Cherry Crisp

Cherry Crisp is simple, quick, and delicious. Top it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream for the ultimate weeknight dessert. Last week I was tidying up our pantry and realized that I haven’t used my ice cream maker in quite some time. So I pulled it forward on the shelf, gave it a good …

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Cherry Crisp is simple, quick, and delicious. Top it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream for the ultimate weeknight dessert.

Last week I was tidying up our pantry and realized that I haven’t used my ice cream maker in quite some time. So I pulled it forward on the shelf, gave it a good wipe down and decided that I need to teach my girl how to make some homemade ice cream.

I scanned the fridge and pantry to see if we had everything on hand to whip up a simple vanilla ice cream base, but it was a no-go because I had used the rest of the cream for a delish Alfredo sauce last week.

So I totally switched gears and decided I was in the mood for a crisp – cherry crisp to be exact.

And I just so happened to have all of those ingredients on hand – complete with a pint of vanilla bean ice cream in the freezer.

No worries though, we’ll get to the homemade vanilla ice cream as soon as I pick up some more heavy cream on our next grocery trip.

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Fresh Basil Pesto

This Fresh Basil Pesto is as bright and delicious as it gets. Try it on pasta, in a sandwich, or simply with a loaf of crusty bread.  ‘Tis the season for planting our little garden around here. I usually kill everything – except mint, that stuff grows out of concrete! – but I still try for …

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This Fresh Basil Pesto is as bright and delicious as it gets. Try it on pasta, in a sandwich, or simply with a loaf of crusty bread. 

Small bowl of basil pesto surrounded by slices of baguette

‘Tis the season for planting our little garden around here. I usually kill everything – except mint, that stuff grows out of concrete! – but I still try for a small garden every year.

This year we have some tomatoes, cilantro, and basil. I always plant basil, even though the bugs usually get to it and the leaves end up full of holes. Not very pretty, but perfect for using for pesto.

Elle had never tried pesto before, but since she loves pasta I grabbed a fresh basil plant at Meijer (while we wait for ours in the garden to grow) and whipped up a batch of this homemade Fresh Basil Pesto for an easy pasta dinner.

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Berry Crisp

This Berry Crisp is packed with an assortment of sweet berries and topped with a buttery oat crumble. A bit of orange zest in the filling puts this delicious summery crisp right over the top. This post is sponsored by Challenge Butter. Thank you for continuing to support the brands that make My Baking Addiction …

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This Berry Crisp is packed with an assortment of sweet berries and topped with a buttery oat crumble. A bit of orange zest in the filling puts this delicious summery crisp right over the top.

Close up of berry crisp topped with vanilla ice cream on a gray plate

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It is finally starting to feel like spring here in Ohio. I’m pretty sure the last snowfall of the season is behind us – even though it was just last week. Elle did get a calamity day out of it because the snow was so heavy it knocked out power in various parts of the city.

Everything is finally starting to green up and heck, we even have a bunny nest in our backyard. And if a cute, fluffy mama bunny doesn’t scream spring, I don’t know what does.

Another great thing about spring is that my local grocery store is brimming with sweet, fresh berries that actually taste good. Every week we load up on strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and Elle’s personal favorite – blackberries. All of which are absolutely perfect for this simple Berry Crisp.

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Homemade Vanilla Pudding

Forget boxed mixes or pre-packaged pudding cups. Making Homemade Vanilla Pudding is as easy as can be and the results are beyond delicious!  When I was a kid and even into my college years, I was a huge fan of pudding cups with a little dollop of Cool Whip or spray of Reddi-Wip. It was …

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Forget boxed mixes or pre-packaged pudding cups. Making Homemade Vanilla Pudding is as easy as can be and the results are beyond delicious! 

Vanilla pudding in a small white bowl, topped with whipped cream and fresh raspberries

When I was a kid and even into my college years, I was a huge fan of pudding cups with a little dollop of Cool Whip or spray of Reddi-Wip. It was the perfect after school snack or simple dessert to keep on hand in a college dorm fridge.

Then I just stopped eating the little snack packs and didn’t purchase them again for like 15 years.

