cupcakes

King Cake Cupcakes


¾ cup firmly packed brown sugar
⅓ cup raisins
¼ cup chopped pecans
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
3 (8-ounce) cans refrigerated crescent rolls
½ cup confectioners’ sugar
1 tablespoon milk
Colored sanding sugar


1. Preheat oven to 350˚F. Line a 12-cup muffin pan with foil or paper liners.

2. In a small bowl, combine brown sugar and next 3 ingredients.

3. On a lightly floured surface, unroll each of the packages of crescent dough, and separate each sheet into 4 rectangles. Press perforations to seal.

4. Sprinkle about 2 tablespoons brown sugar mixture down center of each rectangle, leaving a ½-inch border on short sides.

5. Beginning with long side, roll up each rectangle. With seam on top, fold the left-third of dough in to center. Fold right-third of dough in to center. Place dough, coiled side up, in prepared cups. Repeat procedure with remaining rectangles.
King Cake Cupcakes
King Cake Cupcakes
King Cake Cupcakes

6. Bake for 18 to 22 minutes or until golden brown.

7. In a small bowl, whisk together confectioners’ sugar and milk until smooth. Drizzle over warm cakes in pan then sprinkle with sanding sugar.

Makes 1 dozen

Recipe from Paula Deen

King Cake Cupcakes
King Cake Cupcakes
King Cake Cupcakes

Naturally, we should go to New Orleans for today’s music.

“Stroller Pollution” from NOLA’s own Quintron and Miss Pussycat is a fast paced corker of a tune bound to get you moving.

“And I don’t think that your baby’s really that sweet”

Cracks me up.

Check out Quintron and Miss Pussycat on Bandcamp where you can buy their music.


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Beeting Heart Martini

Heart Beet

Swap out the olive for a cute little beet heart and toast your Valentine, or yourself, with this cheerful martini.

Beeting Heart Martini

Beeting Heart Martini


1 ounce dry vermouth
4 ounces premium gin
Ice cubes
2 pickled baby beets


1. Chill 2 martini glasses in the freezer.

2. Add the vermouth to each glass, dividing evenly then swirl to coat the glasses. Discard the vermouth after swirling.

3. Add gin to a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously until chilled then divide among the vermouth coated glasses.

4. Cut out a heart from each pickled baby beet, using a small heart shaped cutter.

5. Gently drop a beet heart into each glass and serve immediately.

Serves 2

Recipe from Martha Stewart
Beeting Heart Martini

I first heard ‘Beating Heart’ in college. Let’s say that was a long time ago!

The original version, from a mixtape my boyfriend at the time made me, is very different from the remix here. This is more techno, but the romantic lyrics are warmly intact.

Check out Section 25 on Bandcamp where you can buy their music.


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Sheet-Pan Omelet With Sausage And Home Fries. New Music From Luke De-Sciscio.

Sheet-Pan Omelet With Sausage And Home Fries

If you bothered to click on the video, I’ll bet you lasted less than 30 seconds. Imagine you are me and that is going on outside your house ALL DAY LONG. To say my nerves are fried is an understatement. Noise cancelling headphones help, but can’t absorb the shudders that course through the house Monday through Friday, nor eliminate the sight of endless trucks and machines passing outside my kitchen window.

I have power lines on my property (unfortunately quite close to my house) that the Vermont electric companies have right of way to repair and maintain. Since December, a full road, turnarounds and construction infrastructure are being built on my land to create thoroughfares to bring in hardware to replace the massive power line structures. It’s a fucking nightmare. The project is not going to be completed until after October 2023. Even worse, I can’t find a lawyer to help me hold the electric companies’ accountable to their promise to dismantle the roads and mess and restore my land to its original private, rural landscape when the project is safely completed.

Happy New Year to me.

Enough of that.

On to this amazing Sheet-Pan Omelet With Sausage And Home Fries. It’s the ultimate one pan breakfast or breakfast for dinner meal. I adore the idea for the omelet trough and the home fries are the best I have ever made.

