As one year ends and another begins, I want to thank you for sharing a little part of my life. This crazy baking blog is a happy space for me and getting to know you through comments and emails brightens my days. I appreciate the ideas you share, your subtle nudges for help and also those of you who just silently lurk behind the scenes. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your lives, in and out of my kitchen.
I’m excited for a fresh new year and the opportunity to put stacks of saved recipes to the test. Time always seems limited, but hopefully the occasional knock at your door will still be welcome.

My wish for each of you in 2016, is peace of mind and a happy heart!

I thought it would be fun for you to see which 10 recipes were the most popular for 2015.


  • Sharon G - 01/07/2016 - 7:59 am

    Hi Jonna!! I had to comment as i laughed, when you tagged me in your last post as one of “those silently lurking behind the scenes”!! I just found your blog last year and we must have very similar taste because I have enjoyed more recipes from your site than any other. I know it’s a lot of work to blog but I sure hope you continue on! I have four children and our favorite recipe of yours for dinner is the chicken and green bean stir fry. I was shocked not to find it on the top ten but hey, it’s picture is on the home page! We love it and there’s not too many meals that I have found that everyone likes!! So thank you for that. There are a couple on your top ten list that I can’t wait to try. I am going to put my vote in for more main dish recipes in the future than desserts. (I’m not complaining one bit, just putting in my vote for the place I need most help)
    Have a very Happy New Year and thank you for the recipes!!!! Keep up the good work! 🙂ReplyCancel

    • Get Off Your Butt and BAKE - 01/08/2016 - 12:07 pm

      Hi Sharon!

      Thanks soooooo much for commenting. You made me laugh! We don’t eat out very often, so I do cook full meals every night. It’s difficult to post main dishes often, because we typically have our big meal at night. That seems to be the only time my husband is at home. To take pictures and post the process just doesn’t seem to happen very often, since I would have to do it earlier in the day or make him wait. He would most likely be happy to do so, but I’m picky about the setup of my picture process. Ha ha!
      I have so many recipes that I would like to share though, so I might just have to post the recipes and forget the pictures!
      I appreciate so much your “coming forward from lurking, even just for a moment and saying Hi!”


  • Denise Routson - 11/22/2016 - 3:24 pm

    I recently found your blog and I’m loving it! You are so talented! Your daughter, Brandi, looks so familiar. Has she lived in Cache Valley by chance? Thanks for sharing your talents with us! Hugs!!ReplyCancel

  • Christi - 01/02/2017 - 10:04 am

    Hi Johnna,
    I have been a follower of your blog for a couple of years now. I’ve tried and loves so many of your recipes! I have noticed you’ve not been on much in the last year, I hope everything is okay with you and your family! I look forward to seeing new posts and recipes soon! Wishing you and yours health and happiness in the new year!!


    • Get Off Your Butt and BAKE - 01/02/2017 - 1:09 pm

      Hi Christi,

      Your comment sure made me feel good! Sometimes life throws a few curves, and hobbies have to be shelved for awhile.
      I hope I can get my act together and post again – more often. Thank you so much for warming my day.


Christmas . . . that magic blanket that wraps itself about us. That something so intangible that it’s like a fragrance!

Most of you probably think I’ve disappeared from recipe earth, but I’ve put on my apron and I’m not taking it off until January! (well maybe to shower)

I’m ready to heat up my kitchen and begin my holiday baking. I’ve stocked up on sugar, butter and flour for weeks now. I’ve also ramped up runs on the treadmill in anticipation of calories.


  • kathy o - 12/15/2015 - 3:16 pm

    I just tried the chocolate chip cookies. I rolled the dough into a log & it’s been sitting in the fridge for 2 days now. I couldn’t wait any longer….I sliced 6 of them, baked them, and ate all 6 of them. Now I’m going to have to slice & bake some more before my husband comes home from work. You completely nailed it on this one! Mercy sakes a live! SO good! I’m throwing out all of my other chocolate chip cookie recipes! Thank you so very much!ReplyCancel

    • Get Off Your Butt and BAKE - 12/29/2015 - 9:42 am

      Hi Kathy,

      I thought these cookies were excellent as well!
      I ate many more than I should have. The chill time is well worth the patience.


I have so much to be THANKFUL for. I’m thankful for all of you as well. I appreciate those of you who drop me sweet messages and enjoy reading everyone of them.


  • Heidi - 11/19/2015 - 12:40 pm

    Beautiful, mouth-watering pictures! Thank you for posting your menu. Happy Thanksgiving!ReplyCancel

  • JoAnn - 11/29/2015 - 2:44 pm

    Let me just tell you how much I appreciate you, Jonna! You are beautiful, inside and out — and you are one hot cook! I love all the recipes you share…. thank you, sweet friend!ReplyCancel

Hello fall . . . I adore you.

Please wrap your arms around us and stay a long while,

Drop your gorgeous leaves and let us play in the piles.

Gift us with your colors and humble us with your chill,

Grace us with your calm, your quiet, that peace that we feel.

Hello fall . . . I adore you.



