Pear & Pumpkin Upside Down Cake

We had a nice weekend at home finishing up some more painting of hallways and organizing a few key areas of the house.  It was rather gloomy and rainy all day Sunday – enough to warrant getting out the light down comforter and turning on the heat (low of course) for the night.  We willContinue reading “Pear & Pumpkin Upside Down Cake”

{Gluten & Sugar-Free} Blackberry Cake with Coconut Whipped Cream

This one has to go down in the books as one of my favorite desserts.  Ever.  I wasn’t even trying to be gluten-free, but rather experimental.  I wanted to try a few new ingredients out and this concoction worked.  I must say, I had no idea at all if it would be decent enough toContinue reading “{Gluten & Sugar-Free} Blackberry Cake with Coconut Whipped Cream”

Eric’s Birthday 2013

Eric recently celebrated his birthday – a big one too!  To help him celebrate his 30th birthday, his parents came to visit for a long weekend.  Greta picked out sushi makings for him – more on the sushi later.   Lucky Greta got some wonderful grandparent time.  She and Bapa (that’s what she calls bothContinue reading “Eric’s Birthday 2013”

Lemon Poppy Seed Yogurt Cake

One of the things I love about working at the school I teach at, is the family atmosphere that is created by the staff members.  We look out for one another, and we show an honest warmth.  We also love a reason to celebrate – weddings, babies, retirements, and of course birthdays.  My particular teachingContinue reading “Lemon Poppy Seed Yogurt Cake”

Honey Cake + Christmas Birthday

My grandmother’s birthday is Christmas Day.  As kids, we would drive to Minneapolis to celebrate with her on Christmas Day.  We have started celebrating it on Christmas Eve now that she lives in Des Moines.  This year, I decided to use this cake recipe since her nickname is Honey and a Christmas birthday is often overlookedContinue reading “Honey Cake + Christmas Birthday”

First Birthday: Cakes Part II

After dreaming about cakes all night after exploding the bundt cake, I came to a solution.  But first, let’s talk about the cakewich.  The recipe from the back of the box is below: Fred’s Famous PB&J Pound Cake: Ingredients 2 cups all-purpose flour 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder 1/4 teaspoon salt 3/4 cup unsalted butter 1-1/2Continue reading “First Birthday: Cakes Part II”