Fantastic Bake Along- Ode to CHOCOLATE!

I am so excited about this month’s Bake Along! Tami over at Tanglewood Knots is our star baker this month and has chosen an “Ode to Chocolate” Bake. SWEET!!!

Tami would like us all to bake our favorite chocolate recipes and share a few pictures and the recipe with the rest of us. She has included a recipe on her blog for Peppermint Patties to get you excited:)

Tami’s yummy Peppermint Patties

She has lots of pictures and instructions here.

Don’t you think chocolate is the perfect bake for the month of February and Valentines Day? We would LOVE to have you join us! Here is how:

Here is the list of bakers who have joined in the past. We look forward to baking along together again❤️.

Tami @Tanglewood Knots

Tracy @It’s a T-Sweets Day!

Lucia @Crochet, Knit, and More

Connie @Connie’s Creations

AJ @A Petite Slice of Life

Marcia @Una Regiaen Bicicleta

Rebecca @Twinklehook

Abbey @Three Cats and a Girl

Susan @Granny Smith Quilting

Kathy@Sewing Etc.

Tina @Kristabella’s Hodgepodge

Brenna @ Crochet539

Emma @Emma Crafts Design

Kate @ Life, Tea,and Everything

Please let me know if you are in for an Ode To Chocolate this week everyone! I can’t wait until Saturday:)❤️❤️

Fantastic Bake Along Results— Mary Berry Gingersnaps

I am so excited to have made my first Mary Berry recipe! These Ginger Snaps were the perfect start to my British Baking!

This month’s Fantastic Star Baker was Rebecca @Twinklehook and she chose these fun little Gingersnaps as our monthly bake. It was funny how I kept thinking about how fun it would be to be on the Bake-off Show and if Mary and Paul would have approved of my Bake:). Lol!

I even broke down and tried my hand at actually weighing my ingredients! Can you believe it?

I didn’t have the golden syrup or cast sugar so I used Karo syrup and extra fine cane sugar instead.

I was very, very surprised with how small the dough was! I am used to a bowl that is almost filled to the brim with dough. No wonder Mary has stayed so trim:)!

Even though the dough was small, there was enough dough for 12 walnut sized balls. I made three exactly as the recipe instructed, and three that I rolled in sugar because that is how I always make cookies, and then I added a pecan to six of them because I live in a pecan grove and we add nuts to everything!

I baked mine for less than the 15 min suggested in the recipe. I baked mine for 14 min. Which is longer than I normally would have, but I wanted a crisp snap to my cookie with no soggy bottom:)

They were certainly crisp! I would call mine a definite dipping cookie because I could barely bite into it! Lol:)! Maybe I should have taken them out at about 11 minutes.

It didn’t really matter though. The taste was so scrummy! I especially like the kick of heat at the end because of the ginger. They would be so good with a cup of milk or hot chocolate.

Here is the recipe if you want to try your own Mary Berry Gingersnaps

I’m excited to see how the other baker’s cookies turned out!

Kathy @Sewing etc.

Tina @Kristabella’s Hodgepodge

Brenna @ Crochet539

Emma @Emma Crafts Design

Kate @ Life, Tea,and Everything

Tami @Tanglewood Knots

Tracy @It’s a T-Sweets Day!

AJ @A Petite Slice of Life

Rebecca @Twinklehook

It has been so fun baking with you today. Thank you once again, Rebecca, for the recipe!

Fantastic Bake Along – Mary Berry Gingersnaps

Hello everyone! It is Fantastic Bake Along time again. Yea!!

Each month it is fun to get together and have a virtual Bake Along where we can all Bake the same recipe and actually smell and taste the yummy things we see online. It is such delicious fun!

This month’s star baker is Rebecca @Twinklehook. Rebecca has chosen to make Ginger Snaps by Mary Berry, one of the judges on “The Great British Bake Off”. How did Rebecca know that I absolutely LOVE that show?! I’m so excited to actually try one of her recipes!

