I really thought it might happen this summer. They say . . .

“If you think it enough . . . and really believe it . . . it could happen!”

It didn’t happen!

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  • Jordan @Gingerlockskitchen - July 19, 2014 - 8:10 pm

    So glad to hear your sister is doing well! Your FYI section is terribly helpful. Buying larger cuts of beef usually evokes a deer in the headlight look out of me, but your explanation is just perfect. Thanks for posting!ReplyCancel

“Occasionally, we are graced with the presence of earth bound Angels. For one reason or another, these angels are unable to stay with us for very long. While they are here though, they touch many hearts, sacrifice much, & some leave life giving gifts.”

Last week my lil sister Jamie, was blessed with a much needed kidney transplant. This really was a miracle.
This gift quickly humbles you to your knees!

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  • Ellie from Canada - July 11, 2014 - 2:50 am

    What a great gift for your sister! My brother was on dialysis for several years, he became an angel, not directly from the kidney failure but a brain tumor that rendered him unable to go for dialysis.
    I really wanted to see the recipe for the Blueberry Angel Muffins but couldn’t connect. Is that also your recipe? Thanks for sharing :) ReplyCancel

    • Get Off Your Butt and BAKE - July 15, 2014 - 8:54 pm

      Hi Ellie,
      Thanks so much Ellie! I’m so sorry to hear about your angel brother. I’m sure that is why he was taken early, he was needed for more
      important tasks, that only a select few can do.
      If you will go to the search bar and type in Blueberry Angel Muffins, it’s there.

      Thanks again,
      JonnaReplyCancel

  • Jordan @Gingerlockskitchen - July 14, 2014 - 9:48 am

    So glad to hear your sister was able to receive such a gift! My uncle also had a kidney transplant and it was very emotionally conflicting. It makes a person so grateful but also so sad that this gift created a loss for others. Your sister will be in my prayers. Thank you for posting this!ReplyCancel

    • Get Off Your Butt and BAKE - July 15, 2014 - 8:50 pm

      Hi Jordan,

      Thanks so much for sharing your story as well. We feel so grateful for the donor and his family.
      What a special family and a life saving gift for my sister.

      JonnaReplyCancel

Someone one said . . .

“Life without liberty is like a body without spirit.”

Flags are flying high! We are all feeling very thankful for the freedoms and liberties we enjoy in this great country. Our love and thanks are with those who fought to get us there and for those still fighting to keep us there!

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  • Jordan @Gingerlockskitchen - July 3, 2014 - 12:21 pm

    Jonna, you are just amazing! When I don’t have a plan it never ends up being this beautiful or tasty looking. You were the reason I fell in love with puff pastry, it is great stuff! Thanks for posting this, and I hope you have a wonderful 4th of July!ReplyCancel

Over my spanning years . . . and recently I just added another . . . I’ve made a lot of Peanut Butter Cookies.

This Peanut Butter cookie is perfection at it’s finest. Simply put, I can’t quit eating these dang cookies! This recipe from the Magnolia Bakery Cookbook is without a doubt, my new favorite Peanut Butter Cookie recipe.

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  • Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar - June 27, 2014 - 8:00 pm

    These DO look like the best!! Such a fabulous recipe :) ReplyCancel

  • Debra - June 28, 2014 - 12:30 am

    Hope you had a great birthday! Something tells me these cookies are going to be a keeper! (Maybe because your husband approves!) I’ll have to try them. Thanks for posting the recipe.ReplyCancel

    • Get Off Your Butt and BAKE - June 28, 2014 - 10:55 am

      Hi Debra,

      You are soooo right. When my husband, that rarely eats a cookie, other than Applesauce cookies gives these a thumbs up . . . you know they are good!
      Anything from Magnolia Bakery Cookbook is awesome though.

      JonnaReplyCancel

  • Carol - June 28, 2014 - 6:32 am

    Peanut butter cookies are a favorite of my 2 grandsons. How can you go wrong with pops of peanut butter and chocolate in the cookie? You can’t! I make a similar peanut butter cookie with chopped peanut butter cups but it has instant vanilla pudding mix in the dough. Good stuff!

    I can’t have too many cookie recipes and I can’t wait to try yours, Jonna. Thanks so much!ReplyCancel

  • Kelley H. - June 29, 2014 - 2:47 pm

    Hi Jonna – did you use the mini Reeses Peanut Butter cups? I only ask because I wonder if the flavor has more chocolate or more of the “innards” of the bigger candy? I am totally going to make these. I have an event tomorrow at work and wish I would have seen this before I made what I did (it’s Baklava, which is delicious, but these would have been terrific as well). This is the second time this week that I’ve read something about the Magnolia Bakery, too, so will have to look for their cookbook. Hope the birthday was beautiful and you did something special for yourself.ReplyCancel

    • Get Off Your Butt and BAKE - June 29, 2014 - 3:40 pm

      Hi Kelly,

      I did use the mini Reeses instead of the big cups. That’s what I had on hand. I agree with you, the mini’s would give you more chocolate!
      These cookies are excellent.

