Homemade Vanilla Extract Made Simple

This is the time of year many folks, homemaking vanilla kinda-folks, start thinking about putting vanilla beans in jars with vodka or rum, storing them away in a cool dark place for a few months, then having a delicious, much sought after Christmas gift on hand for their friends and loved ones. Are you homemaking […]

Break Out the Iron Skillet for Peach Crumble Coffee Cake

I love the smell of ripe peaches, don’t you? The last batch I brought home, I held up to my nose, greedily inhaled, smiled in sweet peachy happiness, then made Garry do the same. Nirvana. After the fruity smellathon, I got to bakin’ a peach crumb coffee cake in a cast iron skillet with those […]

Ready for Peach Cobbler Season?

Anyone else dreaming of peach cobbler season? Fine, it’s not an actual season, but in the summertime, when the peaches are ripe, it seems like all things peach cobbler season to me! This classic post will teach you how to peel peaches like a pro. Ready? Let’s peel! Peach cobbler made with fresh peaches = […]

Best, Yes, BEST, Chocolate Cake You’ll Ever Eat

We love a great cake in our house.  Hell, let’s be completely honest, we simply love c-a-k-e in this house, sometimes the crazier, the better. But, we’re madly, deeply, crazily in love with this chocolate cake.  Yep, I’m willing to put this baby up against any other chocolate cake you’ve fallen in love with.  It’s […]

Perfect Oatmeal Cookies with Dried Apricots

My favorite cookies are…oh, who am I kidding? I love them all. I love cookies! Yet, if I was forced to pick one, it would probably be these oatmeal cookies with dried apricots. There is something about the juxtaposition of hearty oats and zingy apricots that make it hard to stop after a few bites. […]

Possibly The Best Chocolate Sheet Cake You’ll Ever Eat

Chocolate sheet cakes are all the same, right? WRONG! Texas Chocolate Sheet Cake might be the most delicious addicting sheet cake you’ve ever eaten. OMT don’t lie, y’all. This is my go-to cake when someone needs cheering up, or if I sign-up for a pot luck, or if I need to bribe anyone for anything. […]

Delicious No-Sugar-Added Blueberry Strawberry Smoothie

I’m not a fan of store-bought smoothies. If I’m going to drink my calories in smoothie form, I don’t want any extras, like sugar. I’d rather save those calories for cake. Glorious cake! I’m also not a fan of ingredients I can’t spell or recognize as food. So, nope, you won’t find me in line […]

Dare to Dream Bars!

Oh, momma…look at that! Dream Bars are everything you dream about in a bar: balanced sweetness against a flaky crust with a filling that makes you Mmmmmm in delight. This recipe was handed down to me from The German (my mother, for the uninitiated); I have no idea where it originated, but am grateful that […]

Pecan Pie Cake Nirvana

Garry loves him some pecan anythangs. (Anyone squinch at my mastery of the English language? ~snort~) About a month before his birthday, he sent a cake recipe to me and the following conversation took place. Garry: This looks good. Can you make this? Me: As in can I or will I? Cause you know I’m […]

Coconut Palm Sugar Caramel Apple Bars

It’s apple season! Wait, no it’s not. But, that doesn’t matter, does it? No! It doesn’t! What time of the year is the best time to bake your favorite (or soon to be new favorite) apple recipes? Anytime you’ve made a run for a jumbo bag of organic apples, that’s when! Wadda ya know…I just […]