Chocolate Cake Mix Recipe

Homemade Chocolate Cake Mix

Mix mania continues. This week I decided to work on a chocolate cake mix recipe … and well … I nailed it! To find out what my family really thought of my recipe, I made a chocolate cake from a box mix and one from my mix recipe. Then, I conducted a blind taste test (seriously, don’t you feel sorry for my family?). My husband and kids all picked my cake as the hands-down winner. But don’t take their word for it. Conduct your own taste test, and see what you think. [Read more…]

Homemade Yellow Cake Mix

Homemade Yellow Cake Mix Recipe

This year, I’m on a quest to make my own baking mixes. It’s been ages since I’ve used store-bought mixes, (probably at least 12 years), but I’m at a point in life where it would be really handy to have mixes sitting in my pantry ready to go. I developed a buttermilk pancake mix over Christmas break that we’re crazy about. This week I decided to work on a yellow cake mix.

After baking (and tasting) eight different cakes (tough job, I know), I’ve arrived at the winner. This mix makes a yellow cake that’s light, fluffy and flavorful. It smells amazing; and bakes up to the same size as a store-bought cake mix, which means when a recipe calls for a store-bought mix, you can grab this one instead. And major bonus: it doesn’t include any of the aluminum, food coloring or other questionable ingredients that you’ll find listed on the side of that store-bought cake mix.

I also happen to think this mix makes a tastier cake, but try it yourself, and see what you think. Here’s the recipe. [Read more…]

Homemade Pizza Dough

Homemade Pizza Dough Recipe

While enjoying a couple homemade pizzas with our friends Friday night, I realized I’d never shared our pizza dough recipe with you guys. Talk about a major oversight. I mean we’ve only been making pizza every Friday night for the past 14 years. It’s kind of a tradition in our house.

So, let’s set things right shall we? Without further ado, I give you my husband’s pizza dough recipe. [Read more…]

Homemade Buttermilk Pancake Mix


Buttermilk pancakes are pretty much the gold standard in pancakes, but if you want to make a batch, you either have to buy a box of buttermilk pancake mix or have fresh buttermilk in the fridge, right? Nope.

There’s actually a third option: homemade buttermilk pancake mix. It has all of the convenience of a store-bought mix, and none of those mystery ingredients that you can’t pronounce. Here’s my recipe. [Read more…]

How to Make Sparkling Cider

How to Make Sparkling Cider

Sparkling cider is a New Year’s Eve tradition in my home, but this year, instead of buying a bottle, we’ll be making our own. It just finally occurred to me how easy it is to make.

Here’s the recipe, if you’d like to make some, too.

Sparkling Cider Recipe

Prep Time:


  • (1) can frozen apple juice concentrate, thawed
  • (1) liter seltzer water (make it in a Soda Stream, or buy a bottle)

What You Do:

Apple Juice Concentrate

Pour the apple juice concentrate into a pitcher.

Making Seltzer in a Soda Stream

Add the seltzer, and stir to combine. We have a Soda Stream, so I just carbonated a bottle of water to make my own seltzer.

Pitcher of Sparkling Cider

Serve immediately, or chill for later. If you store your sparkling cider in a sealed container, it’ll hold its carbonation, just like the store-bought stuff.

Want to make sparkling grape juice or sparkling cranberry juice instead? Just swap in a can of grape or cranberry juice concentrate for the apple.