Smoked Salmon and Whitefish Salad Melts

by Julie Ruble on July 29, 2014 · 10 comments

Smoked Salmon and Whitefish Salad Melts


Willow Bird Baking Reader Survey!

by Julie Ruble on July 24, 2014 · 4 comments

Willow Bird Baking Reader Survey

Willow Bird Baking has just turned 5 YEARS OLD. That’s nuts! Willow Bird has been featured by Ladies’ Home Journal, SAVEUR, Fine Cooking, The Charlotte Observer, Huffington Post, Buzzfeed, and more. I’ve gotten to work with some of my very favorite brands, meet Ina Garten (!!!), share my wedding with all of you, be part of your celebrations, join in baking challenges with you, and develop new recipes.

To make the next 5 years just as awesome as the past 5 years have been, will you take a few minutes and fill out a reader survey for me?


Thank you from the bottom of my heart for reading!


Crêpes with Roasted Berries and Coconut Whipped Cream

July 23, 2014

Crêpes with Roasted Berries and Coconut Whipped Cream Thanks, PAM, for sponsoring this post! What’s your “healthy”? For some people, “healthy” is about eating low-carb or low-calorie. For others, it’s about eating whole, unprocessed foods. For others, it’s about moderation in all things while maintaining an active lifestyle. For others, it’s about rejecting any personal […]

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Hot Raspberry Cake with Vanilla Ice Cream

July 17, 2014

Soooo, MAUVE. What an awesome color, right? Let’s talk about the many reasons mauve is so wonderful. 1. What color would your great-aunt Ida choose for her bath mat if mauve hadn’t been invented? She’d probably be steppin’ out onto a bright yellow mat that would give her indigestion. It wouldn’t even match the soap. […]

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Shortbreads with Dark Chocolate Frosting

July 10, 2014

Let’s talk books. We’ll talk shortbread and chocolate and everything, too; don’t worry. But let’s start with books. I was telling Mike this story the other day and thought you might like to hear it. When I was a child, I was a voracious reader. I read a minimum of 3 books at a time, […]

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Strawberry Cobbler with Lemon Cream

July 3, 2014

After teaching 400 middle school students over the course of 7 years, I sometimes compose letters to middle school parents in my head. Especially when it’s a family’s oldest child who’s starting middle school, it can be just as scary for the parents as for the kid. It’s confusing. How much input do you offer […]

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How to Put Together a Cheese Plate (and Other Summer Picnic Recipes)

June 29, 2014

Check out 13 Breezy Summer Picnic Recipes by Julie Ruble at Thanks, Foodie, for sponsoring this post. Mike and I have been picnicking every chance we get this summer, usually just on our balcony. It’s been so nice and breezy and gorgeous. Some of my fellow bloggers have been posting their lovely picnics too, […]

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Red Wine Summer Sangria (and Sangria Slushies!)

June 21, 2014

High school was hard for me. I went to school in fuzzy, adorable duck pajamas every day because I couldn’t be bothered to be uncomfortable while I was being subjected to high school. Ugh. They could make me attend, but they weren’t going to make me wear real clothes while doing it. I didn’t actually […]

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Fresh Summer Pasta with Plugra Ricotta Sauce

June 19, 2014

I wrote this post as part of the Plugrá Butter Brigade. Thanks, Plugrá, for sponsoring this post and for making my favorite butter! I think I’ve figured out the problem. You know how everyone always wonders out loud why people are so rude on the internet? And how we speculate that it’s because under the […]

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Chai Cake with Swiss Meringue Buttercream

June 16, 2014

I wrote this post as part of the Plugrá Butter Brigade. Thanks, Plugrá, for sponsoring this post and for making my favorite butter! Perspective. In the Middle Ages, art was often used primarily for worship or teaching religious lessons. The portrayal of Biblical figures, therefore, wasn’t meant to be realistic, necessarily, but to point to […]

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