Pecan Crusted Pumpkin Rolls

Pecan Crusted Pumpkin Rolls

Oh how I love Fall!  Pumpkins, baking, and cooler weather are just a few things that get me in the Fall mood.  I really feel like I've been in the kitchen a lot more already than usual and that can only mean one thing....early weight gain!  But who cares when you're eating these delicious Pecan Crusted Pumpkin Rolls.  I have been wanting to try … [Read more...]

Easy Plum Torte Recipe Using Fresh Plums

Plum Torte

I don't think I've ever used plums in a recipe, which is why I decided to step outside my little box and use them and make a Plum Torte!  The sweet with the tartness from the plum skin made it perfectly delicious.  And served over vanilla ice cream? I found this recipe in a magazine somewhere a long time ago and ripped out the … [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...]

REESE’S Baking Bracket Challenge – Benchwarmers


Who loves REESE'S!!!! HOLLA!!! REESE'S Peanut Butter Cups are something I'll actually drive 20 miles to buy just to get my 'fix'.  I was thrilled to participate in the REESE'S Baking Bracket Challenge because I LOVE REESE'S!  With all the exciting HOOPlah (<--teehee) of the college basketball games, REESE'S wanted to make it easier for you to … [Read more...]

REESE’S Mini Cups Mousse for Mini Molten REESE’S Cakes

reeses molten cakes

Man do I love REESE'S.  I have been known to make a special trip to the tiny town of Roscoe, just for peanut butter cups.  I know it's crazy. You don't have to tell me.  Since I had several packages of REESE'S products in my home (for another recipe), I thought it would be fun to create a cupcake using some of them.  While they tasted delicious, it … [Read more...]

Big Ol’ Heart Cookie for Valentine’s Day

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If you're looking for a last minute, quick & easy Valentine's Day treat to whip up, I've got a nifty idea for you using Nestle's Cookie-Brownie Delight Kit and Valentine Dark Chocolate/Red Morsels.   We thought this would be an extra special treat for his teacher, the post lady, or even the nice women in the community who have watched your kid … [Read more...]

Ranch Rolls Made from Scratch

Ranch Rolls from scratch

There is nothing better than fresh, baked bread.  I already have a dinner roll recipe that gets rave reviews from my readers but I think these ranch rolls, made from scratch, will beat it! This recipe belongs to a fella who once cooked for a ranch. I'm not sure if it was a hunting ranch or cattle ranch but when he left there (and he was … [Read more...]

100 Years of Baking – Pies

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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...]

Rocky Road Brownies *drool*


In my previous video, I made you Healthy Pumpkin Bread. Today, I bring you quite the opposite with Rocky Road Brownies.  When it comes to food gift giving during the holidays, so many people give breads and cookies but something we like to give, are brownies served in a dish. I like to find pretty bowls or plates, place brownies in them, and … [Read more...]

Healthy Pumpkin Bread Mini Loaves for Gift Giving


November marks the part of the season where we give thanks, give gifts, and help those in need.  Giving a homemade food gift is one of the most popular ideas because it's so friendly to your wallet and it comes from the heart. Today, I'm bringing you a healthy alternative to traditional pumpkin bread (found at Dashing Dish) and  sharing my food … [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...]

Hair Raising Cake Supporting the Cause


You should know that just because I am taking Wilton Decorating classes, that it doesn't mean I'm any good at it still.  I'm definitely learning much more but I still have such a long ways to go.  With this Hair Raising Cake, I wanted to do three things; incorporate Halloween of course, try not to completely ruin it, and pay tribute to those … [Read more...]

Baking with Mom Moments Photo Contest

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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


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...]

The Perfect Pie Crust

perfect pie crust

A good pie crust seems to be one of the harder things to make in the kitchen. Contrary to the title, mine are not perfect but I do feel like they come close to being great. I bet I've tried a gazillion pie crust recipes over the years and this one comes out just the way I like it and makes at least 4 which works out perfect if you're making … [Read more...]

Healthy Cranberry Oatmeal Clusters

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In my goal to be fit, not only am I working out to the Your Shape Wii Game, I'm also eating things healthier when I can.  Trying to find healthy substitutions to replace the easy accessible junk food can prove to be difficult at times.  I realized that trying to find prepackaged healthy food was the real problem. I needed to discover ways to create … [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...]

Cupcakes and Cakes with Wilton and Little Man

Wilton Cowboy Cake

When Wilton asked me to do a review, I had no idea all the wonderful goodies they would be sending would be so fabulous and make little man go CRAZY!! As a long time user of Wilton, I honestly knew this review would be biased because well, I have always loved them.   My son's 4th birthday was so special because of his cowboy cake, made in a Wilton … [Read more...]

Healthy Chocolate Coconut Macaroon Muffins


For our family the perfect muffin has to be healthy and also nut free (my daughter’s daycare is nut free), low carb for me and yet still delicious and moist for my husband.   I’m not an expert baker so I wanted something that would be quick and easy to make and relatively foolproof.   After combining a couple of recipes and tweaking a little we … [Read more...]

Family Time and 30 Minute Pizzas (psst, giveaway too)

Pepperoni Pizza

Pizza is like the best ever food invention. You can eat it cold, hot, with meats, vegetables, and even as a dessert.  When I was asked if I wanted to try the new Fleischmann's Pizza Crust Yeast,  I was like heck yeah! Any excuse to make pizza!  We were supposed to have family night but there were ranch duties that needed tended too. Luckily, I was … [Read more...]

Delicious Maple & Bacon Cookies


Hmmmm, I'm not sure how maple and bacon cookies are going to taste but they sure look good! If you make these, please let me know. I would love hear how they turn out for y'all. Things have been crazy around here but hope to have things back to normal soon! Thanks for bearing with me guys. INGREDIENTS * 1 c. butter or margarine, softened * 3/4 … [Read more...]

Cinnamon Rolls for the Bread Machine


This recipe comes from my mom!  She's helping me out while I'm in Florida at SeaWorld!  Thanks Mom! INGREDIENTS Dough-2 pound ingredient 1 cup milk 1 egg, beaten 4 Tbsp. Melted butter 4 Tbsp. water ½ box instant vanilla pudding (3.4 oz box) 4 cups Bread flour 1 Tbsp. Sugar ½ tsp. Salt 2 ½ tsp. Bread machine … [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...]

Soft, Chewy Ginger Cookies


I love any cookies that have molasses in them and these soft, chew ginger cookies are no exception!  I don't know why but I have been craving sweets here lately and what I love about cookies, is that you can just one or two to satisfy that craving instead of a huge piece of cake.  Hey, baby steps you know! INGREDIENTS 1 1/4 cup all purpose … [Read more...]

Easy Chocolate Bundt Cake


My middle son loves chocolate but my oldest is not so fond of it so I have always have to find a middle ground.  I found this Chocolate Bundt Cake that fits in the middle perfectly because it's still chocolate but not as sweet as a chocolate cake.  We made this last night and it takes not time to prepare.  It was really good! INGREDIENTS: 1 c. … [Read more...]

Paula Deen’s Crab and Spinach Casserole


Paula Deen's recipes are the best and this one is no exception.  My internet has been down for over a day so hopefully things will get back to normal soon! INGREDIENTS 2 10-oz packages of frozen leaf spinach (thawed and drained) 1/2 cup or 1 stick of butter 1 clove garlic, minced 2 tbsp grated yellow onion 1/3 cup all-purpose flour 3 cups … [Read more...]