      JonnaReplyCancel

  • Jordan Burgett - June 30, 2014 - 5:59 pm

    Jonna! These cookies look divine. I have a peanut butter cookie recipe I use pretty often, but this one looks like it will become my new favorite!ReplyCancel

  • Anita - July 14, 2014 - 6:51 am

    I made these cookies this weekend. They were delicious. Worth a try. You will not be disappointed.ReplyCancel

Brownies.

You can eat them for breakfast. You can eat them for lunch. You can eat them for dinner. I just thought you should be aware of that!

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  • Kara - June 20, 2014 - 10:35 pm

    I had no idea…add these to the cinnamon roll waffles, and the whole family will be in heaven! What type of waffle maker do you have?ReplyCancel

  • Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar - June 22, 2014 - 9:17 am

    I’m a huge brownie lover! This is such a cool waffle idea!ReplyCancel

  • Staci - July 1, 2014 - 2:11 pm

    Did you use the Katherine Hepburn brownie recipe ? These look sooo yummy. We love the Hepburn recipe.ReplyCancel

It’s been said . . . Never ask a favor of someone, till you give them something sweet!
I’m giving you some s-w-e-e-t, and I’m hoping you give me a favor in return.

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  • Mary - June 18, 2014 - 2:53 am

    These look luscious!!!! I don’t have a mini pie tin…any substitute recommendations? Good luck to your daughter with contest! Thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

    • Get Off Your Butt and BAKE - June 18, 2014 - 4:11 pm

      Hi Mary,

      You can do the same thing using a 9×13 pan of brownies, and then cutting them.
      Make sure that you line your baking dish with foil, then you can simply lift out the entire slab of brownies.

      A whoopee cookie tin also works well, or even a mini cupcake tin would work, or a standard cupcake, as long as you don’t fill it full. I would fill a standard cupcake -half full with batter, then bake.

      Good luck,
      JonnaReplyCancel

  • Mary - June 18, 2014 - 4:44 pm

    Thanks so much. I will now be able to make these…..yay!!!!!!! Thanks again!ReplyCancel

The sun is shining today, and I should be outside washing my very dirty windows! Instead, I find myself attaching camera to desktop to share Strawberry Blueberry Cheesecake pictures with you. This no bake cheesecake is perfect, because it’s not too sweet. The crust isn’t your typical graham cracker crust, and the cheesecake mixture isn’t your typical cool whip center.

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  • Lisa Langston - June 6, 2014 - 7:09 am

    This is something I MUST make! But is 2 cubes, 2 sticks? I think that is what you mean but I just want to make sure so I don’t screw up the ingredients? That would be a catastrophe!
    thanksReplyCancel

    • Get Off Your Butt and BAKE - June 6, 2014 - 8:07 am

      Hi Lisa,

      Yes….I’m sorry.
      2 cubes are the same as 2 sticks
      2 cubes = 1 cup
      2 sticks = 1 cup

      Some of my handwritten recipes refer to sticks of butter as cubes!
      I fixed the recipe.

      Hope this helps,
      JonnaReplyCancel

  • Brandi - June 6, 2014 - 9:12 pm

    This looks so good! I love how pretty it is. You make everything look beautiful. I love a good no bake cheesecake, and this one looks perfect! I wouldn’t be disappointed if Dad chooses this for Fathers Day! I am excited for our little BBQ.ReplyCancel

  • Ali - June 7, 2014 - 7:41 pm

    We call this “Yum Yum” in Eastern NC….like Blueberry Yum Yum or Strawberry Yum Yum. :) ReplyCancel

Our dinner was scrumptious tonight, so I thought I’d share. It was also super easy. The grill . . . is summers best friend. This honey, ginger, garlic marinated, glazed flank steak is tender & fall apart awesome. Grilled corn or asparagus – one of my favorites, is the perfect side. Homemade potato chips pushes it over the top!

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  • Ellie from Canada - June 5, 2014 - 2:08 am

    It’s late here and you just made me hungry!! Question: What temp did you have your grill at for medium rare? Thanks.ReplyCancel

    • Get Off Your Butt and BAKE - June 5, 2014 - 12:06 pm

      Hi Ellie,

      My grill just have simple dials from Low to high. I placed it on medium, and let it heat up for about 15 minutes before placing the steak on the grill.
      I wanted to make sure that it was good & hot, so that you get a nice sear on the outside. This ensures you a tender flank!

