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Caitlin’s Confections: Wild Blueberry Jam

Our first summer in our house, we discovered that the wetlands in our backyard are full of blueberry trees. I can go out for hours in my wellies and pick until my bucket is full. Each year, I gather about 16 cups total. Then, I schedule a jam day (which went much smoother this year compared to last!) If you look up anything to do with canning online, you’ll find suggestions for specific supplies. I…
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Cookbooks I’m Loving Lately

Without fail, I always get one or two cookbooks for Christmas so I have compiled quite the stack. These have been particularly helpful this year, considering we’ve been cooking at home so frequently (see: everyday.) I really enjoying cooking but most of the time, I’m winging things and hoping they come out. That being said, having a great recipe to follow makes for a nice change of pace. Below I’ll be sharing some of my…
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Chewy Molasses Gingersnaps

These gingersnaps come handed down from a family friend to my mom to me. I swear, they taste too good to be true. The ultimate holiday staple- flavorful, chewy, sweet, and just crisp enough. Plus, the dough is honestly effortless to make. If you need a quick treat to gift or an extra addition to a dessert table, this recipe is for you! I hope you love it as much as we do. Ingredients 3/4…
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Caitlin’s Confections: Grandma Barbie’s Pumpkin Bread

For most people, pumpkin-flavored ends with Thanksgiving. However in our family, we always know to expect a few loaves of Grandma Barbie’s famous pumpkin bread at Christmas. Normally, it travels all the way from Texas in a 60 lb. suitcase! That’s how you know it’s the good stuff. This is my go-to recipe for pumpkin bread. Easy, foolproof, and oh so good. Your loaves will come out sweet and light, perfect to serve in the…
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Caitlin’s Confections: Cinnamon Apple Spice Cake with an Apple Jam, Maple Whipped Frosting

I made this cake back in October for my mom’s birthday weekend and while we originally only cut up half, it was gone by the end of the evening. Such a good and easy recipe to hold onto the tastes of fall, especially with the holidays coming up. The cake is definitely more of a dense tort consistency but I feel like that pairs perfectly with the light, fluffy maple whipped frosting. The jam adds…
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Caitlin’s Confections: Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cake Cookies

Let’s get these pumpkin recipe going! It’s officially October which means pumpkin is surpassing apple in my baking repertoire. Give me all the pumpkin everything! These pumpkin cookies are more cake cookies than regular cookies, which means they’re light and fluffy. The chocolate perfectly complements the pumpkin and oh boy, they’re good. I got the seal of approval from all the teachers at school. If you’re in need of a quick and easy cookie recipe,…
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Caitlin’s Confections: Apple Berry Bourbon Bread Pudding

Got a bag of apples fresh from picking and a freezer full of berries leftover from the summer? Have I got a recipe for you! This Apple Berry Bourbon Bread Pudding was adapted from a recipe my grandmother makes and it is to die for. I love a good bread pudding. It’s warm, sweet, soft, and the perfect cold weather dessert. Throw in some fruit and an incredible sauce and you have a show stopping…
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Caitlin’s Confections: Jammy Blueberry Peach Galette

Looking for the perfect, easy, end of summer dessert? Look no further. This Jammy Blueberry Peach Galette is super speedy to whip up and oh so good. Who says summer fades comes September 1st? I love galettes for their ease, but also for the fact that they are easily served/held as they are enjoyed. It makes it perfect to serve to a small crowd. We enjoyed ours with breakfast and truthfully, there was no guilt…
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Caitlin’s Confections: Zucchini Bread

Our garden is exploding with zucchini! What better way to utilize our bountiful harvest than to bake zucchini bread. Soft, moist, and oh so savory- this is my go-to when I have extra zucs lying around. Now, you’ve got to worn your taste testers- this isn’t a sweet bread. It’s incredibly rich in flavor but if you’re a fan of sweet, add a scoop of jam on top. Full of vitamins and minerals and only…
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Caitlin’s Confections: Wild Blueberry Crumble Cake

A few weeks ago, Ryan and I were clearing a path in some of the wetlands behind our house. Low and behold, blueberry bushes (really, blueberry trees) were scattered EVERYWHERE! We’ve been picking wild blueberries for days and while I’m going to be making a huge batch of jam, I had to start using our harvest. Cue, the softest, fluffiest, wild blueberry crumble cake you’ll ever make. What I love about this cake is that…
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Caitlin’s Confections: Twix Topped Brownies

