When I first started graduate school many years ago and was living alone in my studio apartment in downtown Chicago, I thought of myself as career girl Mary Richards. I now fondly refer to that time as my Mary Tyler Moore Days. Coincidentally, my married initials are MTM.
Many things have changed since my MTM Days – I now live in the suburbs and have 3 little girls #girlmom!
What hasn’t changed is my love for cooking and baking. I have now added a tab for MTM Crafts where you’ll find some basic home projects, crafts, and Girl Scout craft/meeting ideas (coming soon!)
Surprise your family and friends to reveal whether you're expecting a boy or a girl! These Sugar Cookies are filled with Royal Icing and decorated on top. When guests bite into or break open their cookies, blue or pink icing will reveal the answer.
I often use my blog as a reference for my tried-and-true recipes, and I hope you find it useful as well! Whether it’s a recipe that has been handed down in my family, like my Grandma’s Classic Christmas Butter Cookies, or something I started making on my own that has been my own little family’s favorite, like this Baked Ricotta Cavatelli, I keep all of those recipes here, along with the stories behind them.
Christmas Butter Cookies
My Grandma's Christmas Butter Cookies are a variation of a buttery spritz cookie. The dough is pressed with a cookie press into seasonal shapes.
One of my favorite ways to connect with people is through talking about and sharing recipes. Everyone has a story about a favorite dish a loved one has made for them, or a recipe they make every single year at a certain time. Many of our family traditions and memories are built around these recipes.
Gluten Free Recipes
I have been eating gluten free due a food intolerance for the last 18 months. I try to provide a gluten free alternative in each of my recipes (this Chocolate Layer Cake made with gluten free flour is AMAZING!). I have always approached being gluten free with an open mind. I am convinced that I can still enjoy the same foods I did before, it just may require an extra bit of creativity.
Chocolate Layer Cake
The best chocolate cake you'll ever make or taste! This recipe takes the classic Hershey's Black Magic Cake and adds in extra chocolate for the most decadent and moist cake.
I still cook with gluten occasionally for my family and in baking, so it’s important to me that each of my recipes works either way. I will indicate when substituting a gluten free product is not recommended.
Fleming's Potatoes Copycat recipe recreates the famous potatoes au gratin side dish from Fleming's Steakhouse. Thinly sliced potatoes baked in a creamy jalapeno cheese sauce, these scalloped potatoes are a truly special side dish!
Painted Watercolor Cookies feature several techniques for painting cookies. Use either royal icing or a simple egg free icing for an easier, faster alternative to royal icing with no piping required! Instructions for how to apply edible paint for cookies and how to paint with luster dust, including gold luster dust. Easily make edible rose gold paint with this method. Simple guide for how to add handwritten calligraphy to cookies.