Thursday, July 12, 2018

Dark Chocolate Pudding

Chocolate Pudding, Chocolate Desserts, Chocolate Custard, Desserts in JarsWe are, or rather, my husband is, in the process of building a pergola on our back patio.  We have a huge maple tree that shades the grass for the majority of the day, but the patio ends up unusable except for the early morning and evening, as it sits in full southern sun and becomes unbearably hot during the day.

The pergola is nearly done, and just needs some additional cross beams on the top, and it's looking so beautiful already...

Monday, July 9, 2018

Pies, etc.

Strawberry Blueberry Pie, Pie, Four Seasons Pie, Holiday BakingIt's been a summer of pie.  Not enough pie, if you ask my husband, but there have been berry pies, creamy tarts, and and some very pretty pie crust designs.  And with my current posting schedule of one recipe each week, I knew I'd never be able to share all these pies with you unless I combined them into one post, so today, you get four pies to inspire you to bake up something lovely yourself...

Monday, July 2, 2018

Red, White and Blue Sprinkles Cake

4th of July Cake, Red White and Blue Cake, Sprinkles Cake, Paper Straws, Paper Candles, Cake, 4th of July Desserts, 4th of July BakingAbout five or six years ago when I started baking more and more cakes, I took a basic cake decorating class at a local bakery in Denver.  The advantage to taking a cake decorating class at an actual bakery instead of attending the classes offered at Michaels craft stores, is that the bakery provided all of the tools, cake and frosting, and all I had to do was to show up there after work in the evenings, without having to buy any decorating kits or take the time to bake and bring in my own cake to decorate.  Although it was more expensive than the Michaels classes, I think the cost ends up about the same in the end, since the more expensive class was all-inclusive, and completely worth it if you're not sure you want or need all those tools until after you take the class, not to mention, having to prepare your own cake in the middle of a busy week.  These days, of course, pretty much anything you want to learn, you can do so by watching free video tutorials on YouTube, although I really enjoyed the classroom environment, seeing how others were decorating their cakes, and being able to ask questions of the teacher.

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Cookies and Cream Cake

Cookies and Cream Cake, Cake, Birthday Cake, White Velvet Cake, Oreo Cake, Cookies and MilkUpon seeing this cake sitting prettily under its glass dome on the kitchen counter, my toddler learned to say cake.  Now he loves sitting with me and looking at all the pictures of cakes and pies and other sweet treats whenever I scroll through my Pinterest or Instagram feeds, and exclaiming cake! and pie! over and over.  How adorable is that?

When I was a kid, and my mom asked me what kind of cake I wanted for my birthday, I remember asking for carrot cake with cream cheese frosting.  My sister once asked for a pumpkin pie instead of cake.  And my little brother always wanted a cookies and cream cake...

Friday, June 15, 2018

Overnight French Toast

Overnight French Toast, Baked French Toast, French Toast, Easy Breakfast RecipeLast Christmas, I made an eggnog version of this recipe, and it was so fantastic, that I'm sure it will be a yearly holiday breakfast tradition going forward.  But there's no reason to not make it any time of year, even without eggnog, so for Father's Day, I'll be making this overnight French toast for my husband.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Apple Spice Muffins on a Rainy Spring Day

Apple Spice Muffins, Breakfast, Cinnamon and Sugar, Apple MuffinsUnless you live in the mountains, or near a lot of evergreens, Colorado winters here in the foothills of Denver tend to be rather brown and blah when there's no snow on the ground, and the nondescript scenery in our neighborhood has me longing for the end of winter. It's very much summer now, but when I made these muffins a few weeks ago, it was cool and drizzly, and everything in our small back yard turned a dark, saturated green from the much-needed moisture.

The wet weather kept my husband inside that Saturday, instead of working in the yard, so I baked muffins and we enjoyed a leisurely breakfast with our coffee.  On the weekends, our toddler tends to get a "second breakfast" with us, since we feed him his usual banana, yogurt and oatmeal with cinnamon first before making our own, and he always manages to find room in his tummy, whether we're having scrambled eggs with cheese, or something sweet like these muffins...