Why don’t you join along? Here is how —

Now for the recipe—-

Mary Berry’s Ginger Snaps

  • 60g butter plus extra for greasing
  • 90g golden syrup
  • 125g self raising flour
  • 2tsp ground ginger
  • 1tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp bicarb soda
  • 1tbsp caster sugar
  1. Grease baking trays
  2. Combine butter, golden syrup in a small sauce pan and heat until melted. Leave to cool slightly.
  3. Sift flour, spices and bicarb into bowl. Stir in sugar, add the cooled syrup mix and stir to make a soft but not sticky dough.
  4. Roll dough into balls of the size of walnuts and Place well apart on baking tray, flatten the balls slightly.
  5. Bake in preheated oven 190 degrees for about 15 minutes.

There you have it. I know that many of you will be baking in cups instead of grams so here is a link to a convertion chart on

Rebecca has lots of great pictures and directions on her blog so be sure to head over and check it out. They look so yummy!

It’s roll call time bakers! Will you be joining us again this month? I hope so:)❤️❤️❤️

I look forward to seeing how these SWEET Ginger Snaps bake up in your kitchens this week!

See you on Saturday!❤️❤️

Fantastic Bake Along- Celebrating the Apple Results🍎

Good morning! This FANTASTIC BAKE ALONG has been so much fun:)! I appreciate Connie @Connie’s Creations for her inspiration Applesauce Cake:). Several of the bakers said they would be making this recipe for the Bake Along.  Yum!!  Apples are delicious and so very “Fall”.

This month is a “share your favorite apple recipe” month. We have a tradition around our house called “pre-Thanksgiving pie”. We like to make a few pies early and enjoy them because we are usually too full after the feast to really enjoy dessert. So why not start the week with a few pies to make our celebration last longer? It works for us:)!

This is my Award Winning Crusty Topped Apple Pie. I entered this recipe in our county fair a few years back, and won the Best of Show over all of the food entries! It is that good:)

Before I start, I want to share my feelings on Apple pie fillings. You may have different views on pie filling, but these are mine and really work for me — I do not believe that fresh cut, uncooked apples should be used in pies as filling. They shrink and add water to the filling making it runny and leaving the pie flat. Some pies even have a large gap between the crust and the filling due to shrinkage.

So… I only use canned apples for my pies. I am including my canning recipe here as well, but really any high quality canned apple filling will do for this pie. The crust and yummy topping really are what make it so delicious.

Here is the recipe:

Award Winning Crusty Topped Apple Pie Recipe by- Tracy @ It’s a T-Sweets Day!

Part 1- Crust


  • 1 1/4c shortening
  • 3c flour
  • 1tsp salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2T vinegar
  • 1/3c cold water


Cut first 3 ingredients together using a pastry cutter or two knives. The shortening should be about pea sized. In a small bowl combine the egg, vinegar, and water. Add to the flour mixture.

Mix with a fork and then your hands just until moist and the pastry sticks together. Be careful not to over mix. If your pastry is too dry, add a bit more vinegar, like 1 tsp. Form the pastry into two balls, place in a bag, and store in the refrigerator for about 30 min.

Lay a tea towel out on your counter and dust it with flour. Flatten one dough ball with your hand a bit and then roll the dough into a circle larger than your pie pan. Dust the pin and dough with flour as needed to keep the dough from sticking. Put your rolling pin at the end of the dough closest to you and lift the tea towel causing the crust to roll over the rolling pin.

Lift the pin with the rolled dough over the pie pan and unroll the crust over the pan. Easy easy!:)

Lift the edge of the crust a bit and pinch the crust with your thumb and first two fingers. You will get a beautiful scalloped edge.

Part 2- Filling and Topping


  • 2 quarts Apple Pie Filling of your choice (my recipe is below)
  • 3/4c sugar
  • 3/4c flour
  • 3/4c melted butter
  • 2tsp cinnamon


Spoon the pie filling evenly into the crust. It should reach to the bottom of the scalloped edges. In a medium bowl combine the melted butter with the sugar, flour, and cinnamon. Stir until well combined.

Gently press the topping evenly over the apples all around the pie. Place the pie on a baking sheet. This is an important step because it really drips! Bake at 350* for 1 hour. Your house is going to smell so good!

