Red Velvet Muffins

Red Velvet Muffins

Last Saturday I went to the grocery  store for cereal and milk, and  left inspired to make red velvet muffins. When I woke that morning, I wasn’t thinking about red velvet muffins, but I saw the bakery display featuring red velvet muffins and I just had to try one. However, I couldn’t bring myself to […]

French Apple Cake

French Apple Cake

Last Friday I started Dr. Oz’s 3-Day cleanse, and I have to say it wasn’t as bad as I thought it was going to be–at first. Usually I’ll fast at the beginning of the year to clean out my system from all the lovely meals and treats that I enjoyed over the quarter-long celebration season–which begins […]

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Cake

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Cake

I finished writing my first novel on Friday, September 6, 2013 at 1:08pm EDT, and I celebrated with cake. In January, I started with one idea that developed into a contemporary romance novel that transformed into a great story about family, love, happiness and faith. It celebrates starting over and second chances. And the love scenes […]

White Chocolate Limoncello Flag Cake

White Chocolate Limoncello Flag Cake

Five years ago I competed in my first bake-off and won. The contest fell into my lap when I was on the Nordic Ware website looking for a new bundt pan. The only thing I can remember about the site was that it stated someone could win $10,000 for making a cake.  I knew how […]

Zucchini Bread

Zucchini Bread

Zucchini is one of those vegetables that’s always around. You can find it at any farm stand, in every supermarket and probably in your neighbor’s backyard. It’s so versatile you can use it to make dinner or dessert. Zucchini bread is a popular way to enjoy this bountiful vegetable. This bread is moist with a […]

Cherry Almond Meringue Cookies

Cherry Almond Meringue Cookies

It’s funny how you can go away on vacation to relax and unwind, only to return home more tired than you were when you left. My family and I just spent a week vacationing in Kissimmee, Florida. And I’m exhausted. I have two boys who think rest is for chumps. They dragged me and my husband to Disney World, Legoland, […]

Not PawPaw’s Fruitcake

Not PawPaw’s Fruitcake

Every Christmas my husband’s grandfather invited his family to partake of his treasured fruitcake.  And every year they declined his generous offer. At first PawPaw was met with polite refusals, such as “No, thank you” or “Maybe later.”  But after 10 years of the same cake the cordial declinations turned ugly. “No, thank you” and “Maybe later” transformed […]

Chocolate Guinness Brownies

Chocolate Guinness Brownies

My two favorite imports from Ireland are Colin Farrell and Guiness. Since I’m happily married to a great guy (who reads this blog) we’ll keep the conversation focused on Colin Farrell…oops!..I meant to say Guinness. Guiness is a stout beer produced in Ireland.  It’s a dark beer with a robust flavor that’s a little too strong for my taste. I prefer […]

Irish Soda Bread

Irish Soda Bread

Irish soda bread is a quick and simple bread that can be made and on the table in about an hour.  The baking soda and baking powder act as the leavening agents so you don’t have to mess around with yeast, which can be a little temperamental if not handled with care. There’s limited kneading and […]

Caramel Banana Cupcakes

Caramel Banana Cupcakes

My friend Emma Merisier is the Southern Cake Queen.  She has this awesome mobile cupcakery in Charlotte. (I just love that word—cupcakery.)  It’s a big, pink cupcake bakery on wheels! Emma is just as vibrant and inviting as her fabulous pink truck!  And she makes scrumptiously delicious cupcakes from scratch. On any given Saturday you can find […]