Baileys Salted Caramel Espresso Baked Doughnuts from

Please don’t yell. I know, I know; it’s cocktail day. But I was stuck in the middle of a dilemma. Where you are it might be sunny and bright and you’re seeing the bounty and beauty of spring. Where I am? Well, yesterday when I started thinking about a cocktail for today, it was snowing. Yep. It sure was. Inches of the white stuff. And it was really coming down too; not just an end of season fizzle but a full blown, huge snowflakes, had to get out the snowblower snow. Well, to be honest, I didn’t get out the snowblower. My neighbor Rick…he always beats me to the punch for which I am eternally grateful. And the last time I tried? Flat tires. But Rick took his man toy (an ATV with a blade) to our sidewalks and I’ll manage the driveway and all will soon be good; spring storms go as quickly as they come. I appreciate the moisture and I’m reciting my mantra that we need as much of it as we can get but to tell the truth I’m sort of ready for those flowers most of you have been enjoying. So I will drink my baked dessert until then. :)

Take a Bigger Bite…


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Thumbnail image for Grilled Asparagus with Garlic and Parmesan April 9, 2015

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