Take it out and admire your beautiful pie for a few minutes as it cools.

Just look at that flaky crust:). Be sure to cut a slice to eat while it is still hot out of the oven. It tastes best that way:)❤️

Done! I made that whole pie, minus the baking time, in about 30min. Ah, the joy of canning my apples beforehand:).

For those of you who would like my Apple pie filling recipe, here it is:

Canned Apple Pie Fillingrecipe by Tracy @It’s a T-Sweets Day!
Ingredients  :

  • 9 c water
  • 4 1/2c sugar
  • 1/2c light corn syrup
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1c cornstarch
  • 3 Tbs lemon juice
  • 3/4c flour
  • 6 lb apples, peeled and cored

In a large sauce pan, combine the first seven ingredients. Stir until bubbly and thick. Turn off heat. Add lemon juice and flour. Stir to combine. Stir in apples. Pack apple filling into sterilized quart jars, leaving 1″ at top. Wipe rims and place lids on jars. Process in a hot water bath for 30min. Makes 7 quarts<<
ere you go! I hope you will give this award winning recipe a try sometime. You will not be sorry!

I am so excited to hear how the other baker’s fared with their apple recipes. Here is the list of bakers who said they would be joining in this month’s Bake Along:

Thank you for stopping by today. I hope you all enjoy the delicious apple recipes. For those of you in the States, Happy Thanksgiving!

I’m off to check out the other SWEET recipes😊

Fantastic Bake Along! – Chili/Chocolate Bread Results

Oh my, oh my!   I LOVE this bread recipe!!  If you like spicy chocolate, which I do, you are going to love this recipe too:)!

This month’s star baker, Tina over @ Kristabella’s Hodgepodge, chose this scrumptious Chili/Chocolate Bread for our Bake Along.  She wrote the recipe herself.  Great job Tina!  Yum yum:)!!👏❤️

The recipe was designed for a bread maker, but I made mine with my kitchenaid and oven. I doubled the recipe and  added a 1/4 cup more of water because it was a bit dry.   

After letting the machine knead the dough for 3-4 min. and after a few hand kneads as well, my dough looked like this:

I placed it in a warm oven and let it rise for about an hour.  I took it out and rolled it out.

But because it had been in a warm oven, the chocolate chips melted a bit.  Oh well, a little chocolate on my hands and the counter was no problem. I rolled up the dough cinnamon roll style (I do all of my bread this way), cut it in half and placed them in the pans.  After a second rising,  I baked the bread at 350 for 30 minutes.

When the bread came out it looked so SWEET!

It looked all marbley, and chocolaty.  I really just wanted to look at it a minute or two and admire the swirls of Chocolate:)

I cut into the loaf and buttered a slice while it was nice and hot out of the oven.

The chocolate was just oozing like a chocolate chip cookie.  I couldn’t hardly wait to take a bite.

It was Delicious chocolaty Bread goodness.  At first I was a bit disappointed that all I could taste was the chocolate and butter.  But wait….there it is!  At the end, after the last bite, the ever so slight heat from the chili powder came through!  If you want a stronger bite of chili, I would recommend doubling the chili:)

There you have it.  This is a  totally SWEET recipe for Chili/Chocolate Bread,  if you want to cook up a loaf or two for your family, you can find the recipe on Tina’s blog here, or on my blog here.

I am so excited to see how the other bakers fared with their bread this week.  Here is the list of those who said they would be joining us:

Thank you so much for dropping by today.  I hope you will join us on our next baking adventure. Just comment that you would like to join in, and I will add your name to the list.  It is always so fun to Bake Along with friends❤️.  Don’t forget to post your results on Instagram #fantasticbakealong .

Until next time, I’m off to eat another slice of delicious bread!

Fantastic Bake Along – Grandma’s Oatmeal Cookies

I have enjoyed this month’s Bake Along so much. Kate @ Life, Tea, and Everything was our star baker and she chose her Grandma Thompson’s oatmeal chocolate chip cookies.  You can get the recipe on her website here.

