Parchment Baking Cup

You guys. This is a slightly odd post but when I first started this blog, I told you I would share my discoveries with you. It’s usually sharing a recipe but this time it’s a tool to help you bake and bake well! I am proud to say I have discovered The Most Perfect Baking Cup. *drum roll please*

Do you ever bake muffins or cupcakes and when your people go to eat said treats, they stick to the paper cup? You lose one-third of the baked item to the paper and you have to pick it off like a pigeon. It’s dreadful. Well, these little babies do not do that. Ever. They are amazing! You will have a clean muffin pan AND safe, sound and WHOLE muffins or cupcakes. These gorgeous parchment sleeves will protect your baked good and keep it from sticking to anything but itself. Uff-da! Such a relief. Three cheers for parchment!

I found these at our local Target store but a quick perusal produced them on Amazon too.

Okay. Now that you know…carry on. or maybe I should say Keep Calm and Bake On?

Your welcome. ūüėČ



Kringler is a Scandinavian pastry and is, hands down, my all time favorite thing in the whole wide world. It holds deep childhood memories for me, as it was a tradition for my own dear mom to grace us with this delightful confection on Christmas morning. My grandma made it for my mom, and my great-grandmother made it for my grandma. I’m not exactly sure where the legacy begins. I just know I love it and never want it to end. So, I continue the legacy with my sweet family. Kringler also contains the very same almond extract that always makes my heart go pitter-patter. Oh almond extract! Divine.  Delightful. And did I mention that it’s IN the Kringler? AND in the frosting? Be still, my beating heart. Without further ado, I introduce you to the renowned and glorious Kringler.


Read through all directions before beginning, as there are three parts to the process.

But don’t be afraid.  It’s all very basic.  And DIVINE.


Part 1

1 cup Flour
1/2 cup Butter, softened
1 Tbsp Water

Mix above ingredients like a pie crust. Divide in half and pat onto cookie sheet in two long strips, roughly 3×14 inches.

Part 2

1 cup Water
1/2 cup Butter
1 cup Flour
3 Eggs
1/2 tsp Almond Extract

Place water and butter in saucepan. Heat to boiling, remove from stove. Add flour and stir until smooth. Beat in 3 eggs, 1 at a time, until smooth. Add almond extract. Divide and spread over crusts.

Bake for 45 minutes at 350 degrees.  Cool.


2 cups Powdered Sugar
2 Tbsp Cream
2 Tbsp Butter, softened
1 tsp. Almond Extract

Add frosting ingredients together and beat until smooth and spreadable.  (I use my KitchenAid mixer here.)

Divide in half and frost Kringler once Kringler has cooled.  Slice cross-wise into small rectangles.  Enjoy!

I like to enlist my husband to help with the mixing in of the eggs (one at a time) portion.  It gives him the satisfaction of helping and saves my arm from the heavy stirring.

I have also used milk when I did not have any cream and it works just fine for the frosting.

I invite you to try this recipe and add it to your Christmas morning tradition. Your family will thank you!

P.S.  If you are an almond extract junkie like me, you should also check out these Almond Meltaway Cookies.

Energy Bites

Alright Mommas! I’m always looking for quick but good-for-you snacks for my kiddos. We are also entering the throes of another hockey season.¬†We’ve got two now as Miss Eva decided to join this year. (Lord, have mercy!) That means this momma needs to be ultra-organized¬†and keep those little skaters sustained. I’m always looking for healthy, easy snacks for my kiddos, no matter the season and I thought there was a good chance that you may be looking for the same. Today, I’ve got a sweet and easy recipe to share for homemade, healthy energy bites. My kids love them and I love knowing there are just five simple ingredients!

Energy Bites

  • 1 cup rolled oats (old-fashioned)
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/2 cup mini-chocolate chips
  • 2 Tbsp. honey

Mix together in bowl. Use tablespoon cookie scoop and form into balls with hands.

Place in sealable container and store in refrigerator.

Makes approximately 24

Note: You may encounter a scoopful that does not want to be molded properly.  I just squish around, flatten and re-squish in the palm of my hands until it cooperates.


Click here for printable recipe: Energy Bites