Creamy and sweet with a hint of warm cinnamon, this Honey Lover’s Honey Cake will have you buzzing with joy!

Honey Lover's Honey Cake Have I ever told you the weird story about how neither my husband or my son will eat jelly or jam?

It’s the strangest thing. No PB&J, no butter and jam on biscuits, no toast with jam or crepes filled with preserves.

You know when you go to a restaurant and they bring you the little containers of jam for your toast? Yeah…nope. My husband has to request honey. Every time. Because they don’t automatically bring out honey. Because…most people like jam.

Needless to say, we always have a jar of honey in the pantry. Because dry toast is a travesty and I simply will not be having such nonsense occurring under my roof. And it was with that in mind that I created…a Honey Lover’s Honey Cake.

Honey Lover's Honey Cake Slice Picture

This cake is a million percent from scratch, which isn’t always my thing, but this baby comes together beautifully. No fuss, no crazy ingredients, and the texture is perfectly spongy and (pardon my language) moist. There’s honey in the cream cheese frosting and in the lightly spiced cake, so it truly is a cake for the honey lover in your life! Add a drizzle of honey to the top (and a honeycomb if you have one handy) and you’ve got a real stunner on your hands!

For the recipe (and you know you need it!) pop over to Imperial Sugar, where I’m sharing it. This cake is so beautiful and fun for Spring and Easter!


My February Reading List is full of great titles to snuggle up with on a chilly night!

Hayyyy, FRIENDS!

I’ve got so many great books on my radar this month, and it JUST SO HAPPENS that I’m spending this weekend in Asheville, North Carolina with my BFF Shelly! Which means lots of time for champagne, naps, and BOOKS. I am SO excited for some down time with a friend that I haven’t connected with in WAY too long! Bring on all the relaxing and late nights laughing in bed! THE BEST.

Here are my picks for this month:

The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn

I am super picky about my thrillers, but I really enjoyed this one! You’ve got an unreliable narrator and lots of twists and turns — some of which I saw coming and some that I definitely did NOT. If you love page-turners, I think you’ll love this!

Via Amazon:

For readers of Gillian Flynn and Tana French comes one of the decade’s most anticipated debuts, to be published in thirty-six languages around the world and already in development as a major film from Fox: a twisty, powerful Hitchcockian thriller about an agoraphobic woman who believes she witnessed a crime in a neighboring house.

It isn’t paranoia if it’s really happening . . .

Anna Fox lives alone—a recluse in her New York City home, unable to venture outside. She spends her day drinking wine (maybe too much), watching old movies, recalling happier times . . . and spying on her neighbors.

Then the Russells move into the house across the way: a father, mother, their teenaged son. The perfect family. But when Anna, gazing out her window one night, sees something she shouldn’t, her world begins to crumble and its shocking secrets are laid bare.

What is real? What is imagined? Who is in danger? Who is in control? In this diabolically gripping thriller, no one—and nothing—is what it seems.

Far From the Tree by Robin Benway

I love complicated family dramas, and this comes highly praised. It has been compared to the show “This Is Us,” so naturally it had to go on my list!

Via Amazon:

Being the middle child has its ups and downs.

But for Grace, an only child who was adopted at birth, discovering that she is a middle child is a different ride altogether. After putting her own baby up for adoption, she goes looking for her biological family, including—

Maya, her loudmouthed younger bio sister, who has a lot to say about their newfound family ties. Having grown up the snarky brunette in a house full of chipper redheads, she’s quick to search for traces of herself among these not-quite-strangers. And when her adopted family’s long-buried problems begin to explode to the surface, Maya can’t help but wonder where exactly it is that she belongs.

And Joaquin, their stoic older bio brother, who has no interest in bonding over their shared biological mother. After seventeen years in the foster care system, he’s learned that there are no heroes, and secrets and fears are best kept close to the vest, where they can’t hurt anyone but him.

Don’t miss this moving novel that addresses such important topics as adoption, teen pregnancy, and foster care.

