Liliane’s “Retro Trolls” 2nd Birthday!

When I went home to my parent’s house at Easter, I went through my stuff stored in their attic to find my old Troll dolls. I decided it was time to take them back into my possession, so I brought them back to Colorado to introduce my old favorite toys from my elementary days to…

Milk Bread

When quarantine started over a year ago, I took up a new hobby: making and keeping up with sourdough. Here is one of my favorite sourdough recipes, but I will not take all the credit. I got it from This Old Gal. Hokkaido Milk Bread is the best sandwich bread ever! I also love to…

Liliane’s 1st Birthday!

I started thinking about Lil’s birthday theme quite a few months ago and nothing compared to a rainbow Unicorn theme with a touch of roses. A friend (that ended up having three boys) once told me she wanted to have a little girl JUST so she could throw a unicorn birthday party…so I HAD to…

Oatmeal Cream Pies (better than Little Debbie does it!)

I was back in Tulsa a few months back and saw an Oatmeal Cream Pie behind the glass at this little bakery in the Mother Road Market food hall.  I have been craving them since passing up the opportunity to partake in that chewy goodness I loved so much in my childhood.  Then I was…

Salted butter chocolate chunk shortbread cookie kind of weekend

Cookie of the Year anyone? Salted Butter Chocolate Chunk Shortbread Cookies Although this first batch was delicious, it wasn’t the prettiest outcome.  Baking at high altitude can be a b*%$#, especially with a new cookie recipe, so I started to experiment. I increased the oven temperature to 365 and decreased the time, checking them around 10 minutes….

High Altitude Oatmeal Scotchies and Homemade Eggnog

Oatmeal Scotchies with Coconut at High Altitude 1 cup of unsalted butter, softened 1 cup brown sugar 1/3 cup sugar 2 large eggs 2 tsp. vanilla 1 & 3/4 cups all purpose flour 1 tsp. baking soda 1 tsp. cinnamon 1/2 tsp. salt 2.5 cups of quick oats 1/2 cup shredded coconut 1 bag of…

Pumpkin season for one more month…

The traditional Thanksgiving pumpkin roll couldn’t wait. I had the urge to make the pumpkin roll early this year, but this time I wasn’t sure it would turn out right. My normal recipe had to be modified to adjust for 7,400 ft of elevation for successful high altitude baking results. I am learning that baking…

Gluten AND Sugar Free Chocolate Zucchini Bread

I have always enjoyed zucchini bread but never thought to make my own until I worked at the farmers’ market the past two weeks and had so much zucchini I had to think of some different ways to prepare it. I also have been trying to eat less sugar and gluten, so I came up…

Working from Home= more time for life’s little luxuries

One of the best things about working from home is not having to rush around to make time for the 40+ minute commute, so I get to make coffee and breaky instead!  I made some delicious banana blueberry muffins with strawberry butter–inspired by my home state’s The Pioneer Woman in one of her magazines–and a lovely…

Strawberry Scone Sunday

Strawberries n Cream Scones (with vanilla bean lavender sugar) 3 c flour 3/4 c sugar 1 T baking powder 1/2 t salt 10 T unsalted butter (chilled, chopped) 1 c heavy cream 3/4 c whole milk (or all heavy cream, if preferred) 1/2 t vanilla extract 1/2 t almond extract 1 heaping c strawberries (hulled…