5 Apple Recipes That Will Have You Baking This Weekend

The Connecticut apple picking season has already started and as many of you know, I love using apples in desserts. All of these recipes involved picking apples at a local orchard and even West Coast guest contributor Milisa and her family enjoyed a day at the orchard too.  Chopped, sliced or even as cider you can incorporate great apple flavor to scones, donuts, muffins, cookies and galettes. With the new apple season here Make & Taste will be posting new apple recipes for the blog so it's ... Continue Reading
white chocolate and mascarpone cheese mix berry tart

White Chocolate and Mascarpone Mix Berry Tart

Making a tart is something new for me.  I have always loved how pretty a tart looked and research many recipes to find one that didn't take a lot of time and was still delicious.  If you have ever wanted to attempt making a tart, this is the recipe for you.  The crust is the first step and as you can see in the images below my kitchen helper loved cracking all the graham crackers into the food processor and forming the crust. Many tart recipes call for a pastry crust, but that added additi... Continue Reading
school lunch kitchen organization

Helpful Tip: School Lunch Organization For The Kitchen

Your kitchen helpers will be heading back to school and if you are like me, I try to prepare as much as possible. This year my helper will be enjoying lunch with his classmates so I wanted to make sure some of his snacks were organized and easy to grab and go in the morning. I love to use clear stackable shoe containers to organize so many things in my home, toiletries, small camera accessories, office and art supplies. It's important to have the boxes clear, so you can see the contents and ... Continue Reading
Roasted Peaches with Oatmeal Crumble

Fresh Roasted Peaches With Oatmeal Crumble Topping

Summer is here and one of my favorite activities to do with my kitchen helper is to travel to our local orchard to pick seasonal fruit.  The peach season was destroyed due to a late frost in 2016 so I was especially excited to pick peaches this year.  Roasting peaches in the oven is simple and enhances the sweet flavor.  The addition of the oatmeal crumble provides a crunchy texture and transform a simple fruit into a great summer dessert. The crumble used for this recipes is actually one ... Continue Reading
Banana Bread

Guest Feature: Kid Approved Banana Bread

I will be the first to admit that I have a horrible memory. I don't remember much of anything when it comes to my childhood, early schooling, or even grad school, for that matter.  I joke that if someone saw my resume and tried to talk to me about my grad program I would have to make something up because I barely remember going through it!  On the other hand, I vividly remember making banana bread with my mother when I was little.  We must have made banana bread fairly often for me to ... Continue Reading
Whole Wheat Mini-Blueberry Muffins

Kid Approved: Whole Wheat Mini-Blueberry Muffins (+ Video)

It happened. My kitchen helper independently and voluntarily cleaned the dishes after making this recipe, after so many desserts, I guess he needed a new challenge! I was so excited that of course I had to take a few pictures of this achievement and encourage this behavior in the future. It hasn't happened since, but I'm hopeful. These Whole Wheat Blueberry Mini Muffins will always have this fun memory. This recipe is a great snack for summer day trips or perfect for when school starts. We ... Continue Reading
Tell Your Story with a Photo Book

Tell Your Story With A Photo Book: Cookbook, Vacation and Family Photos

(This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links) August has arrived and while we continue to make fun summer vacation memories, the start of school is right around the corner. It's time to think about how you are going to capture all the memories in one place and a photo book is a perfect solution. Since I'm a professional photographer I'm constantly taking photos on my iPhone and my professional gear. But you don't need to be a ... Continue Reading
Mini Raspberry Pop Tarts

Guest Feature: Mini Raspberry Pop Tarts

The summer of ‘17 is in full swing, and my little girl and I have the freedom to choose our morning and afternoon activities. “J’ai la pêche,” is a popular expression in French that indicates a particular gusto. It translates, “I have the peach or I’m feeling peachy! ” It’s a zest for what’s to come. There is no rush, but instead, an unlimited amount of time to enjoy oneself. As a teacher, it’s the summertime that makes me feel this way, full of peaches. Moreover, summer ... Continue Reading
Oatmeal Raisin Muffins

Small Batch: Oatmeal Raisin Muffins

Oatmeal raisin cookies have been a go-to special treat for my kitchen helper.  This flavor combination has been a favorite of his for years.  Since we make oatmeal raisin cookies every once in a while, I thought I would transform his favorite treat into a muffin.  I always love making muffin recipes since they are an easy on-the-go snack while we travel to and from playdates and summer adventures.  This oatmeal raisin muffin recipe makes six standard size muffins, which is great in my house ... Continue Reading
Crunchy Olive Oil Sea Salt Crackers

Crunchy Olive Oil Sea Salt Crackers

I'm always looking for a salty snack and these four ingredient olive oil sea salt crackers satisfies this daily craving. I recently posted my homemade New England Clam Chowder recipe (recipe here) and this cracker made the dish even more delicious. Making the crackers were a perfect afternoon activity for my kitchen helper and I.  There are two important steps to the whole process, chill for an hour in the refrigerator and rolling out a walnut size amount of dough as thin as possible.  This ... Continue Reading