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Coffee Cake


Every year, when I was in elementary and middle school, our family would drive 7 hours to visit my grandparents.  While the car ride always felt like forever, the week went by in a second.  My grandparents lived on acreage, and it was so much fun exploring the “vast beyond” of their backyard.  Northern California is such a different environment than the Pacific Northwest and I loved viewing the different plant and animal life nature had to offer.


One of the things that my grandma always made for breakfast was coffee cake.  Right out of the oven, all nice and warm.  These little bites of heaven are moist with a bit of cakey-ness on top–perfect with a tall glass of milk.  Every time I make these I am transported back to my grandmother’s house and her sunny kitchen.  Ahh, the memories of childhood. Continue reading


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Cinnamon Chocolate Chip Scones


It NEVER fails.  Every time I go to a coffee shop, I always order a scone with my drink.  I don’t know what compels me to do so.  Maybe I subconsciously think that my coffee will taste better.  Maybe I just really like scones.  Rarely do I order the same scone, but I always order the same drink.  I know, I’m weird like that.


I have had scones that are dry, dense, and hard.  (Maybe that’s where the coffee/scone combo came into my head–the coffee helped me eat the scones!)  These scones are flaky and soft and anything but dry.  The cinnamon adds a nice touch and is not overpowering at all.  Eating it with a dab of the lemon cream makes it taste like heaven–light and refreshing.  Continue reading

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Apple Puff Pancakes

So I have been on hiatus for a year and a half.  Wow, I wasn’t planning on taking that long of a break!  During my absence, I put off renewing my website domain name.  Actually, it was more of a lapse on my part, one of those I’ll-get-to-it-when-I-have-a-free-moment kind of lapses.  However, when I did get around to renewing it about a month later, not thinking too much about any repercussions that might have ensued, I was quite shocked that my blog name was no longer available.  WHAT??? I’ve had this blog name for 4 years. Four long years! After some investigating, a friend figured out someone from Japan had snatched up my name.  I am sure this person was waiting for me to BEG for my name back, at any price, but this only fueled my complete annoyance at this person (and complete annoyance is an understatement).  (By the way, if you do go to the website, it has absolutely nothing to do with baking.  Just warning you.)

But truth be told, I wasn’t fully sold on my web name.  It does come from my favorite novel, Pride and Prejudice, but my idea many years ago of starting a side business of baking out of my home came with too many bumps in the road.  So while creating a new blog name, I thought about what I wanted this blog to be, how often I would like to post, and what creative outlet I wanted it to serve.  With that in mind, I decided to just simply call it Holly Bakes, because, well, that’s mostly what I do on this blog.

I can’t guarantee that I’ll post every week, as I have two young kids and work full-time, but I can guarantee that what is put on here is fantastic food and something I hope you’ll try and share with your family.  And if you do, I’d truly love to hear from you.  Sometimes writing and sending posts out into cyberspace feels like such a lonely vacuum.  So, without further adieu, here is my first post in a year and a half.  Enjoy! xoxo



We went to an apple orchard on a dreary, drizzly, October day.  Actually, this is quite common for the Northwest, so we were prepared with raincoats, umbrellas, and goulashes.  My parents have friends who own this orchard and had a fun morning planned for kids; both Matthew and Grace had a blast riding in a four-wheeler, eating delicious applesauce, and picking what apples they could reach.  I couldn’t help but laugh at Grace as she tried carrying the bucket full of apples as we moved our way down the row of trees.


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White and Dark Chocolate Chip Muffins

It’s just been one of those weeks.  Ever have one?  You know, where when something goes wrong, everything goes wrong?  I’m not big into superstition, but I do tend to believe that bad things happen in threes.  If I’ve had two bad things happen, I’m on pins and needles until the third comes.  Then I can breathe.  I’d tell you my three things, but that’d be a depressing post, so I’ll stick to something happy.

To cheer myself up, and the fact that chocolate and fruit are all I crave now, I baked up some muffins.  I made them early in the morning, so my house could stay somewhat cool the rest of the day.  (Thank goodness Eric put in the wall AC unit!  I told myself I didn’t want to be pregnant in the summer again, but, well….that didn’t happen.  Actually, I can’t complain too much; Oregon summers are fantastic.  It’s been in the mid-80s all week and I love it.)

As a special treat, I gave Matthew one for breakfast.  They are muffins, after all.  (I told him to smile for the camera, but I guess smiling means lean your head forward.  Apparently we need to work on that.) Continue reading

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Strawberry Waffles

There are so many things I love about being a teacher, but one thing I really dislike about teaching is the fact that I am always getting sick.  It doesn’t seem to matter what it is that’s going around–I usually get something at some point.  When I first started teaching, many of the veteran teachers would tell me that I’d be sick constantly my first few years, until I built up more of a resistance in my body, and then, years down the road, when cold and flu season would hit, I would basically be immune.  I held onto that “truth” the first three years teaching.  Now, almost a decade later, I wonder why I desperately believed it.  I get at least three colds a year, despite being updated on my flu shots, (you know, just in case), constantly washing my hands and use Purell hand sanitizer like it’s nobody’s business, and telling all my sick students to not get near me.  However, all my efforts have proved to be futile, as now, in spring, I have the dreaded cold.

It also doesn’t help that I live with two other people, so usually if one person catches something, others are bound to get it too.  All that to say that I have been battling this stupid cold all of last week and spent much of this afternoon resting on the couch, so I am sorry for the longer absence.  I blame my students.

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Chocolate Chip Scones

Saturday morning is my favorite morning of the week.  Not because it’s Saturday, but because it’s our family day, a day where we try to relax and don’t do any chores or work–a real Sabbath.  It starts by sleeping in.  Then it progresses to me making a nice breakfast, and eventually leading to Eric and I playing with Matthew for a good chunk of the morning.  Sometimes we don’t get out of our pjs until almost noon.  Now that’s relaxing!

Most of the time I make French Toast, because that’s Eric’s favorite breakfast, but often-times, I make scones, so we can have a quick breakfast come Sunday and Monday.  And Saturday was one of those scone-breakfast mornings.  But our relaxing, casual, comfy day was turned upside down when Eric began working on installing hardwood in our condo.  I didn’t think it’d be that big of a deal, until I realized that our kitchen would soon be piled high with stuff and tools, and our house would have dust everywhere.  Add to that that we live in the upstairs unit of a condo with concrete floors, so our used-to-be-cozy house is currently the same temperature as outside.  (At least it feels that cold!)  Plus I had to leave the house for two days, because a demolition is no place for a toddler to be.  In the afternoon, this is what our living and dining room looked like.

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Jelly Pancakes

I hope you had a fantastic Christmas.  As for my family, we ate a lot, laughed a lot, and ate a lot.  Typical family get-togethers.  And speaking of family, this breakfast is one of my husband’s favorite.  When visiting his grandparents as a child, his grandmother would make these pancakes for him, and twenty years later, he’s still talking about them.  (That’s how good they are!)

These aren’t actually pancakes, but crepes, but DO NOT let that word scare you.  It did for me for many years, and I certainly missed out.  You don’t need a crepe pan or any other fancy cooking device, just a small skillet and a spatula.  A tip I learned about crepes: when pouring out a bit of the batter into the hot skillet, lift the pan off the burner and swirl it around a bit, evenly coating the pan, before placing back on the burner.  Not only will it make the crepe thin, but you’ll look like a professional doing it, therefore impressing your family and friends.  And when you flip it, if it folds in on itself, no need to panic.  Just use your fingers to let out the crease. Continue reading


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