Cakes and Cupcakes · Desserts

Perfect German Chocolate Cake

Here it is, the most perfect German chocolate cake recipe ever!!  This cake is a rich chocolate, with a homemade chocolate buttercream all around the edges, filled and topped with a perfect coconut pecan frosting.  I love to top mine with some toasted sweetened coconut and some toasted chocolate dipped pecans, but you can easily… Continue reading Perfect German Chocolate Cake

Desserts · pies

Blackberry Lemon No-Bake Pie

Okay guys, just for August first, here is the perfect no-bake dessert to beat the heat.  Cream cheese combined with whipped cream, lemon juice and zest, and juicy blackberries in a perfect vanilla cookie crust.  20 minutes and it’s chilling in the fridge. It’s creamy, just the right amount of sweet/tart, and best of all,… Continue reading Blackberry Lemon No-Bake Pie

Appetizers and Dips · Healthy and Delicious · Side Dishes & Salads

Arugula Salad with Creamy Garlic Vinaigrette

THIS SALAD IS THE BEST THING I’VE EVER EATEN. It will have you going full on Bridesmaids. It was SO easy to make.  I love the tiny bit of bite you get from fresh arugula.  Add some petite red tomatoes, red onion, parmesan cheese, and the best homemade salad dressing you’ve ever had, and BOOM.… Continue reading Arugula Salad with Creamy Garlic Vinaigrette

bars · Desserts

Snickerdoodle Blondies

You know that scene in Sex and the City where Miranda has to dump dish soap all over the chocolate cake so she won’t eat it?  I made the mistake of not sending these to work with my husband and I actually had to DO this with these snickerdoodle blondies.  They were THAT good. I’d… Continue reading Snickerdoodle Blondies

Biscuits / Muffins / Scones · Breakfast

Honey Butter Bran Muffins

These muffins are my favorite thing.  Waaaay back in the day, I used to be a travel agent, and I worked in close proximity to a little bakery called The Pastry Cafe.   They had the most amazing bran muffins in the entire world.  They were so soft and moist and delicious and they were drenched… Continue reading Honey Butter Bran Muffins

cookies · Desserts

S’mores Cookies

I love Memorial Day weekend camping.  Every year, we go with family and some of our best friends to a different campground, where we enjoy three days of sunshine, (God willing) tent sleeping, dirty feet, campfires, hot chocolate, and delicious food. I’ve been wanting to develop a s’mores type cookie for quite some time, and… Continue reading S’mores Cookies

Cakes and Cupcakes · Desserts

Fresh Strawberry Cake {No cake mix or Jell-o}

This beautiful, pink cake is made 100% from scratch without any cake mixes or strawberry Jell-o, but still arrives at an intense strawberry flavor.  It uses quite a bit of fresh strawberry puree, a touch of strawberry extract, and comes out absolutely amazing. It has the dense, buttery quality of a scratch, homemade cake, with… Continue reading Fresh Strawberry Cake {No cake mix or Jell-o}