Before We Were Strangers

I always like to add a love story to round things out — I’m a sucker for romance! I read a previous book by this author and enjoyed it, so I have high hopes for this one! It sounds totally TOTALLY swoon-worthy.

Via Amazon:

From the USA TODAY bestselling author of Sweet Thing and Nowhere But Here comes a love story about a Craigslist “missed connection” post that gives two people a second chance at love fifteen years after they were separated in New York City.

To the Green-eyed Lovebird:

We met fifteen years ago, almost to the day, when I moved my stuff into the NYU dorm room next to yours at Senior House.

You called us fast friends. I like to think it was more.

We lived on nothing but the excitement of finding ourselves through music (you were obsessed with Jeff Buckley), photography (I couldn’t stop taking pictures of you), hanging out in Washington Square Park, and all the weird things we did to make money. I learned more about myself that year than any other.

Yet, somehow, it all fell apart. We lost touch the summer after graduation when I went to South America to work for National Geographic. When I came back, you were gone. A part of me still wonders if I pushed you too hard after the wedding…

I didn’t see you again until a month ago. It was a Wednesday. You were rocking back on your heels, balancing on that thick yellow line that runs along the subway platform, waiting for the F train. I didn’t know it was you until it was too late, and then you were gone. Again. You said my name; I saw it on your lips. I tried to will the train to stop, just so I could say hello.

After seeing you, all of the youthful feelings and memories came flooding back to me, and now I’ve spent the better part of a month wondering what your life is like. I might be totally out of my mind, but would you like to get a drink with me and catch up on the last decade and a half?

Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate

This book has been EVERYWHERE, but hadn’t really sounded super appealing to me…I’m not sure why. I finally decided to stop resisting — it must be popular for a reason, right?

Via Amazon:

Memphis, 1939. Twelve-year-old Rill Foss and her four younger siblings live a magical life aboard their family’s Mississippi River shantyboat. But when their father must rush their mother to the hospital one stormy night, Rill is left in charge—until strangers arrive in force. Wrenched from all that is familiar and thrown into a Tennessee Children’s Home Society orphanage, the Foss children are assured that they will soon be returned to their parents—but they quickly realize the dark truth. At the mercy of the facility’s cruel director, Rill fights to keep her sisters and brother together in a world of danger and uncertainty.

Aiken, South Carolina, present day. Born into wealth and privilege, Avery Stafford seems to have it all: a successful career as a federal prosecutor, a handsome fiancé, and a lavish wedding on the horizon. But when Avery returns home to help her father weather a health crisis, a chance encounter leaves her with uncomfortable questions and compels her to take a journey through her family’s long-hidden history, on a path that will ultimately lead either to devastation or to redemption.

Based on one of America’s most notorious real-life scandals—in which Georgia Tann, director of a Memphis-based adoption organization, kidnapped and sold poor children to wealthy families all over the country—Lisa Wingate’s riveting, wrenching, and ultimately uplifting tale reminds us how, even though the paths we take can lead to many places, the heart never forgets where we belong.


I’d love to hear what you’ve been reading and loving!

Have a great day!

Cool, creamy and pillowy banana cream pie that you can eat with your hands! All the classic flavor of a banana cream pie transformed into bars; forks optional.

banana cream pie bars

Do we all agree that pie bars are regular than regular pies?

However. Pie bars are not better than bars where you buy alcoholic beverages. Well actually…sometimes they are. I can think of a night or two when I would have benefited from a slice of pie instead of another blue shot of something I couldn’t pronounce. But we won’t relive that here.

Didn’t end well.

So! Pie bars! The good thing about them is that you get so many more servings than a normal pie. And they slice like a dream. And isn’t slicing pie the scariest part? Well that’s gone now, so you’re welcome.

Banana Cream Pie Bars Image

I know you that want this recipe! And it just so happens that I’m sharing it HERE on Imperial Sugar. Pop on over there, print it out, and make this ASAP.

But also don’t tell them about me and the blue shots. That would be v v unprofessional.


