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Gingerbread Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

Happy birthday to me!

Last year, for Selah’s birthday, I suggested we make a gingerbread cake since her birthday is so close to Christmas. Really, I just wanted gingerbread cake and homemade eggnog ice cream. It was delicious!

So this year for my birthday, I decided to forgo the usual deep dark chocolate cake.

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Strawberry Pie

Believe it or not, but December beings strawberry season in southwest China. Apparently, they will stay around through March.

Who are we to be so blessed?

All the kids love to have a big bowl of strawberries for snack time.

Early in the morning, Hubs would venture to the market and buy

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Gingerbread Cake

For Selah’s 2nd birthday, we decided to make a gingerbread cake and homemade eggnog ice cream.

The recipe makes an 8×8 which was enough for a little snowman.

And those leftover corners…

were munched on by the birthday girl herself.

After some simple decorating, we were ready to party.

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Dark Chocolate Bacon Bark

One of the more unusual combinations I’ve seen in recent years that seems to work out great is Bacon Bark.

Now, dark chocolate bacon bark brings a twinkle to any mountain man’s eye.

Hello bacon. Hello dark chocolate. Hello almond crunch.

Even Selah was ready to help break up the Bacon

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Pecan Pie

For the past 7 years, our staple Thanksgiving dessert has always been pumpkin pie. Yes, there was that taste-off in 2006 when we made a pumpkin pie and a sweet potato pie.

Well, the pumpkin pie won and it has been the dessert of choice ever since.

During Thanksgiving 2011, a mysterious combination of events

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“Perfectly Chocolate” Chocolate Cake and Frosting

Hershey’s has a recipe called “Perfectly Chocolate” Chocolate Cake. Trust me, the name is spot on.

We first made this recipe for my birthday when we were hunkered down in QingDao waiting for Selah’s arrival. (Hence the tea light birthday candle.)

The recipe was so memorable, I had to bake it for

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