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Sweet Treats to Make This Weekend




    Tara Lawley
    Derik Lawley, left, lost his battle with addiction in May 2015 at age 25 when he overdosed on fentanyl. At right, Derik's daughter, Scarlet, visits his grave.

    SWEET TREATS: If you're readying for a weekend of holiday baking, keep in mind that there's more to life than those same old sugar cookies with the red sprinkles. "Baked Explorations: Classic American Desserts Reinvented" ($29.95) dishes up 75 delish twists on popular goodies that have been seeing a hip resurgence lately -- need we say more about whoopie pies? Recipes also include Mississippi Mud Pie, Black & White Cookies, and Devil's Food Cake with Angel Frosting. GET IT: Red Barn Merchantile, 113 S. Columbus St., Alexandria.