Breakfast, Dessert

Blueberry Cinnamon Coffee Cake

Blueberry Coffeecake Cinnamon Swirl Brown Sugar Crumb (6 of 1)Recently my husband asked me for a blueberry dessert and then coffee cake so I found this recipe for the best of both worlds! This recipe is so delicious and would be a wonderful item to serve on a Sunday morning. Recipe and photo courtesy of

Brown Sugar Cinnamon Crumb Topping:

  • 1 3/4 cups brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 6 tablespoons cold butter, cubed

Blueberry Cake

  • 3/4 cup cold butter
  • 1 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoons sea salt
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 cups sour cream
  • 2 cups blueberries

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 9″x13″ and line with parchment paper, butter parchment paper. For the crumb topping, mix together brown sugar, flour and cinnamon. Cut in using a pastry cutter or mix in using a mixer 6 tablespoons cubed butter until crumbly. Set aside. For the cake, add 3/4 cup cold butter to mixing bowl and beat until smooth and creamy. Slowly add sugar while beating at medium speed until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time beating well between each addition. Scrape sides of bowl between each egg. Then add vanilla and mix well. Batter should look light and fluffy. Add baking soda, baking powder and sea salt. Beat on medium-high speed until well combined. Scrape sides of bowl. Stir in flour 1 cup at a time alternating with 1/2 cup sour cream mixing on low speed until just combined being careful not to over mix. Continue until all of flour and sour cream is added. Hand stir in blueberries until evenly distributed. Spread half of the cake batter into the bottom of prepared pan and spread to the edge. Swirl cinnamon crumb topping with a knife into cake batter. Spread 1/3 of of the Brown Sugar Cinnamon Crumb over the batter and cover with remaining blueberry cake batter. Press brown sugar crumb topping between fingers to form crumbs and distribute evenly over the top of the cake. Bake for 50-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of cake comes out clean. Allow cake to cool before serving.

Breakfast, Dessert

Banana Pecan Bread

This. Bread. I can say with the utmost certainty that this banana bread is the best I have ever tasted. It is the right amount of sweetness with a hint of crunch from the pecans and the perfect balance of banana flavor. I have tried many many different banana bread recipes and this one takes the prize. While the recipe called for 1 9×5 loaf, I split mine into two 8×4 loaves, which allowed them to cook all the way through, without overcooking the exterior. Recipe and photo courtesy of

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1⅛ cup sugar
  • ½ cup vegetable or canola oil
  • 2 tablespoons buttermilk or milk
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 bananas mashed very well
  • ½ cup chopped pecans (optional)

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.  Add flour, baking soda and salt to a small bowl and set aside. Mix egg, sugar and oil and stir until well combined Add the dry ingredients to the wet and stir well. The mixture will be thick and dry. Next add milk, vanilla and bananas and stir until incorporated. Mix in walnuts and pour into a loaf pan or pans depending on what size you want. Cook 50-75 minutes, checking regularly until a knife comes out clean.


Breakfast, Dessert

Strawberry Sour Cream Streusel Muffins

strawberry-cheesecake-muffin-I had some strawberries that I needed to use in my fridge, and what better way than in a yummy muffin.  The addition of the sour cream helped make these super moist and delicious. Recipe and photo courtesy of


  • 2 cups flour
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 6 Tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 ¼ cups sour cream
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups diced fresh strawberries, divided

For the Streusel topping:

  • 3 Tablespoons butter, softened
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup flour

Preheat the oven to 375.  Line muffin tins with 18 liners. Dice strawberries into small pieces.  Pour flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and cinnamon into a medium bowl. Whisk together.  Pour melted butter, sour cream and vanilla into a small bowl, then add the eggs. Whisk together until smooth.  Pour sour cream mixture into the flour mixture.  Stir together until combined. Add 1 1/2 cups diced strawberries and stir until combined.  Divide batter into the muffin cups.  Evenly sprinkle the 1/2 cup remaining strawberries over the tops of the muffins.  For the streusel, soften butter in a small bowl, add remaining ingredients  and stir until mixture comes together, then sprinkle over the muffins.  Reduce oven temperature to 350 and bake for 20-25 minutes.


Sausage Gravy and Biscuits

I love, love, love this recipe.  It is so easy, and it is great to serve to a crowd.  One of the best things about Pioneer Woman’s recipes is that they make even the most daunting tasks (making gravy) very doable.  If it’s just my family of four I make a 1/2 batch of biscuits, but a full batch of gravy so I can freeze half of it to have later on down the road. Recipe and photo courtesy of The Pioneer Woman.


