January 9th: Start a Recipe Box

Anyone that personally knows me, knows that throughout covid I have been cooking and baking like a crazy person. Over the holidays when business was slow at the bar I even made a little business out of it, cooking cakes, cookies and pies for people. I even have one regular customer now who orders casserole dinners from me once a week. I take pride that I actually feed this person meals on a regular basis.

With all of that said, I have been making new dishes and baked goods on a regular basis. I often have to search my phone over and over again foe recipes. I have some regulars at the bar, who very sweetly bought me a recipe box with cards to keep track of everything.

So now, I need to fill it with all the recipes I have been accumulating so I don’t have to search for them online every time. I am very excited about this. Let me know if anyone out there has recipes to share!

January 8th: Bake Homemade Bread

Anyone that knows me personally knows I have been on a major baking kick.

I got a BEAUTIFUL Kitchenaid Standing Mixer on Black Friday this year and have been obsessed with baking. For Christmas I made over 10 dozen cookies, a cheesecake and doggie treats for all my doggie parent friends.

Today I made some bread. I did not make it from scratch but got a premix for pumpkin bread. I decided to batch it as muffins instead of bread so it is more easily shareable with friends.

So I’m headed out to work for the day. Ate some pumpkin bread for breakfast to check off my breakfast for the day, walked Bella (who is getting even better at sitting) and even took some time to clean up the yard a bit this morning which will soon be a big task on my list to check off.

This year is moving quickly, just trying to keep up with something everyday!

May 27th: Make Homemade Pizza

Mmmmm. Pizza. Ok, ok… I work in a pizza place so it is not usually my first go to when making dinner. But I was at the grocery store and came across this dough:


And figured today was a good day to knock this thing off my list. I thought about what toppings I wanted but decided to start simple and just go with cheese:


So first I assembled the dough in a pan with a little thickness on the edges to get some crust:


Added some sauce:


Parmesan cheese and mozzarella:



And then bakes at 425* F for 20 minutes:


Quite a delicious dinner and it only cost me 6$!


May 5th: Make Cookies from Scratch

I remember when I was little I used to make cookies from scratch all the time! I used to love it and often my moms friends would ask me to make them some too! I was the neighborhood baker. 

It has been a while since I made cookies and I have to say it was quite reminiscful. Although I forgot that I used to make them in Florida and today (obviously) I made them in Denver… I forgot to change the recipe for altitude so they came out pretty flat, but they still taste delicious so that’s all that matters. 

My ingredients:


My mixtures:



In the oven:


And out of the oven:


I ate one… so now I have lots to take to work with me!

January 3rd: Bake a Cake

I am not particularly a baker, although I do enjoy cooking. But today’s thing I chose to check off my list of 365 things was bake a cake. Nothing from scratch… That might be a disaster. So I started with this:


The interesting thing is, I’ve never baked a cake in altitude so I had to consider the elevation and add some extra flour and subtract some of the vegetable oil out. That was a little terrifying. I thought “this cake is never going to rise correctly”. But low and behold… Out of the oven it came, pretty darn perfect.

Making the batter:

Out of the oven:


Adding the icing to first layer:


And the second layer:


To finish it off I figured I’d add a new year message so when I take it to work it means something. Turns out, writing on a cake with icing is MUCH harder than it looks.

It may not be pretty but hoping it’s delicious. I’m no Homemaker but trying and completing something that I don’t often do feels like an accomplishment.