Substitutions for Strange American Ingredients

Substitutions for Strange American Ingredients from

It happens all the time.  I post a recipe that's super easy to make only to find out that people can't make it because they don't have the _____ (insert weird American ingredient there).    I forget sometimes that there are people all over the world that visit 30days (how flattering!) and that they don't have access to weird American ingredients that are common in the United … [Read more...]

Super Quick Baking Tip

Super quick baking tip to make your life easier!

A couple of weeks ago I shared a 5 ingredient blender muffin recipe, an easy but oh-so-good take on a simple muffin.   Baking is one of our favorite things to do together as a family.  But I'm always looking for ways to make things easier. Here's a simple trick for making more uniform muffins or cupcakes: Take a plastic bag and fill it full with batter.  Clip the edge … [Read more...]

Raspberry Swirl Coffee Cake


This is my go-to coffee cake recipe. It's moist on the inside and has a crunchy streusel topping on the outside. This would be the perfect little treat for Teacher Appreciation Week, which is next week (May 6-10). Package it all up with a Starbucks gift card to tell the teachers in your life (or your kids' lives) that they are appreciated in a big way. In a small mixing … [Read more...]

White Chocolate Peppermint Toffee

White Chocolate Peppermint Toffee

Yesterday we had our annual candy/cookie making day with my girls, my mom and a few friends and neighbors at the Wilkes house. This year it was more of a candy making day than a cookie making day. I love making candy and actually prefer it to cookies. Candy stores better than cookies. We made caramels, peppermint white chocolate fudge, rocky road fudge, boston creams, cinnamon … [Read more...]

Mexican Mocha Brownies

Mexican Mocha Brownies

I love chocolate. Like, REALLY love it. I also really love coffee and if available, a good Mexican Mocha. Cinnamon and chocolate is just one of those combinations that goes so well together. It can't be explained. It just does. Then, add in the coffee and you have an amazing combination of flavors. So, for these brownies, I added all my favorite things together to create … [Read more...]