How to NOT Make the Perfect Macarons

Chocolate Malt Macarons

Okay, so you probably remember my huge baking fail with the March Baking Challenge featuring croissants. Sure, in the end they turned out good and it was a great learning experience but man, the fail part really bugged me. So now there's an April Baking Challenge and this time the challenge is to make macarons. Ahhh! Up until now I've never touched or tasted a macaron but I have seen pictures of them online. If you're like me and wondering what a … [Read more...]

March Kitchen Challenge | Sweet & Savory Homemade Croissants

Homemade Cocktail Croissants

Last week I was doing my regular blog hopping and come upon Lindsay's March Kitchen Challenge. The idea here was to try something new, tackle a recipe that you would otherwise run from. For March, that recipe is croissants. They are by far my favorite type of bread! As a kid my dad would get up early and take me to Burger King for a ham, egg and cheese croissanwich (minus the egg). It was also the place my dad taught me how to drive. We would get … [Read more...]

National Pound Cake Day & Easy Tiramisu Parfait Recipe

Tiramisu Parfait Square

Today is National Pound Cake Day and I'm pretty excited. Pound cake is on the top of the list when it comes to my favorite types of cake. Just don't ask me to bake one. When a pound cake craving hits I avoid the kitchen and head straight to the freezer section at the grocery store for a Sara Lee butter pound cake. They're the perfect size and always have a smooth texture that's perfect for dipping in fondue, smothering in strawberries or in this … [Read more...]

Donut House Baked Chocolate Glazed Donuts Recipe

Baked Chocolate Glazed Donut

Every month or so I get a special delivery from Green Mountain Coffee (the makers of KCup packs for your Keurig brewer). This month the delivery featured a variety of coffees from Donut House. Now, I've heard a lot about this brand but I've always been partial to my favorites, never stepping out of my routine to try something new but I'm glad I did. They've got a delicious collection of flavors that includes: Donut House Light Roast Coffee, … [Read more...]

DIY Strawberry Shortcake “Thank You Berry Much” Birthday Party Treat Bags

Strawberry Shortcake Party Favor Bags

I mentioned we're doing a Strawberry Shortcake themed birthday party for Emma's 4th birthday. Well, Party City loaded us up with all kinds of supplies including a bulk packages of Brach's strawberry candies. I thought they would be perfect for "Thank You Berry Much for Coming to my Party" treat bags for our guests. These are fairly easy to make and only require a few supplies including: printer, paper, card stock, clear treat bags, glue sticks … [Read more...]

Cream Cheese Filled King Cake Pops Recipe for Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras King Cake Pops

Mardi Gras is a pretty big deal in some parts of the country, not-so-much here in central Illinois. When we lived in St. Louis there was a pretty big street celebration that my husband dragged me down to but it was more of litter-bug drunk fest than celebration of anything as far as I could tell. So we pretty much limit our celebration to buying a King Cake from the grocery store. I'm sure it has no real comparison to one made in New Orleans … [Read more...]

Cran-Cherry Toffee Oatmeal Bars Recipe

Cran-Cherry Toffee Oatmeal Bars

January is a difficult month for me when it comes to cooking and baking. While I didn't personally make any resolutions, my husband did. In the midst of my typical sweets and baked goods I've been making, he's busy fighting off the urge to eat these calorie packed goodies. Rather than leave all these desserts around with nothing for him, I pulled my bag of Truvia Baking Blend out of the pantry to whip up a snack that he could enjoy without the … [Read more...]

Game Day Musselman’s Apple Butter Monkey Bread Bites Recipe

Apple Butter Monkey Bread

We're getting closer to the big game which is a major football holiday around this house. It doesn't matter which teams are playing, it only matters that there's a good spread of food and a clear line of sight to the television. Every year I bring out the slow cooker to cook up my favorite red chili, bake some hot wings for the family and a plethora of other finger foods. This year we're adding a dessert to the menu made with Musselman's Apple … [Read more...]

VIDEO RECIPE | How to Make Dessert Crepes #Troop8x #HTC8

Strawberry and Pastry Cream Dessert Crepes

Last week I had this urgent craving for some dessert crepes. Not familiar with a crepe? Well, it's like a really thin pancake that you can fill with a sweet pastry cream and fruits. Or you could fill it with a pudding and drizzle it with chocolate ... the possibilities are endless here. Since the Windows 8X phone by HTC was delivered I've been itching to try out the video capabilities. I've already been exploring it the camera which is 10 … [Read more...]

Reindeer Poop Holiday Recipe (Homemade Star Crunch Snack)

Reindeer Poop Homemade Star Crunch Snack

Don't let the name of this recipe scare you off. Reindeer poop is tasty stuff. Of course my daughters heard the name and wrinkled their little noses as I was rolling the "reindeer poop" into balls. But then of course I explained they're like a Rice Krispies Treat, only tastier. These snack balls include yummy caramel sauce and melted chocolate chips to give them extra flavor.   Reindeer Poop Recipe   Print Prep 5 mins … [Read more...]