Homemade Cranberry Almond and Walnut Granola

1 June, 2009


Heck of a last semester at Rowan, but I am finally a college graduate! This hungry student now has her B.A. in journalism, a minor in psychology and an honors concentration. In fact, I’m now a hungry grad student: I’ll be pursuing my M.J. in online journalism at University of Maryland – College Park this fall! I’ve also been toiling away on StacyAnnJ.com, my professional portfolio and blog.

As my inaugural “Hey, I’m Back!” post, I present you with some homemade granola. In fact, as this recipe yields so much, I’d be happy to ship some to anyone interesting in sampling my creation. It’s very tasty, and like all granola recipes, completely customizable. Read the rest of this entry »


Peanut Butter filled Chocolate Cookies

1 December, 2008


This is by far one of my FAVORITE cookie recipes. These never fail to come out looking and tasting fantastic. The recipe itself, which I originally found on The Adventures of SuperWife and tweaked ever so slightly, requires a bit of assembly. But then how else did you think that gooey peanut butter filling got into the chewy chocolate cookies? Read the rest of this entry »

An old fave revisited: Cinnamon Bun Babka

24 October, 2008

My Polish grandmother’s kitchen was always warm and aromatic. She churned out baked goods regularly and always had a chewy slice of babka with a little jelly spread on top ready for me.

Babkas come with various fillings. My grandmother’s were usually filled with golden raisins and other dried fruits. I couldn’t identify them then, and still can’t now. All I knew was that they were tasty.

Anyway, you’re probably wondering where my photograph is.

There is none.

I made SUCH a delicious Cinnamon Bun Babka a few days ago that it lasted less than 24 hours in the house. I came down to a cookie sheet covered with crumbs and glaze remnants. It’s that good. Read the rest of this entry »


12 October, 2008
Just like the Girl Scout cookies!

Just like the Girl Scout cookies!

Yup. The amazing Girl Scout cookies that come in the purple box. They’re now called Caramel Delights, but were kind enough to keep the same smiling girl on the box.

I’m guessing anyone who loves them the way I do knew and consumed them first as Samoas. With this recipe, found Baking Bites, you can finally have them anytime you like without buying 17 boxes once a year and hiding them from others.

This recipe certainly isn’t hard, but expect things to get a little messy when it comes to applying the caramel/coconut mixture to the top and putting a coating of chocolate on the bottom. Your efforts will be more than worth it. Friends and family alike will swoon at the site of them. What’s not to love? Read the rest of this entry »