Pumpkin Snack Cake

Pumpkin Snack Cake With Cream Cheese Topping

While I love most sweets and treats, I think my favorite dessert is one that combines a few elements.  I like to start with a base such as a cake, brownie or cookie, sometimes served warm, topped with ice cream and finished off with a glaze or topping.  It creates a combination full of flavors click to read more

TSRI’s Sizzling Summer Retreat at Firesky Resort

Firesky Resort Scottsdale

Last month I had the opportunity to spend a weekend with a group of amazing bloggers, at a fantastic resort, while getting pampered, eating delicious food and learning about some fabulous brands.  Sounds kind of like a dream, doesn’t it?  That’s basically exactly how it felt! Donna and Chad, the talented and creative duo behind click to read more

Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Pancakes

Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Pancakes

I have been on a serious pancake kick lately.  After about two years of eating muffins and fruit for weekday breakfasts, my girls both seemed like they were ready for a change, so pancakes have been the breakfast of choice.  Now, don’t get all crazy and think that I’m getting up each morning and making click to read more

Pumpkin Cupcakes With Cinnamon Sugar Frosting

Pumpkin Cupcake Recipe

It’s on.  Pumpkin baking that is.  While I actually do bake with pumpkin year round, I try to not go all pumpkin crazy here on the blog in May.   It’s just such a great ingredient!   Today I’ve got a simple spin on my favorite pumpkin cupcakes, these ones have a delicious cinnamon sugar cream cheese click to read more

Sharing My Passion For Baking

So many delicious ways to enjoy Nutella

All summer I have been sharing ways that I am spreading happiness in my life, and spreading a little Nutella in the process!   I hope that you have enjoyed seeing some of the things that I do to spread some happiness with my friends and family, as well as the great recipes I’ve shared that click to read more

Back To School – That’s My Kid

Back To School #thatsmykid

It’s that time again, back to school time!  It seems like our summer went by far too quickly, and now we must return to homework, backpacks, early mornings and tight schedules.  My daughters are eight years apart in school, so I have one in preschool and one in sixth grade.  In our district, sixth grade click to read more

Review Of The Samsung Galaxy S5

Samsung Galaxy S5

Earlier this summer I was invited to join a great group of bloggers and become part of the Verizon Wireless #VZWBuzz team.   My friend Sara, of Saving For Someday, has been on the #VZWBuzz team for quite some time, and is always checking out the latest and greatest technology.  Given that I am pretty much click to read more

Pumpkin Cupcakes

Pumpkin Cupcakes With A Delicious Caramel Cream Cheese Frosting

Despite the fact that it’s still crazy hot here in Phoenix, I am embracing fall, or at least fall baking.  I’m ready for pumpkin, apples, cinnamon, caramel, you name it, I’m ready to bake it!  I always feel like if I just start baking for fall, fall will come.  Fall is my favorite time of click to read more

“Smart Cookie” Cookbook Shipping This Week

Smart Cookie Cookbook! Shows you how to transform store bought cookies into amazing treats! You can bake from scratch or pick up your cookies and skip straight to the decorating!

Oh my goodness, it looks like Amazon is shipping out my book, SMART COOKIE, a little early, and it will be arriving in mailboxes THIS WEEK.  I’m kind of freaking out!  It’s one thing to spend almost two years working on a book, it’s an entirely different thing to hand it over to the world.  click to read more

Dark Chocolate Brownies

A delicious and easy brownie recipe that is made in one bowl!

Let’s talk brownies.  Dark chocolate brownies.  Brownies do not last long in my house.  While I love cake and cookies and pies, there is something about brownies, they are all to easy to sneak a bite of every time you walk through the kitchen.   Many pans of brownies in my house have disappeared at an click to read more

Smart Cookie Book – Fun Flower Cookies

Smart Cookie Cookbook - Fun Flower Cookies

I have another fun sneak peek into my new book, Smart Cookie, to share with you!  These Fun Flower Cookies are adorable and simple to make, and I think they’d be fabulous for parties.  Depending on what flower lollipops you use, you could switch them up with different seasons and colors. Thanks to bakepedia for click to read more

Nutella Panini

Smores Panini

I made you a sandwich! And it’s not just any sandwich; it’s a Nutella Panini sandwich. A Nutella S’mores Panini if you want to be specific.   That’s one happy sandwich! All summer long, I’ve been teaming up with Nutella to share things that make me happy.   And this sandwich, let me tell you, makes me click to read more