Orange Cranberry Mini Loaves

Orange Cranberry Mini Loaves

Orange Cranberry Mini Loaves: Christmas-y and functional.  Gotta love that.

I believe I have expressed my appreciation for the mini loaf pan before.  The size of the loaf of bread that is produced by the mini loaf pan is perfect for lunches or snacks.  I wanted to make something to put into the freezer but wasn’t sure what.  I didn’t really want to make pumpkin and I really didn’t want to make banana.  I then spied the oranges sitting on the counter.  Bingo!

I am a huge orange fan.  I think I could eat an orange everyday for the rest of my life and be okay with it.  I must say the same for Craisins.  I think I do eat a handful of Craisins everyday.  Oh, let us combine the two! After all, it is Christmas time: oranges, cranberries…I am not stretching it, am I?

I may be a little.  Go with it, okay?

This orange cranberry bread recipe is made with yogurt which I think adds a nice flavor to the bread.  The batter comes together easily so it is a cinch to make.  When you have made these mini loaves, wrap them individually in saran wrap and place them in a freezer bag.  When your child packs their lunch for school, they can just pull one out of the freezer.  By the time they are ready to eat lunch, the bread is thawed.  Perfect.

Do you own a mini loaf pan?  What is your favorite recipe to use in it?

Orange Cranberry Mini Loaves


  • 2/3 c butter (softened)
  • 1 1/4 c sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 cup orange flavored yogurt
  • 1 T grated orange peel
  • 2 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup Craisins


  • In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar together. Add eggs, mixing well.
  • Add yogurt, orange juice and orange peel.
  • Add flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  • Fold in the Craisins.
  • Pour into greased mini loaf pans.
  • Bake in a preheated 350* oven for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Peppermint Bark Cookies

Peppermint Bark Cookies

These Peppermint Bark Cookies were fun to make.  They were actually a last minute, I’ll hurry and whip up some cookies decision.  I had gotten some Hershey’s Peppermint Bark Bells at Target yesterday fully intending to put them in the kids’ stockings.  However, with the thought of cookies lingering in the air and the peppermint bells in the other room, I couldn’t resist.  I had to make the cookies.

I mean, after all, it’s Christmas.  What says a Christmas cookie like a mint Christmas cookie?

Not much, I’d say.

The only problem I had with these cookies were the vultures I had swarming around the kitchen while these were being made.  Then while they were in the oven.  5 vultures to be exact, including one who is 6’1″ tall and kept insisting I don’t let them cook for too long.

“We all want a doughy cookie” he said.

They were perfect, I must say.  Not hard, definitely chewy and delicious!  Mint with chocolate wrapped up in a cookie drizzled with almond bark.  Hello.

Be sure to add these cookies to your Christmas cookie tray this year.  They will be a fast favorite.  Just ask the vultures. ;-)

Peppermint Bark Cookies


  • 1 bag Hershey's Peppermint Bark Bells
  • 1 cup butter (softened)
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt


  • Cream butter and sugars together. Mix in egg.
  • Add flour, baking soda and salt and mix well.
  • Scoop a 1 1/2 inch ball of dough and place an unwrapped bell in the middle of the dough. Cover the bell completely.
  • Repeat until all dough is used.
  • Place dough on ungreased cookie sheet and bake for 8 minutes or until cookie is starting to turn lightly brown.
  • Optional
  • Melt one cube of vanilla almond bark according to package directions. Drizzle melted almond bark over cookie. Sprinkle with crushed candy cane.


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How To Make Your Own Birthday Cupcakes

How To Make Your Own Birthday Cupcakes

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I wrote a series  a while ago on Tips For Baking A Birthday Cake.  I hope many of you were inspired to start making your own birthday cakes.  After all, baking them at home saves so much money compared to buying one at a store.  The other day, we had a birthday party for our daughter.  She asked for cupcakes, which made me be delighted.  Why?  Making cupcakes is so much easier than making a cake and this is a busy month as it is!  Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy to making the children’s birthday cakes, I was just in the mood for easier.  I also only had time for easier. ;-) Wondering how to make birthday cupcakes? Don’t worry, I got ya covered.

Making cupcakes is not hard.  I know so many people who are a little intimidated by the thought of making it themselves.  Reason being:

They aren’t perfect.

I can’t decorate well.

How do you pipe frosting?

In reality, cupcakes are very forgiving.  You can decorate them all differently (on accident or on purpose!).  You can choose different icings for each one or have two (or more!) different flavors of cake.  Sprinkles look great on cupcakes so any mistake is easily hidden.  Getting what I’m sayin’ here?  Cupcakes are the ultimate beginner baker’s dream!

 Here are a few tips:

Always buy cupcake liners.

The beauty of making cupcakes over a cake is the ease of cupcake liners compared to trying to get the cake out of the pan without hurting the cake.  (Follow that?) You don’t need cupcake liners, but get them.  The cupcakes just slide out the pan.  They also just look festive and fun.

Use Wilton frosting recipe.

It is just a great recipe with handy tips to make the frosting spreadable, pipeable and writing-able.  There is only a few ingredients and it comes together easily. Here is the recipe to Wilton’s frosting.  In addition to Wilton’s frosting recipe, also look into getting Wilton’s decorating tips.

How to decorate with Wilton decorating tips.

Well, you could certainly go the Wilton site again and learn how.  Speaking from someone who just picked up a piping bag and started decorating, it isn’t that hard.  It isn’t that easy, either.  So why should you try?  Practice makes perfect.  Experiment.  To decorate the cupcakes above, I used a star tip and just started swirling.  It was fun to try different decorations.  Remember, if it doesn’t quite work out the way you wanted it to…

Let your child decorate it with sprinkles.

So you have made the cupcakes, the frosting looks so-so and guests are coming over soon.  The cupcakes don’t look like store cupcakes so now what?  Hand your child the sprinkles and let them go to town with it.  It is win-win for everyone involved.  Your child thinks you are great because you let them decorate the cupcakes.  Your guests think you are great and the cupcakes are great because your child decorated them.  Best of all, no one can see the questionable frosting on the cupcakes because they are covered in a mountain of sprinkles.  It works!  And even better?  Next time you will remember  what works, what didn’t and how to improve.

Give it a try!  Avoid store bought cupcakes and try your hand at homemade.  I know you can do it. :-)

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Christmas Cut Out Sugar Cookies-Baking With My Children

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Find several great Christmas cookie recipes and link up your  own Christmas cookie recipe!

We would like to share with you some of our favorite Christmas cookies!  We can’t give you the actual cookie, but we can give you the recipes!  You can see one of my favorite Christmas cookie recipes below, and then find links to several other great Christmas cookie recipes at the bottom of this post.   We have also provided a linky on the bottom for you to link up your favorite Christmas cookies!  Come participate in our Online Christmas Cookie Exchange!

Christmas Cut Out Sugar Cookies

Christmas time is fun, isn’t it?  What better reason to make cookies then at Christmas.  Especially all the sprinkles, sparkles and frosting that comes with Christmas cookie baking.  One of our favorites to make is Christmas cut out sugar cookies.  The recipe is super easy, the kids love to help and what other cookie can you put a pile of decorations on?  Really, there isn’t any cookie like the sugar cookie.

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Brownie Cups With Cookie Dough Filling

Brownie Cups With Cookie Dough Filling

I’m going to take a wild guess here.  If you take these Brownie Cups With Cookie Dough Filling to a Christmas party or family gathering, you will be the talk of the party.  These are eye catching, delightfully good and deceivingly easy to make.  What a winning combo, wouldn’t you say?

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