Healthy Little Debbies-Recipe

Remember Little Debbie’s, with all that yummy cream centered between two chewy oatmeal cookies? Ah, yes, soooo delicious. I went through a Little Debbie phase back in grad school where I just couldn’t get enough of them.  At the time, I was weaning myself off Pop Tarts; my sugary, hydrogenated laden, cholesterol building, fat inducing toaster pastries.  ...more


Crispy Cheddar Chicken

Great Expectations; Miss Havisham's Bride Cake

"What do you think that is?" she asked me, again pointing with her stick; "that, where those cobwebs are?""I can't guess what it is, ma'am.""It's a great cake. A bride-cake. Mine!"-Chapter 11, Great Expectations, Charles Dickens...more

New Reader: Welcome - An Introduction to nectar and stone

 Welcome, I am Donna-Caroline and this is my blog nectar and stone. I write about cooking, fashion and lifestyle. ...more

Disney's Alice in Wonderland; The Second Half of the Dozen Cupcakes

Part two of the Alice in Wonderland cupcakes. Cheshire Cat Notes...more

Happy Easter! Recipes

Please stop by and visit my kitchen at to see my yummy Vanilla Almond Cupcakes with Whipped Vanilla Almond Buttercream Frosting and Bunny Banana Cheesecake Recipes so you can add them to your Easter menu!...more

The Best Carrot Cake EVER!

I consider myself a carrot cake connoisseur.  How’s that for alliteration?!  It is, after all, my favorite dessert.  If it’s on the dessert menu, there is no question.  It’s what I’m ordering.  Over the years, I’ve sampled many-a-carrot-cake.  I’ve had good carrot cake.  I’ve had bad carrot cake.  I’ve had dry carrot cake and I’ve had bland carrot cake....more

Weekly Wednesday-Key Lime Cupcakes with Key Lime Buttercream Icing

Please stop by and visit my kitchen at to see this week's recipe- Key Lime Cupcakes with Key Lime Buttercream Icing. Yummy!...more

Testing My Patience: Homemade Vanilla Extracts

Bourbon and Vodka. Day 1.Growing up, there wasn't a lot of baking that happened in my house. I don't recall my mother ever making cookies or pies except maybe at holidays. She would make zucchini bread and poppy seed cake....more