The ULTIMATE Carrot Cake Recipe

Have you ever wanted to bake a truly amazing carrot cake?  Think all recipes are the same?  Not true!  We did side-by-side taste tests with seven different highly rated carrot cakes (tough job, I know!), and this one was the clear winner.

Broadway Carrot Cake Recipe:


Malted Pretzel Peanut Crunch Snack Mix Recipe

I pick salty over sweet most of the time, but a snack that mixes both--now that's something I can really get behind!  I also absolutely adore malt anything.  Malted milk balls, classic malts, eating malt powder straight from the jar...  Anything malted is good, in my book.  I decided that I wanted to try to mix these two loves, and developed this amazing sack, Malted Pretzel Peanut Crunch.

Fall Cranberry Pumpkin Bread Recipe

Does anyone else get all tingly with excitement when cranberries start appearing in grocery stores again?  Anyone?  ....Anyone?  Ok, maybe that's overstating it a bit, but really and truly, I love cranberries.  Especially in baked goods.

And one of my very favorite ways to bake with cranberries is in my favorite cranberry pumpkin bread.

No Bake, Easy Chocolate Peanut Butter Acorns

As a fun follow-up to Monday's acorn craft round-up, here's an acorn craft so easy that the kids can do it.  And who doesn't love chocolate and peanut butter?

You'll need:

Apple Fritters Tutorial, the Perfect Fall Treat

I absolutely love apple fritters.  More than apple cider, more than cider donuts, they are, to me, the perfect fall treat.  The ones that are a big, bready lump are ok, but the kind that calls to me with a sweet siren's song is the ring-shaped variety.  I want a lot of apple in my apple fritters.

Apple Fritter Ring Recipe:


Easy Dulce de Leche Baked French Toast Recipe

Salted Caramel Buttercream Icing Tutorial

I generally choose salty treats over sweet ones, but when you combine sweet and salty...holy cow, I'm in heaven!

Prime example:  salted caramel anything.  Like this Salted Caramel Buttercream Frosting.  If there's any icing I'd eat by the spoonful, it would be this one.  

Perfect Pumpkin Cookie Recipe (With Cream Cheese Icing)

It's September!  That means it's fall, and we can bring out all the fabulous pumpkin stuff, right?  That might be wishful thinking here in Phoenix, where it's supposed to reach a high of 108 degrees today, but it's not going to stop me from whipping up a batch of delicious (and for me, optimistic) pumpkin cookies with cream cheese icing.

These cookies are soft, fluffy, perfectly spiced, moist--in a word, INCREDIBLE.  

Easy Nautical Life Preserver Sandwich Tutorial

I mentioned in an earlier post how much I love doing boxed lunches for birthday parties.  They're made ahead of time, and the kids feel like they're getting a present when they get to open it up, and they tend to eat more of the healthy food that way.  I decided to take it a step further, and have fun with the food inside the box this time, too, and turn the turkey and cheese sandwiches into nautical life preserver rings.

Easy Nilla Wafer Nautical Oyster Cookies Tutorial

Looking for a tasty, EASY treat for a nautical/mermaid/ocean type party?  The kids at the Rain Gutter Regatta birthday party loved these Nilla Wafer oysters.

No baking required!  Takes only seconds!  And seriously, the kids adored them.