Spooky Spiderweb Cupcakes

Spooky Spiderweb Cupcakes

For whatever reason, I don't make cupcakes all that often.  I don't know why - they are super easy to make, clean up, and especially fun to eat.  Today, Harrison had a football game, and unfortunately they lost a really close one.  So once we got home, I said, "Today would be a good day for cupcakes."  Harrison agreed enthusiastically!!  Not too many kids wouldn't.  :) Since Halloween is just around the corner, I thought we should make the cupcakes extra festive.  Luckily, the only extra ingredient I needed to make the "spiderwebs" was already in my fridge - chocolate syrup!  My mom use to do this with a regular sheet cake and vanilla frosting, and everyone would always say how pretty it was.  Truth is, it is so easy to do!  Simply frost your cupcakes as usual, and make a spiral Continue Reading...

Pumpkin Spice Whoopie Pies

Pumpkin Spice Whoopie Pies

Have you ever made Whoopie Pies before?  Up until yesterday, I had never made them. Over the weekend, Harrison and I were in Home Goods, where we came upon one of their clearance racks.  There were several cookie sheets, pots and pans, and then I discovered a treasure: a whoopie pie pan!!  AND, it was only $5!!!  Needless to say, I clutched it to my chest, grabbed Harrison and made my way to the check out line. I did a little research to see if I needed to do anything different with a cake recipe to turn it into whoopie pies.  I discovered that you don't really need to do anything different - so if you have a favorite cake recipe, you can turn it into these cute, yummy little snack cakes.  How cool is that!?! First stop on the whoopie pie train: Pumpkin Spice!!!  To me this was an Continue Reading...

Caramel Apple Cider Floats

Caramel Apple Cider Floats

Apple cider has never tasted so good! Poured over vanilla ice cream and topped with caramel and whipped cream, its the perfect fall treat! Sometimes, in life, difficult days are to be had.  Its inevitable, and completely unavoidable.  As we all know, its how we handle those difficult situations that define us as a mother, parent, human being.  Most often, our patience has been worn thin, our energy is drained, and our emotional tenacity is completely absent.  The feeling of defeat looms over us with the rest of our unaccomplished tasks of the day. This is the life of a mother. Out of these rough days, thankfully, emerge new beginnings.  New ideas, fresh perspective, and the hope of better days moving forward.  The salvation of other mothers who know the defeat, but who Continue Reading...

Happy National Homemade Cookie Day! Monster Cookies to Celebrate

Happy National Homemade Cookie Day!  Monster Cookies to Celebrate

Happy National Homemade Cookie Day, everyone!!  To celebrate this day of sweet indulgence, why not give this Monster Cookies a try?  These are probably my favorite cookie.  They have everything - peanut butter, oatmeal, chocolate chips, M&M's and Reese's Pieces.  To me any sweet treat that combines chocolate and peanut butter is top notch in my book! This recipe has been around for some time - the original author is my Grandma LaDene.  Her recipe actually makes double what I normally make, and so there would be dozens of cookies for everyone to enjoy.  This recipe still makes about 2 dozen large cookies, which is great for satisfying even the most ferocious sweet tooth.  Thank you, Grandma LaDene, for this great recipe.  Not only has it withstood the test of time, but it has Continue Reading...

Apple Cider Spice Cake with Caramel Cream Cheese Frosting

Apple Cider Spice Cake with Caramel Cream Cheese Frosting

I've been craving something cinnamon spicy.  Something sweet, but not overly sugary.  I decided to make my Apple Cider Spice Cake with Caramel Cream Cheese Frosting.  However, after making it from my original recipe using apple pie filling, I experienced a disappointing baking fail - only half the cake came out of the pan.  After this happened, I decided to adapt my original recipe to use fresh apples instead of the pie filling.  It was a huge success!   My craving was completely satisfied!  The cake is moist, delicious and with the fresh Granny Smith apples, it adds a bit of tart flavor and texture to the sweet cake.  The Caramel Cream Cheese Frosting is the perfect way to top this cake!  This creamy, gooey frosting compliments the spice cake wonderfully and with a sprinkle Continue Reading...

Caramel Chunk Fudge Bars and meeting Madge

Caramel Chunk Fudge Bars and meeting Madge

Yesterday I met a lovely lady named Madge.  I was busily running errands, and made a stop at the local grocery store to pick up some groceries.  I made my way out to the car, loaded my groceries, and returned my cart.  After walking back from the cart return area, I noticed an elderly lady walking toward me with her grocery bag in one hand, and cane in the other.  She had a very concerned, almost scared look on her face.  She said hesitantly, "Excuse me, could you help me?  I can't seem to find my car and I'm getting quite tired and a little weak."  It was obvious that she had been walking in the parking lot for a while.  She almost seemed scared.  My initial thought was, 'I need to get going.  I have a million things to do.'  I looked at her and said, "Of course.  I can definitely help Continue Reading...

Grandma’s Best Chocolate Cake

Grandma’s Best Chocolate Cake

Super moist, chocolaty and completely delicious!  This decadent chocolate sheet cake is topped with a luscious chocolate icing making it my all-time favorite chocolate cake!  Once slice won't be enough! Today is my baby brother Jared's birthday.  He's certainly not a baby anymore - he's in his 20's working on his masters, and following his dream of working on the staff of the Tennessee Volunteers Athletics Department.   I really admire Jared's tenacity and willingness to overcome obstacles in order to get to the next step.  He is goal-driven, smart, and hard-working - he will no doubt go far in life! For Jared's birthday, our Grandma Dona thoughtfully sent him a card with a recipe for her famous chocolate cake.  Grandma Dona is a sweetheart, and like many other grandma's, Continue Reading...