I thought of my grandma as I was making my batch of cookies. I am so grateful for her love of me.  I wish I could see her again and give her a hug and kiss.  

I couldn’t think of a better accessory to these cookies than this grateful wood cut out.  It is exactly how I am feeling today.

This recipe was quite different from many other cookie recipes.  I felt like a bit of a chemist as I boiled water and added the baking soda to dissolve.  I also liked the fork marks that were similar to a peanut butter cookie.

And the taste, mmm….yum!  They were so delicious!  I doubled the recipe and made the cookies a bit larger.  Bigger is always better in my book:)

It has been a fun Bake Along.  I’m excited to head over to see how the other bakers fared with their cookies this week.

Here is the list of those who said they would joining in:

Thank you for dropping by today.  I hope you will join in the fun next month. You can read about how to join in here.

Have a super SWEET day!

Fantastic Bake Along – Grandma’s Cookies!

Get out the mixer and warm up the oven because it’s going to be a yummy, yum, yummy Bake Along this month!   We would love to have YOU join in the fun with us.  Here is how:

This month’s star baker is Kate @ Life, Tea,and Everything.  Kate is a Crocheter and has also just learned to Quilt!  She is AMAZING:). But her weight loss journey this year has been truly inspiring.  Way to go Kate!  Luckily she still finds a few calories to share with us each month though.  I’m so glad.  It is always fun to Bake Along with her:)

For this month’s recipe, she has chosen to share her grandma’s oatmeal cookies.  Now we’re talking!  A tried and true family recipe.  Yum!  I can’t wait to make up a batch or two!  

Kate’s Picture of her delicious cookies!

Here is the recipe, but be sure to head over to Kate’s fantastic blog to hear about the sweet story behind these cookies.

Grandma Thompson’s Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Recipe by Kate @Life, Tea, and Everything

  • 1 cup shortening
  • 3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 cup boiling water
  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts
  • 6 oz chocolate chips

Important: Follow recipe closely as results depend greatly on order of addition of ingredients!

Preheat oven to 350 F. 

Beat shortening, sugars, and vanilla until light and fluffy. Add flour and salt. Mix well. Dissolve baking soda in boiling water. Add to flour mixture. Stir in rolled oats, nuts, and chocolate chips.

Drop from teaspoon onto ungreased cookie sheet, 2 inches apart. Flatten with fork dipped in cold water.

Bake 10-12 minutes. Makes approximately 7 dozen.

Don’t those sound yummy?!  I hope you will make a batch and join in the fun!

Here are the links to bakers who have joined along in past Bake alongs and who have said they want to join in this week’s Bake Along:)

I am so excited to try one of these SWEET cookies!   Once again, thank you Kate for the recipe:). See you Saturday as I eat one of Grandma’s Cookies!

Fantastic Bake Along -Quiche!

This has been an Egg-straordinary bake along!  Emma from Emma Crafts Design was this month’s star baker and asked us to make her husbands favorite Quiche.  

I must admit that I have never made Quiche before.  I have eaten it at restaurants, but for some reason I have never given it a try.  I can’t believe I have waited so long.  It was DELICIOUS!!

I started with the crust.  Emma rolls hers out on parchment paper, but I am very accustomed to rolling my dough out on a tea towel that I use only for this purpose.

I roll out my dough and then use the tea towel to help me roll the dough up and over the rolling pin.  Then I can easily transfer the dough to my pie plate.

I cooked my bacon and chopped it fine.  I layered the entire shell with the bacon and then poured in my egg, cheese and milk mixture.  I had a large pan so I doubled the recipe.

I used pepper jack cheese.  Yum yum!  It had just the right amount of spice for my Arizona family:)

I mean really, look at how beautiful it turned out!  It was ALMOST too prettyto eat!  But we did eat it:)

I added some chopped spinach to the top and asked myself why I didn’t add it to the eggs?  Next time I will!  I even think some sautéed mushrooms and fresh tomatoes would taste divine as well.

Thank you, thank you for such a delicious recipe and Bake Along Emma!!   

