Bacon Maple Glazed Cake Bites

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Oh hey there. It’s been quiet here on this blog for a while. Life has been quite full with a variety of things – settling into a new home on the West Side of Oahu, getting a spunky labrador named Pono, ministry adventures, somehow making life with three kids work out. Anyway, I’m still here.

I’ve been mostly cooking a lot of tried and true meals, so I haven’t had anything new to post. In fact, I often come back to my Recipe Archives when I need ideas of what to cook. But this past weekend I felt like trying something new, and came up with these bacon maple glazed cake bites. Do you like bacon? I hope so, because then I can trust you.

This recipe was born out of things I had around the kitchen. Pound cake from Costco. Thick cut bacon. An easy-to-make maple glaze. I like the combo of sweet and salty. For something extra, I added a touch of fresh rosemary. This was a simple appetizer that would fit into a holiday party or potluck gathering.

Okay, I miss you after my long blogging hiatus. Would you please drop into the comments and say hello? Bonus, tell me one fun fact about yourself.

Bacon Maple Glazed Cake Bites

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Yield: about 36 cake bites

Ingredients

  • 1 loaf pound cake, cut into 1- or 2-inch pieces
  • 6 strips of bacon, cooked, cooled, and chopped into small pieces
  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • Salt
  • Fresh rosemary (optional), chopped into very small pieces

Directions

To make the glaze: in a small bowl, stir together confectioners’ sugar, a pinch of salt, and maple syrup. Glaze should be a spreadable consistency.

Spread glaze on each piece of cake. Top with bits of bacon. If using rosemary, sprinkle on top the bacon.

Serve chilled or at room temperature.

 

 

Happy 5th Birthday, Alexandra

I write letters to my children on their birthdays. Here is last year’s letter to Alex.

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Dear Alex,

Five years ago we were surprised by your arrival. Born three weeks ahead of your due date, you were a tiny little thing.

And now you’re five years old. Full time preschooler and warrior girl. You are a wonder. You jump into life with such energy and exuberance. I love how you challenge me to enjoy life more freely.

This year was full of new things for you – a home in a new city, a new preschool that you love, getting a puppy, getting better at swimming and reading, learning hula. You also ate a live cricket, which your dad (NOT ME) fed to you.

You love making art and doing your morning pages. You enjoy helping with house chores, listening to stories, playing with friends, and making people laugh. Your personality is full of strength and zeal. I love seeing you grow and explore.

Happy birthday, Alex! Here’s to a wonderful year, my beloved daughter.

Love, Mom

 

Happy 8th Birthday, Aaron

I write letters to my children on their birthdays. Here is last year’s letter to Aaron.

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Dear Aaron,

Eeee! You’re 8 years old!

Happy birthday to you, son. You are very excited to celebrate your birthday this year with an ice cream sundae party with friends and family.

Some memories from this year…

  • Our family went on a cruise in the Carribbean.
  • You and Dad did your annual camping trip together.
  • You dressed up as Steve from Minecraft for Halloween. The box on your head wasn’t very comfortable, so Grandpa carried it around while you were trick-or-treating.
  • Your aunts and uncles taught you how to fish at the beach.
  • I coached your soccer team, and you scored your first goal in our final game of the season.
  • You opened a bank account.
  • We moved to a new house in a new neighborhood. You changed schools, and made new friends immediately.
  • You got to watch Star Wars for the first time.
  • You got your own bedroom, and you love having your own space.
  • You started playing the ukulele. Now we have family ukulele lessons every two days.

You love playing games and working out math problems. Your current favorite books are Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Dog Man. You enjoy playing outdoors, swimming, and riding your Razor scooter through our neighborhood. You are flexible with changes, and are growing into a thoughtful, kind, and strong person.

I hope that this year is filled with joy for you. I love the gift of being your mother, and am grateful for who you are.

I love you always.

Mom