There are some baking items that seem harder to make than they truly are. Bagels are one of those items. Even though I have gotten quite skilled at cooking and baking, I honestly believed I couldn’t make bagels. They just seemed so difficult to make. However, after looking through several recipes, I realized that they are easier to make than I first thought. So, I decided to try my hand at making homemade bagels. It took a few tries, but I was finally able to find the perfect recipe for them. Combining a few of the recipes that I found, I managed to make homemadeRead More →

Casseroles are a great way of putting together a quick and easy meal that has everything in it. The combination of cheese and noodles is often looked upon as comfort food. Adding some chicken and broccoli into the mix makes a complete meal with very little extra work. This chicken and broccoli noodle casserole is one of our favorites to make, especially as the weather started to turn cooler. Not only is it a hearty and warm meal, but it can also be made into a freezer meal. Having a few of these in the freezer is a great way to be prepared for theRead More →

Since learning to cook, I have spent many hours in the kitchen trying all kinds of recipes. My favorite thing to do is baking. Whether it’s bread, cookies, muffins or some random dessert, there is always something delicious to be made. Of these, homemade cinnamon buns are in my top five favorite recipes. These buns are packed with flavor and are fairly simple to make. In fact, the recipe is modified from the best white bread recipe. If you are looking for a dessert to make for a party, pot luck or just because these homemade cinnamon buns are an excellent choice. You can evenRead More →

Baking bread is one of my favorite things to do in the kitchen. Watching the dough rise and getting to enjoy that yeast smell as it bakes brings me all kinds of joy. Of course, making bread is also a great way to relieve stress. Kneading the dough can really help ease any tension you are feeling. These easy yeast dinner rolls are a favorite dinner time addition in our house. They bake up quickly and are incredibly soft. Of course, you can eat these buns as part of your breakfast or a random snack. I won’t judge you. I do exactly that. As longRead More →

When it comes to comfort food, pasta and cheese are top on my list. There is something about gooey cheese mixed with noodles that just make everything alright in the world. Though I didn’t love it as a kid, I quickly learned to appreciate this dish later on in life. In fact, growing up I hated mac and cheese, especially if it came out of a box. However, then my grandma made this homemade mac and cheese one day and I finally found a reason to love it. Gone was the questionable cheese sauce and instead, came a dish packed with flavor and cheese IRead More →

There is something about baked goods with raisins in them that make my mouth water. Especially if there is a healthy dose of cinnamon as well. When it comes to breakfast, muffins reign supreme in our house. They are a delicious option to grab in the morning, or for a snack during school or work. There are plenty of different muffins out there to make. One of our favorites is oatmeal raisin muffins. They are the perfect combination of moist texture, with a strong cinnamon raisin taste. If you are looking for an easy delicious recipe for the family to try, then this is forRead More →

Crackers are a favorite snack for my family. Much like with muffins, there are so many different flavors of cracker out there, that it’s hard to choose, let alone get tired of eating them. However, among all of those crackers, cheese crackers are our ultimate favorite. However, there came a point where I wanted to try to make crackers from scratch. After searching through multiple recipes online, I stumbled upon one for cheese crackers. After making a few times, I modified this recipe to what works best for my family. These homemade cheese crackers are packed with flavor and provide a lot of snacking potential.Read More →

Muffins are very versatile food. There are so many different flavors to be made with them. Buttermilk blueberry muffins are one of my favorites to make. They have an amazingly soft texture, thanks to the buttermilk, while the blueberries provide a nice pop of flavor. Though these muffins are most often made in the summer and early fall, baking them in the winter can help add the flavors of summer to the cold winter months. Preheat oven to 400F. In a large bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, sugar, and salt. Set aside. In a small bowl, whisk together eggs, buttermilk, and melted butter. StirRead More →

Muffins are one of my favorite things to bake. There are so many great flavors to choose from that I never get bored of eating them. Strawberry muffins are great year round, although admittedly I prefer them in the summer when the strawberries are in season. That being said, it’s great to have that taste of summer during the dreary winter months. This is a recipe I found online a while back and have modified over time. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a small bowl, combine the milk, oil, and eggs. In a large bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar.Read More →

There is something about molasses based cookies around Christmas. Those flavors, combined with the festive spirit, as the perfect combination. There are plenty of molasses flavored cookies out there, such as gingerbread cookies, but each one is unique in its own way. Soft baked molasses cookies are fairly similar in flavor, however, their soft texture and sugar coated outside make them a completely different cookie. This recipe was shared by a friend of mine and has quickly become a family favorite. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Gather and measure all of your ingredients. In a bowl, cream together butter, sugar, and eggs until they are lightRead More →