Brie Baked in a Bread Bowl is a Must-Make!

Brie baked in a bread bowl gets gooey and melty and utterly delicious.  It makes for a fantastic appetizer or party dish with very little work. Years ago I edited a small community fundraiser cookbook. I had a newborn baby and had taken a sabbatical from my job teaching high school. Who knew that it […]

Oslo Kringle Recipe – Easy & Delicious!

whole kringle on board with coffee

Oslo Kringle is a delicious Norwegian dessert, with the flavor and texture of a cream puff, but with a simpler preparation and fjords of delicious, almond icing. My paternal grandmother, Gramma John, was full-blooded Norwegian. Though she was born in Minnesota, both her parents had emigrated from Norway in the early 20th century. She grew up […]

8 Great Cookie Recipes for Your Holiday Tray

Make some cookies! Try one of these 8 great cookie recipes that your family will love to see on your holiday tray this year. Pictured: Baby Cakes Cookies have been on my mind lately. Have you ever seen the movie Stranger than Fiction? It’s one of those movies that proves to you Will Ferrell isn’t […]

Easy Chocolate Buttercream Frosting – Better than the Can

chocolate frosted cupcake with candle

Homemade chocolate buttercream frosting comes together easily and tastes so much better than the canned variety.

Bilbo’s Seed Cakes – Perfect for a Hobbit Tea

tables set with cakes cheese fruit nuts and tea

Time for a hobbit tea! Seed Cakes are a tasty pound cake filled with caraway seeds. Their distinct flavor makes them delicious as well as memorable. Are you looking for something unusual to feature on your tea or dessert table this season? Hungry for something fun as well as fancy?  Seed cakes are for you! Bilbo’s […]

Tips for Hosting a Holiday Brunch on a Budget

citrus salad, bread, and breakfast casserole

Are you hosting a holiday brunch this season? Feeling a little overwhelmed. Here’s the 411 on how to make it simple as well as delicious. Citrus Salad, Instant Holiday Brunch Kit With the winter holidays ahead of us, we’re in for a ton of fun. Or stress, depending on where you fall on the Holiday Planning Continuum. […]

Homemade Chicken Pot Pie Recipe (Freezer-Friendly)

pot pie with slices removed next to fork and red checked cloth

Chicken Pot Pie is a sure-fire favorite at my house. Flaky, buttery crust surrounds chicken, vegetables, and a delectable homemade gravy for delicious comfort food. Years ago when I had my second baby I was surrounded by good cooks who spoiled me once the baby was born. This Chicken Pot Pie was one of those […]

Mushroom and Onion Gravy Recipe for the Freezer

Let bottled and dry mix gravy be relics of the past. This recipe for Mushroom and Onion Gravy stirs up silky and delicious. It’s also super freezer-friendly. I was raised to think that making homemade gravy was difficult. It wasn’t some plot by my mother to get me to like canned gravy. But, it really […]