Butternut Squash Bread, Ho Ho Cake Roll, Minty Mountain Bars, and Marshmallow-Toffee-Chocolate Pretzels


We’ve been spending most of our holidays with my husband’s family, so I’ve had my own family on my mind lately.  One thing I’ve been remembering is an album my dad used to play in the car while I was in high school – Graceland by Paul Simon.  My favorite tracks are Graceland, Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes, and Crazy Love.  I am sure my family is getting tired of Alexa playing these for me!

What Did I Make Today?

So much good stuff!  I roasted some butternut squash yesterday so I tried Butternut Squash Bread from My Baking Addiction today.  I have been wanting to make a Ho Ho Cake Roll, and today was the day.  I used the recipe from Lauren’s Latest.  Then I made two things invented by my daughter…Minty Mountain Bars and Marshmallow-Toffee-Chocolate Pretzels.

How Did It Go?

Really well, I think.  I couldn’t find my Ho Ho Cake Roll recipe, but I did find this link from Crazy for Crust.


which led me to the recipe for Chocolate Swiss Cake Roll from Lauren’s Latest.


I love how she writes, “Bakers are liars!”  Totally true.  The hardest part of making this was finding the recipe!  This site does not have the recipe for the cake roll, just the icing and glaze.  She has a link to the Hershey’s site but not an actual cake roll recipe.  So I found one for myself.


This is how it looks so far.  Perfect!


And frosted…


No idea how the Butternut Squash Bread from My Baking Addiction tastes, but it was an easy recipe.



Of course, my daughter’s inventions are awesome!




Christmas Cookies and French Toast Sticks from the Very Best Brioche Bread


Turns out there’s a reason that the moon looks so awesome.  It’s the one supermoon of 2017.  It will be full tomorrow night.  Don’t miss it!

What Did I Make Today?

Some fun recipes!  I made Christmas Cookies with the Lofthouse Copycat recipe I always use and French Toast Sticks by Six Sisters Stuff from the Very Best Brioche Bread I finally baked last night.

How Did I Go?

Fun!  I just got some cute new Christmas cookie cutters, and I was dying to use them.  I made snowflakes and candy canes from the Lofthouse Copycat recipe on Recipes, Food, and Cooking.



The french toast sticks came out so awesome, although taste testing results were mixed.  I think this was due to brioche bread – which came out a bit dry – rather than the french toast recipe.




Strawberry Cupcakes with Strawberry Buttercream, Spiced Gingerbread Cupcakes, and ROLO Stuffed Chocolate Cookies


Apparently, moonset is not a word but sunset is?  Why does the sun get all the love?  There was a gorgeous 3/4 moon this morning, and I was running straight toward it.  It look like a big ornament hanging in the sky.  Such a bummer when it “set.”

What Did I Make Today?

A mess!  I made two new cupcake recipes for Hubs’ work.  Strawberry Cupcakes with Strawberry Buttercream by Yup Foodie and Spiced Gingerbread Cupcakes by Just So Tasty.  The former was such a pain, the recipe is already in the trash.  Later on I made ROLO Stuffed Chocolate Cookies from the Pillsbury Cookie Countdown.

How Did It Go?

Not so well.  Thank goodness I got up early.  The Strawberry Cupcakes with Strawberry Buttercream by Yup Foodie were way too complicated.  Took me 40 minutes to get them in the oven.  They may taste good, but I don’t even care.  Definitely a one-and-done.



The Spiced Gingerbread Cupcakes by Just So Tasty were a last minute pick.  I liked the recipe.  Not sure if they are actually going to be just so tasty, though.  I know I’ve made recipes from this site in the past, but I don’t have any in The Book. So I’m a little worried.



So how do you think the cupcakes turned out?  Delicious, naturally!  I’m still not resurrecting the strawberry ones.  The gingerbread ones can go in the book, though.

Finally, the cookies were meh.  Shouldn’t have bothered.



At least dinner wasn’t meh.  I made Butter Burger Sliders


and Easy Taco Sliders


Both encores.  Both yummy.

Easy Apple Crisp Crumb Cake and Very Best Brioche

Better Book Recommendations for Kids

I listen to the Reading People Podcast, and they had a bookseller recommending bookish Christmas presents on the latest show.  Her recommendations were okay, but I can do better.  This Book is a Planetarium is AWESOME.  Also, Jingle All the Way is fabulous too.  It’s a book-stuffed dog set, and the dog responds to certain phrases when the book is read out loud.  It actually works really well.