However, one day a package of vanilla and chocolate swirl pudding cups caught Elle’s eye at the grocery store and ended up in our cart – with a can of Reddi-Wip of course. And now my sweet girl loves pudding just like her Mama.

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How to Bake Potatoes

Got a craving for a baked potato with all the fixings? Learn how to bake potatoes at home and you’ll never need to head to a restaurant for a perfectly fluffy potato again! Who else loves a fluffy restaurant baked potato? There’s just something about ordering a steak at a restaurant with a baked potato …

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Got a craving for a baked potato with all the fixings? Learn how to bake potatoes at home and you’ll never need to head to a restaurant for a perfectly fluffy potato again!

Two loaded baked potatoes on a white plate

Who else loves a fluffy restaurant baked potato?

There’s just something about ordering a steak at a restaurant with a baked potato on the side, all loaded up with butter, sour cream, cheese, and chives. It’s fluffy and creamy and salty and so good.

Don’t get me wrong. I love potatoes every which way. Twice-baked potatoes, jo jo potato wedges, scalloped potatoes, mashed potatoes

But there’s just something about a baked potato with salty, crispy skin. 

You can even use baked potatoes in recipes like baked potato soup!

So let’s learn how to bake potatoes so we can enjoy a restaurant-style side dish right at home.

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New Year

It feels a bit surreal to write a new year. I recognize that a new year doesn’t mean much more than a shifting page on the calendar except with it also comes a collective consciousness of hope, prayers of peace and intentions for growth. And that, I believe, is where the shift happens. There is… Read more »

It feels a bit surreal to write a new year. I recognize that a new year doesn’t mean much more than a shifting page on the calendar except with it also comes a collective consciousness of hope, prayers of peace and intentions for growth. And that, I believe, is where the shift happens.

There is great power in hope. In a deep belief that better days are ahead of us. There is massive strength in intention. With it brings a listening ear, seeing eyes and an open heart for where to live out of that intention.

We also know that after a year like 2020 whatever we think we can control and aspire to is ultimately outside of us and yet, here we are. We not only survived but I’m sure in many areas, ways that most likely surprised us, we thrived.

2020 was a year of great discomfort. Because we felt the lack of control so fundamentally and daily, I’m sure many of you, like myself, felt the body tightening anxiety and apathetic ache of depression at times. Every day revealed death, suffering and an end to normalcy. The privileged and comfortable lenses that hid my eyes from injustice fell away and the world will never look the same. And still beauty exists. We may have had to look harder or see it in simplicity; like a perfectly made cup of coffee, a profound sentence that shifts us to the core, or a sweet cherry tomato grown in your own garden. But it’s there.

In that great discomfort and dis-ease I found a truer version of me. And I’m certain many of you could say the same.

As the calendar has steadily, albeit slowly, marched towards a new year, a new beginning, I’ve thought often of myself standing at the cusp of 2020. I imagine myself like Ebenezer Scrooge, getting visited by a ghost from the future. This ghosts paints a dire picture of the coming year. The death, loss, heartbreak, isolation, financial stress, division… okay, I’ll stop.

I would have punched that ghost in the face and ran for cover.

I can’t help but think that had I known all that were to happen in 2020 I’m not sure I would believe it to be survivable and yet here we are.

We survived and I truly believe that in many ways were stronger than ever. I’m taking that truth with me into the new year and all the years to come. Whatever comes we can survive it. Even when it feels un-survive-able. Hour by hour. Day by day. And in a few moments of grace you’ll forget you’re simply surviving and you’ll notice goodness, beauty, love and these are the things that keep pushing us forward.

So I am leaving 2021 plans without resolutions. Without specific goals. Instead I want to focus on the values and intentions I want to bring to each and every day. How I see the world and what I can bring to it; these are the things I can control.

One of my resounding values that I hold dear is to find the beauty in each and every day. I hope that perhaps together we can find and bring beauty to a world that so desperately needs it.

Happy New Year.

 

Holiday Stovetop Potpourri (with Printable Gift Tags!)

