all natural red velvet brownies

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You know the expression, “beat a dead horse?” I’d say it’s probably time I moved on from the all-natural red velvet cake thing, but a lot of you keep asking for brownies, so read on, my friends, and I’ll give you my recipe.

But first, I want to turn your attention to the sidebar. Not too long ago, it read: “I’m Jaime, a single mom of three. I love the classics, French pastries, and British accents. Welcome to my blog.” Notice anything different?

I got married!!!!

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Meet Matt, my wonderful new husband. Many people know him as Matthew J. Kirby.

I met him last July while I was at an event in Salt Lake City signing my cookbook. He came up after my presentation and wanted to know more about what I liked to cook. On my drive home, I thought, That guy’s gonna ask me out. Sure enough, the next day, I got an email from him, telling me who he was and asking me if he could take me out for lunch or coffee. When I googled him, I realized I had bought the first book he had written, The Clockwork Three, for my oldest son, three years earlier.

Our relationship started slowly at first, and then there was no stopping it. We are so happy. The children adore him, he adores them, and we are very, very, VERY much in love.

Enough of that mushy stuff. Now to the brownies . . .

pumpkin week: pumpkin pecan butter

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I can’t take credit for this recipe, exactly. This is inspired by the Pecan Pumpkin Butter you can buy at Williams Sonoma. It’s like apple butter, in the sense that there isn’t any actual butter in it, but you can spread it on toast or scones. I bought a jar of it last year and loved it, and I wanted to see if I could make some at home.

And I think it turned out pretty well. I’ll probably serve it on toast or bagels with cream cheese. What will you serve it on?

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peach raspberry crumble

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Note to self #1: When you go to a TV station, and you bring along a brush and a can of hairspray, be sure you use them before you go on the air.

Note to self #2: More arm workouts. Stat.

Today I was on our local news station’s Fresh Living show, and I just saw it on the air a few minutes ago. Life is about learning. What I wrote above are the two lessons I learned. I looked like “Two Face” from Seinfeld when she sat on the wrong side of the restaurant. Oh, and it looked much worse on my HD TV at home, so you’re getting a milder version on the web (thank goodness!).

cookies n’ cream ice cream cake

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My daughter’s birthday is right in the heat of the summer. I’m not quite sure why I’ve never made an ice cream cake for her before, but this year, she asked for it. Now that I mention it, I don’t recall ever making an ice cream cake before.

And I should probably confess, I kind of Henry Forded my daughter into picking cookies n’ cream—she could pick any flavor as long as it was cookies n’ cream. I was just in the mood for it, I guess. Sometimes, in order to get creative, you just need to go with what inspires you. This was one of those times. Next ice cream cake we make, though, I’ll branch out. Maybe even let someone else pick what flavor it will be.

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