  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 sticks (3/4 cup) cold butter, cubed
  • 1 1/4 cup buttermilk

Sausage Gravy

  • 1 lb breakfast sausage, hot or mild
  • 1/3 cup all purpose flour
  • 4 cups milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 1/2-2 teaspoons black pepper (to taste)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Add flour, baking powder, and salt to the bowl of a food processor (or a large bowl.) Add butter pieces and pulse until butter is completely cut into the flour mixture (or use a pastry cutter if using a bowl.) While pulsing (or stirring) drizzle in the buttermilk until dough just comes together and is no longer crumbly. Drop in clumps on two baking sheets, then bake for 15-17 minutes, or until golden brown. (Optional: Brush with melted butter when biscuits first come out of the oven.)

With your finger, tear small pieces of sausage and add them in a single layer to a large heavy skillet. Brown the sausage over medium-high heat until no longer pink. Reduce the heat to medium-low. Sprinkle on half the flour and stir so that the sausage soaks it all up, then add a little more until just before the sausage looks too dry. Stir it around and cook it for another minute or so, then pour in the milk, stirring constantly. Cook the gravy, stirring frequently, until it thickens. (This may take a good 10-12 minutes.) Sprinkle in the seasoned salt and pepper and continue cooking until very thick and luscious. If it gets too thick too soon, just splash in 1/2 cup of milk or more if needed. Taste and adjust seasonings. Spoon sausage gravy over warm biscuits and serve immediately!


Homemade Pancakes

This recipe is super simple and makes perfect pancakes.  The most important thing I’ve learned when it comes to fluffy pancakes is not to over-mix the batter.  Stir it just long enough to get rid of the major lumps and you should be good to go. Feel free to add blueberries, or substitute buttermilk for the milk. Recipe and photo courtesy of

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup milk (use more or less depending on how thin you want your batter to be)
  • 2 tablespoons cooking oil (can be vegetable, canola, or coconut)
  • 1 egg

Whisk together the dry ingredients in a mixing bowl or large measuring cup.  Add the wet ingredients and mix until just combined. Heat a griddle to medium heat and grease with butter or non-stick cooking spray.  Spoon out generous portions, cooking for 2-3 minutes per side.  Makes approximately 6 medium pancakes.  These freeze really well, so if you have extra, put them in a baggie in the freezer, and just microwave for 30 seconds when reheating.

Breakfast, Dessert

Strawberry Cheesecake Muffin

I do not have enough good things to say about this muffin. It is amazing.  Although it is a little more complicated than scooping batter into a muffin tin, it is well worth it.  Recipe and photo courtesy of


  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups chopped strawberries


  • 4 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 beaten egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3 tablespoons cold butter

Preheat the oven to 400.  Grease or line twelve cup muffin pan.  Combine the flour, baking powder and salt in a bowl and set aside. Beat together the milk, oil, egg, and vanilla in another bowl.  Add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix until just combined.  Do not over mix.  Next, cream together the cream cheese, sugar, egg and vanilla until smooth.  Then cut the butter into the dry ingredients until crumbly.  To assemble the muffins, first put 1 tablepoon of batter on bottom, then couple pieces of strawberry, then 1/2 a tablespoon of filling, then 1/2 a tablespoon of topping. Put more batter on top, then another strawberry and a sprinkling of topping.  I had extra batter so I used 3 ramekins for the rest of the recipe, layering just like before.  Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Breakfast, Dessert

Biscoff Banana Bread

I found this recipe on via Pinterest.  I had never tried Biscoff cookie spread before this recipe, and while I don’t think I would eat it by itself, I liked it quite a bit in this banana bread.  I didn’t have Biscoff cookies for the streusel, so I used graham crackers instead.  Trader Joe’s cookie spread can also be used instead of Biscoff spread.

  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 very ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1/2 cup Biscoff spread
  • 1/4 canola oil
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar

Streusel Topping:

  • 1/2 cup chopped Biscoff cookies (or graham crackers)
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter (melted)

Preheat the oven to 350.  Grease an 8×4 loaf pan and set aside.   In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt, set aside.  In a large bowl, stir together your mashed bananas, Biscoff Spread, canola oil, egg, vanilla, and sugars.  Add the dry ingredients into your wet ingredients and stir until just combined. Batter will be slightly lumpy, don’t over mix.  Spread batter into prepared pan. In a small bowl, combine chopped Biscoff cookies, flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, and melted butter. Stir until combined. Sprinkle the streusel evenly over the batter in the loaf pan. Bake bread for 55-60 minutes or until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean. If the top starts to brown before the bread is done baking, place aluminum foil loosely over the bread and finish baking.