Challah with Everything Bagel Topping

Challah Recipe with Everything Bagel Topping

Life never ceases to amaze me.  Blessings come in the most unexpected ways.  Occasionally they even show up in the aftermath of catastrophe. My sister-in-law Sherry was my inspiration/nudge for starting Sifting Focus.  Over three decades ago, when I first … Continue reading

Grave Robber’s Cake and a Guest Post

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Grave Robber's Cake for Halloween

My incredibly talented daughter has grown to become quite a talented baker in her own right.  She continues to blow me away with her creativity and skills as an artist, baker, and all around amazing person.  I thought it was … Continue reading

Blueberry and Cream Cheese Hand Pies

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Blueberry and Cream Cheese Hand Pies Recipe

I know, I promised you the recipe for these lovely little hand pies a very long time ago.  My apologies!  I got distracted, and busy, and wrapped up into many other things that kept me from posting.  Did I mention … Continue reading

Chocolate Salted Caramel Turtle Cookies and the Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap

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Chocolate Salted Caramel Turtle Cookies Recipe

Allow me to share a few things about these cookies.  First…they scream for milk!  Second…they are deeply and irresistibly chocolatey.  And third…they are named after the ‘Turtle’ candy made famous by the Johnson’s Candy Company way back in 1918.  We’ve … Continue reading

Umbrian Snowflake Cookies

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It was the ‘snow’ covered look of these festive cookies that stole my heart.  I felt certain that whatever surprise was hidden inside, it would be just as enticing as the powdery flakey exterior. Snowflakes rarely dance about in Southern … Continue reading