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Thoughts too long for Twitter.*

1. Sometimes it’s nice to explore the city that you live in and rediscover it. It’s so easy to travel to new places and only see the best parts of that city…so this past Labor Day Weekend, Jorge and I showed some love to our city of Tampa. It’s...
Banana Chocolate Chip Pancakes (recipe via thenovicechefblog.com)

Banana Chocolate Chip Pancakes*

Y’all didn’t actually think that I would stop making pancakes now that I learned the secret to French Toast, did ya? I just can’t help it, pancakes are my favorite! Jorge and I had plans to spend Sunday on the couch — doing nothing. With a long weekend, I like...
The Best White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies (recipe via thenovicechefblog.com)

The Best White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies*

I really hate stress, but even more than that, I hate the unknown. And for me — the unknown causes stress. For as long as I can remember, I have been a planner. When my parents would have people over or throw parties, I would ask a billion questions....
Vanilla Dream Cake (recipe via thenovicechefblog.com)

Vanilla Dream Cake*

Can you believe that I have made five dream cakes before I got around to a Vanilla version??  You would think Vanilla would have been one of the first, but Vanilla was hard y’all! To qualify as a dream cake, it had to be moist…and a moist vanilla cake was near impossible....