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DIY Candied Kumquats

March 5, 2015
DIY Candied Kumquats - a little tangy, a little sweet, and SO easy to make. | www.brighteyedbaker.com

Eventually summer will roll around and there will be more fruits in season than citrus. And ohhhhmygoodness I can’t wait for that to happen, but until then, I’m trying to do that whole open-minded thing and expand my appreciation for citrus, because it turns out I’ve been neglecting it for way too long. The truth is that I grew up with […]

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DIY Candied Pecans

November 4, 2014
DIY Candied Pecans - it takes 5 minutes to turn regular pecans into this dangerously addicting treat.| www.brighteyedbaker.com

Two years ago I made brown sugar candied walnuts for the first time, and I was wowed by the fact that it was so super easy to turn a nut I’m really not all that crazy about (like please, add walnuts to my food never) into total crack candy. But somehow it didn’t occur to me until now […]

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DIY Chocolate Curls

August 16, 2014
DIY Chocolate Curls - use two staple ingredients to make these gorgeous chocolate curls for garnishing desserts.  | www.brighteyedbaker.com

Sometimes I surprise myself with the things I decide to DIY. I never expected that I’d be making homemade versions of things like maraschino cherries and cinnamon chips, and I definitely didn’t see myself as the kind of person who  would decide to make my own chocolate curls all for the sake of a dessert garnish. I’m sure there are […]

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DIY Irish Cream {Homemade Bailey’s}

March 11, 2014
DIY Irish Cream {Homemade Bailey's} - a sweet, creamy, and chocolate-y, homemade Irish Cream Liqueur made in a blender in SECONDS. | www.brighteyedbaker.com

If there’s one thing I can get on board with spiking, it’s a sweet, silky, chocolate-y, cream I can add my to lattés in the name of lazy weekend mornings. (Or hectic Monday mornings, or whatever, because who’s really keeping track?) In other words, I’m totally on board with homemade Bailey’s Irish Cream. It takes […]

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DIY Almond Butter {with Vanilla Bean & Sea Salt}

January 14, 2014
DIY Almond Butter {with Vanilla Bean & Sea Salt} - a naturally sweet and healthy nut butter that you can whip up in minutes. | www.brighteyedbaker.com

Truth: If I had to pick between peanut butter and almond butter, I’d pick peanut butter any day of the week. Frankly, sometimes almond butter just feels boring to me. BUT, there are times when I’ll whip out the almond butter to make something healthy, and by whip it out, I mean whip it up. […]

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DIY Maraschino Cherries

June 7, 2013
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Until about last week, I really had no idea what a maraschino cherry was. I mean, I’ve had a few before, and I know they look like cherries, but they don’t exactly taste like cherries, do they? I think that’s why people either love them or hate them; because they’re just different. When I was […]

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DIY Peanut Butter

April 1, 2013
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Sometimes, the kitchen can get you down. Something goes wrong, and you don’t know why (or maybe you do) and it’s frustrating as heck. I have problems when I bake just like everyone else – I’m not the only one, right? – and I always have to remind myself that life goes on. And usually, […]

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DIY Marshmallow Creme

March 15, 2013
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A few month ago I made homemade marshmallows for the first time. They were fluffy and airy and incredibly easy to make. I used them in some awesome s’mores ice cream sandwiches and was totally smitten with the fact that I could make my own marshmallows from now on. Fast forward to now and I’ve found […]

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DIY Peppermint Mocha

November 25, 2012
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Every so often, I find a new favorite ingredient or flavor that I can’t get enough of. One winter, I went crazy over peppermint. Whether it was the classic combination of chocolate and peppermint or just peppermint alone, I was loving it. I think it was then that I started drinking Peppermint Mochas, and for […]

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DIY Pumpkin Spice Latte

October 16, 2012
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With all of the pumpkin treats that pop up during the fall, overtaking our lives in their spicy pumpkin-y goodness, it only seems appropriate that we have a good pumpkin drink to go with them. Am I right? And chances are, most of us think of pumpkin drinks and think of one thing… Harry Potter […]

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