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Warm Vanilla Sauce

Warm Vanilla SauceA “warm you up” winter dessert.


S’mores Cookie Cake

Quinn’s request and idea for his 6th birthday cake came like this: “For my birthday, I want a Marshmallow Cake. But Mom, wouldn’t it be cool if it was just cookies, so then, right after I blow out my candles, everyone could just grab their own cookie?! But Mom, I want a S’mores Cake…with marshmallows.”

I was a bit stuck at first. What exactly did he want? A cake or cookies? Or did he just want a bag of marshmallows? Truthfully, he would have been happy with the latter, but I couldn’t just give him a bag of marshmallows. Well, I could have, but I didn’t want to. It was his birthday not Halloween, he needed something special that was made with love. So, I decided to get my creative juices going, and put all his requests together. Thus, the S’mores Cookie Cake was born. Isn’t it fun?!



Cake Batter Rice Crispies

Ok. These are tasty and you’re going to love them, but first a confession…


Coconut Lime Berry Cake

Welcome to the world little Mary Ruth! I’m so happy you’re here. (more…)

It’s My Party, and I’ll Bake if I Want To.

It’s my Birthday, and I’ll bake if I want to. So I did!  (more…)

Peanut Butter Swirl Cake

Celebrating 5 years is a big deal around here. Five means kindergarten. Five means no more shots for 6 years. Five means you are a big kid now. Five means where the heck did my baby boy go?!

Five years ago, I gave birth to a healthy baby boy weighing in at 8 lbs. 11 oz and 19 inches. (more…)

Lovely Lavender Lemon Pound Cake


I’ll be honest here, I love any sort of celebration, not just because I love spending time with friends and family, but because it gives me an excuse to make a scrumptious something I wouldn’t normally allow myself the time or ingredients to make.

This spring brings a lot of celebrations into my circle. One of which, is the birthday of a good friend and baking confidant, Katie.


Happy Birthday Cake!

Somebody turned one last week, and I am still in shock.

The first taste of birthday cake is an important one. I wanted Zoe to have something simple and delicious. She loves strawberries, and I thought Fresh Strawberry Buttercream and a simple vanilla cake would go nicely. It turned out perfect.

Vanilla Cake with Fresh Strawberry Buttercream

I didn’t expect to get emotional while making my daughter’s first birthday cake.  It started when I was at my mother’s house in Arizona. I was excited because I got to use all her kitchen gadgets and her fancy double oven. I pulled out her Kitchen Aid mixer that had once belonged to my Grandma. I began creaming the butter, and my mind wandered to my Grandma. She passed away almost 13 years ago on the night of my High School graduation. I miss her. She was a round lovable woman with a great big deep laugh, and always a nice firm hug. She made all sorts of goodies with that very same mixer.