What Did I Make Today?

I attempted two things I’ve never made before – Easy Apple Crisp Crumb Cake from Fave Southern Recipes and Very Best Brioche from The Suburban Soapbox.

How Did It Go?

The jury is still out on these, but I can tell you one thing.  Easy Apple Crisp Crumb Cake from Fave Southern Recipes is NOT easy.  Also, the oatmeal mix for the top needs something else.  It’s completely dry.  Finally, the cake oozed out of my spring form pan.  I cleaned that up, and this could still taste okay, but I wouldn’t use this recipe again.



Update: this recipe does taste AMAZING.  Still a one-and-done, though.

The brioche is a two day recipe.  It’s currently on its first rise.  I like the way it started out.  Fingers crossed that it ends up tasty.


Best Chocolate Chip Cookies and Chocolate Fudge Brownies

One of the Lucky Ones

I have taken to preserving some of my kids’ art work with photos.  I’m pretty sure I’m late to the party on this.  I don’t do it a lot; I just pick out the really great ones.  But this turkey earned a spot in my iPhotos library.


What Did I Make Today?

Nothing too exciting.  Just standard fare.  I tried another Best Chocolate Cookies recipe from AllRecipes and Chocolate Fudge Brownies from Recipe Girl.

How Did It Go?

It went well.  The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies recipe from AllRecipes were just Chocolate Cookies.  Super easy.  No chilling required.  Tasted “decent.”  Not a book recipe, though.



The Chocolate Fudge Brownies from Recipe Girl have potential, although the glaze recipe was off.  I had to double the powdered sugar and chocolate powder and halve the water so it wasn’t way too runny.




Yep!  These were approved for The Book.

Pumpkin Brownie Cupcakes, Chocolate Chip Cookies, and M&M White Chocolate Fudge

Not a Mind Meld

I am pretty mind-meldy with three of my kids, but then there’s the fourth.  Don’t get me wrong – he’s a great kid – but we do not connect much of the time.  He asked me to make treats for his class today, so yesterday I got the ingredients for my invented cook dough rice krispie treats with chocolate glaze.  Would have been awesome.  Then he comes home and insists that the class voted for chocolate chip cookies.  Argh!  I hate making a ton of those especially when I have to make the dough the same day.

What Did I Make Today?

Twenty eight chocolate chip cookies from the Domestic Rebel recipe.  Grump!  Then, for fun, I made Pumpkin Brownie Cupcakes by Crazy for Crust.

How Did It Go?

Really well.  Everything came out perfect.  I didn’t have a note on the Pumpkin Brownie Cupcakes by Crazy for Crust about bake time, but 16 minutes seemed to do it.  The recipe is for muffins, but I add chocolate buttercream to make cupcakes.  Yummmm!



The cookies turned out well too.  I froze the dough balls for half an hour and then baked for 9 to 10 minutes at 350 degrees.



No one in our family likes white chocolate fudge, but the soccer team plays here on Tuesday nights so I seized the opportunity.  Definitely my best fudge attempt to date.  I got the recipe from Dinner, Dishes, and Desserts, but “her” basic fudge recipe is right on the back of the marshmallow fluff jar – verbatim!



Homemade Thin Mints and Brownie Goody Bars

Ramping Up or Slowing Down?

It’s Holiday Baking Season, right?  Lots of cookie baking and the like?  On the other hand, everyone is still recovering from Thanksgiving excesses.

What Did I Make Today?

So I just made a couple of treats: Homemade Thin Mints from Sally’s Baking Addiction and Brownie Goody Bars from Six Sisters’ Stuff.

How Did It Go?

Good and bad.  Good – the Brownie Goody Bars from Six Sisters’ Stuff.  Took a lot longer than I expected, but they are delicious!  I even used left over vanilla buttercream.



Bad – the Homemade Thin Mints from Sally’s Baking Addiction.  The bad isn’t actually a comment on the recipe so much as disappointment that I couldn’t use the dough for anything else.  This does not make soft cookies which makes sense for thin mints but not for anything else.  Rats.