Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins


It is the start of a holiday weekend here in the United States. Memorial Day, celebrated the fourth Monday in May, is to honor all of the service members who have died while serving in the Armed Forces. It is often confused with Veteran’s Day which is always observed on November 11th. Veteran’s Day honors…

Hershey’s Cocoa Chocolate Layer Cake


I love chocolate cake with chocolate butter cream frosting. It has been my favorite dessert since I was a little girl. Every birthday and special occasion this is what I wanted for dessert. Though my tastes have expanded the last few years and I choose other cakes now will still return to a chocolate cake…

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies


A few years ago these were all over Pinterest for Christmas cookies. I had never seen them before but everyone was talking about how their mom or they used to make these all the time. I didn’t try them.  I am like that. When something is popular I tend to go the other way. Maybe…

Old-Fashioned Peanut Butter Cookies


Sometimes only cookies will help make the day better or are the perfect way to celebrate. My partner had someone in her department take a new job so they were celebrating his last day yesterday. Over the weekend almost 14 dozen cookies were made for her office. My kitchen was like a little bakery all…

Lemon Cake with Lemon Cream Frosting


When I was asked what I wanted for Easter dessert I immediately went to a nice homemade Lemon Cake with Lemon Cream Frosting. I didn’t want a boxed yellow lemon cake I wanted a real lemon cake. This is unusual for me in that I normally would just say anything chocolate, preferably chocolate cake with…

Chocolate Chip Scones


I love scones. They are so simple to make and can be made in so many different ways. Sweet, savory, or even plain are all good. We made these for a simple Sunday morning breakfast. The kids were surprised at how simple they really are to make and with a nice cup of tea or…

Kentucky Butter Cake


I am not a baker. If we are making a cake, cookies, or pie it needs to be straight forward and super simple. This is one of those cakes. Whether you call this Kentucky Butter Cake, as we do, Ooey Gooey Butter Cake, or just plain old butter cake you have probably had a version…

Almond Cookie Bars


I love almond cookies. All kinds. I discovered these lovely melt in your mouth cookie bars a while back and I have to make them every once in a while. Sometimes I add a whole or half almond to the top. Other days like this I just make the cookies (which are super simple!!) and…

Homemade Peppermint Patties


My family loves Peppermint Patties. I don’t know why I didn’t think of making them before. I made half with a bittersweet dark chocolate and half with a milk chocolate. My children tend not to like dark chocolate unless it is a REALLY good brand. I had some Baker’s chocolate so I didn’t know how…

Orange Cake with Orange Glaze


My partner talks about an orange cake she used to ask for every year for her birthday. She doesn’t remember the recipe other than she thinks it was made with an orange cake mix and orange juice. Every so often I try to find a recipe she will like (without the cake mix) for an…

Apple Crisp


We wanted a warm comforting dessert the other night and Apple Crisp with Vanilla Ice Cream sounded so good. I wanted lots of crispy crust on top and the apples to be sweet but not cloyingly sweet. Verdict: I think they licked the pan clean! Everyone kept saying how good this was. The apples were…

Chocolate Coated Popcorn


Our local theater sells reusable plastic popcorn buckets twice a year. For $30 you buy a bucket and get to use if for the next five-six months. Every time you go to a movie you can get it filled and refilled while you are there. But, the best part is you don’t even need to…