      It’s delish. Watch it carefully….don’t over cook it.

      JonnaReplyCancel

  • Brandi - June 6, 2014 - 9:16 pm

    NOW THAT LOOKS GOOD TO!!!! I am excited to eat this in a few weeks. YUM.ReplyCancel

  • Jenny McConnel - June 11, 2014 - 12:50 pm

    What is Canadian Seasoning? I’ve seen it in another recipie of your and tried looking for it at the grocery store but wasn’t able to find it. Where do you buy yours?

    thanksReplyCancel

    • Get Off Your Butt and BAKE - June 11, 2014 - 4:21 pm

      Hi Jenny,

      I buy the Tone’s Brand Canadian Seasoning at Sam’s Club.
      Canadian Seasoning is just a blend of 5 things and we love it on beef chicken & fish: garlic, Black pepper, onion, Red pepper flakes & kosher salt.

      I hope this helps,

      JonnaReplyCancel

  • Rita - June 29, 2014 - 3:20 am

    I tried this recipe last night and it was a huge hit! Will definitely make it again. It was raining, so we cooked inside in a cast iron frying pan on our gas stove – 5 minutes one side, 3 minutes the other and it was perfect medium rare.ReplyCancel

    • Get Off Your Butt and BAKE - June 29, 2014 - 3:41 pm

      Hi Rita,

      I’m really glad your family enjoyed the Flank steak. This cut of meat is known to be “tough,” but we’ve made it this way several times now, and each time it’s super tender and we love it! You can marinate it in the fridge for a couple of days if you like. The longer you marinate . . . the more tender the meat seems to be.

      JonnaReplyCancel

I believe . . .

“A hand-written recipe, covered with splatters is like a warm hug from the past.”

Some recipes are made so often, that the actual recipe is really not even needed. You place it’s dirty face on the work surface , so you can see the mixing, stirring & hear the voices & laughter from the past. This recipe is one of those treasures. It’s still the most requested cookie in my house!

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  • Carol - May 1, 2014 - 12:04 pm

    Jonna-your treasured cookie recipe looks delicious…I know we’re gonna love this one too.

    I have many handwritten recipe cards and slips of paper from friends and family in my vast recipe collection-some from people that are no longer with us-that makes those special recipes even more special.

    Oh man I’m glad the Mac guys got you back up and running….that must have been one scary feeling for you to see all those error codes.

    Computers, cars…great things when they work….when they don’t? Yikes……….ReplyCancel

  • Susan Johnson - May 6, 2014 - 11:20 am

    Yum, these look great, thanks for sharing! Question, can I use quick oats?ReplyCancel

  • Liz W. - May 8, 2014 - 3:19 pm

    These cookies look yummy! I know what you mean about those hand written family recipes. My mom has a old cookbook she still uses. She makes notes about her life in it- like a diary- next to the recipe she is working with. That book has so much family info, it’s like looking back at an old photo albumn.
    You have a lovely website, by the way :) ReplyCancel

  • Brandi - June 6, 2014 - 9:28 pm

    I have not made these FOREVER! And they really are one of my all time favorite cookies. I would much rather have them without chocolate chips loaded with raisins. YUM! I love that recipe. Whose was it to start with?ReplyCancel

    • Get Off Your Butt and BAKE - June 11, 2014 - 7:18 pm

      Hi Bran,

      Oh boy . . . my grandma, and her grandma and her grandma and her grandma!
      I think I agree with you. I love chocolate chips, but raisins do these cookies proud.

      Love you,
      momReplyCancel

Oh the internet . . . it’s a blessing . . . it’s a curse!

Have you ever found yourself thinking; I’ll just look at Pinterest for a minute or two, before I vacuum or dust? Two hours later, you realize that it’s two hours later!

One of those pictures took me to Saveur the other day, where I came across this yummy recipe for Hummingbird Cake.

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  • Katrina @ WVS - April 9, 2014 - 2:35 pm

    These cupcakes look so yummy!! Love this recipe :) ReplyCancel

  • Dayna - April 10, 2014 - 7:57 am

    These look so cute and I love the idea of making this frosting. I do have one question, do you think this would work with the meringue powder/egg substitute? I love using it in my royal icing but wasn’t sure if it transferred well to this medium. By the way, I love your blog and should comment more often to tell you so!!ReplyCancel

  • Brandi - June 6, 2014 - 9:36 pm

    I LOVE that you called Dad your favorite person. HOW CUTE IS THAT??? Seriously you are so cute Mom. I don’t know if I have ever had hummingbird cake, but think it sounds really good.
    And… I want to lick my scream and just pretend like I’m licking the beaters. YUM. That is my favorite frosting… well, it is a toss up between that and the german chocolate cake frosting! I think I like that just a little bit more.ReplyCancel

Winter does give us a few perks. I believe that we don’t need to stress out quite as much, when it comes to our wardrobe.

