Easy Homebaked Goodies

Homebaked goodies can be healthy and wholesome, especially with a little whole grain and fresh fruit mixed in. I know, the holiday baking season is over. You might be sugared out from all the candy canes and sugarplums. I’ve found, though, that homebaked goodies satisfy the sweet tooth, but with a few whole grains, fresh […]

DIY on a Dime: Make a Cookie Kit

Make a cookie kit with dough, sprinkles, frosting, and cookie cutters. It’s an experience and it’s tangible — all at the same time! My mom has always been a great one to help parents enjoy more quality time with their kids. I remember about thirty years ago driving around town with her delivering Christmas gifts. […]

6 Great Recipes to Make with Berries (Ultimate Recipe Swap)

Spring and summer are ideal times to enjoy fresh berries. Check out this round-up of great berry recipes. It’s been years since I took the kids berry picking, but it was a highlight of our spring back when we lived in Paso Robles. Then, it was olallieberries that we were after, specialty berries that grow […]

Bake Cookies with Your Kids (12 Days of Christmas Family Fun)

We love to have a big variety of Christmas cookies on the plate.Last year the kiddos and I made a dozen different kinds! We baked them the weekend of Thanksgiving and then froze them to enjoy through New Year’s. It was great fun. I was chatting with my friend Shaina the other day, and she mentioned […]

Easy Food Gifts to Make (& FREE Printable Instructions)

Preparing gifts of food can be a thoughtful and economical way to treat your friends and neighbors at the holidays. Plates of cookies or tins full of toffee are such a treat! One trouble with baked goods, however, is that I fear sometimes those items will go to waste. If your friends are receiving plates […]

Booking It with Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day

This year we’re Booking It on LifeasMOM. It’s an online book club designed to get you off the computer, phone, and boob tube and into a book. Reading is an adventure! You learned this long ago. But, in our older years, it is tempting to forget. On the 10th of each month, we’re discussing an assigned […]

Bake a Pie for National Pie Day

I rarely need an excuse to enjoy pie, but in case you do, I thought I would let you know about National Pie Day which just happens to be tomorrow. So, you know what that means? Today is a great day to bake one! In fact, make two. Eat one and then share the other […]

Gramma John’s Blue Ribbon Chocolate Chip Cookies

My Gramma John was born and raised in South Eastern Minnesota. She lived most of her life on a farm, was widowed twice, and raised eight kids — six of them boys. Besides being a very brave and somewhat ornery woman, she was a fantastic baker. Here we are in my mom’s 1970s kitchen making […]