Horseshoe Bend

Away on a road trip through the western part of the U.S.! Taking in all of the beautiful scenery. Horseshoe Bend is in the northeast of Arizona and is absolutely breathtaking! It takes only 10-15 minutes to walk to from the parking lot and is $10 for parking a car.

Olive Oil Brioche Hamburger Buns

We love making burgers in the summertime and one of our favorite buns to use has been Aldi’s brioche buns. However I know that store bought bread has extra ingredients added to them that aren’t the healthiest and I enjoy making yeast breads so I finally decided to make my own. Brioche is a rich … Read More

Fresh Caprese Salad

One of my favorite countries is by far Italy. Not only is it gorgeous and the people enthusiastic, but its fresh and vibrant food is delectable! One of my favorites is Caprese Salad. It’s very simple containing tomatoes, basil, mozzarella, and some olive oil and salt and pepper. The colors showcase the Italian flag. This … Read More

Mulberry Pie Recipe

We discovered a mulberry tree near our house along the creek. They are sweet little berries that grow on a tree almost resembling the look of a small blackberry. They’re rich in vitamins and antioxidants and have many health benefits to them. We easily picked three cups of berries and stained our hands. 😄 Ingredients: … Read More

My Grandma’s Plum Pie

My grandma W. was a hard working, strong, and stubborn German woman. My love of baking was inspired from her. Not that I made much with her but I grew up around amazing smelling homemade food while I played with cousins, building castles in the sand box or playing ping pong or pool in the … Read More

Homemade Flour Tortillas

I grew up making tortillas. I’ve always been fascinated with making the basics at home like tortillas, graham crackers, mayonnaise etc. I just love feeling like I can make those things in a pinch instead of running to the store, not to mention they all taste so much better made at home! They’re fantastic for … Read More

Raspberry Cheesecake Chocolate Cake (GF)

Need the perfect cake for Father’s Day? With swirls of raspberry cheesecake in chocolate cake and then a very delicious raspberry cheesecake frosting slathered on top, this recipe will not disappoint. June happens to include my dad’s birthday and of course Father’s Day, plus my new brother-in-law’s birthday. My dad loves this chocolate cake called … Read More

Finnish Cardamom Braid (Pulla)

My mother-in-law gave me these cardamom pods from Chennai, India (Madras), along with a recipe for spicy chai tea. I still want to make that tea, but I decided I would use the cardamom for the yummy streusel braids from my childhood (traditionally called Pulla.) I remember my sister making this for the holidays Cardamom … Read More

Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

Buttercream frosting is a classic. Normally I stay away from them since they are generally a little over sweet for most people’s liking and the baker side of me finds them a bit boring. 😉 However, chocolate buttercream is a little different, the bitter cocoa counteracts the powdered sugar sweetness. For other creamy white frosting … Read More

Gluten-Free Yellow Cake

My sister just got married with a small wedding of immediate family and a few close friends. She is gluten-free so I enjoyed finding a way to make the top tier of the cake so she could enjoy it as well. Honestly, baking without gluten is so easy now compared to several years ago. I … Read More


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