Have you every tried to talk yourself out of making something?
I tried . . . I failed!
These tropical carrot cake cupcakes, with whipped cream – cream cheese frosting, are just too hard to resist.


  • Carol - 08/19/2015 - 1:24 pm

    The look delicious! If I wanted to make mini-cupcakes instead of regular size, how long should I bake them? Thanks!ReplyCancel

    • Get Off Your Butt and BAKE - 08/20/2015 - 10:32 am

      Hi Carol,

      Probably 8 to 10 minutes for mini’s, but watch closely as every oven is different.
      They are really delicious!


  • Kathy O - 08/20/2015 - 8:23 am

    I have a quilty party coming up where I need to bring a “sweet treat”….this will be perfect! And – don’t EVER change your name!ReplyCancel

  • Beth - 09/16/2015 - 9:55 pm

    How does this hold up after you make the frosting? I want to put it in the bag and take it to work and decorate it there? Will I need to whip it again?
    And I love your name of the your blog! Like my much delayed blog….it fits us.

  • christie - 03/27/2016 - 5:52 am

    I just made these and they are so good. My kids loved them too.
    The cake is good, the frosting is good. Everything came out perfect. I will definitely be making these again.
    The recipe made over 24 cupcakes but I used those disposable aluminum muffin pans.ReplyCancel

    • Get Off Your Butt and BAKE - 03/29/2016 - 2:54 pm

      Hi Christie,

      Thank you! I was recently reminded that taking an extra 5 minutes to make homemade Carrot cake is so worth it.
      I had picked up a boxed carrot cake that was on sale and made cupcakes with it. Even great frosting didn’t make up the difference in
      texture or taste!


  • Rhonda - 10/02/2016 - 11:05 pm

    Looking for a receipe that you posted in Aujust in 2015 . It has bacon chicken cheese and potatoes cream and parsleyReplyCancel

Sunday’s are often very busy for most of us. It’s meant to be a day of rest, but we tend to run through the day.

I am a believer of the easy Sunday Dinner!


  • Debra - 08/03/2015 - 1:29 am

    What a great idea to post a picture of the three of you. I teally enjoyed seeing it!ReplyCancel

  • Jerry Percy - 09/19/2015 - 11:57 am

    Your Spring Pea, Basil, Pistachio and Parmesan Pasta recipe contains this final instruction:

    “Season with Salt and pepper & dried seasonings or Remove from the heat and top with fresh basil and parmesan cheese.”

    Is “or” really correct?

    Shouldn’t it be two, separate instructions:

    “Season with Salt and pepper & dried seasonings.

    Remove from heat and top with fresh basil and parmesan cheese.”?ReplyCancel

  • Tammy - 10/05/2015 - 6:47 am

    I know what’s for dinner tonight!!!! My 7 yearold and i look forward to youre new post. We enjoy every recipe you post and preparing it together… Wish we heard more from you…thanks for all your wonderful recipes ????ReplyCancel

    • Get Off Your Butt and BAKE - 10/06/2015 - 2:17 pm


      Thanks so much for your sweet note. Time hasn’t been on my side throughout the summer.
      I go up & down as to whether or not to continue, but can’t seem to let it go!


Let me introduce you to my favorite, lip-smacking, delicious chicken!

The grill is my favorite friend in the summer . . . and often the winter as well.


  • Dylvie - 07/31/2015 - 6:40 am

    What is Canadian Seasoning? ???ReplyCancel

    • Get Off Your Butt and BAKE - 08/02/2015 - 10:36 am

      Hi Dylvie,

      Canadian Seasoning is my favorite. I find it at Costco or Sams club mostly.
      It’s a combination of garlic, onion,kosher salt,black & red pepper and paprika.

      We use this in marinades, on steak, chicken, pork etc.


  • Lynne - 08/01/2015 - 8:37 am

    Each group of my grandchildren call me something different too. I’m Nana to my oldest sons four, Abuela to my 2nd sons three girls, Nay Nay to my daughters four, and Grandma to my youngest sons three boys. Surprisingly my husband in Papa to all 14 grandchildren. Hee Hee!ReplyCancel

    • Get Off Your Butt and BAKE - 08/02/2015 - 10:33 am

      Hi Lynne,

      So funny! My husband is Papa to most, for a few do call him Gramps or Grandpa.
      I think we agree that we are happy with everyone!
      Thanks for commenting.


  • beth - 10/29/2015 - 2:47 pm


    Just found you and I sooo glad! Do you happen to have an oven cooked version of this recipe??


This cookie is such a winner that it’s worth bringing to your attention!
NO FLOUR is needed, and they are quite spectacular.


  • Tammy - 06/09/2015 - 5:19 pm

    I made these cookies today. All I can say is WOW!!! I didnt have everything so I used why I had, which was about a half a bag of chocolate m&ms, whole bag of peanut butter m&ms, and I had a half bag of peanut butter chips. I did give some to neighbors and friends. It make alot. Next time I will freeze some dough. It was nice to share such a great cookie. Thank you again for Another wonderful recipe ReplyCancel

    • Get Off Your Butt and BAKE - 06/09/2015 - 6:17 pm

      Hi Tammy,

      Who knew that “flourless” cookies could be so delicious!
      I’m glad you tried them. They have become a favorite of ours, and it makes enough to share!

