Gluten-free Flourless Honey Almond Cake for Easter and Passover (Recipe)

Maisie Jane's Roasted Almonds

My mom used to make a Honey Almond cake like this every year for Easter. Her recipe is gone with the wind, unfortunately, so I looked around the internet for something similar. This recipe from Eating Well Magazine caught my eye. It uses almonds instead of traditional flour which makes it appropriate for both Easter […]

Posted on March 28th, 2018

Chocolate Almonds Are an Easter Tradition

Chocolate Almond Polka Dot Gift Bags

If you visit Portugal close to Easter time you are bound to see store windows filled with bowls of almond candies. That’s because it is part of the Portuguese tradition for people to give each other almonds (amêndoas) at Easter. Because they are naturally egg-shaped, they represent Spring fertility or resurrection so godparents give them […]

Posted on March 26th, 2018

Almond Aphrodisiacs for Valentine’s Day

heart shaped dinner plate

Since Valentine’s Day is coming, love is on my mind! Did you know that in ancient times almonds were believed to be an aphrodisiac? Sugared or Chocolate Almonds are used as wedding favors not just because they’re so tasty. In ancient Greece, newlyweds were gifted with almonds so they’d be blessed with children. In the Bible […]

Posted on February 8th, 2018

More Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas from Maisie Jane’s

Family Fun or Office Enjoyment Basket

A few weeks ago I wrote about how Valentine’s Day isn’t just for lovers anymore. It’s a day to let anyone in your life know how much you love and appreciate them! And what better way to do that than with a gift box or basket full of their favorite goodies from Maisie Jane’s! It’s […]

Posted on February 6th, 2018

Happy Tu B’Shevat from Maisie Jane’s

“The almond tree is blooming And the golden sun is shining, Birds atop each roof Bless the arrival of the festival. Tu B’Shevat has arrived.” Happy Tu B’Shevat to all our Jewish friends—it’s the Jewish Birthday of the Trees! And the symbol of this holiday is the Almond Tree. In ancient times, the Jewish people […]

Posted on January 30th, 2018

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with Gift Baskets from Maisie Janes!

Valentine’s Day isn’t what it used to be. Sure, it’s still about celebrating romance and love. But it can also be a day to celebrate friendship, love between a mother and a child, and special platonic relationships of all sorts! But what if the special people in your life live far away? Or you have […]

Posted on January 19th, 2018

Almond-Based Frangipane and King Cake (Recipe)

A friend on Facebook recently asked “Does anyone know where I can buy King Cake in New England?” She was missing her old home in New Orleans but the only answer she got was to make her own. So I became curious. What is King Cake? And why would she say it was so important […]

Posted on January 5th, 2018

Good Luck Recipes for the New Year!

Happy New Year! Good-bye 2017! Just let it go and remember that every new year, every new day, really, offers the promise of a brand new start. What do you wish to create this coming year? Let me help you make your dreams come true—with holiday traditions from around the world that are thought to bring […]

Posted on December 28th, 2017

It’s Almost Time for the New Year’s Eve Party!

Oh no!!! In all the rush to get Christmas together you forgot about the family or office New Year’s Eve party! What to bring, what to bring? It’s a little late to shop online and have anything delivered on time, but if you live in or near Chico, CA, have no fear! This year, make […]

Posted on December 26th, 2017

Last Minute Shopping Suggestions for Maisie Jane’s Gift Baskets

Today is the last day to order online for delivery in time for Christmas BUT if you live in or near Chico, CA you can still order gift baskets online—until December 21st— and pick up your purchases in the store! And that is the very best way to do last minute shopping at Maisie Jane’s.  […]

Posted on December 18th, 2017