Sweet Potato Loaf Cake

This Sweet Potato cake is a lot like the Pumpkin Loaf at Starbucks – but better.  Instead of the pumpkin seeds on top, this sweet potato cake is topped with sweet meringue.  The flavor is very similar to pumpkin but instead of having to buy canned pumpkin or go through the huge hassle of roasting a pumpkin you can use sweet potatoes!You still have time to make this sweet potato…

$250 Lactation Cookies

Have you heard the story of the Neiman Marcus $250 cookie? Legend has it that a customer at Neiman Marcus Cafe in Dallas loved the cookie so much she wanted to buy the record. When she asked how much the recipe was, the response was “only two fifty” and so when the bill for $250 came, she was quite surprised! Neiman Marcus started giving out the recipe for free and 1997 and I’m so glad they did! It’s a mix…

What I’ve been cooking lately

You may have noticed that I posted way less in 2016 than I did the year before. I didn’t plan on posting less, I wanted to continue blogging the way I did in 2015 but I just didn’t have the energy or concentration. Instead I was focusing on cooking the bun in my oven. Baby D was born in August right on schedule (which was actually felt early for us…

Corn Chowder

My 14 year old nephew got his first official job this summer.  He’s working on a farm picking crops for them to sell at grocery stores and local markets.  So far he’s picked cucumbers, peas and corn.  They start at 6 am and go until they are done for the day – usually between 9 and noon. I’m so impressed by his desire to work those early mornings! Last weekend when…

Stout Peanut Butter Brownies

Hubbie’s birthday was this past weekend so I wanted to make something special for him. Even though I’ve craved beautiful fluffy frosting, he is not a huge dessert guy and he likes to keep his desert simple; chocolate chip cookies, brownies, that’s pretty much it. But, he is a craft beer guy and he loves peanut butter so I decided to make something a little special:  dark chocolate stout brownies…

Bourbon Raspberry Vanilla Bean Cheesecake

My brother has a very special birthday this year so I wanted to make him something a little more special.  He is a huge fan of brownies or blondies with frosting on it, so I took the idea of making some type of bar as my starting point.  I’ve been tempted to try making cheesecake for years but always chicken out for cupcakes or something a little less intimidating.  So,…

Banana Bread Cake

I love banana bread, I mean seriouslu, who doesn’t?  It’s one of those perfect treats – a little sweet, slightly gooey, and health-ish.  But this banana bread cake takes banana bread to a new level of dessert.  It’s great after a meal with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or a dollop of fresh whipped cream – or just on its own.  So if you’ve got a few bananas that…

Chicken Bruschetta

This is one of my go to summer dinners,  You can grill the chicken outside so the kitchen doesn’t heat up and if you serve it with a salad, you never have to turn on the stove.  I usually start making it in the spring when the weather starts getting nice and I long for summer.  It’s so simple but it’s really satisfying. Chicken Bruschetta Ingredients: Chicken Breasts 2 Vine…

Shamrock Cakes

How many of you love McDonald’s Shamrock Shakes?  {not raising my hand}  But I love the commercial and I love the idea of them and I have one frind who LOVES Shamrock Shakes.  So this St. Patrick’s Day I decided to make my own version of a Shamrock Cup Cake. I took the semi-homemade route so it was very simple.  They are so good and just barely green so they…

Pudding Filling for Layer Cake

So it’s become a tradition for me to make my birthday cake. It’s something I look forward to every year and usually spend a lot of time deciding which cake I make.  This year I really wanted a fairly simple white cake with buttercream frosting but I wanted 3 layers.  Since I love buttercream I assumed I would just use the same frosting to cover the cake and in between…