Crunchy Black Bean Tacos

Lately I’ve been spending quite a lot of time reading novels. I love getting completely lost in another world, and I tend to step out of my own reality easily. Though enjoyable, I often experience the emotions of the characters more strongly than is probably healthy.  I remember back in middle school and early high… Continue reading Crunchy Black Bean Tacos

Quick Breads

Pão de Queijo (Brazilian Cheese Bread)

Is it seriously halfway through June already?? It seems like summer has been flying by, though we have been enjoying ourselves so far. We’ve been camping, hiking, and fishing a few times already and had some fun up in Poudre Canyon this past weekend. Though I haven’t done all that much in the way of… Continue reading Pão de Queijo (Brazilian Cheese Bread)


Baking/Cooking Bucket List

Welllll, my 2016 baking bucket list turned out semi-successful. Although I wasn’t able to finish posts on 2 out of the 10 items, I did make everything on the list, and I quite enjoyed the satisfaction of crossing off items. Because my time is so limited in graduate school, I’ve decided to create a master… Continue reading Baking/Cooking Bucket List

Yeast Breads

Maple Twists

Happy Friday! I’m going to make this quick, as I’ve had a hectic week and as I’m writing this I still have a quiz to study for. Okay, this week’s recipe is a good one. I’ve been making these twists for a few years now, and they are always the perfect addition to a weekend… Continue reading Maple Twists



I’ve finally put together a post including pictures of Stella, our springer spaniel puppy. I’ve arranged them chronologically for every week or two since we’ve had her, and looking back I can’t believe how much she has grown up already! That short little puppy nose and her chubby legs have been replaced by a longer… Continue reading Stella

Cakes and Cupcakes

Chocolate Cupcakes with Peppermint Buttercream

After a few weeks of break, I’m refreshed and ready for school to start back again tomorrow. I just wasn’t feeling working on the blog over the break, hence the absence of posts. However, I did spend a lot of time baking, walking Stella around parks, working on some sewing projects, catching up with friends and family, and reading novels.… Continue reading Chocolate Cupcakes with Peppermint Buttercream

Pies, Tarts, Crisps, and Cobblers

Blackberry Mascarpone Hand Pies

Though I realize most people have Christmas cookies on their mind right now, I thought I would go ahead and post these little hand pies because they turned out so wonderfully. I made my first batch of hand pies a couple months ago and they turned out just okay. The crust lost its flakiness within… Continue reading Blackberry Mascarpone Hand Pies