Lemon Blueberry Bread

I started the year off with a delicious and moist lemon blueberry bread.  This is one of those go-to classic recipes.  A solid recipe that can be used for any occasion and you probably have most of the ingredients on hand.

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The colors of the lemon and blueberries that make this bread so vibrant have me longing for spring already.

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If you are looking for a way to get your kiddos loving blueberries this refreshing lemon blueberry bread is sure to reel them in.  The sweet lemon glaze on top adds a thin crunchy crust and sweetness to get the taste buds percolating.

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This is one recipe that will have a permanent place in your recipe box.

Lemon Blueberry Bread
  • ⅓ C coconut oil, melted
  • ¾ C sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • Juice of one lemon
  • 1 ½ C flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 C blueberries
  • ½ C milk
  • Glaze
  • Zest of one lemon
  • 3 T lemon Juice
  • ½ C powdered sugar
  1. Preheat oven to 350. Line loaf pan with parchment paper.
  2. In medium bowl beat together coconut oil, sugar, eggs and lemon juice.
  3. In spate bowl combine flour, baking powdering and salt.
  4. Slowly add in ½ flour mixture to wet mixture.
  5. Add in ¼ C milk and combine.
  6. Add in remaining flour mixture and milk.
  7. Beat until just combine.
  8. Fold in blueberries.
  9. Pour mixture into loaf pan.
  10. Bake 1 hour.
  11. Remove from oven.
  12. Whisk together zest, lemon juice and powdered sugar.
  13. Pour glaze over cooled loaf.


Cranberry Orange Cinnamon Rolls

These Cranberry Orange Cinnamon Rolls are a must to start the New Year.  Bursting with tangy and sweet flavor they are sure to liven up your New Year’s morning.

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The gorgeous pop of red cranberries rolled up tightly in a warm sweet bread and covered with a decadent cream cheese frosting.  Both kids and grown-up go wild for these sweet rolls.

Petitfoodie Cran Orange rolls

If you are looking to revamp your classic cinnamon roll this is the recipe that you need.  The tanginess of the cranberries takes these sweet rolls to the next level.  The sweet creamy blanket of frosting brings all the flavors together and sends you swooning over these cranberries orange cinnamon rolls.  Honestly, I’m not sure we can go back to the same old classic cinnamon rolls for a while.

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Cranberry Orange Cinnamon Rolls
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Serves: 10 rolls
  • 1 C warm milk
  • 1 pkg rapid rise yeast
  • ⅓ C sugar
  • ½ t salt
  • Zest of one orange
  • 1 egg
  • ⅓ C canola oil
  • 4 ¼ C flour
  • (filling)
  • ¼ C butter, softened
  • ½ C brown sugar
  • ½ C sugar
  • 1 ½ T cinnamon
  • 1 ½ C fresh cranberries
  • ¼ C orange juice
  • (frosting)
  • 2 oz cream cheese
  • 3 T butter, softened
  • 1 T orange juice
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 ¼ C powdered sugar
  1. Combine milk, yeast and sprinkle of sugar in a large bowl. Let sit for 5 minutes to proof in a warm area for 30 minutes.
  2. Add in egg, oil, salt, sugar.
  3. Slowly add in 1 cup of flour at a time.
  4. On the last cup you may need to use your hands and knead the dough until a smooth ball forms.
  5. Place in a warm area covered with a clean tea towel.
  6. Meanwhile, in a small sauce pan add cranberries and ¼ C orange juice. Bring to a simmer and remove from heat as soon as the cranberries start to pop.
  7. Once dough has risen slightly roll out on a well floured surface to be 18x24 inches.
  8. Spread softened butter on dough, sprinkle on sugars and even spread out the cooled cranberries.
  9. Roll dough tightly.
  10. Cut into 1 ½ inch rolls.
  11. Place on a well greased baking sheet.
  12. Let sit in warm area for 30 mins.
  13. Preheat oven to 350.
  14. Bake rolls for 20-25 minutes.
  15. While rolls are baking mix together cream cheese, butter.
  16. Add in orange juice and pinch of salt.
  17. Slowly mix in powdered sugar ½ C at a time.
  18. Remove rolls from oven and let cool.
  19. Once cooled spread cream cheese frosting on top.


Sugared Pecans

Merry Christmas Eve!

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These sugared pecans have been my absolute favorite treat this season.  These make the perfect snack to have out around the holidays.  They also make really awesome gifts!  So if you are looking for a last minute gift these sugared pecans are the way to go.

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I hope that you and your loved ones have a beautiful Christmas.  Enjoy!

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Sugared Pecans
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Serves: 2 cups
  • 2 C pecans
  • 1 egg white, whisked
  • ½ C sugar
  • 2 T brown sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • Small pinch nutmeg
  • Pinch of salt
  1. Preheat oven to 300*.
  2. In large bowl whisk egg white until frothy.
  3. Fold in pecans.
  4. In a medium bowl combine sugars, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt.
  5. Spoon pecans into the sugar mixture and stir until all are coated.
  6. Spread pecans on baking sheet and bake for 25 minutes. Stir after 10 minutes.


