the better homes and gardens experience (giveaway)

Touring BHG

I am thankful to BHG for allowing me this opportunity and helping to sponsor this blog! Sometimes an opportunity comes along that is simply too amazing to pass up.  I had to move mountains to attend the 1st annual (I gave it that ‘annual’ label, but with the overwhelming success of the first event I […]

Puppy Chow surprise-inside cake

Puppy Chow Surprise Inside Cake HOW TO

I love this cake. Every little thing about it.  From the amazing chocolate flavor to the chocolate sprinkles to the glorious surprise waiting inside. Delicious. Beautiful. (in my opinion!) and Easy. Let’s get to it! After assembling the layers of this cake I covered it in a thin coat of buttercream.  I used about 1 […]

candy corn cupcakes

Candy Corn Inspired Cupcakes with pure Candy Corn Glaze!

This post is sponsored by McCormicks. What’s for dessert?  Cupcakes.  Glorious dual-toned, frosting piled high, covered in an obscene sweet glaze decadent cupcakes. Imagine if you are in grade school, and have been sitting in class all morning.  The tick-tock of the clock is constant, and you are full of energy, waiting so impatiently for […]

vanilla cinnamon chocolate ombre pancakes

Vanilla Cinnamon Chocolate Ombre Pancakes

One of my favorite cakes in my book is the Ombre Cake.  The main reason I love it is because it screams masculine to me, and that is not always easy with a buttercream flower petal covered cake!  I happened to catch a quick glance at it the other day (it’s on my sidebar of […]

peanut butter chocolate chip coffee cake

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cake with Peanut Butter Frosting!

This is one of those cakes that I inevitably end up having for breakfast but that should never be served for breakfast.  It is a full on honest-to-goodness cake with sugar and butter and decadent frosting. But it has coffee in it.  So I make it in the morning loving that I have a very […]

pumpkin spice puppy chow

Pumpkin Spice Puppy Chow!

I love puppy chow.  Muddy buddy’s.  Chum.  Trash.  It has a different name for every area of the country it seems.  Here in Minnesota it is puppy chow.  And it is DElicious. And easy.  Four ingredients. Ten minutes. And you are in white chocolate covered Chex Mix® heaven. Printpumpkin spice puppy chow Ingredients1 box Cinnamon Chex® […]

pumpkin french toast

Pumpkin French Toast

In all the times I have made this fabulous version of french toast, I have never once made it for breakfast.  My kids adore it (and all the pumpkin treats that fall brings) but they always seem to request it for dinner. Which is fine with me! My husband’s brother shared some freshly made maple syrup and that […]

spumoni cake

Spumoni Rosette Cake!

Kinda.  I mean, in all honesty this cake was inspired from some ice cream I saw at the grocery store.  But when I saw it the first thing I thought was… Neapolitan Cake.  I need to make this “spumoni” into my Neapolitan Cake! So I did.  I mean, kinda.  I got the colors right… but […]

pumpkin puff pastry

Homemade Pumpkin Puff Pastry! From scratch toaster strudel!

I have officially jumped on the pumpkin bandwagon and I am so excited about it!  This faux Toaster Strudel® recipe is absolutely amazing, and the perfect way to start any day! It all started with a homemade puff pastry.  I have made it three times in the last couple days and love it more and […]

Logo Surprise-Inside Cake

McCormick Logo Surprise-Inside Cake!

I have been partnering with McCormick for a few years now. It is a match made in heaven! I get to use amazing quality products and share delicious and creative recipes and they… um… they… well. I am starting to think that I got the better end of this partnership. Don’t tell them I love my […]

pumpkin rose cookies

Pumpkin Rose Sandwich Cookies with Caramel Cream Cheese Frosting!

Making things into roses is kinda my thing.  I have an Original Rose Cake, Neapolitan Rose Cookies and Red Velvet Rose Cookies.  I recently decided to re-vamp my Pumpkin & Brown Butter Sandwich Cookie’s and make them into rose cookies! Which is kinda weird, I admit.  I mean, the correlation between roses and pumpkins is […]

happy birthday! {naked cake}

A Naked Cake in honor of all the September Birthdays!

Did you know that September 16th is the most popular birthday??  In honor of everyone who is lucky enough to celebrate this awesome day as well as all the September birthdays, I am sharing a fun “naked” cake! Calm down now, this is a G rated post.  A naked cake simply refers to the fact […]

homemade spice cake mix

Homemade Spice Cake Mix

The Homemade Yellow Cake Mix, White Cake Mix and Homemade Brownie Mix on my site are so popular, I deciding that adding to the selection needed to be at the top of my list of things to do.  (Don’t worry, chocolate is next.  I am still experimenting! You will read why below.) I have quite a […]

candy corn scotcharoo bars

Candy Corn Scootcheroo's!

Check out my Candy Corn Peanut Butter Scootcheroo Bars!  This totally Original recipe is sure to become a family favorite! Can we talk about candy corn for a second?  And in the sake of transparency, I am talking about it from the perspective of being absolutely obsessed with it.  Like, addicted to the stuff. I […]

amazing zucchini crisp {faux apple crisp}

The BEST Zucchini Cobbler! (tastes exactly like Apple Cobbler!)

After posting a picture of this dessert on Instagram, my friend Kate commented, “I’m conflicted….I want you to bake me something awesome but I am skeered you’ll pack it with your zucchini!! #whoamikidding #eatallthethings”. My advice to Kate? Be afraid. Be very afraid. This, my sweet friends, is Zucchini Crisp. It tastes exactly, and I […]

brownie cookie dough pie

Brownie Cookie Dough Marshmallow Pie!

Stop judging me. Ok, nevermind.  Judge away.  This dessert is… well… ridiculously awesome.   Let me tell you how this came about. I was craving brownie batter.  I know, I know, gross. Raw egg, yuck.  But I am one of those weirdo’s who does not have a problem with raw egg nor do I have a […]

Zucchini Banana Cake with Whipped Cream Cheese Frosting

Banana Zucchini Layer Cake with Whipped Cream Cheese Frosting!

There is something utterly refreshing about walking out to the garden and choosing a vegetable that I can turn into a cake.   So often when I think about cake and baking I think sugar, sweet, over-the-top decadence. Sometimes, however, it is nice to enjoy the beauty of a layer cake while still using wholesome and […]

gluten free fudgy brownies

Gluten Free Fudgy Brownies!

One of my favorite things to do is bake.  I love getting into the kitchen, getting out bowls and measuring spoons, opening the pantry door and standing before the sugars, flours and baking ingredients.  There is a nervous, almost giddy excitement about it that brings me to a calm, comfortable, happy place in my often […]

Oreo Chocolate Chip Cookie Brownies on a Stick

Oreo Chocolate Chip Cookies Brownie Bite on a Stick and covered in Snickers!

I am out at the Minnesota State Fair today.  Did you know that: “It is the largest state fair in the US by average daily attendance. It is also the 2nd largest state fair in the US by total attendance, trailing only the State Fair of Texas, which generally runs twice as long as the Minnesota State Fair.” […]

coffee sugar cookies

Coffee Sugar Cookies

I was hanging out on Pinterest the other day and came across some Coffee Sugar Cookies.  Intrigued by the picture I clicked on the pin and low and behold… I made them!  Ha.  Talk about forgetfulness.  I think it’s post-pregnancy-i-have-five-children-and-nine-chickens-brain. Seeing how horrible my original pictures were I decided to update the recipe and shoot […]