Birthday Scones

Last year for my birthday Dad got me The Baling Bible.  I’d never actually made any recipe out of it. Mostly I just read through it completely convinced that I am not very good at baking and anything I made wouldn’t turn out very well.  So this year when my birthday came up I decided that I needed to step up my game and my confidence.  I’ll never get better at baking if I don’t step outside of my comfort zone.

I decided that it would be very nice to have Birthday Scones.  I’ve never made scones before,  but love to eat them! I went with the Irish Cream Scone from Ms.  Beranbaum’s book. 


They turned out light and fluffy.  I should have cooked them a little less,  they were a bit more brown than necessary.  All in all a delicious first attempt at scones! My birthday breakfast was great and I learned that I can actually make some of these things that seem daunting!

Happy St.  Patrick’s Day 2016!


Devils Food Nutella Cupcakes

Last week was the first anniversary of Mom passing and I went to Greenville to have lunch with Dad.  We ate Mexican food and made brownies.  The food was delicious.  The brownies were not great.  It was fun to hang out with Dad though,  even in such a sad time.

So instead of posting about the sad not very good brownies,  I’m going to tell you about these terrific cupcakes I made with the help and hospitality of Ana and her kids! It was a very happy scene with smiling baby boys and good grown up conversation. And we had all but the sour cream in house.  Gotta love the cheap weeks of baking treats.


Don’t judge my artistic abilities with the frosting.  It was my first ever time using a piping/pastry bag and I was trying to blend butter cream and Nutella all in one.  No baby steps when it comes to baking for this group! Nutella is more runny than I realized and Ana needs a hand mixer (the woman made butter cream frosting literally by hand!) The cupcakes turned out great though.  I’ll be remaking this recipe for sure.

Oh,  if anyone wants a copy of the actual recipes on these treats I make, leave a comment for that week.  It just occurred to me that you may want to recipe and not just my take in how it turned out.  I’m going to try to post that each week also.

I’ve just got to figure out how…. Good think I married a tech guy, huh? 🙂 I’m sure his ears are burning right now….

Cinnamon Pecan Quick Bread


This bread looked delicious and was a weight watchers recipe.  For the low low cost of 4 points you too could enjoy a yummy bit of sweet with your morning coffee.  For that, it worked very well.  The issue we has was hold time. 


Most of the time we can get a week out of pumpkin bread.  With just the two of us in the house we don’t go through a whole loaf that quickly.  This bread turned in a matter of days. 

It’s was also made with pureed butternut squash. Correction… It called for pureed squash.  It was made with butternut squash baby food.  🙂 Thinking about it,  this may have led to the faster turn.

See you next week!