Sheet-Pan Omelet With Sausage And Home Fries
Sheet-Pan Omelet With Sausage And Home Fries


2 pounds large red-skinned potatoes (about 4), cut into 3/4-inch chunks
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1 onion, chopped
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon ground thyme
12 large eggs
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/4 cup milk
3 green onions, sliced
12 frozen fully cooked sausage patties (I like these)
1/2 cup quartered cherry tomatoes
1 tablespoon chopped mixed fresh herbs


1. Preheat the oven to 450˚F. Line a baking sheet with foil.

2. Toss the potatoes, bell pepper, onion, vegetable oil, 2 teaspoons salt, a few grinds of pepper, the paprika, garlic powder and thyme on the baking sheet and spread out. Bake, stirring once, until the vegetables are browned around the edges and tender, 40 to 50 minutes. Push the potatoes to one side of the baking sheet so that they cover about half the pan.

3. Make a 6-by-9-inch tray out of a double layer of foil with the sides about 1 1/2 inches high.
Foil Tray
4. Place the foil tray in a corner of the baking sheet and coat with cooking spray.

5. Whisk the eggs, cheese, milk, 2/3 of the green onions, 1 teaspoon salt and a few grinds of pepper in a large bowl. Pour the egg mixture into the foil tray.

6. Arrange the sausage patties, overlapping if necessary, in the remaining space on the pan.

7. Return the pan to the oven and bake until the omelet is puffed and set and the sausages are heated through, 20 to 25 minutes. Let sit a few minutes before serving.

8. Top the omelet with the tomatoes and herbs and sprinkle the sausage with the remaining green onion.

Serves 6

Recipe from Food Network

Sheet-Pan Omelet With Sausage And Home Fries

I am thankful that even when life is ugly right in front of one’s face, there is beauty and comfort in music. I want to cry every time I listen to ‘The Tourist’. I’m moved by every minute of it.

“Get out, go outside
We’re all waiting on your smile”

Check out Luke De-Sciscio on Bandcamp where you can buy his music.


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Top 5 Posts In 2022

Yay! There is a new post that made it to the year end Top 5. Stay tuned.

But first, the veteran repeat winner is the above pictured Crunchers. Everyone loves these treats.

Coming in second is the all star Lemonies. I posted about them in 2014 and the delectable lemon-rich brownies continue to make fans of all who make them.

That beauty above is the ever popular Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Overload Cake. Another post from 2014, this decadent cake is always a crowd pleaser and in third place for the second year in a row.

Drum roll…..

And the new recipe to the Top 5 list, coming in at number 4 is……

Monster Deep Dish Chocolate Chip Caramel Cookies.
Interestingly, this recipe was also from 2014.

These quarter pound dazzlers are delicious chocolate chip cookies filled with a caramel chocolate candy. They are incredible and finally getting the attention they deserve.

Finally, rounding out the top 5 is Detroit Style Pizza. The crispy, buttery crust, herbed tomato sauce and melty Jack cheese make this a standout za that’s one of my favorites, too.

In honor of our monster cookie’s time in the spotlight, I’m playing the tune ‘Monster Food’ by Zarahruth. Decidedly not food-themed, but such a fantastic song.

“I don’t know where we’re going
I don’t care how we get there
I fed my ambition to the monsters long ago
And I don’t want to talk to you”

Check out zarahruth on Bandcamp where you can buy her music.


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Gingerbread Spiced Nuts. ISITK Is 12 Today!

Another year, another gingerbread recipe. This time we’re going nuts. Gingerbread Spiced Nuts to be exact. Pecans and almonds are tossed with some pretzels and baked up to a salty/sweet snack with a hint of the spices of the season.