Pomegranate Smoothie

Looking for a festive healthy way to start your day?  I always love vibrant smoothies this time of year.  They make me feel like all the cookies and treats are ok because I’ve had something super healthy for breakfast.

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This year, after my sister gave me 20 pomegranates, I discovered how absolutely amazing frozen pom arils are.  If you have not tried them frozen you really must.  They make for a really great snack and are perfect for smoothies.

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I’m a bit sad my Ziploc bag is dwindling fast.  I adore this smoothie.  It is sweet, super creamy and best of all, the most beautiful hue of pink I ever did see.

Take a time out from the Holiday treats and try this healthy nourishing pomegranate smoothie.

Pomegranate Smoothie
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Serves: 1 smoothie
  • ½ frozen banana
  • ½ C pomegranate arils, frozen
  • ¼ C Pom Juice
  • ½ C milk of choice
  • 1 tsp honey
  1. Puree in blender.


Petit Girls Guide: Holiday Gift Guide 2014

Don’t let Christmas shopping get you stressed out!  With a few more weeks left until Christmas there is still time to pick up the perfect girt or hostess gift.  Here is a list of some products for the kitchen I’m currently swooning over.  They would make the perfect gift for the special person you are still having a hard time with.

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William Sonoma Pot Holders – WS has the best quality when it comes to kitchen towels and pot holders.

Ina Garten Make it Ahead – Where the person you are gifting this to is a beginner or experienced cook they will love this cookbook.

Core Home Cast Iron Products – I have several cast iron products from Core Home that I adore and use all the time!

Hamilton Beach Coffee Maker – This coffee maker is awesome! Not sure what I would do without it.

Birch Bark Candles – these candles are gorgeous!!! They add so much character to your kitchen.

Moscow Mule Copper Mug – love these! So elegant and fun!

Glass Canisters – Glass canisters are my life.  They make your kitchen look so organized and professional!

Cherry Cordial Chocolate Bliss Cookies

It’s cookie baking season!  These Cherry Cordial Chocolate Bliss Cookies are going to be the hit of your Holiday cookie swap.  These didn’t last long around my house.  Needless to say I will need to make a few dozen more for our cookie swap.

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This cookie recipe is definitely a new favorite.  They have the perfect amount of crunch on the outside and a soft chocolaty center.  Then BAM a decadent explosion of creamy cherry goodness pops in.  This cookie is quite a magical experience.

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Be sure to add these Cherry Cordial Chocolate Bliss Cookies to your holiday cookie round-up.

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Cherry Cordial Chocolate Bliss Cookies
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Serves: 24 cookies
  • 1 egg, separated
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • ⅔ cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • ⅓ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1¼ cups finely chopped almonds
  • 24 Hershey's Cherry Cordial Kisses
  1. Separate egg; place yolk and white in separate bowls. Cover and chill egg white until needed. In a large mixing bowl beat butter with an electric mixer for 30 seconds. Add sugar and beat well. Beat in egg yolk, milk, and vanilla.
  2. In another bowl stir together the flour, cocoa powder, and salt. Add flour mixture to butter mixture and beat until well combined. Wrap the cookie dough in plastic wrap and chill for 1/ 2 hour or until easy to handle.
  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease a cookie sheet.
  4. Slightly beat reserved egg white. Shape the dough into 1-inch balls. Roll the balls in egg white, then in almonds to coat. Place balls 1 inch apart on prepared cookie sheet. Using your thumb or back of a spoon, make an indentation in the center of each cookie.
  5. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until edges are firm. If cookie centers puff during baking, repress with your spoon. Place one Hershey kiss into indentations of cookies.
  6. Transfer cookies to wire racks to cool.


Holiday Dinner Quick-Fixes

We all have those Thanksgivings where your In-laws are coming to dinner, your nit-picky mother can already see the water spots on your flatware, your distant relatives are smirking at the flavorless gravy and to top it all off you turned your whipped cream into butter.  Holiday dinners can easily go wrong.  Just remember everything tastes better when served with a smile.

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Here are a few tips and tricks to make your Holiday dinner preparing a bit less stressful – because we could all use a little less stress in ourselves this time of year.

  1. Lumpy Mashed Potatoes – I’m one who loves mashed potatoes, so I wouldn’t call this a mishap.  But if you’re going for creamy potatoes they are lump because the potato has not been cooked long enough.  Pour a small amount of chicken broth on your potatoes and set on the stove on low to make the potatoes a bit more tender.


Plan ahead and make these crock pot Mashed Potatoes:  Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes


  1. Lumpy Gravy – This is one thing that drives me insane! My gravy always turns out lumpy and leaving me a nervous wreck.  This trick is a lifesaver.  Simply strain your gravy through a fine mesh sieve.  Viola! Silky smooth gravy in a matter of minutes.


