Today I’ve done nothing. After the frenzy of Christmas preparations and baking/decorating dozens upon dozens of cookies (a few samples below) – not to mention managing a load of work stress, today I’ve done absolutely nothing. Or to put it another way: 1.) I rested. 2.) I chose not to make plans. 3.) I recovered…

Brave Enough to Learn

Day 19 of the 30 Days of Gratitude Challenge: Someone who inspires you. Answer: A number of people inspire me for a variety of reasons, but in the realm of gratitude, one particular person comes to mind as someone whose example has shaped much of who I am as an adult. Sixteen, seventeen years ago, I started…

Love Baked In

Day 2 of the 30 Days of Gratitude Challenge: Your Favorite Food. There are several answers to this question…pizza (Dewey’s Green Lantern), dill pickle soup (The Fountain on Locust), my mom’s breakfast casserole, etc. But in the context of this gratitude challenge, I need to give a shout out to cookies. Specifically, my cookies. And…

Sweet on St. Louis

If you visit or live in St. Louis, there are a few non-negotiable foods to try: toasted ravioli, Imo’s pizza (you just have to try it, you don’t have to like it), Ted Drewes frozen custard and gooey butter cake. I knew that gooey butter cake originated in St. Louis, but I didn’t realize that…

Holiday Recap – Cookie Edition

I took my first cookie decorating class a year ago this month. I was so excited to make my own cookies this year instead of buying from the bakery. I still have a lot to learn, but that’s the best part.


Oreo cookies, candy melts and chocolate sprinkles = the easiest cookie pops ever. Sometimes you just have to make your own sunshine.

Baked with love

“The secret ingredient is always love.” Blackberry and peach crisp. Baked with love.

I can and I will

“I’m never gonna put boundaries on myself ever again. I’m never gonna say I can’t do it. I’m never gonna say ‘maybe.’ I’m never gonna say, “I don’t think I can.’ I can and I will.” – Nadiya Hussain, The Great British Bake Off  After countless weekly trips to the local bakery to admire their…


“If you can’t fly, then run, if you can’t run, then walk, if you can’t walk, then crawl,  but whatever you do,  you have to keep moving forward.” – Martin Luther King, Jr. The Girls on the Run 5k was this weekend. As I indicated a few days ago, discouragement had given me reservations about running….

Kind of Blue

All shades, all hues, all blues…a little nod to Miles Davis. Seemed appropriate given how mellow – and blue – this day has been. Three pints of blueberries… …along with my brand new electric mixer… And you get three and a half-dozen cupcakes: roasted blueberry with chocolate fudge frosting (recipe here) and roasted banana blueberry with…


Tonight I made dinner.  I realize this is neither extraordinary or newsworthy. I didn’t make anything complicated. Just homemade calzones. Strawberry (and blueberry and blackberry) shortcake. Garlic breadsticks. Simple stuff.  But I put it together. We were all home to be able to sit down together at the table and eat.  And I’m happier than…

Muy Bueno!

The results of my annual date with Jose Cuervo: Mucho Margarita Cupcakes for Cinco de Mayo! Love this recipe from Vegan Cupcakes Take Ovet the World cookbook. It always surprises me how good vegan cupcakes are! Link to the recipe is here.

Life Lately: Holiday Edition

A few photos on the iPhone lately include glimpses of… …my kitties’ company… and cupcake baking. A full Sunday in the kitchen and I had four dozen from-scratch cupcakes to show for it: red velvet (top left), peppermint (middle), egg nog (lower left), and gingerbread with cinnamon frosting (right row). The irony of this photo…

Cookie Love

“Baking cookies is comforting, and cookies are the sweetest little bit of comfort food. They are very bite-sized and personal.” – Sandra Lee Lemonade Pie Cookies. These are the cookies that came from a Pinterest recipe I used for our office cookie crawl today. This is the first Pinterest recipe that I’ve tried that actually worked out….

Bring it on.

Being snowbound on a Sunday made me feel like I had a good excuse to bake a bit. Boom. Birthday cupcakes. Extra sprinkles. And there you have it. Okay, forty-*ahem*. I’m ready. Bring it on.

A good day

Lots of rain…US Open on the television…both of my kids home for the long weekend…made-from-scratch muffins  in my kids’ flavors of choice…that’s our Saturday. Apparently I’m not the only one enjoying having our little family in tact. Our cats have not left Tanner alone since he walked in the door. He’s only been away for…

Baking With Ch-ch-ch-Chia Seeds

Look who kept me company as I baked this evening. I’m not sure why he was so fascinated, but I enjoyed his supervision. Tonight I made cinnamon chia granola (recipe here) and lemon chia bread. The bread is somewhat tart and very tasty. Not to mention simple and healthy. Recipe below if you want to…