Flirty Apron Flash Sale


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Right now through February 14, Flirty Aprons is having a Flash Sale.  Get all aprons 50% off and FREE domestic shipping.  Just use the code LOVE50.

These aprons are of great quality and they have a great selection to choose from.

This Valentine’s Day sale is a great time to buy birthday gifts or even plan ahead for Christmas next year.  Hurry and get this great deal!



Valentine’s Day Menu Printable

Valentine's Day Printable

Last year, I shared how Cora and I enjoyed providing a Valentine’s Day meal in our home for the men in our lives.  Now, celebrating Valentine’s Day is a hard fought battle in my house.  There are some of us, not to mention names, who feels it doesn’t need to be celebrated.  We can show Valentine’s Day spirit everyday of the year.  Truth.  However, I have yet to see flowers delivered to me everyday of the year. ;-)

Valentine's Day

Being the girls of the family, Cora and I wanted to show the men in our lives how much we cared.  We came up with a menu and planned a special dinner.  Cora helped with the decorations and had a great time planning the Valentine’s meal.

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The Great Coconut Caper

The Great Coconut Caper

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The dictionary defines “Caper” as: a frivolous carefree episode or activity.

That is totally what it was.

The other day while shopping, Cora spied some coconuts at Kroger.  We hadn’t bought any before, as we are not coconut people.  At least, not the coconut you buy in the bag.  I thought about it for a minute and figured: 1. We may actually like the coconut in it’s natural form. 2. Maybe the kids will learn something from this. 3. We will be able to have some fun with it.  I mean, how exciting is it to break open a coconut?

At $1.25 a coconut, and with Cora’s brown eyes pleading with me to agree, I bought a coconut.  Oh, the excitement.  I was such a great mom for $1.25.

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Blueberry Streusel Bread

This Blueberry Streusel Bread is delicious treat which is great for breakfasts, lunches or anytime!

blueberry streusel bread

Last week, I wrote a post on a new recipe challenge.  I enjoy trying new recipes and making new foods, but sometimes we get into a food rut.  I want accountability to try new foods, whether they are made for a family dinner or a side dish or a dessert.

Or in this case, a bread.  A really, really, yummy bread. 

I have many bread recipes and muffin recipes, but this one was different.  This was a very thick, very flavorful bread.  The Blueberry Streusel Bread was eaten quickly with many requests for breakfast.  It would be great for breakfast or in school lunches with our without jelly or peanut butter on it.

I would advise cutting it into slices and freezing it right away.  Otherwise if your family is anything like mine:

It will disappear right under your nose.

My family can eat a loaf a bread like no other.  At a speed like no other.  Unfortunately, only the older ones who could see over the counter could contribute to the disappearing blueberry streusel bread.  The younger one who can’t quite make it to counter top level asked me for “bread Mommy?”  “I have bread?”

It was heartbreaking to share the truth with him; that his siblings ate it all.  The life of the fourth child. ;-)

Blueberry Streusel Bread


  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 cup fresh blueberries
  • For the Streusel Topping
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 T butter (softened)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon


  • Mix the egg, butter and sugar together.
  • Add milk, oil and vanilla. Mix well.
  • Stir in the flour, salt, baking powder. Fold in the blueberries.
  • Spread in a greased loaf pan. Set aside.
  • For The Topping
  • Mix the flour, brown sugar, butter and cinnamon together.
  • Sprinkle over the blueberry batter.
  • Bake in a 350* oven for 60 minutes or until toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

Like homemade bread recipes?  Try this recipe for Cinnamon Swirl Bread or Chocolate Chip Banana Bread.

So what did you make?  Did you make a new recipe this past week?  I want to hear about it.  Let me know about it in the comments.  Leave your link, if you blogged about it. :-)

Wizard Of Oz Birthday Cake


This great Wizard of Oz  birthday cake was sent in by Jessica at Sweetwater Cakes.  She made it for her mom’s birthday (who enjoys Wizard of Oz).  Ahem, great movie! :-)

All the characters are not edible, but the cake is a chocolate cake with buttercream frosting.  There are fondant accents.

I think Jessica is so talented! I am fortunate to have a collection of Jessica’s cakes on Baking With Mom.  Be sure to check her Facebook page.

Do you have a cake you would like my readers to see? Send them to Contact.  By the way, do you see how Sweetwater Cakes is being featured in the small business section of the sidebar?  Do you have a small business you would like me to advertise? Contact me and we will discuss it! 

A New Recipe Challenge: Are You Ready?

A New Recipe Challenge: Are You Ready?

I don’t know about you, but I tend to fall into a baking rut.  A “I always make this meal, but it is a great go-to meal, I’m in a hurry, should I really make something different, I really don’t have time to try something new” baking rut.

Follow that?

I’m sure a lot of you would agree.  In fact, if comments can be trusted, many of you make the same thing over and over for suppers because making something familiar is easy.  It’s quick.  You don’t have to think with tacos, ya know? [Read more…]