Gingerbread Spiced Nuts


1 egg white
1/4 cup light brown sugar
2 teaspoons gingerbread spice
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 1/3 cups pecans
1 1/3 cups almonds
1 1/3 cups pretzels


Whisk 1 egg white with 1/4 cup light brown sugar, 2 teaspoons gingerbread spice, 1 teaspoon kosher salt and 1/2 teaspoon each paprika and pepper. Add 1 1/3 cups each pecans and almonds; toss. Spread on a rimmed baking sheet and bake at 325˚, stirring every 10 minutes, until mostly dry but still slightly sticky, about 25 minutes; add 1 1/3 cups sesame sticks during the last 5 minutes of baking. Let cool.

Recipe slightly adapted from Food Network

I needed something catchy to celebrate the day. Definitely don’t want to let my little blog go. Here’s to another year together, friends.

Check out Birds Of Bellwoods on the band’s Website where you can buy their music.


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Veggie Appetizer Wreath

Veggie Wreath

How about some veggies to balance out the season’s sugar overload? This festive Veggie Appetizer Wreath looks great at a gathering and couldn’t be easier to throw together.

Veggie Wreath
Veggie Appetizer Wreath


2 tubes (8 ounces each) refrigerated crescent rolls
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup sour cream
1 teaspoon ranch dressing mix
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
1-1/2 cups chopped fresh broccoli florets
1/2 cup chopped sweet red pepper
1 cup finely chopped celery
Celery leaves


1. Remove crescent dough from packaging (do not unroll). Cut each tube into 8 slices. Arrange in an 11-inch circle on an ungreased 14-inch round baking pan.

2. Bake at 375°F for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown. Cool for 5 minutes before removing to a serving platter. Allow to cool completely.

3. In a small bowl, beat the cream cheese, sour cream, ranch dressing mix and garlic powder until smooth. Spread on wreath then top with broccoli, red pepper, chopped celery and celery leaves.

Serves 16

Recipe slightly adapted from Taste Of Home
Veggie Wreath

I am not a big fan of this time of year so I try to find joy wherever I can. This video of people dancing to the always brilliant Perfume Genius was today’s moment of hope and happiness. There may be wreaths on graves, but it’s offset by the power of movement on mood.

Check out Perfume Genius on Bandcamp where you can buy his music.


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Double Decker Confetti Brownies. New Music From Kramies.

Double Decker Confetti Brownies

Hooooooo doesn’t love a good brownie? Especially brownies that have a blondie layer and lots of M & M’s? Owl bet these fun, cheerful brownies will make all your brownie lovers smile.

Double Decker Confetti Brownies
Double Decker Confetti Brownies


3⁄4 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
3 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 1⁄2 cups flour, divided
2 1⁄2 teaspoons baking powder
1⁄2 teaspoon salt
1⁄3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tablespoon butter, melted
1 cup M & M’s semi-sweet chocolate baking bits, divided (I couldn’t find the bits so used regular size)


1. Preheat oven to 350℉. Grease a 13 x 9 x 2-inch baking pan and set aside.

2. Cream together 3/4 cup butter and both sugars in a large bowl until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs and vanilla.

3. In a medium bowl, combine 2 1/4 cups flour, baking powder and salt. Add to the creamed mixture and stir to blend. Divide batter in half.

4. Mix together the cocoa powder and melted butter then stir into one half of the dough. Spread this cocoa dough evenly into the prepared pan (It may not spread to all corners and that is ok).

5. Stir remaining 1/4 flour and 1/2 cup M & M’s into remaining dough then spread evenly over the cocoa dough in the pan.

6. Sprinkle top with remaining M & M’s.

7. Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until edges start to pull away from sides of the pan. Cool completely then
cut into bars.

Makes 24

Recipe from

Double Decker Confetti Brownies

‘Owl and The Crow’, from Kramies’ self-titled release, was written while he was traveling through Ireland. It’s folk with a kick that leaves me a little breathless with each listen.

“Maybe through all the years
we got crazy”

Check out Kramies on his Website where you can link to buy the music.