These brownies might look a bit messy but believe me when I say that they’re so good, no one will care. Twix Topped Brownies- super simple and perfect for any party. Use your favorite brownie mix (or your favorite recipe) for a gooey, fudgy brownie. Then top with caramel sauce, mixed with shortbread cookies, and coat with melted chocolate. It’s incredibly easy and a huge crowd pleaser. I’m always looking for fun, creative desserts to…
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Caitlin’s Confections: Double Chocolate Fudge Cake with Whipped Mocha Frosting

Holy cow, I think I made the perfect chocolate cake. Plus, it’s incredibly easy. Rich, dense, not too sweet, but oh-so-fudgy. An indulgence, for sure, but well worth it. When considering the frosting, I wanted something light because the cake is a little heavier. I feel like the two pair together well and really, who doesn’t like a good whipped frosting? Not too sweet and if you’ve got a little coffee from yesterday’s pot, you’ve…
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Caitlin’s Cocktails: Frozen Pina Colada

Growing up, we drank Virgin Pina Coladas all summer long. To this day they instantly transport me to a white (or pink) sand beach. I’m a huge fan of the blend of tropical flavors- who doesn’t love pineapple and coconut together? However, I recently tried topping my frozen cocktail with chili lime spice from Trader Joe’s and WOW, it’s a game changer. A super easy recipe to throw in a blender and buzz up quick!…
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Caitlin’s Confections: Thin & Crispy Chocolate Chip Cookies

Are you a member of the crispy cookie or the chewy cookie club? Well, I love a good crispy cookie- all the way. I’ve been trying to figure out a good recipe, kind of like a “Tate’s Chocolate Chip cheat” and these finally came out perfect! Ways to ensure your cookies come out thin & crispy: Melt your butter! Use baking soda instead of baking powder Flatten your cookie dough once you roll it into…
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Caitlin’s Cocktails: Red Summer Sangria

I think I’ve made it clear on this blog that I love red wine. However, a large glass isn’t always optimal on a hot summer night. The next beat thing is a fruity, tangy, red summer sangria. A perfect drink for a party, easy to whip up in a pitcher ahead of time and stash in the fridge. Also, totally up for alterations. As long as you keep your base: red wine, clear liquor, and…
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Caitlin’s Confections: Nutty Banana Cake with Honey Cream Cheese Frosting

Some days you just need to bake a cake. Everyone’s been making banana bread during quarantine- well, I’m introducing banana bread’s cooler cousin. This nutty banana cake is made with ripe bananas and almond flour, topped with a honey cream cheese frosting that compliments it perfectly. It’s one of those easy, one bowl recipes I love to have in my repertoire. Let me know if you make this one for yourself and how it turns…
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Caitlin’s Confections: Blueberry Cobbler with Brown Sugar Cinnamon Biscuits

Warning: this recipe will turn your mouth blue. Seriously, after making and eating these, I jumped on a Google Meet for school and almost had a panic attack. Total. Blue. Mouth. All that aside (just grab a tooth brush!) this blueberry cobbler is amazing. The biscuits have brown sugar cinnamon layers and are soft and flakey. Ryan likes this recipe a lot because it’s not too sweet. It only has a bit of sugar and…
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Caitlin’s Cocktails: My Favorite Spirits and Cocktails

Can I get a “heck yeah” for the weekend? Most of the time, when Friday rolls around, I’m popping the cork on a bottle of wine. However, on the rare occasion I’m feeling particularly celebratory, I will mix up a quick cocktail. I think there’s just something fun about putting everything together. Plus, I have a wicked sweet tooth so cocktails are certainly a treat. There are five spirits I always keep in the house,…
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Caitlin’s Confections: Lemon Ricotta Loaf Cake

If you don’t like lemon flavored desserts.. you can’t sit with us. Just kidding- everyone is welcome at my table! This lemon ricotta loaf cake is soft and moist and perfect for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or dessert. Really, you can eat it anytime and feel pretty darn guilt free, as long as you pretend that it’s “healthy bread.” Does anyone else do that? For some reason, when things are baked in a loaf pan (versus…
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Caitlin’s Confections: Dark Chocolate Coconut Milk Mousse

Sometimes, you just need a little chocolate in your life and sometimes, you need to visit Willy Wonka’s. this dessert is the perfect in-between. Rich, indulgent, smooth, and creamy chocolate mousse made with coconut cream and decadent dark chocolate. It’s so easy to whip up and perfect in small portions- ideal for a night at home when you just need a sweet fix. Ingredients 3 tbsp coconut cream 1 tbsp coconut milk 8 ounces dark…

Born in Rhode Island and at home in New Hampshire, Caitlin shares New England life, travel, and style.

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