Macadamia Nuts Congo Bars Recipe

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Five years ago I found this recipe in a magazine and was attracted to the golden nugget macadamia nuts + chocolate + caramel.  It sounded out of this world. Grammie, who visited from Fort Wayne, Indiana every year, might like these. I brought a tin to my mom’s house and I remember her smile when […]

Chocolate Pecan Rolo Cookie Recipe

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The sink is full of soapy warm water and the oven is humming all day long.  The Sugar and Spice cookie factory is running at full tilt. Last night, after many cookies were cooling, I asked which one had the highest rating among the tribe.  This Chocolate Pecan Rolo Cookie Recipe was the hands-down winner.  Why is […]

Reese’s Peanut Butter Minis Cookie Recipe

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In the spirit of the season some online friends asked if I want to be apart of a cookie exchange. Living all over the country, the thought of receiving cookies from a far away place sounded fun and festive. Alison Buckley from ifcoffeecouldtalk.com was my baker.  When her chocolate chip cookies arrived, what a joy. But wait, they […]

The Winner of The Tea Collection Giveaway

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The winner of the $100 gift Certificate to Tea Collection Clothing is: Rory, salve look Chocolate Hair / Vanilla Care Congrats Sweetie! I’ll send you the details shortly.

Mexican Wedding Cakes Cookie Recipe

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It’s hard this year knowing Gigi is now my kitchen angle and not a phone call away.  She encouraged me in the kitchen, especially when preparing dishes by her side. Through her kindness and ultimate patience, I became her dutiful sous chef.   That is me to the left, in her galley kitchen, age two. […]

Flipboard iPhone App – I love You

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  I’m flipping out for a new iPhone App, Flipboard, and it’s not just me.  Did you know the Flipboard iPhone app has raked in over one million downloads.  Tiny detail, it JUST launched 10 days ago, December 6th. What is so appealing you ask? How about a pocket-sized social magazine right in your little hand that […]

A Dry Land Boat Parade that Shines in the OC

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No water, that’s right. It’s a Dry Land Boat Parade ! Our town has an annual boat parade, with bright lights, an infectious spirit, plus Santa.  It’s a take-off on all those fancy-dancy harbor parades off the Pacific, a few miles away.  It has become a cherished tradition here in my part of the OC. […]

$100 Tea Collection Giveaway!

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  I’ve been a Tea Collection Mama for quite a while. I discovered the brand when my last two where toddlers, help gasp, tadalafil 4 years ago.  Above is a photo with me and my youngest. She was showcasing a Tea ensemble back in the day. Goodness, pilule I miss that outfit and having only […]

Seared Scallops, with a Coconut Scented Potato Puree, Caramelized Pineapple, Shitake Mushrooms and a Balsamic Reduction Garnish.

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Seared Scallops are not an everyday item here at Chez Sugar and Spice. I was not raised on sea food.  Shrimp, on special occasions, heavily dunked in mild cocktail sauce was the extent of things.  Family members simply did not care for creatures from under the sea. Myself included. Recently I feel my palette has […]