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 - December 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 - December 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 - November 19, 2015 - 12:40 pm

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

  • JoAnn - November 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 - August 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 - August 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 - August 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

    • Get Off Your Butt and BAKE - August 20, 2015 - 10:31 am

      Hi Kathy,

      These will be snatched up in a hurry. So Good!
      Thanks for being on the side of “The name is fine!”


  • Beth - September 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 - March 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 - March 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 - October 2, 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 - August 3, 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 - September 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 - October 5, 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 - October 6, 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 - July 31, 2015 - 6:40 am

    What is Canadian Seasoning? ???ReplyCancel

    • Get Off Your Butt and BAKE - August 2, 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 - August 1, 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 - August 2, 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 - October 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 - June 9, 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 - June 9, 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 - June 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 - May 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 - May 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 - April 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 - April 14, 2015 - 12:00 pm

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

  • Brooke - April 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 - April 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 - May 1, 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 - September 30, 2016 - 7:48 pm

    No Room For Improvement!ReplyCancel

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


  • Shauna - February 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 - February 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 - February 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 - February 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 - January 2, 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 - January 8, 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.