  1. Cracked pumpkin pie or cheesecake –  No one wants to be served a delicious sounding pie or cheesecake that is cracked and has a less than stellar top.  Presentation is everything.  Dust some powdered sugar on the top or give it a heft dollop of whipped cream.  Showstopper once more.


Try this Pumpkin Pie


  1. Over Whipped Cream – This happens to me all the time.  You get overzealous with the mixer and your gorgeous whipped cream goes from fab to drab in a matter of seconds.  Clotted whipped cream stinks!  Slowly add cold heavy cream a tablespoon at a time until your whipped cream is brought back to life.


This looks comforting – Cinnamon Whipped Cream


  1. Know your weakness – If you know you stink at pie crust or bread making.  Make sure to have an extra good quality back-up.  No one will judge (or even know) if you use a storebought pie crust or bread.


Get Creative – Try this fun take on Stuffing or these flavorful Whipped Mashed Sweet Potatoes.  End dinner right with this Raspberry Cheesecake Cake


  1. Above all else smile and dance through dinner with ease.

Red Lentil Spinach Soup

Baby its cold outside.  Actually, it hasn’t been that cold, but I’m such a winter wimp.  I can’t handle anything below 70 degrees.  We are supposed to be getting snow this week and I’m already freaking out.

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In other news, we recently bought a freezer!  This was a purchase I was reluctant about getting.  But now, honestly, I’m glad we got it.  I’ve been busy making soups and stews to freeze for the upcoming winter months.  There is something oddly satisfying about a freezer full of soup.

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This red lentil spinach soup was comforting and delicious.  I find red lentils to be one of my favorites.  They have creamy texture that really appeals to me.  The variety of flavors and textures in the soup was so fun.  Like always a big slice of crusty bread is a great side to this bowl of warmth.

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Red Lentil Spinach Soup
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Serves: 4
  • ½ C red lentils
  • ¼ C red quinoa
  • 1 potato, peeled and diced
  • 1 C spinach, I used chopped frozen
  • 1 carrot, peeled and diced
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 T olive oil
  • 6 C chicken stock
  1. In a large stock pot heat olive oil.
  2. Sauté onion, until translucent.
  3. Add in carrot and sauté until tender.
  4. Season veggies with salt and pepper.
  5. Add in chicken stock, potatoes and lentils.
  6. Bring to a boil and then reduce to simmer.
  7. Let simmer for about 30 minutes.
  8. Add in quinoa and spinach the last 10 minutes.
  9. Adjust salt and pepper, to taste.
  10. Serve.


Apple Cranberry Dinner Rolls

Happy November!  The Holidays will be here before you know it and I couldn’t be more excited.  I’ve been experimenting with dinner rolls for a fun twist on the classic.  One thing about the Holidays that gets me is you always see the same dishes served.  Being a traditional girl, it’s a bit surprising this would bother me so much.  But every once in a while, I like to see a few new recipes around the family table.

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I wanted to make a roll that was  savory yet sweet.  This apple cranberry roll turned out just as I had imagined.  It is full of flavor yet still the classic light and fluffy roll we know and love.  I seriously cannot wait for this year’s Thanksgiving leftovers.  These rolls will be the star for leftover turkey sandwiches.  Let’s just hope there are leftovers!

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You can serve these rolls with a warm honey and cinnamon butter.  I think they would be quite dreamy that way.  My favorite way though would be sopping them up in some Thanksgiving goodness.  Gravy, mashed potatoes, stuffing and turkey are calling these apple cranberry rolls.

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The savory sweet combo of these rolls is the perfect addition to your traditional Holiday table.

Apple Cranberry Dinner Rolls
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Serves: 12 rolls
  • 1 C warm milk
  • 1 T Red Star Yeast Platinum Yeast
  • 2 T sugar
  • ¾ tsp salt
  • 3 T butter, melted
  • 1 egg
  • 3 C flour
  • ¼ C craisins
  • ½ C apple, peeled and finely chopped
  1. In large mixing bowl whisk together warm milk, yeast and sugar.
  2. Set aside for five minutes.
  3. Once yeast is proofed, add in salt, butter and egg.
  4. Pour one cup of flour in, stirring lightly.
  5. Fold in craisins and apple.
  6. Add in one cup flour stir as much as possible in.
  7. Add in ½ cup flour and begin kneading the dough.
  8. As you knead the dough add in up to anther ½ C flour as needed.
  9. Knead dough for 5-10 minutes until smooth round ball forms.
  10. In a well greased bowl place dough and let sit in warm area to rise for 1 hour.
  11. Divide dough out into 12 balls.
  12. Place in greased 9 inch round baking pan.
  13. Let rise in warm area for 1 hour.
  14. Preheat oven to 375*.
  15. Bake rolls for 12-15 minutes.
  16. Brush rolls with warm butter.

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Apple Crazy

‘Tis the season!  Here are some of my favorite apple recipes!

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Apple Galette

Cranberry Apple Scones

Apple Snicker Doodles

Apple Pecan Muffins

Spiced Apple Cider Cookies

Caramel Apple Pie Crepes

Harvest Chicken Salad

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