Yeast Recipes Made Easy

I simply love to bake! Whether it's cookies, cakes or breads, there is nothing like it. I love to see my family come running when the smell hits them.Although I enjoy it, recipes that call for yeast can be a bit unnerving sometimes. You know you have only a small window to get the temperature just right for the liquid or else the yeast won't activate....more

Recipes from My Mama’s Kitchen: Dark Chocolate Pecan Pie

   My mama is a bubbly Southern lady, gracious and a little bit sassy. Like any good Southern woman, she’s developed a treasure trove of recipes over the years, a collection built up from grandmothers, great-aunts, fellow Junior Leaguers and the like. When it comes to desserts, Cindy B. never fails to impress. Her Dark Chocolate Pecan Pie pecan pie is absolutely one of my favorites. It’s the kind of dessert that impresses and yet is so effortless in throwing together, it can easily become one of your faithful standbys....more

Teenager Approved: Strawberry Shortcake, Nacho Style

I was so excited to have been involved in a strawberry shortcake recipe contest for so many reasons. First,  especially at this time of year I love using fresh berries in recipes and strawberries are a favorite. Also, I love a challenge. Nothing sends me to the kitchen faster than a houseful of teens an ingredient challenge. ...more
Chi Chi Yes, shortbread are a universal cookie. So versatile. I hope you try this recipe, a ...more

Make Your Own Cake Mix in a Box

Mine ended up being cake mix in a freezer bag, but I digress. ...more

Here Bagel Bagel Bagel...

Bagels are one of my most favorite things to eat.  They are so versatile, so forgiving; they go with anything — from smoked white fish to jam — and never complain.  You can eat them by themselves just fine or slather with butter or cream cheese, and you’ve got yourself a meal....more

Banana Nut Bread Cookies

"Soft-baked and simple banana nut cookies. In less than 30 minutes you can have cookies that taste just like banana nut bread!"I am a sucker for a good banana bread.  However, for me, good is simply… “Simple”.  And by simple I mean, I don’t want the banana flavor to be smothered by spices.  I like my banana bread to taste like bananas and nothing else....more

Royal Icing Lily of the Valley Sugar Cookies

The classic art of royal icing piping has never really gone away. I am happy to say in the last few years royal icing has become popular, even trendy with a modern twist. There are a multitude of decorative uses for royal icing from simple piped designs to intricate patterns, cameos, and of course Lambeth method. A cake or cookie can go to a whole knew level by adding royal icing designs. Pressure piping is an important skill to master. Not only......more

Flourless Chocolate Banana Chia Muffin Recipe

I modified Maija’s blender muffin recipe (which we LOVE) and made these decadent chocolate banana chia muffins, and I have to tell you that these are the most delicious and easy muffins ever!...more

Best Chocolate Cake Evah

 Initially chocolate cake wasn’t on the menu for Father’s Day. My plan was to make a lemony dessert and white chocolate brownies. Plus, Samara was sending blueberry cream cheese muffins and I thought that would have been plenty. However, Gabrielle wouldn’t have touched any of these. Grandbaby wants chocolate cake, grandbaby gets chocolate cake. Yes she is spoiled rotten....more