If any of you are interested in making your own delicious Quiche, you can get the recipe  here.  Why don’t you link up and join us?

I am so excited to see how the other bakers fared with their Quiche adventures. Here are the links:

I am off to check them out!  SWEET!

 Fantastic Bake Along – Quiche!

It’s that yum, yum, yummy time of the month again.  It’s  Fantastic Bake Along Time:)   Yea!!  This month’s star baker is Emma over @ Emma Crafts Design.  

This month’s recipe is Emma’s delicious quiche.  She says it is her husband’s favorite.  Doesn’t it look so delicious?  I can’t wait to give it a try!

Emma’s picture of the quiche looks so yummy!

Here is the recipe:

Preheat your oven to 180°C (356°F).

You will need for the pastry:

  • 75 g butter (you can also use margarine)
  • 150 g plain flour
  • 50 g water (50 mL)
  • salt for seasoning

For those of us using cup measurements, you can convert measurements on Google or a close approximate conversion is– 50ml = 1/4c

Mix all your ingredients together until well combined. Roll your pastry out and place in a quiche tin (I roll my pastry on a sheet of baking paper and use it to line the tin, it makes it easier to clean!). Trim your pastry and pick the bottom of the pastry with a fork to prevent it from raising once in the oven.

You will need for the filling:
150-200 g of bacon bits

  • 4 eggs
  • 100 g of thickened cream
  • 50 g of milk (50 mL)
  • block cheese (you can use gruyere or Swiss cheese too)
  • salt and pepper for seasoning

Cook your bacon bits in a pan for 3-5 minutes, then lay them evenly on your pastry. In a bowl, whisk the eggs, cream and milk together, adding salt and pepper to taste. Pour the mixture over the bacon bits, straight on top of your pastry. Grate about 50 g of your block cheese on top of your quiche.

Bake for 30-35 minutes or until the cheese is golden brown.

Be sure to head over to Emma’s blog for more great pictures and helpful hints:

Here are the links to bakers who have joined along in past Bake alongs:

I am so excited to taste this SWEET quiche!  I hope you will join along:)

Fantastic Bake Along – Pizza Party Results!

I don’t know about you, but my family LOVED our Fantastic Pizza Party:)!   Brenna@crochet539 and her family chose the theme and the recipe this month.  Yum!  Thank you Brenna:)! 

You can find the details and the recipe here.

For my pizza, I decided on an Arizona themed version.  Mine is a type of Navajo Taco or Navajo Pizza!   It was really quick and easy, not to mention DELICIOUS!!

The dough was easy to make, but I did have to add a few tablespoons of olive oil to it to get it to this lovely ball stage.   

I covered it and left it on the counter while I ran to the store.  It definitely over proofed, but thankfully, it didn’t affect the end result:)

I rolled it back into a ball and cut the ball into 10 or so smaller balls.  My daughter in law took the job of rolling out the dough into small mini pizzas about 1/4″ thick.

My son took the job of frying the dough into these beautiful discs of fry bread.  Mmmmm!  I can’t wait!  Here is another shot just to make your mouth water:) 

I was in charge of the Navajo Toppings.  

I browned some meat and onions.  I added a large can of beans, green chiles, and salt and pepper.  It is kind of a quick type of chile beans.

I put the crust on a round pan, and spooned about 1.5 c of the chile beans onto the crust and sprinkled cheese over the top.  I then placed the pizza under the broiler to get the cheese all melted and gooey.  Broiling also added a delicious char to the crust as well:)

Here are a few of my family’s Navajo Pizzas.  Oh my oh my were they yummy!!  We topped them with sliced cabbage and tomatoes.

It really was a party at my house.  Just look at the smile on my son’s friend’s face!!

And a Navajo Pizza Party wouldn’t be complete without SWEET fried bread.  

This is the classic way to serve Navajo fried bread, with honey.  I added a sprinkle of powdered sugar as well.

I am so excited to hear how all of your pizza parties turned out.  I am off to go read about them.  Here are the links:

If you didn’t join in the fun this month, I hope you will hop in next month. We bake the second week of the month and would LOVE to Bake along with you!