Pies and Plots

I'm a writer who loves to bake.  While I chase my dreams of being a bestselling novelist, I blog about my adventures in baking and writing.  I also love shopping, watching TV, exercising, and painting my nails.  Publishing world here I come!

Coffee Cake Cookies #Cookielicious

Now that Thanksgiving has come and gone, it’s time to officially start the holiday baking season. What are you looking forward to baking? Maybe family favorites that you’ve made for years ....more

Holiday Happenings

Hey everyone! I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving full of great food and the people you love. I just have a few things I wanted to tell you all about ....more

Gingerbread Coconut Bundt Cake

Can you believe I’ve never baked anything with yogurt? Sure, I’ve eaten plenty of yogurt in my life, but I’ve never done anything more than open the container, grab a spoon, and dig in. Luckily that all changed when I made this Gingerbread Coconut Bundt Cake ....more

Fashion Friday: Victorian Blouse

I’m not a huge fan of bows and ruffles and girly accents like that on clothes. But as with anything there are exceptions. I have a favorite pair of shoes with a bows and a dress with ruffles in the front, and then there is this blouse ....more

Coffee Hot Fudge Sauce

Recently I did some work for International Delight Iced Coffee. Remember these Coffee Sugar Cream Pies? Take a minute to check them out – they are wonderful ....more

Marshmallow Popcorn Balls #SundaySupper

We all like to save some money wherever we can, especially around the holidays. Everyone spends their money in different ways and places. For example, I don’t really like to travel … at all … but I love to go shopping ....more

Fashion Friday: Shopping Day

Any time of year is a good time to go shopping in my book, but there’s something about spending a chilly fall or winter day in the warm mall. Particularly this time of year, it’s a great way to get Christmas gift ideas and check out all the holiday displays. Mom and I recently took a trip to our favorite local mall, Somerset, and spent the day walking around and shopping ....more

Packing My Purse for Date Night

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone ....more

My Favorite Kids’ Cartoons on SheKnows

A photo posted by Laura Dembowski (@piesandplots) on Oct 24, 2015 at 2:07pm PDT Happy fall! We are enjoying a rather nice November here. I hope you are too ....more

Fashion Friday: Mixed Patterns

As I get older, I am becoming more comfortable putting outfits together and wearing what makes sense and looks good to me even if other people may disagree. Important life lesson: you can’t please everyone! I get bored wearing the same black skirts over and over again just because they go with all the sweaters and shirts in my closet ....more