Category Archives: Baked Goods

One Bowl Chocolate Brownies (or Brownie Cookies)

Technically, this recipe is to make Brownie Cookies, but I like to make a whole pan of brownies. I love an ooey gooey brownie, ya know, the inside part of the pan of brownies. I do not want the crisper outside pieces, no siree. This recipe is my mom’s and the name “One Bowl” makes me chuckle because I have always […]

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Cranberry Orange Shortbread Bars

These beautiful flavorful bites of buttery cranberry orangey yumminess are based on a recipe from my grandmother for Apricot Bars and they are so delicious. So delicious in fact, that the recipe popped in my mind when I decided to enter my first ever cooking contest last October. Our local newspaper held a holiday cookie contest and I entered. It […]

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Easy Apple Morning Pies

Somewhere along the way I saw a recipe for making homemade Pop-Tarts and I thought I would like to try it. But Pop-Tarts are so sugary and having grown up in a house with a nurse, I can’t shake the feeling that Pop-Tarts are “Bad”. “Bad, bad, bad”. I like to be bad once in a while. The closer I get […]

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Cherry Cobbler Breakfast Cake

This pan of heaven came about because I had leftover cream cheese filling from making Fruit and Cream Cheese Turnovers. And because I bought a can of cherry pie filling since I did not have one on hand but had been needing a cherry pie filling pastry bad, real bad. So, my mind got busy and created Cherry Cobbler Breakfast […]

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I Went to Yoga & Brought Home a Baby

Three years ago I went to my early morning prenatal yoga class and came home two days later with a baby. I kinda had a feeling that it would be the day because it seemed like I was having contractions. You would have thought that by my third pregnancy I would know the signs of labor and not be surprised, […]

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Fruit Turnovers with Cream Cheese Filling

Turnovers are such an easy and fun addition to a “Breakfast in Bed” menu, or any breakfast for that matter. Unlike pie dough where I am a bit picky, the store-bought refrigerated puff pastry dough is just fine for me. I had planned on having cherry turnovers but could not find a can of cherry pie filling in my cupboard, […]

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“Breakfast In Bed” – A Classic Menu

I am not sure if I have ever had breakfast in bed, if so, it was in a land far, far away. Actually, if truth be told, I prefer to eat lunch and dinner foods for breakfast and breakfast foods later in the day. Those close to me know that I would pick a chili-dog over an egg for breakfast. […]

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Flourless Peanut Butter Cookie Bar

I don’t even remember what I was searching for online but I ran into this peanut butter cookie recipe last week and I took an online detour. I LOVE peanut butter cookies, real peanut butter cookies. Some peanut butter cookies have an artificial peanut butter taste and that will just not do. Not do at all. Apparently this recipe originated […]

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Strawberry Hand Pies

When I think of a perfect summer picnic pie, I think hand pies. They are small and guess what? They fit into your hand! Isn’t that clever? All of the delicious pie goodness is wrapped up in a golden-y baked dough so that the mess is contained and you can easily make a variety of hand pies, which is always fun […]

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Brown Butter Apple Muffins

When I was thinking of breakfast foods that I wanted to make for the teachers at my wee one’s preschool I knew that I wanted to use apples for something because I had a plethora of apples. That’s right, a plethora. So, apple muffins became the base. But…I didn’t want just any old apple muffin so I thought about it […]

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Cheddar Biscuits with Chive Cream Cheese

These little biscuits were the “Winner Winner Chicken Dinner” favorites in my Breakfast Baskets for our preschool teachers. Being a “savory” myself, I know that they were my favorites when I sampled them, slightly winning out over the Brown Butter Apple Muffins in the category of “how many I wolfed down today”. I packaged two biscuits in little tins with plastic […]

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Coffee Can Pumpkin Bread

A family member makes the moistest pumpkin bread that I have ever tasted. And the super fun thing is that she makes them in coffee cans…does anyone remember that? I do! I have the old-time black and white photo… The interesting thing is that metal coffee cans are harder to find these days because many are made of plastic or […]

