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 […]

Ginger Lemon Cookie Ice Cream

Ginger Lemon Cookie Ice Cream

This is my 100th post! I didn’t think about milestones when I started this blog a year and a half ago. I just wanted to share funny stories and talk about food. But when  my 100th post rolled around, I felt like I should prepare something special. I racked my brain for days trying to come up with […]

Cinnamon Shortbread Cookies

Cinnamon Shortbread Cookies

My youngest sister is expecting her first child. And it only took me eight and a half months to realize she’s actually having a baby—any day now. A couple of weeks ago I hosted a baby shower for her at my house. Even though she and I discussed it three months prior, I procrastinated, as […]

Buttered-Popcorn Ice Cream

Buttered-Popcorn Ice Cream

While skimming through an old issue of Bon Appetit looking for a Fall dessert recipe for a story I’m writing, Buttered-Popcorn Ice Cream Sundaes jumped out at me.  I didn’t remember seeing this recipe in the magazine before, but there it was beckoning me to give it a try. Excited, I suggested the idea of buttered-popcorn ice cream to […]

Red Velvet Shortbread Hearts

Red Velvet Shortbread Hearts

I live in a male dominated household. There’s nothing frilly, pink or cutsie laying around here. It’s all Power Rangers, Avengers and basketball. Even I wear warm-up pants, a t-shirt and sneakers everyday. So when my rough and tumble sons asked me to make them cookies for Valentine’s Day I was confused. Of course they […]

Apple Fries

Apple Fries

My husband and I were so excited about taking our kids to Disney World for the first time during Christmas. We hadn’t been to the Magic Kingdom since our honeymoon thirteen years ago.  We had a lot of fun making our own magic then. (Wink. Wink.) We planned our family trip for several months and didn’t tell our kids. […]

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 […]