German marble bundt cake recipe
Baking, Breakfast, Dessert, DIY Family Food, DIY Recipes, Snacks

German Baking: Marble Bundt Cake

I finally had a day last week to bake, and it was wonderful. I’ve missed baking. I find it so relaxing!

(Note: This recipe & blog post was originally published in November of 2013 and I’ve now updated it with new photos! So, no, I’m not currently pregnant but I AM craving cake.)

It’s slightly dangerous, though. I’m a huge fan of eating baked goods too. This marble bundt cake I made last week only lasted a couple of days. I’ll say that’s due to my hungry hubby and not my pregnant, cake-loving self. Yes. That’s it.Continue reading

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No-Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies – My Family’s Recipe

What do people obsessed with baking make when it’s too hot outside to turn on the oven? They make no-bake cookies, of course! I know that chocolate oatmeal no bake cookies aren’t anything new, but I wanted to share with you my personal recipe in our family’s cookbook that I’ve used for years and love. You can add peanut butter or leave it out (we do the latter because Little C can’t stand peanut butter), but either way they’re really yummy!
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DIY Snow Day Survival Kit Christmas Gift - sugar cookies in a jar, a cookie cutter, hot chocolate mix in a jar, and hot chocolate spoons!
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Make a Snow Day Survival Kit Christmas Gift

We have had far too many Snow Days here for my liking lately. A couple of weeks ago, the temperature dropped to -44 degrees (celcius) with the windchill! We’ve also had several feet of snow recently, plus some freezing rain to top it all off. Needless to say, we’ve spend a lot of time inside doing crafts, Christmas baking and watching movies.

All of these snow days have made me think that it would be fun to make some “snow day survival kits” as unique, handmade Christmas gifts for teachers, neighbors and friends this year. In a pretty little tin, I’ve put some things that a family could use on a day stuck at home – some sugar cookies in a jar, a cookie cutter, hot chocolate mix in a jar, and some chocolate spoons to mix the hot chocolate with.
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Salted ChocoSalted Chocolate Caramel Pecan Candies by The DIY Mommylate Caramel Pecan Candies by The DIY Mommy
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Make Salted Chocolate Caramel Pecan Candies

I’m a huge sucker for Christmas baking and candy making. Every year, I try really hard to make a Christmas baking plan in November, and then start executing it weekly until my freezer is full of yumminess. The problem is my dear Hubby – one by one (or 6 by 6…), my baking stash is depleted nightly until I only have a meager supply at Christmas time. I’ve tried to hide cookies and mis-label candies, but nothing seems to deter my hungry second half.Continue reading

Make a Candy Cane Heart Lollipop by The DIY Mommy
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Make Chocolate Heart Lollipops from Candy Canes

Make a Candy Cane Heart Lollipop by The DIY Mommy

Ah, Pinterest. It’s the biggest time-waster in the world, but it’s oh-so-inspiring, right?

I saw these clever candy cane heart pops via Pinterest on Bird’s Party Blog and I knew I had to try them. I had a case of candy canes in my cupboard from Christmas and they were red and pink – it wasn’t even debatable!

They were a lot of fun to make, and Little C was the official “sprinkler”. I had the candy canes, sprinkles and paper straws on hand so the only thing we had to purchase for the project were the chocolate wafers. Little C picked the pink chocolate wafers, of course.


  • candy canes
  • chocolate wafers
  • sprinkles
  • paper straws or lollipop sticks
  • waxed paper or parchment paper

Make Candy Cane Heart Lollipops by The DIY Mommy


Unwrap the candy canes and cut a couple of inches off the bottoms with kitchen scissors. Don’t freak out if you break them – I broke about half of them (argh!), but the chocolate inside will act as a glue to keep them together. Phew!

Make Candy Cane Heart Lollipops by The DIY Mommy

On the waxed paper or parchment paper, arrange two candy canes side-by-side as pictured to make a heart shape, cut the straws in half (or just use a lollipop stick) and place them in the bottom center with about 1/2″ inside the “heart”.

Make Candy Cane Heart Lollipops by The DIY Mommy

Melt the chocolate, and then spread it into the heart shapes carefully with a spoon. Make sure it covers the straw well so that it will hold when cooled. Have your little one sprinkle the hearts to their heart’s content before the chocolate cools.

Make Candy Cane Heart Lollipops by The DIY Mommy

If you have leftover chocolate, you can spread it out (about 1/2″ thick) on a piece of waxed paper, crush the remaining pieces of the candy canes, and sprinkle them on the chocolate to make “Valentine Bark”.

Make Candy Cane Heart Lollipops by The DIY Mommy

Once cool, the candy cane heart pops are ready to enjoy or give as a fun gift!

Here’s the bark from the leftovers:

Make Candy Cane Heart Lollipops by The DIY Mommy

What’s your favourite Valentine’s Day themed treat?

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9 Favourite DIY Make-at-Home Hot Drinks

by Christina Dennis

I love me my coffee. And my hot chocolate. And my apple cider. I enjoy pretty much any type of warm drink when the weather cools and the autumn leaves begin to fall! I’m one of those moms that needs my coffee (or tea, or hot chocolate) for my “get up and go” some days. When you live a little off of the beaten path like I do, it’s nice to have some DIY recipes on hand to make your own yummy, hot drinks if you can’t zip to the coffee shop. Here are my 9 most favourite DIY make-at-home hot drinks (I’d like one of each right now, actually!):

9 Favourite DIY Hot Drinks by The DIY Mommy - Mochas, Lattes, Hot Chocolates, Cider

  1. London Fog from Just Bella: This luxurious combo of Earl Grey tea and vanilla syrup is definitely a tasty treat.
  2. Homemade Gingerbread Latte from Mom Advice: What a festive, spicy drink (and you’ve got to love the little sprinkles)!
  3. Chai Latte from Fitness Chicks: Here’s another spicy drink that’s such a classic. FYI: the site’s in Dutch, so here are the English ingredients:
    1/2 tsp ginger
    1/2 tsp cardamom
    1 clove
    1 tsp cinnamon
    2 bags of black tea
    1 tbsp sugar
    500 ml water
    500 ml milk
    … and the pictures are easy to follow!
  4. Pumpkin Spice Latte from Pastry Affair: Who doesn’t like one of these at Thanksgiving? Pumpkin + spices + a latte? Nothing better.
  5. Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate from Savory Sweet Life: This would be glorious at the end of a fall/winter day when coffee just won’t do.
  6. Copycat Starbucks Caramel Apple Hot Cider from Favorite Family Recipes: Here’s another great drink for an evening curled up in front of a fire – and it’s so simple!
  7. Salted Caramel Mocha Latte from Mom Advice: Here’s the coffee version of a salted caramel hot chocolate – the savory + sweet combo is delish.
  8. Red Velvet Hot Chocolate by Une Deux Senses: What a unique idea! A rich combo of cream cheese, chocolate and whipped cream make this drink sound absolutely heavenly.
  9. Homemade Peppermint Mocha by Mom Advice: This just screams “holidays” to me. Chocolate and peppermint always go so well together.

Enjoy DIYing your own hot drinks!