Thursday, August 10, 2017

I don't even like lemon desserts....but here are some lemon and lemon raspberry cupcakes.

  • I have only been back from my world travels for about a day and a half but have love being back in my own kitchen! Did a bunch of meal prep ( I can post pictures for ideas but didn't measure anything!) and added in some baking today! I am not a huge lemon dessert fan but lemon was requested so lemon is what I made. I do not like lemon bars at all so did not really want to make those but did come up with a good idea for them so maybe next time! Was thinking of doing lemon raspberry or strawberry lemonade but just lemon was requested so I stuck with lemon on lemon....lemon cupcakes with lemon frosting. I will say the frosting might have swayed my lemon opinions.....
  • **also just because I wanted to I stuck a few raspberries in the end of the batch and YUM! Lemon raspberry and the smell of these cooking was delightful! Enjoy! 

  • Ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 2  eggs                                                                                     
  • hearty pour of pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup of cake flour
  • 1/2 cup of AP flour 
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 pinches of ginger
  • 1/2 cup milk 
  • zest of two lemons
  • juice of two lemons

  • -favorite vanilla (or raspberry) butter cream recipe. I used my regular one and just added in the zest of half a lemon.

  • Directions:
  •  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line cupcake tin with liners.
  • 2. add butter and sugar to you mixing bowl. 
  • 3. combine on medium speed until fluffy. 

  • 4. add the eggs, vanilla, lemon juice, and lemon zest. 

  • 5. mix until just combined. 
  • 6. In a separate bowl, combine the flours, baking powder, salt, and ginger. 
  • 7. add half of the flour mixture to the wet ingredients and mix until just combined. 
  • 8. add in the milk and mix until just combined. 
  • 9. add in the remaining flour mixture and stop mixing when combined! 

  • 10. add batter to prepared tin. 

  • **my batter made about 17 medium/smaller cupcakes so after the first 12 I added in a handful of fresh raspberries to the batter and folded them in!

  • 11. Bake for 16-20 minutes. Knife should come out clean but they will still be light in color! 
  • 12. let cool, frost and enjoy!

recipe adapted from:

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

 I was asked to bake something gluten free after seeing my cupcakes last week. I have baked some gluten free treats before but never cupcakes so this was a new adventure. Some came out better than others but that is expected! Hope you try/enjoy :)
Coconut Flour Cupcakes 
½ cup coconut flour
4 Eggs
1/2 cup honey
1/3 cup melted coconut oil
2 tablespoons skim milk
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
½ teaspoon Baking Powder
½ teaspoon Baking Soda
½ teaspoon apple cider vinegar
a pinch of sea salt 
1.  Preheat oven to 350 and line cupcake tin with liners.
2. add eggs, honey, oil and flour to your mixing bowl and mix.
3. add the baking powder, soda, salt, vinegar, vanilla, vinegar, and milk to the bowl and mix until combined. 

4. bake 12-15 mins. until golden brown. Let cool and frost with your favorite frosting recipe! 

recipe adapted from:;postID=2491296499867895577

Monday, July 3, 2017

Chewy Chocolate Chunk Blondies

It is a holiday weekend.....or more like a four day holiday for some people and of course with this brings BBQ after BBQ. Tried a new blondie bar recipe. Enjoy! 


1 cup unsalted butter, melted

2 cups packed light brown sugar
hearty pour of pure vanilla extract
¼ teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1 cup cake flour
1 cup AP flour
½ teaspoon baking powder
2 Trader Joe's dark chocolate bars chopped.

1. Preheat oven to 350ºF.
2. Line a 7x 11 baking dish with parchment paper.
3. Mix in the sugar and butter until fluffy.
4. Add in the vanilla and eggs. Mix until combined.
5. Add in the flours, salt, and baking powder. Mix until combined.
5. Mix in the chocolate bars (chopped up).
6. Place batter in prepared dish and bake for 35-40 minutes ( edges will brown and middle should look gooey but cooked.)
7. Cool , cut and enjoy!

recipe adapted from:

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Raspberry Rhubarb Pie

Well,  it is summertime anddddd one of my favorite things to do in the summer is go berry picking! I know that I could just buy them at the farm, farmers market, or at the market but I don't know why they just taste so much better knowing that you picked them. Or maybe (the real reason) is because they were just picked! I also use summer to try and bake more because I have more time to experiment. I love to bake anything new and I like to repeat recipes that I/ or other people really like. But for some reason I don't make pies too often or really at all. I am thinking it is probably because I tend to bake and give the goods to different groups of people (and myself) and you can't split a pie like that. So when I do bake pie like treats, they tend to be smaller tarts or mini pies. I have a go to pie crust recipe that I usually use but was unsure if it would make enough to make a top as well (because I usually just make tarts with it). Also my first real attempt at a lattice top! I tired once last summer or the summer before but sort of half tried and then said never mind....whoops. Didn't end up the prettiest but could have put more effort into slicing the strips! (Next raspberry...come apple season.) So today I tried all new recipes after I did some raspberry picking! Enjoy a raspberry rhubarb pie NOT a strawberry rhubarb pie (we are having strawberry shortcake as well so I didn't want to have so many strawberry things).

