Cinnamon Chip Scones

Okay, these are by far one the more sought after things I make around this house.  Definitely easier than cinnamon rolls, no need for yeast and hoping and praying that it rises. They do take a bit of work, but I always make the cinnamon chips one to two days in advance, get them ready…

Vanilla Bean Paste

I used to buy vanilla bean paste all the time, it was all I used. Then 2 years ago the price skyrocketed, from $10 a bottle to $35. Also, I can’t buy it anywhere in the city, I’d have to order it online. So add delivery charges on top of that. I never thought this…

Salted Caramel

It seems the older my husband gets (he turned 50 in February), the more he’s getting a sweet tooth.  It’s something I never expected.  He’s never been one for sweets.  Steak – yes, sweets – not so much. But over the past few months, he’s eating more and more sweets.  Which means I’m baking more….

Strawberry Jam

Okay, this is a definite summer staple. It’s also really easy to make, and no, I don’t use the pectin that you can buy in the store. I’m quite at the point of actually canning things yet. This is more of a soft set jam, which needs to be refrigerated and can stay in the…

Pasta Sauce

As I get older I’ve noticed I prefer more and more making things from scratch. It actually bothers me sometimes to buy something if I know I can make it myself. Sure there are still tons of stuff we buy, but I try to bake bread once a week, I’ve started making my own chicken…

Chocolate Spice Hot-Cross Buns

This is a little late for Easter this year, but I was so busy baking before Easter I didn’t have time to think.  I could have sworn I had put this on here last year, so when I went to look for the recipe, I actually checked here first and realized it wasn’t up yet….

Pullman Bread

I was really excited when I got my first Pullman bread pan.  I actually got two of them, though I saved one for a Christmas present.  (Technically they were both a Christmas present but I opened up one and started using it right away). I thought it would be easy, find a recipe, make the…

Pumpkin Tiramisu

This past weekend was Thanksgiving, which means a lot of baking and cooking for me.  I had every intention of making two of these, but after making one for my mom, I decided I would just make myself and my family a pumpkin cheesecake. I had spent a few days trying to figure out if…

Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake

Well, the weather is definitely turning to winter here.  No fall or autumn.  We’re forecast to have snow tomorrow.  It still amazes me how we can go from hot summer weather with the air conditioner on one day, and then the next day the furnace is turning on to heat up the house because it’s…

Chocolate Mud Cake

Sorry I’ve been a little absent lately, we’ve been working in our yard, and well, life happens. Kitchen faucet broke and needed replacement. We also put in slide out drawers in our lower cabinets in the kitchen which has made our lives so much more functional. I’m finally using all the lower cabinets. We’ve lived…

Egg Nog Cheesecake

Today my oldest son turns 21.  I’m still in denial about this.  I’m sure he should still be 2 or 3. His absolute favorite dessert is cheesecake.  I actually go to the German bakery and buy him a whole cheesecake every year at Christmas.  occasionally I have a piece or two, but otherwise he eats…

Sheet Pan Pizza

I’ve mentioned we like pizza right? When I was a teenager I would eat pizza every night.  I would come home from work, order my pizza, go pick it up and enjoy.  It got to the point where when I would phone the pizza place they would just say “Hi Cherie, it will be ready…