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Giant Oatmeal Cookies

Today’s recipe is from my friend Megan at Megan’s Sweet Life. Megan, who recently moved to Texas, was kind enough to try my marble cake. I was so grateful she took the time to make it that I baked a batch of her family’s favorite oatmeal cookies. Thanks to Megan, I think my family has […]


Published on May 30, 2014
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Cinco de Mayo Brownies

by on May 5, 2014 · 1 comment

Crunch Crust Brownies

Happy Cinco de Mayo! I have another recipe in mind for today, but I just realized I am out of nuts and have to make a grocery store run.  So until I come back with today’s actual recipe, here’s another good one  — Mexican Chocolate Crunch Brownies. The original version of the recipe was created […]

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Published on May 5, 2014
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Beth’s Cola Banana Bread

by on April 29, 2014 · 1 comment

Coca Cola Banana Bread

My sister-in-law, Beth, and her family stayed with us over the holidays. A good time was had by all, and it was sad to see them go.  However, they did leave a parting gift — some over-ripe bananas and a six pack of regular Coca Cola. I rarely have both of those ingredients in the […]

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Published on April 29, 2014
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Feta and Spinach Stuffed Stromboli

by on April 8, 2014 · 3 comments


Well, it appears I have a Mediterranean theme going on. Yesterday’s recipe was Olive Brittle and today’s is Feta and Spinach Stuffed Stromboli. This recipe is similar to the Ham & Cheese Stromboli but easier because it calls for thawed frozen bread dough. I’ve never actually used frozen bread dough because I’m too impatient to […]


Published on April 8, 2014
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Yellow Cake With Chocolate Frosting

by on March 29, 2014 · 9 comments

Yellow Cake

Have you ever made a yellow cake and been disappointed to find it was actually more of an off-white? Or worse, have you ever made an off-white yellow cake that tasted okay, but had the texture of cornbread? If either of these situations sounds familiar, here’s a new recipe for you to try. It’s a […]


Published on March 29, 2014
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Chocolate Cake Roll With Cappuccino Cream

by on February 13, 2014 · 4 comments

Chocolate Cake Roll With Cappuccino Cream

It’s a jelly roll cake, and I’m so excited to share this recipe! Every time I post one I have to mention that I find jelly rolls intimidating, and this cake was no exception. But as always, after gathering the tools and ingredients the process went from daunting to fun, and the end result was […]


Published on February 13, 2014
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Chocolate Layer Cake

This cake was inspired by Buddy Valastro, who is currently promoting his new line of Cake Boss mixes and accessories. I had the pleasure of speaking with Buddy over the phone recently, and while the point of our conversation was to discuss his products, he graciously answered some of my scratch baking questions before moving […]


Published on January 24, 2014
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Top 10 Pies for National Pie Day

by on January 23, 2014 · 6 comments

Quick Butterscotch Cream Pie

January 23 is National Pie Day!  Not that you need an excuse to make pie, but if you do — here are 10 recipes I recommend.  Enjoy! This Quick Butterscotch Cream Pie is a new favorite, and what’s great about it is you can make it in any flavor by varying the pudding mix.  It […]


Published on January 23, 2014