Foodie Pen Pals August

The Lean Green Bean
I am so excited to be participating in my second month of Foodie Pen Pals. It is so much fun to get a package in the mail that is full of yummy treats.
This month I received a box from Stacy from Wanderlust Hearts. If you are into travel be sure to check out her site. Her photos of Europe made me very envious. Europe is really high on my travel check list. After college I’d planned to  backpack around Europe. Instead I decided to work a summer in Alaska and backpack the wilderness.
I have to apologize for this picture. I took some better photos with my camera but that seems to have been packed away in a box yet to be found. Luckily I had taken a picture with my phone to send in a text message.
The box Stacy sent was full goodies.
She made some delicious Nut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies. Had she not told me that they were gluten and dairy free I never would have known. They were quite tasty.
Stacy also has recipes on her site for those with dietary restrictions. There are gluten & dairy free, vegetarian & raw recipes that you might want to check out. I want to try her Lemon Cupcakes with Lavender Frosting once I’m all unpacked and settled in the new place.
The kettle corn was taken out in one quick sitting & I did not share any of it. What is about sweet and salty that turns me into a little piggy?
The first thing I smelled when I opened the box was the wonderful Maple coffee. I wish I had some more of that stuff. YUMMY! I love maple.
I haven’t had a chance to try the tomato sauce yet, but it is on this week’s menu. Funny story, she mentioned that they call it “gravy” where she is from in Massachusetts. I always thought that was a southern thing. When I moved to Alaska anytime I said red gravy people looked at me like I was speaking Chinese.
I would like to thank Stacy again for everything in the box. I loved it.
You can check out the box I sent to Megan from Fat Girl with a Little Blog here.
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Butterfly Cookie Tutorial from Janine of

Today Janine from is going to show us how to make some beautiful butterfly sugar cookies. When you done here make sure to hop on over to Janine’s blog to check out her cookies. She does awesome work.

Janine of

Hi there, sweets lovers! I’m Janine of, where creative sweets are made simple.

I’m thrilled to be guest posting at DJ’s Sugar Shack! Dawn’s blog is a great resource for sweet inspiration. I confess that I’m somewhat cookie obsessed, so I especially love her super cute Sombrero Cookies.

Cake Pops by Karyn from Pint Sized Baker

Today I’d like to welcome Karyn from Pint Sized Baker. I was so excited when I saw the cake pops she made to share here. They are just the cutest things ever.
Hi Everyone! I’m Karyn from the Pint Sized Baker and I’m here to share some cute cake pops with you while Dawn is moving her “sugar shack” to a new address.
Every Friday I share some fun and easy Cake Pop ideas, tips, and tricks over at my blog.
Come on over and say Hi and see what else I’ve been baking up.
Moving sucks!
So glad it’s not me that’s moving.
It seems that a lot of my blogging friends have moved in the past six months. The last time I moved was on 2004 when my husband and I bought our first home together. We moved from a little two bedroom, one bath condo into a three bedroom HOUSE! Since then, we’ve also finished the basement and had a kid! I could not imagine moving all the junk we’ve accumulated over the past eight years.


{Guest Post} Apricot Gallette by Holly from A Baker’s House

Today I’d like to welcome Holly from A Baker’s House.The dessert she is sharing today looks AH-MAZ-ING. Make sure to visit Holly’s blog to check out more of her delicious recipes.

Hi, my name is Holly and I blog at A Baker’s House. I’d love for you to stop by to get to know me (and my food!) sometime. It’s such a pleasure to guest post today on Dawn’s blog. Thanks for having me!


Peanut Butter Zucchini Cookie Pie by Erin from Salmon At Seven

I have several great ladies that will be guest posting for me over the next few weeks.

Today’s guest post is by Erin from Salmon At Seven. Erin lives in Alaska & we met way back in the days when she was  still working at Alyeska Resort. I’m so happy to have her here today sharing one of her recipes.  Welcome Erin!

When Dawn first approached me about guest posting, my immediate reaction was AWESOME! I’m in! When I re-read her email, and saw the caveat that it be something sweet. I then said “Oh boy.” If you’ve followed my cooking exploits at all, you’ll know that my creative juices run more toward the savory than the sweet. I knew I had my work cut out for me.

Crazy Cooking Challenge – Cheesecake

It’s time for the Crazy Cooking Challenge again!
When I saw that this month’s challenge was cheesecake I was so excited. I make a fabulous cheesecake. Suddenly it hit me that my cheesecake recipe is one of those recipes that I just don’t share.
Call me greedy, but I worked on that recipe for a LONG time to get that recipe just how I wanted it.
I considered not doing the challenge until I came across this Tin Roof Cheesecake over at Dessert for Two. The chocolate cheesecake filling looked so good & I loved that I wouldn’t have an entire cheesecake to eat when I was done.
My version  has an Oreo Crust and is topped with Raspberries &  caramel sauce I had left over from another project.
All I have to say is YUMMY!
This recipe made one 5 inch cheesecake which was good sized dessert for 2 people.
Here is the recipe:
Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake for Two

Prep Time: 15 minutes