Monday, March 18, 2019

Peach Upside Down Cake

Peach Cake, Peach Upside Down Cake, Cake, Rhubarb Cake, Summer DessertsUpside down cake is one of those retro desserts that everyone I know grew up with and loved, the most common, of course, being a pineapple upside down cake.  Since we grow our own peaches and rhubarb in our back yard, last summer I made a few of these cakes to highlight our home-grown fruit...

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Lemon Cake

Lemon Cake, Lemon Poppyseed Cake, Cake Decorating Ideas, Buttercream Flowers, Wedding CakeA few months ago, I started reading The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake.  I was intrigued by the title, but for whatever reason, I couldn't quite get into the book.  I used to love reading, but haven't had much time for it since my little boys joined our family.  Actually, I think the last time I committed to any serious reading was three years ago, the summer before our first son was born, when I read through all of Harry Potter.  Since then, I just haven't had the time, and I do miss reading something other than the same Curious George story that our toddler loves to read night after night.

But, back to lemon cake...

Monday, March 4, 2019

Polkadots and Roses Cake

Cake Decorating Ideas, Red and White Cake, Cake with Flowers, Valentine's Cake, Polkadot Cake, Wedding CakeI've been testing and re-testing cake recipes lately.  Adjusting this and that, studying the science of cake baking, playing with different ingredients and striving for perfection.  Like paintings, most recipes are never truly finished, and I will probably always continue to add more touches to mine as the years go by.

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Soft-Baked Chocolate Sugar Cookies and Homemade Oreos

Homemade Oreos, Chocolate Sugar Cookies, Chocolate Cookie Recipes, Milk and CookiesA few days before Valentine's Day, I stumbled across this recipe for cutout chocolate sugar cookies.  I usually use my own shortbread cookie recipe when I want to make cutout cookies, but I've been wanting to try some new sugar cookie recipes, too, and this one was fantastic.

Monday, February 11, 2019

Harry Potter Cake

Harry Potter Cake, Golden Snitch Cake Topper, Quidditch Cake, Gryffindor, Harry Potter, 9 3/4 Cake, Baby Boy Birthday, Harry Potter Party, Mischief ManagedI love that Harry Potter has become a classic series, and there are so many fantastic decor items and party ideas on Etsy and Pinterest.  Have you seen Pottery Barn Kids' line of Harry Potter products?  It's amazing... and so expensive.

With my love for the Harry Potter books and movies, I had to make a themed cake for Griffin, since he is 9 3/4 months old this month.  How did that happen so fast?  I can't believe he's almost one already.

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Coffee and Walnut Muffins

Coffee and Walnut Muffins, Breakfast Recipes, Muffins, CoffeecakeAfter having virtually no snow for Christmas, it's been a snowy January and February in Colorado.  As I write this, snow is quietly falling on this 17-degree day, and we're staying warm beside the fire while a ham bone is simmering on the stove for soup tonight.

Monday, January 21, 2019

Baby Boy Birthday Cakes

Bunny Cake, Woodland Cake, Boy Birthday Cake, Fondant Woodland Cake Topper, Baby Boy Birthday PartyLast October, we celebrated Phoenix's 2nd birthday, and Griffin's half birthday of 6 months.  Of course, Griffin had no clue what was going on, and didn't get to taste his cake, but Phoenix was so excited about his special pancake breakfast, visits from both sets of grandparents, the party decorations, opening presents and eating cake.

I've really been wanting to try making some little fondant animal cake toppers, and what better opportunity to practice than for my boys' cakes?  I'm not including recipes today, so these photos are purely for inspiration, perhaps to give you ideas for decorating your own kids' cakes...

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Lemon Bars, Lemonies and Lemon Pie

Lemonies, Lemon Bars, Lemon Pie, Lemon Dessert, Lemon Recipes, Lemon Brownies, Lemon Cookie Bars
Over the past few months, I've been testing a few lemon recipes, and now seems the perfect time to share them, since citrus fruit is so plentiful and beautiful in January.

To start, I have a recipe for lemon bars.  I've made many variations of lemon bars over the years, including a version with a thick cookie crust and a crumble topping sprinkled over the filling, but today's recipe is classic.

Monday, January 7, 2019

Nutty for Nuts Cookies

Toasted Nut Cookies, Nut Cookies, Christmas Cookies, Holiday Baking Ideas, Cookie RecipesDuring the holiday season, I always make sure to stop at the grocery store and fill a bag with assorted nuts in their shells to keep at home for snacking.  Phoenix was especially intrigued by the nut bowl and the cracking-of-nuts process, and asked for tastes of little pieces of nuts every time we cracked a few.

After Christmas was over, our company gone, the decorations put away and the carpet vacuumed clean of all the stray glitter and tree needles, I really wanted use of that bowl again, so I spent some time and shelled what was left of the nuts.  Several hours (and several blisters) later, I had three cups of shelled walnuts, pecans, almonds, hazelnuts and Brazil nuts, and I thought about cookies, rich, buttery, and absolutely loaded with toasted nuts.

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Eggnog Cheesecake

Eggnog Cheesecake, Christmas, Christmas Dessert Ideas, No-Bake Cheesecake, Christmas Baking, Eggnog Recipes
Hello, 2019!  Where did the past year go?  It seems that when you have a baby and a two-year old, time slips by much, much more quickly.  I can hardly believe that at this time a year ago, we were still getting ready to welcome our second son into the world, and now we have two little boys who are sweeter, sillier, and more adorable with each other than I ever could have imagined.

Somehow, we ended up with more eggnog than we could drink this Christmas.  Really, it's because we made a batch of this homemade aged eggnog that we've been slowly savoring for the past week, and a carton of store-bought eggnog has been sitting untouched in the refrigerator.

There are so many delicious ways to use up leftover eggnog if you don't want to drink all of it.  Besides adding a splash to my coffee instead of cream, a couple of my favorite uses are eggnog layer cake, eggnog streusel coffee cake and overnight eggnog French toast.  If you have an ice cream maker, you can even churn it up into a creamy ice cream.  Yum, yum.

Or, this cheesecake...