International Women’s Day and Celebrating in St. Petersburg Russia

I am a woman. There is an international day to celebrate me and I knew nothing about it until this year. That is odd.
For my second time in only four months I traveled to the museum city with my father. This time I noticed there were women and men carrying bouquets and floral arrangements everywhere we went. Everybody seemed happy. That’s when they told me it was international women’s day! I was even given flowers, well wishes and a gift. Apparently it’s very different from Mother’s Day, although the celebratory offerings are pretty much the same.


Because of the friends we have there and the wonderful time we have when we are together, St. Petersburg has become one of my favorite places to visit, but being in Russia this week was very sobering.

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iBake – Peanut Butter Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies


It’s my hubs fault. I really wanted a cinnamon roll and I even had the recipe picked out, but I was going to be a good girl and get a scoop of frozen yogurt instead of making another mess in the kitchen. When I mentioned wanting a cinnamon roll he said, “you could make some kind of healthy chocolate chip cookie.” Suggesting that to me is like throwing a stick and saying fetch to a dog!

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iBake – Southern Apple Dumplings and a Lesson About Cast Iron Skillets

I must confess. I have never eaten southern apple dumplings. I cannot tell you if they taste like these as the recipe title claims. I hope the originator of this recipe did not falsely advertise these golden, buttery, sweet morsels.


These are a crowd pleaser to be sure, and another great family project. All three of my kids thoroughly enjoyed making them with me. Hey, the snow around here is taller than some of us and it turned really cold the day we made them so it was a good indoor activity.

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iBake – Gluten-free Gooey Chocolate Chip Cookie Pie

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This cookie has chew. It has texture. It has gooey chocolate goodness. The one thing it doesn’t have is gluten. I’m not gluten intolerant, but as a baker I’m always looking for sweets that will really satisfy those that are. This cookie pie gets 10 gluten-free satisfaction points.

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Best Four Ingredient Sweet Potatoes

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Vegetables and I get along. Colorful, flavorful, versatile, easy to prepare, healthful and delicious, oh yes, they are dear friends of mine. Don’t get me wrong. I am a girl who appreciates a juicy steak, but I have yet to master the skills required to make protein the star of a memorable meal. There, I said what at least two of you were thinking, right? Sweet potatoes are kind of a Sunday lunch staple in our family and this simple preparation is always a big hit. The benefit to this method is that you can make them in advance and then quickly reheat them in the oven as is or mash and reheat them. You could even purée them into a soup or make sweet potato pancakes with any leftovers.

I’m sure it would be no surprise that when I ate these I had one thought, “These would make a delicious pie!”

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