Cinnamon Coffee Cake


I have been seeing so many good things floating around on Pinterest lately. I always find myself gravitating toward the food - no surprise there! I decided that I am going to actually make some of the things that look good to me. And if I like them, then I will share them with you!

I was trying to think of a good dessert the other night & my mind kept going back to this cake. It was perfect because we were all out of ice cream and I knew this would go well with a tall glass of milk. It was really easy to make and had a wonderful texture - the two batters mixed together made it light and dense at the same time. My family LOVED it and kept going back for more! I had to quickly grab a piece to take a picture before it was all gone.

This cake would be really great for breakfast. You could make it ahead of time also and serve it cold or warmed up, either way tastes great! I will definitely be making this again, thank you Pinterest!

Cinnamon Coffee Cake
recipe from: Chef in Training
Print here

3 cups Flour
1/4 teaspoon Salt
1 cup Sugar
4 teaspoons Baking Powder
1 1/2 cups Milk
2 Eggs
2 teaspoons Vanilla
1/2 cup (1 stick) melted butter

1 cup (2 sticks) soft butter
1 cup Brown Sugar
2 tablespoons Flour
1 tablespoon Cinnamon

2 cups Powdered Sugar
5 tablespoons Milk
1 teaspoon Vanilla

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9×13 glass baking pan with cooking spray. Set aside.

Mix together the flour, salt, sugar, baking powder, milk, eggs, and vanilla. Once combined well , slowly stir in the melted butter. Pour into the prepared 9×13 baking pan.

To make the topping, combine the 2 sticks of butter, brown sugar, flour and cinnamon together until well combined and creamy. Drop evenly over the batter by the tablespoonfuls and use a knife to marble/swirl through the cake.

Bake at 350 for 28-32 minutes or when a toothpick inserted near the center comes out nearly clean.

FOR GLAZE: In a medium bowl, mix the powdered sugar, milk and vanilla together with a whisk. Drizzle evenly over the warm cake.


Cake Batter Rice Krispy Treats


My good friend Raimi gave me this recipe. Well, actually she made them for my daughter at church, I took the last couple bites of her second serving & then begged for the recipe. They are so good.

I have always been a big fan of rice krispy treats. I remember in the dorms at college eating the rice krispy treat and the snickerdoodle everyday after dinner. Seriously, everyday. And they were big, thick gooey treats - not wimpy or dry at all. I can't stand a wimpy rice krispy treat.

This one is a champ. It should be too, with cake batter & all of the sprinkles! Sprinkles make everything good.

Cake Batter Rice Krispy Treats
Printable Recipe here

3 Tbs. butter
6 cups Rice Krispies
1/3 cups yellow or white cake batter dry mix (unprepared)
1 bag - 10 oz. mini marshmallows
1 jar (1.75 oz ) multicolored sprinkles

*optional - I added a jar of the marshmallow fluff to mine to make it really gooey! Just add it to the pan when the marshmallows are almost all melted.

In a large saucepan, heat butter and marshmallows on low until melted.
Slowly, add dry cake mix, one small scoop at a time to the melted marshmallows. Don't dump them all in! It will lump up and won't be as smooth.

In a separate bowl, add 6 cups of Rice Krispies. Fold in the melted marshmallows and half of the jar of sprinkles.

Press them into a well greased baking dish. I like to spray my hand with Pam before I do this step because then I can really press them into the pan well without it sticking to my hand and pulling back up.

This is the fun part! You can make them big & fat like I like them by putting them into a smaller dish or you can make them skinny by putting them in a 9x13 pan. Either way is yummy! Top them off with the rest of the sprinkles. Let them sit and cool off for a little bit before you cut into them. I never wait too long :)



I have received quite a few emails asking about the frame in the corner of my kitchen. I love it. It is a place where I can add a little color, inspiration & fun. I try to change it out every month with a new thought.

This is one of my very favorite quotes & I have actually had it up in my home for years, but I decided to upgrade it to my kitchen. I am trying really hard to live by this quote. It is so simple and so wonderful - I remind myself everyday when I look at it.


I actually had it printed in a 5x7 also so I could glue it to the inside of my list/planner. I honestly believe you can find the joy in everything if you just change the way you think about things. I want my children to see that life, even everyday life, can be fun and we can enjoy anything we choose. I enjoy everything much more when it is set to good music. :)

If you would like a copy of my favorite quote, you can upload it here -

In an 11x14 size (the same size I have on my counter)

In a 5x7 size (the size I put in my planner)




I think I need to start out by saying thank you!

I have been trying to figure out how to write this post in my mind over and over for months now. As you can see, it has been a long time since I have written and I felt like it was just too hard to start again. Wouldn't that be weird to have a one year gap between posts? But the entire year & even now, I continue to receive encouraging messages and emails from all of you. Thank you!

My blog started out just as a place for me to document my favorite recipes and share it with family and friends. Now I have met many new friends and you have helped me to realize that I really did like sharing my recipes and making this little blog!

I guess I should start out by explaining why I stopped posting to begin with.

I would like to introduce you to my reason ...


At the beginning of last year, we found out this little blessing was going to join our family. I can't tell you how excited we all were! I was excited for every part of it, except the pregnancy part. I do not do well being pregnant. Food becomes an aversion for me. I don't like the smell of things, the feel, the taste, etc... and everything makes me sick. So, there wasn't much cooking happening in this house last year.

When she was born last fall, I thought things would start getting a little easier. I didn't really think that through!

I would like to introduce you to the 3 reasons that didn't happen...


My new thought is that if you have older kids and then have a baby in the fall - you obviously didn't plan it! With school starting, 2 in soccer, flag football, volleyball, boy scouts, daisy scouts, church activities and all of the other fun things happening it was hard to find time for much! We made it through, but again without the normal routine & cooking.

Now that my sweet baby is 5 months, we are settling into a little bit better schedule. My number one priority is to enjoy every second with her, I want to remember and love each stage.

My list of things to do is a mile long and I have new ideas all the time that just don't get done. But, it is okay. I will have that time for myself again soon. And I think I am slowly figuring things out!

That being said, I am ready to try my blog again! I want to say thank you again to everyone who has written to me and shared their thoughts, opinions, suggestions, ideas & even stood up for me when I wasn't ready to respond. I am going to do my very best to respond to you quickly, I really do value what you think and your suggestions.

I am very excited to continue documenting my favorites & sharing with all of you!