Taking a Break (Baby’s Coming Soon!)

As of tomorrow, our little bundle of joy is due in LESS THAN A MONTH (OMG), so I wanted to announce that Dessert and a Novel will be taking a break for the next few months. I may jump back in here and there with some fun content during this hiatus, but it will likely

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Chocolate-Red Wine Bundt Cake Inspired by Tortilla Flat

This is one of those classics, one that nearly everyone has read one time or another. However, while I admire John Steinbeck’s clear and concise writing style, I can’t say that I’ve read too many of his works. I’ve only encountered The Grapes of Wrath (and enjoyed it, mostly) and The Pearl (loved it). He’s

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Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies Inspired By How to Raise a Reader

As y’all likely have noticed, I’m pregnant. Like very pregnant…second half of the third trimester pregnant. Much of my reading lately has consisted of books about raising kids and general parenting. I’ve been perusing some of the classics (think What to Expect When You’re Expecting), but I’ve found some less clinical, more philosophical reads, and

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Blueberry Cupcakes Inspired by Thunderhead

As you may know from my earlier post, I’m enjoying Neal Shusterman’s “Arc of Scythe” books. Thunderhead is book two in the series, and it brings the action in a big way. Here’s my Thunderhead book review. Review As we delve deeper into the conflicts that have befallen the scythedom, the reader must consider some

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HP Saturday! Ft. Banana Fritters

This month’s installment of HP Saturday is inspired not by a dish eaten in the Harry Potter world but rather by one of the unique passwords to the Gryffindor common room. The Fat Lady is the infamous keeper of the common room, and her creative passwords are an iconic and fun element in the books.

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