Happy August! I can’t believe it’s almost fall. Although fall is my favorite season, there is still plenty of summer fun left to enjoy. One of the major local highlights at the end of summer is the Minnesota State Fair. I don’t know about other fairs, but our state fair seems completely centered around food. That’s just fine with me. 😀 I love trying out some of the new food options and walking through the exhibits. Before I start drooling over anticipated treats, I have decided to try out a dessert recipe with a seasonal summer twist: chocolate zucchini cake. While I won’t be using any blue ribbon zucchinis, this dessert is simply delicious.
This cake is wonderfully moist and chocolatey without being too sweet. It is also one of those cakes that doesn’t need frosting. Just a dusting of powdered sugar, and you are ready to dig in. The grated zucchini inside keeps the cake nice and moist. Since it has zucchini in it, does it really count against you? Zucchini is healthy right?! 😉 Regardless if you are a fan of zucchini or not, you will enjoy every bite.
Hello everyone and hello summer! Okay while it isn’t technically summer yet, the weather would indicate otherwise. It has been glorious outside. This time of year always reminds me of making strawberry jam with my mom. The smell of the jam wafting through the house. She would even let me lick the spoon when everything was done. Serious I could have licked the mixing bowl clean. Homemade jam is amazing! Just thinking about it really triggers a craving for strawberries. So I decided to delve into my recipe stash, and I came up with a recipe for strawberry bread.
This sweet bread is a delightful dessert or a perfect mid-afternoon snack. Using frozen strawberries and a longer baking time, you get bursts of strawberry flavor. The sweet cinnamon throughout the rest of the bread is the perfect pairing to this yummy loaf. This is definitely a dessert everyone will everyone and it’s wonderful to have on hand for hungry kids.
Good chilly morning everyone! Winter weather has been especially cold and unpredictable this year. The only thing for it is to bundle up on the couch with some ice cream… Okay so that does seem strange, but studies have shown that Americans eat more ice cream in winter than in the summer. Perhaps it’s an unusual nostalgia for summer. Well if you are going to be snuggling with your loved ones, why not treat them to a delicious s’more sundae.
An easy graham cracker ice cream with a gooey brownie make this s’more sundae something to savor. The warm chocolate and the cold sweet ice cream are the perfect combination. Whether you are in love with s’mores or need a divine dessert for Valentine’s day, you will love it.
Fall is on it’s way! And so is the new school year. I just love the feel of new school supplies. When I was young, I would prepare everything for the new year right after the shopping trip. This was usually several weeks in advance. Such fun memories. Soon it will be time for routines, No. 2 pencils, and lunch boxes. In the back to school spirit, I decided to turn the classic PB&J sandwich into peanut butter waffles with jelly and whipped cream. As a bonus I decided to include a DIY this week that makes birthdays and other celebrations even more special.
The peanut butter waffles are fantastic with jelly, jam, or maple syrup. It’s a fun twist on the school staple that is even great for lunch. This waffle recipe is easy, fun, filling, and not too sweet. The bonus tablecloth DIY can be made in an afternoon and can carry birthday memories throughout the years.
Hello there! Summer is definitely here according to the weather if not the calendar. I have turned on the air conditioning in my home while the oven is only used when absolutely necessary. With Father’s Day coming up, it’s going to be necessary. But who wants to bake in ninety degree weather? Not me. So this year I want to keep the baking quick not to mention easy. In my vintage recipe box, I found a recipe for peach pie. My dad loves peaches, and the recipe was really easy. So it is perfect for Father’s Day.
Using premade pie crust and frozen peaches makes this pie a snap to make. The rich cream and cinnamon filling is delicious and versatile. Just switch out the peach for apples, pears, or whatever fruit you want for a delicious pie in no time.
Hello! I hope your Mother’s Day was fantastic. My family and I spent the day enjoying some of my mom’s and my favorite treats. It was filled with fun and delicious treats. Fresh from my culinary adventure, I wanted to make something I had never attempted before. First I tried to make taffy, but that did not turn out well. Instead of soft, stretchy taffy, I got rock hard unicorn horns. So I decided on something slightly less ambitious; homemade caramels. At least there’s no pulling hot sugar with this recipe.
It is surprising how simply this recipe is. With a bit of patience and a lot of stirring, you can make this soft, buttery caramel. Adding the pretzel gives this super sweet candy a bit of salt and crunch. Homemade caramel can be intimidating, but this recipe breaks it down step by step. So you can treat your family and friends with homemade candy.
Good morning all! Can you believe Easter is only two weeks away? The entire weekend is going to be chalk full of activities and family time. I have such fund memories of Easter growing up. The whole family would get together at my grandmother’s house at church. First we’d have an Easter egg hunt, then Sunday lunch, and finally a jelly bean hunt before sitting down to visit and play games. As you can imagine, Easter usually lasts all day for our family. So this year I thought I would bring a fun dessert for everyone to enjoy. After looking through my great grandmother’s recipe box, I found a yummy recipe for carrot cake. To make it a special treat I made an Easter egg shaped carrot cake.
This egg shaped cake is actually easy to make and only uses one batch of carrot cake batter. The allspice instead of nutmeg is a nice change and doesn’t overwhelm the cake. Your family will adore and devour this delicious carrot cake this Easter.
Good morning everyone! Just under a week till Valentine’s Day! I know lots of you already have your dinner reservation. And if you haven’t, I hope you have a plan B. Otherwise I highly recommend planning a lovely night in, which is what my family and I do every year. It’s less of a headache for everyone. This year I wanted to bake a special treat for everyone. Not everyone loves chocolate as much as I do, but we all love cinnamon rolls and cinnamon roll inspired treats. To keep with the Valentine’s Day theme, I created these delicious cinnamon twist pastry hearts.
These pastry hearts might look complicated, but with pre-made pastry sheets these tasty treats are easy to whip up. The rich cinnamon and brown sugar swirled throughout is so delicious. If you take it a step further and create the pink cream cheese frosting it’s like eating the middle of a cinnamon roll, which is the best part. 😀
Hello everyone! We are more than halfway through January. Isn’t that crazy?! New Year’s Eve seems like it was just last week and also months ago. How are you doing on your New Year’s resolution? My resolutions have been a mixture of successes and fails, but I’m still going which is the most important thing. One of the things I’ve been craving is cookies. There is nothing quite like having a warm cookie with a hot cup of tea on a snowy January day. I decided to having a small cookie was better than being so fixated on cookies that I end up eating my way out of a bag of Oreos. My great grandmother’s recipe box came to my aid with a delicious recipe for overnight oatmeal cookies.
This recipe does require chilling the dough overnight, but the promise of warm oatmeal cookies is more than enough. Both molasses and lemon zest go into these yummy little cookies giving these traditional cookies an unconventional twist. You’ll love nibbling on these oatmeal cookies with a nice hot cup of tea some cold winter day.
Christmas is this Sunday…eeek! I didn’t think Christmas would sneak up on me this year, but it has especially when it comes to baking. I’ve barely baked any Christmas treats this year! My gifts may be bought and mostly wrapped, but my cookie jar is sadly empty. This Christmas tragedy must be remedied posthaste! Turning to my trusty recipe box, I found my great grandmother’s recipe for soft and crackly ginger cookies. Baking one of my great grandmother’s recipes is a perfect way to cherish all of my family at this wonderful time of year.
My great grandmother was certainly on to something with these delicious cookies. These ginger cookies are so soft and yummy that they disappeared in two hours and I swear I only ate two.The ginger with a bit of clove gives a Christmas-y spice without being overpowering. Best thing is that you can make up the dough beforehand and have fresh baked ginger cookies on Christmas Day.