Sweets & Decorating Tips Archive

Huckleberry Peach Pie

  My favorite summertime pie, full of juicy fresh-picked GreenBluff orchard peaches and wild huckleberries from Mount Spokane.   Notes: You can find my recipe for Grandma’s Pie Dough here. I highly recommend using only fresh, tree-ripened peaches as they are the most tasty and flavorful. Huckleberries are sometimes compared to blueberries, mostly because of

Grandma’s Pie Dough

You can’t judge a book by its cover, but you can judge a pie by its crust. This is hands-down the best piecrust ever, adapted from my mother-in-law Mary Jane’s recipe. It’s rich, flaky and unforgettable. You can make the dough, wrap it, and freeze for baking later.   Mary Jane was given the original

Melt-in-Your-Mouth Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Cake

I made this cake for Luke’s 15th birthday. He wanted a dessert that was a chocolaty surprise. He’s been on a peanut butter tear lately, so I figured he’d love the combination of peanut butter and chocolate. I mean really, how can you go wrong with that?! This cake is mouth watering, melt in your

Christmas “Tree-ts”

These tasty little treats “tree-ts” are a fun adaptation of our family’s Sweetie Pies. And although they’re dusted with powdered sugar, they’re actually not overly sweet, which is a nice change of pace during the holidays when things can be overly sugary. And the list of ingredients is pretty simple: Pie Crust, Jam, A Beaten Egg,

How to Make Merry Cakes

Oh what fun it is to make merry little cakes…. ♬♪♫ Today I started with basic cakes from the bakery and some simple essentials. First step, sugar the cranberries. (I do the entire sugaring process over the sink. When I’m done, I can simply rinse the colander and the sink all clean). Place cranberries in a colander

Margaret’s Special Oatmeal Cookies

Since sharing Floyd & Margaret’s story here a few days ago, their story has spread across the country. Most recently, the Today Show ran a story which included a mention of  Margaret’s oatmeal cookies as well as a link to my blog. (You can read my tribute to Floyd and Margaret by clicking here). Because of the overwhelming

Spicy Camp Bars – Re-invented

The original version of this recipe appeared in the first Farm Chicks book, The Farm Chicks in the Kitchen. A favorite childhood recipe of my friend and former business partner, Teri. In the years since the cookbook was published, I’ve tinkered with some of the recipes in an effort to make them more healthy. Here, I’ve

How to Make a Beautiful Cake

Today I’m going to show you how to make a beautiful cake. It all comes down to this little tip, the 2D. Don’t worry, if you’re not a cake decorator, this isn’t an intimidating or difficult thing to do. That’s not The Farm Chicks way. I promise. First, you’ll need to bake yourself two same-sized

Cider A La Mode

I love apple season and getting to have fresh-pressed cider is just an added bonus. The other night I was thinking about how much I wanted some apple pie but I wanted it RIGHT then. And since pie takes a while, I started thinking about what I could make instead. Cider. Spiced Cider. Hmmmm, could

The Best Homemade Ice-Cream

Homemade ice-cream is one of the dreamiest parts of summer. Just ask Lucas. He loves Huckleberry. Homemade ice-cream wins my boys over every time. You can find my recipes on Country Living's website here. You can also read my reviews of many different ice-cream makers on the Country Living site as well. Click here for