Making Gingerbread Houses

I admit it: prior to yesterday I was a Gingerbread House Virgin. Through twenty-plus years of motherhood, I'd managed to avoid ever baking, never mind decorating, a gingerbread house. The desire just was not there. I couldn't have been less interested. Then something incredible happened: I wanted to make one.  Something shifted inside me and … Continue reading Making Gingerbread Houses


Somethin’ Sweet Bakery in Sanford

Maybe it's Sunday afternoon and 86 degrees and the last thing in the world you want to do is hang around the house with your cranky kids, since you yourself are very cranky. Here's an idea:, put the kids in the car and drive over to Somethin' Sweet Bakery, 883 Main Street Suite 1 … Continue reading Somethin’ Sweet Bakery in Sanford

All things cupcake

My friend Charlotte asked me a question today: " Who has the best cupcakes?" On the surface, it seems an easy enough question, right?  Wrong! I tried to apply my "Keep it simple" philosophy to this question but found I was not able to. I mean, come on! So here goes my attempt to answer … Continue reading All things cupcake

The day I ate whatever I wanted…Part One

What better day to do so than on your birthday? That was my thought process anyway.  As I started planning my day's meals ahead of time, I recalled reading about this in a book by Elizabeth Berg, entitled (appropriately) The Day I Ate Whatever I Wanted. I was a little disappointed that the whole book wasn't … Continue reading The day I ate whatever I wanted…Part One

Cakewalk in the cube

The planets somehow aligned last week. That's the only explanation that I can come up with for this phenomenon that occurred at my place of employment. Are we a restaurant? A cafe? A bakery? No. We are an office full of nurses. Yet we  had 4 (count 'em) cakes to share during the work week. … Continue reading Cakewalk in the cube

Cupcake Fetish Bakery Grand Opening!!

Amy and Jen have been selling cupcakes and other small baked goods for a while now at their new bakery: Cupcake Fetish Bakery at 883 Main Street in Sanford, but Saturday was a special day: the official Grand Opening celebration. They set up a three tiered table that was adorned with an assortment of mini … Continue reading Cupcake Fetish Bakery Grand Opening!!


Maybe you've heard this news already, but just in case you missed it: The Great State of Maine is considering making the Whoopie Pie its official state dessert. It wasn't already? There are lots of places to get a great wh0opie pie, including your very own kitchen. If you take this route, here are two excellent … Continue reading Whoopie!!

Cupcake Bakery in Sanford

I was returning my books at the library this weekend, two of which happened to be about cake baking, when one of the staffers said, "Have you tried that new cupcake bakery in Sanford?" "There's a new cupcake bakery in Sanford??" I asked (of course, she had me at "cupcake"). She did a little research … Continue reading Cupcake Bakery in Sanford

To frost or not to frost?

My daughter and I were looking for something interesting to bake last weekend and came upon a recipe for blondies. Not just any blondies...pumpkin blondies. Now it's not often that we bake things that don't list chocolate as one of the top ingredients, but these looked and sounded so great that we decided to take the leap. … Continue reading To frost or not to frost?


Fall is a time when a young(ish) woman's thoughts lightly turn to...pumpkin muffins! What is a better harbinger of the new season? I ask you.  Pumpkin muffin is a term that should be used loosely; more of a suggestion than an edict. There are many different versions of the pumpkin muffin.  Here are a few:  … Continue reading Fall!