Blackberry Basil Scones With Lemon Glaze

Blackberry basil scones recipe from atthepicketfence.com

I was warned it would happen. The other mothers, the ones with older children, would look at me wistfully with a hint of pity in their eyes. Now, looking back, I realize that I was a skeptic. Perhaps I was naive. Perhaps I was just hopeful it wouldn't happen to me.  Either way, I was wrong. Dead wrong. And now, I find myself realizing the truth. The truth about the 'hollow leg' stage.   … [Read more...]

The Best Blackberry Cobbler Ever

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Summer in Oregon is just absolutely glorious. We are rewarded for enduring the days of rain with beautiful sunshine and blue skies and here in the Willamette Valley it feels like we are getting to experience a little slice of heaven. Farm stands pop up overflowing with every kind of summer fruit or vegetable you could possibly want and the berries...oh the berries. Sigh...they are so magnificent they almost make me ache. Ok, actually my stomach does sometime literally ache from eating too … [Read more...]

How To Make Frozen Greek Yogurt

Homemade Frozen Greek Yogurt

I have a confession to make. And I hope you still like me and want to be my friend and will still sign my yearbook after you hear it. ;-) Ready? I don't really like cake all that much. Gasp! And if I had my druthers (seriously one of my favorite words ever!) I would rather have a bowl of cereal as a treat than a bowl of ice cream. Which leads me to my next confession. Ready? … [Read more...]

Carrot Cake Biscotti & Giveaway!

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I love baking. Honestly I WAY prefer it to cooking. This might have something to do with the fact that anything I bake is received by my family with joy and gratitude as opposed to the meals I cook each night which, frankly, are always a bit like a shot in the dark. Sometimes they hit their target and sometimes they are so far off from the target you would think that I was purposely trying to torture them. … [Read more...]

Birds Nest Mason Jar Cupcakes

Spring in a Mason Jar Collage

There's nothing more scary for a car owner. You're traveling down the road and you hear an ambiguous noise. You know the one. The noise that happens intermittently as your driving blissfully along, the one that strikes fear in your heart and then you don't hear it for days.  And just as your lulled into a sense of complacency, it happens again. You start to think you are hearing things.  You ask your daughter, "Did you hear that weird "pinking" noise?!" She did, so you know you're not losing … [Read more...]

$100 Visa Gift Card and Pepperidge Farm® Milano® Cookies​

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I always find it fascinating how many different interpretations there are of the word 'fancy'. What seems 'fancy' to one person might just be an everyday occurrence to the next. For example, I'll never forget when I started buying what I think of as the 'fancy' napkins. No, they aren't the ones with the pretty designs on them or the ones that cost $10 for a pack of 5. Those would be the really 'fancy' napkins. We don't want to go too crazy here people! … [Read more...]

Original Fantasy Fudge Recipe … a sweet treat!

the original fantasy fudge

There are a million fudge recipes out there but I love the  original Fantasy Fudge recipe. This is the recipe that calls for marshmallow creme. Yep marshmallow creme. You know that ooey gooey stuff you get in the little jar. Kraft has a fantasy fudge recipe on the back of their Jet Puff jar. Don't use that one. It's a newfangled one. It's not near as good as the original fantasy fudge recipe with marshmallow creme. Why do manufacturers insist on screwing with the original recipes? Just leave … [Read more...]

Plum Puff Pastry Tart

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Anne clasped her hands and looked at the dresses. "I did hope there would be a white one with puffed sleeves," she whispered disconsolately.  "I prayed for one, but I didn't much expect it on that account.  I didn't suppose God would have time to bother about a little orphan girl's dress.  I knew I'd just have to depend on Marilla for it.  Well, fortunately I can imagine that one of them is of snow-white muslin with lovely lace frills and three-puffed sleeves."Anne of Green … [Read more...]

Lemon Raspberry Cheesecake Bars

Lemon Raspberry Cheesecake Bars PM

Hi there, At The Picket Fence friends! It's me, Claire, from A Little CLAIREification, and I am so excited to be here. I recently had the great pleasure of meeting Heather and Vanessa in person at the SNAP conference a couple of months ago.  They are just both so beautiful, inside and out, and I am thrilled to be part of the ATPF contributor team. Here are a few quick juicy tidbits about me before we jump in: I am a working Mama to three amazing boys and I love bringing my readers "bright … [Read more...]