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Vanilla Bean Butter

While looking for something else in the baker’s section at my local Michaels craft store, I stumbled upon Vanilla Bean Paste. I love vanilla extract and thought I would see what this was all about. It’s fun! It is thicker than vanilla extract and has the vanilla bean flecks in it so it also produces a nice looking result. If […]

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Easy Apple Crisp

I am no stranger to apple crisp but when I had this version at a friend’s house, I just had to have the recipe. It was the best one that I think I have ever had. She makes extra topping and I just think that is brilliant. It also tastes better when it sits, so it is a great “make ahead” dessert […]

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Chocolate Cherry Chip Brownies

I am still enjoying the chocolate & cherry flavor combination so I created these brownies for Valentine’s Day, but you can make them for any day that you are craving this combo (it’s one of my favorites). I used a box mix for the brownie base because, well, don’t tell anyone but I love the taste of some box brownie […]

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Chocolate-Cherry Cake

    This is a family recipe that my grandmother used to make for the birthdays in the family. It was shared with me a while ago and I dusted it off and made it for a recent birthday in our house. Scrumptious! Delicious! You have to make it… It’s beautiful in its “birthday suit” (look at those cherries and […]

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Homemade Old-Time Doughnuts

When I was a kid, my mom would make homemade doughnuts for the first snowfall. They were delicious! Crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside with just a hint of a taste that has only come close in a Cider Doughnut.   They are easy to make but they do take some time since you are cooking them […]

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Scandinavian Almond Cake

I received this fabulous pan as a gift along with a recipe for Scandinavian Almond Cake. The pan was recently purchased at a German Christmas Market and I couldn’t wait to try it out. I made the cake as the recipe indicated but the next time, I would cut down on the sugar by at least 1/4 cup because it is […]

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Pumpkin Spice Kiss Cookies

One of my favorite cookies as a child from the holidays was my mom’s Hershey Kiss cookies. Not the ones with the Hershey Kiss on the outside of the dough, but the ones where the Hershey Kiss is completely covered by cookie dough. Oh, yum! On a recent grocery trip I saw that Hershey had Pumpkin Spice Kisses available so […]

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Coconut Creme Pie

(I have the worst natural lighting in my house – it is either too bright or too gray!) This delicious pie was from a family friend. I make it a little more “coconutty” by using coconut milk. I have also used coconut cream but then I do not add any additional sugar because it is sweet all on its own! […]

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Zucchini Squash Bread

I love zucchini bread and I like to keep the accompanying flavors to a minimum since zucchini is mild-flavored. Recently, I posted about a zucchini bread that I made and shared the recipe link from Allrecipes. I made a few adaptations but pretty much kept to the recipe. It was good, but it wasn’t the zucchini bread taste that I […]

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Party

  I have been seeing green and Ninja’s…and I am not dreaming… Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (or TMNT) was the desired theme for a birthday party in my world and I was up for the challenge. I previously told you that I also challenged myself to “do” the party a little differently than I had done for my last few parties. […]

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Coffee Buttercream Frosting

We do birthdays really well…they last for days and days. We have a small celebration on the actual day of the birthday if it falls during the week, then we have a bigger bash on the weekend. And quite often we have added more days for some reason or another. It’s pure madness. This Dinosaur Foot cake made an appearance […]

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Easy Lemon Pudding Pound Cake with Strawberries & Bananas

This is a delicious and super easy make-ahead cake to put together for a summertime dessert. It is light and creamy with all of the fresh fruit flavors layered inside. I made it to go with a Shrimp Scampi Pizza (I am working on getting that recipe together), which was a rich garlicky-buttery yummy dinner. That kind of dinner calls for a […]

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Coffee, Cream & Corn Muffins

We needed an afternoon snack and this is what sounded delicious. Iced coffee with a touch of heavy cream and corn muffins with a nutmeg whipped cream butter…mmmm…it hit the spot. Surprise someone with this happy (and quick) snack! By now, your muffins should be ready! Depending on how you are presenting this gift, you can serve it now or […]

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