What an incredibly busy summer this has been!!  Ella and I finally made some time last weekend to do some baking.  And we came up with some very delicious chocolate cupcakes.  Since we both love cupcakes, we have decided that we are going to focus on making all sorts of delicious varieties of cupcakes.  And what better way to start than with chocolate cupcakes with buttercream frosting.

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This grandgirl is such a sweetheart!  Look how serious she is about getting these cookies on the baking sheet!  Last weekend Ella and I made chocolate chip cookies with a bit of a twist.  Instead of using butter, we used Crisco.  The difference was very noticeable and I must say we really like the taste of the cookies.

She is so cute!  And I love her shirt “NO I WILL NOT DO YOUR HOMEWORK”.  I will need to find out more about that from her!!!

The end results and the recipe:

Chocolate Chip Cookies

1 cup Crisco

1 cup white sugar

1 cup brown sugar

2 eggs 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 ¾ cups flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips


Preheat oven to 375°F.

In a mixing bowl, combine Crisco, both sugars, eggs and vanilla.  Beat until very smooth.

In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.

Add flour mixture to sugar mixture in three increments.  Beat very well between additions and scrape the bowl frequently.

Add chocolate chips and mix on lowest speed just until they are combined with the dough.

Drop 2-inch scoops of dough onto a large cookie shtte.

Bake for 12-15 minutes.  When done, cookies will be light on top but slightly brown around the edges and the bottom.

Cool cookies on a section of newspaper to adsorb excess oil.  Store in an air-tight container or Ziploc bag.

One of my Mother’s Day presents, along with a pedicure, nail polish, and a bottle of wine!!!!  I love it!!  So proud to be a FarmHer.  Lots of flowers have been planted and they are looking very good.  Can’t wait for those blooms.

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Until next time,



Yummy Cupcakes

After a brief break from our big baking adventure (the girls have been very busy the past couple of weekends), Ella and I are back in the kitchen.  This weekend we made cupcakes.  I found a recipe from Robyn on her add a pinch blog for The Best White Cake Recipe.  We decided to try the recipe but make cupcakes instead of cake. And are we glad we did!  The cupcakes are amazing.  Ella and I both agree that this is the best white cupcake recipe ever!!

Best Ever White Cupcakes with Buttercream Frosting


1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened

½ cup vegetable shortening

3 cups granulated sugar

5 eggs, room temperature

3 cups all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

¼ teaspoon salt

½ cup whole milk, room temperature

½ cup buttermilk, room temperature

2 teaspoons vanilla extractRead More »


Who doesn’t like an easy to prepare yummy casserole.  I came across this recipe from awhile back and it has quickly become my favorite go-to dish.  Of course, as I always do, I modified the recipe to fit the needs and taste of my family.  It is called a “Breakfast Casserole” but it very appropriate for any meal.

Here is the recipe:

1 package (30 oz.) frozen shredded hash browns

½ cup melted butter

2 cups (a bit more or less according to your taste) shredded Cheddar cheese

1 lb. pork sausage OR you could shredded ham OR a mixture of sausage and ham

1- 1 ½ cups milkRead More »