      Thanks for taking the time to send a sweet note.


  • Jo and Sue - 06/10/2015 - 6:04 am

    Pinned this for later!! It’s too hot to bake right now but as soon as we have a rainy day I’m trying these. They look amazing! 🙂ReplyCancel

These scrumptious bars bring back sweet memories of my childhood. It’s funny how certain smells or a taste can trigger the mind!


  • Pearse - 05/12/2015 - 6:11 am

    Looks divine! What size pan did u bake these in? It looks rectangular in shape not square as said in the recipe . I have several pans I found in TJ maxx too ! Thanks in advance !ReplyCancel

  • Kay - 05/27/2015 - 8:44 pm

    These look absolutely delicious! Can’t wait to try making them.ReplyCancel

We have a love hate relationship with muffin-tops. One seems to be the cause of the other!

Today . . . I think I’ll talk about the one we love. Warm, sweet berry filled muffins. These are so good, they’ve been requested twice this week.

The treadmill will be your best friend in order to avoid the other muffin!


  • Ellie from Canada - 04/11/2015 - 1:28 am

    The muffins look yum, but not as sweet as that beautiful little baby girl! Congratulations on your dozen muffins, which will soon turn into a ‘bakers dozen’ 😉 I’m blessed with my two muffins–but then again, that’s all I really need! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Valerie - 04/14/2015 - 12:00 pm

    So many options! I’ve never tried fresh huckleberries, but I sure want to!ReplyCancel

  • Brooke - 04/15/2015 - 1:59 pm

    Made these muffins this morning using whole wheat flour, they were absolutely delish! My preschooler loved them too. Thanks for the recipe. Congrats on the new grandbaby!ReplyCancel

    • Get Off Your Butt and BAKE - 04/17/2015 - 3:27 pm

      Hi Brooke,

      Thank you for leaving me a sweet note this morning! I will also try with whole wheat flour, and maybe even bran!


I can’t think of anything better, than the aroma of homemade bread baking in the oven.
It gives you that all is well feeling.
Today, I’m sharing two of our favorite bread recipes with you.


  • Kristin - 05/01/2015 - 4:58 pm

    Hi – I just spent (what seemed like 20 minutes) almost two hours, looking at your wonderful recipes and photos. You’re my kind of chef!!! I found your site from a mention from the Bigler’s Best Belly Pleasers Blogspot. They say you’re their favorite food blogger. I can see why!!!!

    I’m originally from Idaho. I grew up just outside Boise, near the dairy farm off E. Boise Ave, towards Lucky Peak. (It’s now track homes).

    I’m in Sedona, AZ now. My family has a cabin about two hours north of Boise. We try and all get together there once a year. I usually drive, going though Salt Lake, then I stop in Boise for shopping and grab a bite to eat before heading up. I’m curious what is the date place that you talked about in a previous post: Black Book Banana Bread.

    Thank you for the wonderful website!!! BTW – I’m going to make a few of your recipes at our next family outing. I have a feeling that you’re going to have another family who counts you as their favorite food blogger!ReplyCancel

  • Reverend - 09/30/2016 - 7:48 pm

    No Room For Improvement!ReplyCancel

Want to make some “happy?”
Make these COOKIES!


  • Shauna - 02/10/2015 - 4:11 pm

    Your High Tea lemon cookies are so cute! Where did you get the cute cute hearts to decorate the tops?ReplyCancel

  • Terri - 02/11/2015 - 9:38 am

    Hi there, I love your advice and I love this recipe, do these cookies really have no egg in them? What is the consistency like?

    Thank you.ReplyCancel

  • Bran - 02/12/2015 - 11:17 pm

    Mom. I LOVE THIS POST. That is some great advice, and the best things to remember. I have been so lucky to watch you two love each other like you do. Because I’ve made some marriage mistakes, this made me tear up. I’m so grateful for true, honest real posts like this to touch my hearts! I love you so much Mom. HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY.ReplyCancel

  • kathy - 02/17/2015 - 7:22 am

    LOVE anything lemon! These are simply divine – so melty! I read your “happy” advice over and over – great reminders! You’re amazing…..thank you!ReplyCancel

  • Wanda Hedgepath - 01/02/2016 - 3:02 pm

    Hi. Could you tell me if these lemon cookies are the equivalent of Italian lemon drop cookies. I have been searching for a recipe that is authentic and does not simply use lemon extract. I would appreciate any suggestions or a recipe for them if you know of one.
    Happy New Years. Wanda H.ReplyCancel

    • Get Off Your Butt and BAKE - 01/08/2016 - 11:58 am

      Hi Wanda,

      Gee, I wish I could tell you for sure. I haven’t made Italian lemon drop cookies, but they sound really good!
      Give these a try though, they literally melt in your mouth.