Pumpkin Pie. My absolute favorite kind of pie.  When I was a kid, my grandmas baked the pies around the holidays.  As an adult, I’ve either bought pumpkin pies,  or my mother-in-law has baked them.  In an effort to improve upon my pie making skills, I offered to bake this year’s pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving.  And it was a success!  Whew! […]


No Bake Cookies

by kara on November 6, 2011

These are my kind of cookies.  Do a Google search for No Bake Cookies, and you will find all sorts of recipes. This one is from my Grandma Renner.   With just a few ingredients, it is fun for kids to make as well.   No Bake Cookies are even a healthy treat with the addition of peanut butter and oats.  I’m choosing to ignore the […]


Maple Walnut Apple Crisp

by kara on October 16, 2011

Of all apple desserts, apple crisp is my favorite.  I especially love this apple crisp with the addition of maple syrup and walnuts.  It’s just basic ingredients combined together that smell incredible while baking in the oven.  Serve the apple crisp with cinnamon ice cream to make it even more fall-like. Maple Walnut Apple Crisp Adapted from […]


Pumpkin Cookies with Brown Sugar Icing

by kara on October 3, 2011

I love all things pumpkin: pumpkin muffins, pumpkin bread, pumpkin bars, pumpkin pie, pumpkin soup, pasta with pumpkin.   I could go on and on.   Jack has been begging me to bake him cookies.  It is October after all, so I decided to bake pumpkin cookies.  These cookies will most certainly satisfy a craving for pumpkin and spice.  Share these with friends, unless you want to keep dipping your hand […]


Best Ever Carrot Cake

by kara on August 30, 2011

My husband, Courtland, and his brother, Ben often celebrate their birthdays together since the dates are close.  Once again, they both requested Carrot Cake.  I made these cupcakes last year.  I think this recipe outdid the cupcakes.  In fact, I brought the leftover cake to work the next day, and my co-workers claimed it the Best […]


Blueberry Raspberry Tart

by kara on July 4, 2011

Happy Independence Day!  What a lovely, sun-filled weekend!  My Mom and Tom visited us in Minneapolis for the 4th of July weekend.  We hit up Brasa on Friday night, and Cocina del Barrio and  Sebastian Joes on Saturday night.  By Sunday, we were ready to BBQ and chill out at home for the evening.  Courtland grilled up some tasty Gouda […]


Fulton Farmer’s Market Preview

by kara on May 31, 2011

Last fall, I was thrilled to learn that the same version of Kingfield Farmers Market was going to be coming to the Fulton Neighborhood in Southwest Minneapolis and would be located within walking distance from our house.  The Fulton Farmers Market opened on May 21st and will run every Saturday through October 29th.  The market […]


Janet’s Strawberry Rhubarb Pie

by kara on May 28, 2011

My mother-in-law bakes beautiful and tasty pies.  I’m especially fond of her Pumpkin Pie at Thanksgiving and her Strawberry Rhubarb Pie in the spring.  I’ve never baked a pie from scratch.  I’m mentioned this before.   But, the rhubarb at Linden Hills Co-op was calling my name this week.  I’ve made Rhubarb Crisp and Rhubarb cake several times […]


Fudge Nut Bars

by kara on May 12, 2011

In celebration of Nurse’s Week,  I’m sharing a recipe from my nurse friend Pace.   She’s from North Dakota (like me).  She’s a potluck pro.  I was in heaven the first time she brought these Fudge Nut Bars to a work potluck.  Chocolate fudgey nut goodness.   I made these for the Open House Party at Bubbly Paws.  They were the […]

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ND Easter trip and Bacon Deviled Eggs

by kara on April 27, 2011

We took a road trip to western ND for the Easter holiday.  In 3 whole days, we saw a handful of friends and family.  Whew! We  started out with a bang by having a pizza party (courtesy of  A and B Pizza) at my mom’s home in Bismarck.  The pizza did not disappoint, and we had a blast […]