Simmer a batch of this Holiday Stovetop Potpourri to make your house smell like Christmas! Or package it up and gift it to a friend to let them know you’re thinking of them. I don’t know what it is about this time of year that makes me want to clean and organize all the things. …

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Simmer a batch of this Holiday Stovetop Potpourri to make your house smell like Christmas! Or package it up and gift it to a friend to let them know you’re thinking of them.

Stovetop potpourri in a glass jar with a gift tag tied to it

I don’t know what it is about this time of year that makes me want to clean and organize all the things.

Maybe it’s because I find myself spending way too much time on the cleaning side of TikTok, or maybe it’s because I pulled a jar of cinnamon sticks from my cabinet two weeks ago that expired in 2015.

Not exactly sure, but here we are.

Once I pulled the 5-year-old cinnamon sticks from my cabinet, I decided to just pull out every single jar, check the expiration dates, decant some of them and organize them a bit.

Along with 3 jars of cinnamon sticks I also some found some cloves, star anise and ginger that needed to used, so I whipped up a batch of stovetop potpourri the next day.

Let me tell you, I can’t get enough of the festive scent that it puts in the air.

Move over Bath & Body Works Hot Cocoa & Cream candle, there’s a new fave scent in town!

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Marshmallow Pumpkin Pie

Marshmallow Pumpkin Pie is an unexpected twist on a classic fall dessert. The gingersnap crust and light texture is sure to make this pie one of your new favorites.

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Marshmallow Pumpkin Pie is an unexpected twist on a classic fall dessert. The gingersnap crust and light texture is sure to make this pie one of your new favorites.

Slice of marshmallow pumpkin pie on a white plate

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How to Make Buttermilk (4 Easy Substitutes)

Did you forget to pick up buttermilk at the store? Once you know 4 easy methods for how to make buttermilk, you’ll be able to whip up a quick and easy substitute in just a few minutes. Do you ever just get a dessert craving and have to make something right then? Obviously I’m a …

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Did you forget to pick up buttermilk at the store? Once you know 4 easy methods for how to make buttermilk, you’ll be able to whip up a quick and easy substitute in just a few minutes.

homemade buttermilk substitute comes together in 5 minutes and requires only 2 ingredients. Skip the grocery store and make your own!

Do you ever just get a dessert craving and have to make something right then?

Obviously I’m a little baking obsessed, so it shouldn’t surprise you that I will often decide to make something randomly. 

Whether it’s Fresh Strawberry Bread, Moist Banana Cake, or The Best Chocolate Cake, there’s nothing more disappointing than getting halfway into making a recipe and realizing that I’m out of buttermilk.

It’s even worse when it happens after I have put on my comfy clothes for the evening and do NOT want to go to the store.

Luckily, I’ve got a few quick and easy buttermilk substitute tricks in my back pocket just for times like this. Once you know how to make this tangy baking staple, you’ll be able to whip up any number of baked goods on the fly no matter what you have in your fridge!

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Pumpkin Bread Pudding

Pumpkin Bread Pudding is a great fall dessert. Leftover bread combines with a pumpkin custard for a luscious way to end a meal! Even though the holidays are looking and definitely feeling very different this year, doesn’t mean that I’m not still all about festive fall desserts that are loaded with cozy seasonal spices – […]

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Pumpkin Bread Pudding is a great fall dessert. Leftover bread combines with a pumpkin custard for a luscious way to end a meal!

Overhead view of a plated slice of bread pudding next to a baking dish of pumpkin bread pudding

Even though the holidays are looking and definitely feeling very different this year, doesn’t mean that I’m not still all about festive fall desserts that are loaded with cozy seasonal spices – and of course pumpkin.

Although we’re not having our traditional Thanksgiving family dinner this year, I am still going to whip up one heck of a meal. I will admit though that I am a little behind on planning that meal, but I’m going to get organized this week.

One thing I know for sure is that it will include pumpkin roll, pumpkin crunch cake and quite possibly this Pumpkin Bread Pudding.

I first shared this recipe for Pumpkin Bread Pudding from my friend Megan of the blog Stetted several years ago. I remade it recently and felt it was time to remind all of you how delicious it is as well. 

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