  • For the crust: 
  • 2 1/4 cups flour ( I used 1 cup cake, and 1 and 1/4 white wheat)
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 1/2 sticks butter, cold (in slices)
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 TBS cold water ( I only ended up using 3 but depends) 
  • hearty pour of pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
    • For the filling: 
  • About 4 and 1/2 cups rhubarb (sliced and chopped) 
  • 2 cups of raspberries
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  •  milk for brushing the pie crust

1. In a  bowl, mix the flour and salt together. 
2. Cut the cold butter into the bowl in small pieces. 
3. Add the flour and butter into your mixer and mix with the dough hook until small pea sized crumbs form. 
5. Add the cinnamon and vanilla 
4. Add the eggs and water.
5. Mix together using the dough hook until just combined and a ball forms. 
6. When the ball forms and holds in a ball wrap in plastic and chill for 30-45 minutes. 

1. Add the  rhubarb, sugars and then raspberries. 


2. Stir with a wooden spoon until the fruits and sugars are mixed. 

3. Add in the cornstarch. Stir gently until all combined. 

4. Place in fridge while dough finishes chilling. 

When ready to bake: 
1. Preheat oven to 400. 
2. Take chilled dough out and roll out 2/3 of the dough. 
3. Line your pie dish with that dough making sure there is enough dough going up the sides. 
4. Add in the filling ( if you have a lot of excess liquid I would not add all the liquid). 

5. Roll out the remaining dough and slice into thin slices. 
6. Place the slices into a lattice pattern on the top of the filling and then I also lined the circumference with a strip of dough. 
7. Brush top of pie with milk and sprinkle more white sugar on top. 
8. Place in oven and bake for 20 mins at 400. 
9. Turn the oven  down to 350 and bake for 40-50 more minutes until crust is browning and filling is cooked.
10. Let cool and enjoy topped with some ice cream, more berries, and whipped cream (make your own!)
(and yes that is my hot plate I made in middle school IA class circa. 2000. HA)

recipe adapted from:

Sunday, May 28, 2017

I wanted to bake and had a bag of m&m's staring at me.....

The title pretty much says it all. I bought a couple bags of dark chocolate peanut M&M's at Target last weekend and I had one bag left staring at me. I wanted to bake but couldn't decide what so I made these babies. Enjoy!

  • 1 large egg
  • 1 stick of unsalted butter melted
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 hearty pour of pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup cake flour
  • 1pinch of sea salt
  • 1 large bag of dark chocolate peanut M&M's(or flavor of choice)


  1. Preheat oven to 350F. 
  2. Line an 8-by-8-inch baking pan with aluminum foil and spray with oil or line with melted butter (not the one listed in the recipe!)
  3. In your mixer bowl add the  sugar and butter and mix until combined. 
  4. Add in the egg and vanilla and mix until combined.
  5. Add in the flour and salt and mix until JUST COMBINED!
  6. Fold in the 3/4 the bag of  M&M'Ss.
  7. Transfer the batter to the prepared pan and smooth out the top. 
  8. Top the smoothed out batter with the remaining M&M's.
  9. Bake for about 25 to 30 minutes ( when a knife inserted in the center comes out clean without batter...will have melted chocolate).
  10. Let bars and pan cool and the cut and serve!

recipe adapted from:

Sunday, May 14, 2017

I almost went a holiday without baking. ALMOST. almost. almost. but I couldn't. So I have now found my new favorite cookie recipe. I have been following Ashely on Instagram for quite some time and she is great. She always responds to my probably annoying DM's and has some great recipes. Here is the original recipe I have made some changes. 

  • 1 cup white wheat white flour
  • 1 cup cake flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  •  2 pinchs of sea salt
  •  hearty pour of vanilla 
  •  1 stick unsalted butter, softened
  • ¼ cup coconut oil, softened
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup  raw almond chopped
  • 1 Trader Joe's  dark chocolate with almonds chopped and shaved
  • shaved coconut flakes to sprinkle the top with(optional) 

  1. Preheat oven to 350F and line baking sheet with parchment ( I actually ran out so just baked on the pan) 
  2. In a bowl combine the flours, baking soda, and salt.
  3. In your mixer bowl add the butter and sugar. Combined until fluffy.
  4. Add in the coconut oil and the vanilla and mix until combined. 
  5. Add in the flour mixture a bit at a time and combined until all mixed. 
  6. Add in the chocolate chunks and the almonds fold in to ensure mixed. 
  7. Using your cookie scoop, scoop out balls and place on a plate sprinkle tops with coconut flakes if you would like. 
  8. At this point I placed in the freezer for about 15 mins to chill. 

  9. When ready to bake place in oven on cookie sheet and bake for 10 mins. 
  10. Let cool on wire rack. 
  11. Enjoy with some milk and ice cream :)