1. We can just throw on a nice winter coat & a stylish pair of boots and we are set.

2. Toes don’t need to look perfect . . . nobody sees them.

3. Legs aren’t shaved quite as often, and we don’t seem to care.

Lastly . . . for me . . . the best perk of winter . . . a husband who is home earlier in the evening. Summer seems to kidnap him and forces him to work 16 hours a day. I have to be careful not to let myself sing the summer b-l-u-e-s. If you are or have been a farmers wife, then you can also relate to this feeling.

Dancing with a little pre- summer b-l-u-e-s . . . what should you do?

Make Orange rolls or Orange Coconut Pull-Apart Bread!

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  • Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar - April 3, 2014 - 2:16 pm

    This bread sounds perfect! I love it!!ReplyCancel

  • Debra - April 4, 2014 - 6:40 am

    I did the same thing and got the same results! While I love the Pioneer Woman, I decided I loved my own yeast recipe more. I just recently tried your recipe for orange rolls and they really are the best!ReplyCancel

    • Get Off Your Butt and BAKE - April 4, 2014 - 6:46 am

      Hi Debra,

      Yes, we do all Love the Pioneer Woman!
      The texture is changed when you add baking powder & soda. Thanks so much for leaving me a sweet note this morning.
      You made my day.

      JonnaReplyCancel

  • Kristi - April 4, 2014 - 9:51 pm

    Hi Jonna, These look really good. I am not going to chance it though. I am so happy with the results that I get with your recipe and they are so good that my family would be disappointed if they were expecting your yummy rolls and did not get them. This will be a great weekend to make them again. Also, your picture at the top of this page is so darling. Have a great weekend!ReplyCancel

    • Get Off Your Butt and BAKE - April 6, 2014 - 12:54 pm

      Hi Kristi,

      I’m glad you enjoy the Orange rolls to die for recipe!
      They might take a few extra minutes in prep time, but they far exceed in taste & texture.

      Thank you for leaving a sweet comment,
      JonnaReplyCancel

  • Rachel - April 28, 2014 - 8:06 pm

    These look amazing. Will definitely be trying this recipe :)

    And love your comment about winter meaning you don’t have to shave your legs as often. I live in the hottest city in the world, Bangkok, and I discovered a long time ago, if I wear jeans, I don’t have to shave my legs often. Love it :) ReplyCancel

    • Get Off Your Butt and BAKE - April 28, 2014 - 8:55 pm

      Hi Rachel,

      Bangkok! I’m glad that someone far far away from Idaho is looking at this crazy blog!
      Thank you for leaving me a sweet note.

      JonnaReplyCancel

I’d like you to meet my favorite casserole. I make it as often as I dare. I also make Broccoli Cheese Soup using the same basic ingredients found in this recipe. I figured it was about time I share that little tid bit with you. In fact, it also can be used to make a mean Cheesy Potato Soup with Crumbled Bacon.

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  • Ellie from Canada - March 12, 2014 - 12:26 am

    Our family loves the Chicken Broccoli Supreme, and so does our company! I have made it quite often and have always gotten lots of “yums”!! Great make-a-head dish. Thanks again!ReplyCancel

  • Carol - March 12, 2014 - 5:25 am

    What a fantastic looking casserole-and I love the idea of no cream of something soup. Plus great ideas to make with the base sauce too…wow!

    I can’t wait to try this-we do love chicken and broccoli.

    Thank you, Jonna.ReplyCancel

  • Alicia J. - March 12, 2014 - 7:33 am

    I love chicken broccoli supreme. I made it last week for dinner. I only make half with broccoli though, my sons don’t eat it. Never thought to make soup with the same basic recipe though. And I have all the ingredients to make the soup at home now. Might have to give it a try with the rainy weather we are getting tonight.ReplyCancel

  • Lynne - March 12, 2014 - 8:15 pm

    Chicken Broccoli Supreme is one of my favorite recipes of yours – we love it! Great idea to make it into soup! Yum!ReplyCancel

  • Tammy - April 2, 2014 - 6:18 pm

    Thank you for all your wonderful recipes. I made the chicken broccoli supreme for dinner. Its Amazing!!!…its a definite must tryReplyCancel