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These filled cupcakes are so simple, a five-year-old can make them! They’re the perfect sweet treat for Valentine’s gifting.

Simple Filled Cupcakes Photo

Can we all agree that the only thing better than a cupcake is a FILLED cupcake? Why anyone would choose a non-filled cupcake over one with filling is honestly beyond me, but I have been told that such people exist and TBH, it’s disturbing.

What is wrong with you non-filling people? It’s a whole extra treat! I have to say, I’m willing to forge a friendship with you non-filling folks, but you’ll never enjoy the same level of trust and understanding that I share with my filled-cupcake peeps :).

Pillsbury Devil's Food Cake Mix

Thankfully, I’ve been able to raise children who see the light, and Lucy is a full-fledged FILLING FAN. In her opinion, filling in a cupcake is like a surprise present, and I have to say that I love the way she thinks. So obviously, it was no trouble getting her into the kitchen with me to bake up some filled cupcakes with Pillsbury™ Devil’s Food Cake Mix and Pillsbury Pastry Bags with Cream Cheese Frosting.

Pillsbury Filled Pastry Bag

I have to admit that as much as Lucy loves to bake, I don’t always have a ton of patience for it, especially at the end of a long day.Thankfully, Pillsbury makes baking with kiddos super low-drama with delicious and simple baking mixes and fantastic frosting that is ready to pipe out of the bag! Just snip off the top of the bag and toss when you’re finished. And, the Pillsbury Filled Pastry Bags are available in Vanilla, Cream Cheese and Chocolate Fudge, perfect for almost any baking activity.

Pillsbury Cream Cheese Piping Bag

We decided on chocolate cupcakes filled with cream cheese frosting and topped with a simple ganache and festive Valentine’s Day sprinkles. Lucy was dying to share them with all of us!

Lucy Piping

As you can see, the filling is easy enough for a five-year-old to handle. The frosting is the perfect consistency, so it isn’t too difficult for little hands to squeeze out.

Lucy Dipping

After Lucy filled the cupcakes, she dunked them in a simple ganache that I made in the microwave…

Lucy Sprinkles

…and then her favorite part — sprinkles!

simple filled cupcakes picture

Aren’t they gorgeous?

There are ALWAYS reasons to celebrate, and Pillsbury and the Pillsbury Doughboy want to inspire YOU to join Operation Celebration! Simply sign up for the Pillsbury Operation Celebration newsletter to receive lots of fun baking ideas to prompt some sweet treats and spontaneous baking parties of your own! We all need an excuse to whip up dessert and throw a party, don’t we?

We are always looking for things to celebrate around here, and what better thing to celebrate than love? I’m so thankful for a fun afternoon making these cupcakes and sharing them with loved ones. I hope you enjoy them, too!

Simple Filled Cupcakes


  • 1 box Pillsbury Devil's Food Cake mix
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 large eggs
  • Filling:
  • 1 Pillsbury Cream Cheese Frosting Filled Pastry Bag
  • Ganache:
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 2 Tablespoons honey


  1. Preheat oven to 375. Line 24 muffin tins with liners and set aside.
  2. In the bowl of your mixer, beat cake mix, water, oil, and eggs on low speed for 30 seconds. Increase speed to medium and beat for one minute. Fill prepared muffin tins 1/2 with batter and bake for 12-15 minutes or until tops spring back when lightly touched in the center. Remove to cooling rack and let cool completely.
  3. Fill cupcakes: insert the tip of your Pillsbury Filled Pastry Bag into the top of each cupcake and squeeze frosting into the center. Use a knife to scrape any excess of the top of the cupcake.
  4. Prepare ganache: in a microwave-safe bowl, heat chocolate chips and cream in the microwave, stirring every 30 seconds until smooth. Add honey and stir. Let cool until thickened and no longer hot.
  5. Dip cupcakes in ganache, allowing excess to drip off. Immediately top with sprinkles.

Thanks so much for celebrating with us! Have a great day!

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