Making Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls Topped with Pecans, with My Mom

Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls with Pecans

If you've read this blog for any length of time, then y'all know that this year has been a long one for me.  It's been 13 months since my dad's passing and it has tested me in all sorts of ways.  And while I could dwell on the on the sadness of that day, I choose not too.  Instead, I focus on days like this one, with my mom.  Together we made, … [Read more...]

Orangesicle Cake!

orangesicle cake

If you're old enough, you'll remember the tasty orangesicles.  You might have bought them at the store or maybe even at the fun ice cream trucks that would make the neighborhood rounds.  Well if you follow me on facebook, then you saw that Pillsbury is bringing you those same yummy flavors in an orangesicle cake and cookie mix!  Not only that, you … [Read more...]

100 Years of Baking – Pies

perfect pie crust

Crisco is celebrating their 100th anniversary by adding a new category, 'Crisco Innovation', to the big 17th Annual American Pie Council Pie Championship.  It encourages pie makers to combine creativity with traditional pie baking skills and come up with something truly innovative. Because I do feel that Crisco is the best shortening for pies and … [Read more...]

Mental Preparation for Baking a Dozen Cakes

Yesterday, I was early preparing my list for our Fall Festival cake walk.  Since my oldest is a junior, I get the pleasure of making at minimum of 12 cakes for the cake walk.  Each junior parent is asked to do this.  That's a lot of cakes!  My plans are to mix it up with cakes, cookies, and I'll even be doing pink cupcakes in honor of breast cancer … [Read more...]

Baking with Mom Moments Photo Contest

breville stand mixer set

Have you seen my post where Truett helps me bake a ton of cupcakes?  I LOVE cooking and baking with my kids, always have.  Even if it's just them helping me stir something or grabbing a potato and handing it to me, it's all special because they are moments between me and them. I want to see moments like this from you.  Maybe you're a Mom, know a … [Read more...]

2010 Pillsbury Bake-Off Million Dollar Winner, Oprah Announces

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The million dollar winner of the Pillsbury Bake-Off has been announced live on the Oprah show.  I had the pleasure of watching 100 finalists compete in Orlando for the million dollar prize and out of those, it was narrowed down to these 4 finalists; (see my previous wrap up of the event) Breakfast & Brunches – Tomato-Basil Eggs Alfredo in … [Read more...]

2010 Pillsbury Bake-Off Wrap Up!

Pillsbury Bake-off 2010 Pillsbury Dough Boy

No, I wasn't IN the Pillsbury Bake-Off but I did get the awesome opportunity of watching all 100 finalists compete for a million dollars and even eat some of their tasty creations.   The bake-off was held in Orlando, Florida at a beautiful Waldorf=Astoria Orlando and Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek hotel. While riding from the airport to the hotel, I … [Read more...]

100 Recipes, 1-Million Dollar Winner

dutch apple breakfast bake

I absolutely love challenges, cook-offs, and bake-offs which is why I'm constantly watching shows like Challenge, Chopped, and Iron Chef but have you ever considered entering a food challenge (<--which btw, the winner will be announced soon)?  As much as I love challenges, I don't know if I'd enter.  I'm just not that creative but seeing others … [Read more...]

Baking with Mom Photo Contest

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I've had so many special cooking moments with my kids but one of my favorite moments is when me and Truett baked tons of cupcakes! We baked, iced, and decorated with fun and colorful icing and cupcake toppings. It was so special. I want to see that type of moment from you guys! Whether you are the mom, know a mom, or know someone with the heart … [Read more...]

2008 Holiday Gift Guide – BAKEWARE

breville smart oven

Fun and functional pans for the baker in your life!! Back to the 2008 Holiday Gift Guide Table of Contents ******************************************************************************* Chicago Metallic 12-Cup Lift & Serve Single Squares Pan Savory or sweet individual servings are as easy as lifting a finger with the Chicago Metallic 12-cup … [Read more...]

2008 Holiday Gift Guide – UTENSILS/GADGETS & CUTLERY

We all have to cook and cut at some point so we may as well have some quality and useful pieces in our kitchen.  In this section, you will find the hottest knives, flatware, and cooking utensils around.  Wrap one, use a piece as a stocking stuffer or create a bundle to give.  Perfect gift ideas for that foodie fan! Back to the 2008 Holiday Gift … [Read more...]

Tuesday’s Tips – Baking

Today's tips will revolve around baking. I LOVE to bake but hate the clean up;)  BTW--I give tips every Tuesday!! If you like to use insulated baking sheets, don't run out to the store to buy them; you can simulate them by stacking one regular cookie sheet over another. Be especially careful when you take them out of the oven; the top sheet … [Read more...]

Tuesday's Tips – Baking

Today's tips will revolve around baking. I LOVE to bake but hate the clean up;)  BTW--I give tips every Tuesday!! If you like to use insulated baking sheets, don't run out to the store to buy them; you can simulate them by stacking one regular cookie sheet over another. Be especially careful when you take them out of the oven; the top sheet … [Read more...]