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S’mores Ice Cream Cake. Listening To Silver Liz.

S'mores Ice Cream Cake

I made this S’mores Ice Cream Cake for my birthday this past week. Since there are only 2 of us home at the moment, I thought an ice cream cake would be sensible. We could keep leftovers in the freezer and not worry about finishing a whole cake between us two.

Vanilla ice cream and graham cracker is a really delicious combination. Add that easy-breezy bittersweet chocolate shell and s’mores garnish and you’ve got a fun and easy dessert.

S'mores Ice Cream Cake
S’mores Ice Cream Cake


1 (1.5-quart) container vanilla ice cream, slightly softened
1 sleeve graham crackers (you won’t need them all)
1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs
1 milk chocolate bar, separated into individual pieces
4-8 marshmallows, lightly toasted
Chocolate Shell (recipe follows)


1. Using a blunt dinner knife, cut three slices into the ice cream lengthwise (wide enough for an entire graham cracker).

2. Gently press a graham cracker into each opening and fill in any gaps with smaller pieces of graham crackers. (About 5 graham crackers).

3. Sprinkle the graham cracker crumbs on top of the ice cream and gently press.

4. Put the top back onto the ice cream container and place in the freezer until frozen solid, at least 1 hour.

5. Take the lid off the ice cream and place your serving plate on top of the container (the serving plate will be upside down) and then flip the plate and container over.

6. Carefully run a sharp paring knife along the perimeter of the bottom of the container and gently lift off the bottom of the container. Cut the container that’s around the sides of the ice cream with the knife or scissors then gently pull the container away from the ice cream.

7. Spoon the chocolate shell over the ice cream cake. (Don’t pour it all at once or it may slide off.

8. Place pieces of graham cracker, milk chocolate and toasted marshmallow onto the top of the cake and serve immediately.

Chocolate Shell


1/2 cup bittersweet chocolate chips
1 tablespoon vegetable oil


1. In a small, microwave safe bowl, combine the chocolate and the oil. Microwave in 30 second intervals, stirring after each, until the chocolate is melted completely. Set aside but be sure the chocolate is still liquid before you finish the cake.

Recipes from Gesine Bullock-Prado

S'mores Ice Cream Cake
S'mores Ice Cream Cake

S'mores Ice Cream Cake
S'mores Ice Cream Cake

A little shoe-gaze s’more style music from Silver Liz, aka Carrie and Matt Wagner, to pair up with our cake.

Check out Silver Liz on Bandcamp where you can buy their music.


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Jack O’ Lantern Cheeseburgers. New Music From My Name Is Ian.

Jack O’ Lantern Cheeseburgers

Serve these cute little guys for a festive Halloween dinner. They are quick, easy and fun.

Jack O’ Lantern Cheeseburgers
Jack O’ Lantern Cheeseburgers


4 Hamburger buns
1-1/2 lb ground beef
4 American cheese slices
1-1/2 tsp kosher salt
1-1/2 tsp cracked black pepper
Hamburger toppings of your choice


1. Preheat a heavy skillet over medium high heat.

2. While the skillet is preheating, carve a Jack o’ lantern face into each slice of American cheese.

3. In a large bowl, combine beef, salt, and pepper. Mix with hands to combine, then divide meat into quarters. Press each quarter into a patty shape, about ¾ inch thick. Make a slight indentation in the middle of each patty which will help keep their shape during cooking.

5. Place burgers in the skillet, cooking 4-5 minutes on each side until burgers have reached the desired doneness. Remove from heat.

6. Set the cheese on top of the burger, allowing to melt slightly. Serve open-faced so your Jack O’Lantern can see you smile before you eat it.

Serves 4

Recipe from Wonder
Jack O’ Lantern Cheeseburgers

Here’s a joyful little earworm for you to tap your toes to. It’s brand new from Cardiff-based band My Name Is Ian.

Check out My Name Is Ian on the band’s Website where you can link to buy their music.


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