Blog Anniversary Final Week | Fresh Fridays, March 25

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Image celebrating 5 years of food blogging with the Fresh Cooky.

Thank you all for so many yummy cuisines! I have gleaned some great ideas for recipes from around the world! I am thinking I will do a series on Italian food (many had as their favorites), German, Mexican and Asian cuisines!

Typically I am able to get 2-3 new recipes posted each week, but I have been working on a new website and it is finally ready! I hope you take a browse through my redesigned, easier to navigate home page, I think you will love it!

Congratulations to Cathy S. our week 3 giveaway winner!! You won the Dutch Oven!! Kathy’s favorite cuisine is American! She notes, “Just like the people here this includes the best of all nations. Italian, Greek, Chinese, French, Mexican and a bit of every nation“. So true!

Read below for all of the great information about our week 4 and final giveaway, you are going to love it, because I’ve partnered with Rodelle for a grand prize package!

Happy blog anniversary to the Fresh Cooky.

Our family got away for a few days this week for Spring Break, we went to the mountains with the goal of skiing, but in the end just enjoyed a few days of slowing down, beautiful walks in God’s country and some much needed relaxing! Be sure to check out my Instagram or Facebook for a shot of me and my husband.

What’s New in the Kitchen

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White Chocolate Raspberry Bundt Cake

I am thrilled to introduce you to this gorgeous White Chocolate Raspberry Bundt Cake, a Nothing Bundt Cakes Copycat Recipe. Using fresh or frozen raspberries and real white chocolate, this cake is moist, tender and perfect for Easter, Mother’s Day, Bridal or Baby Showers! Or anytime you get a springtime sweet tooth! Get all of the details and the recipe in the post.

If you have ever had a Nothing Bundt Cakes cake, you know that they are worth copying! You have also got to try my Chocolate Chocolate Chip Nothing Bundt Cakes Cake!

Rhubarb Season is Coming

Since our last newsletter, Spring has sprung! We still get some wet, sloppy snow during the month of March and April (and sometimes May), but the temperatures always rebound quickly into the mid-60’s and even 70’s.

And that means with spring comes all things, light, delicious, fresh and flavorful, and RHUBARB!

Try these favorite rhubarb recipes!

5 Year Anniversary Giveaway FINAL Week #4

For those of you who are just joining us, we are finishing up my 5 year blog anniversary celebration, where I am giving away something fun to one blessed winner each week! Want to read more about it, check out the first Fresh Friday’s post.

On to the giveaway!

Rodelle baking kit with cocoa powder, vanilla extract, vanilla bean paste and almond extract flavor.

Week 4 Giveaway Bonanza!

As a Rodelle Brand nut and ambassador, I reached out to see if they would donate some product to this giveaway, you are going to love their products, available via Amazon, your local grocery store, Whole Foods and in many cases Wal-Mart and Target!

Week 4 Blog Anniversary giveaway with Rodelle baking package, half sheet pan and cooling rack and bundt pan.

How to Enter the Giveaway

Comment at the bottom of the post, answering this question:

What is your favorite dessert to bake?

This giveaway is just for you, my readers; as a huge thank you for 5 years and growing! Did you know one of the biggest ways I grow is by word of mouth! Share with a friend!

One winner per week, giveaway #4 will be open until Wednesday, March 30 at 12 pm MDT. Winner will be chosen using a random name picker and will be notified via email and announced next Friday.

Inspiration of the Week

My mom sent this to me this week, so very good!

“In the central place of every heart there is a recording chamber. So long as it receives messages of beauty, hope, cheer – so long are you young.

But when the wires are all down and your heart is covered with the snows of pessimism and the ice of cynicism – then and only then have you grown old.” 

General Douglas MacArthur

And then she said it reminded her of this verse; which is one of my favorites too!

“Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report,, if there is any virtue and if there is any praiseworthy – meditate on these things.”

Philippians 4:8

Let’s be the givers of beauty, hope, cheer and I will add, of thankfulness, gratitude, kindness, generosity and joy!

Thank you for being on this journey with me! Be sure to pop down below and comment to be a part of our final giveaway week!

With joy and hope,

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P.S. Be sure to browse through last weeks Fresh Fridays for more great recipes!

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Hi, I’m Kathleen Pope. Here at The Fresh Cooky you will find easy, mostly from-scratch, trusted recipes for all occasions. From speedy dinners to tasty desserts, with easy step-by-step instructions. I am here to help teach you how to make mouthwatering recipes without spending hours in the kitchen. Read more about Kathleen here.

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  1. My favourite dessert depends on the mood I’m in or the craving I have. I love a rich chocolatey brownie, to a rich & decadent cheesecake to a fresh and light lemon square.

  2. My family’s favorite is French Silk Chocolate Cream Pie with fresh whipped cream! It’s amazingly good and it’s great in phyllo shells for a ladies tea, as a mousse, etc.

  3. Happy anniversary, and I have really enjoyed your series of giveaways this month. My favorite dessert is a pecan torte that my mom makes every year for my birthday. The layers of pecan cake have an orange whipped cream filling and are topped with a dark chocolate ganache frosting. So good!

  4. My favorite desert to bake is my grandmothers black cake with cream cheese frosting. She says it’s the cake from the back of the Hersheys box and no big deal, but she tweaked it just enough to make it special.

  5. I just plain like to bake — and cook — but my favorite dessert to bake is the yellow cake I make myself for my birthdays. It always makes me happy.

    Thanks for all your wonderful posts, Kathleen, and here’s to many more to come!

  6. My favorite dessert to bake is inside-out chocolate cake. It is really easy to make, it’s delicious, and it doesn’t require frosting. My family loves it!

  7. Ah, so many desserts, so little time! But if I have to pick only one, I would say my grandmother’s chocolate cake recipe. It is so moist and delicious, with a chocolate buttercream frosting that is to die for. Stand back! I could eat the whole 11×13 pan!

  8. I like to bake a poppy seed bundt cake.
    A dear friend gave me the recipe years and years ago.
    It is so good and easy to make.
    Thanks for doing this contest. It’s been fun.
    Stay safe.

  9. Hi. I love making cheesecake and my Mom’s cherry pie recipe. Thank you so much for all of the wonderful recipes that you share. You are an inspiration to help anyone become a cook or baker !

  10. My favorite “dessert” to bake isn’t what I typically think of when I hear dessert. It’s a cookie, so that can be dessert! This is a cookie I modified from a recipe I found somewhere. You can make with regular sugars, but I usually use sugar blends that only requires 1/2 the amount. It’s my go to cookie and one I’m always getting requests for the cookies and the recipe. My favorite dessert to bake – Oatmeal Cranberry Pecan cookies!
    Happy Anniversary and congratulations to all the winners!

  11. We love all things chocolate in our family. Our favorite chocolate cake recipe is called The Best Ever Chocolate Cake. What makes it extra delicious is the espresso powder used in the cake. A cup of hot water makes the batter runny, but it bakes into a wonderful moist cake. I frost it with chocolate buttercream icing.

  12. Oh, so many to choose from…
    At the moment I’m going with Hot Fudge Pudding Cake a la mode!

    thanks for the inspirations Kathleen!

  13. Good morning Kathleen,
    So enjoy your Friday posts!
    If I’m being fancy, my favorite dessert to make is your key lime pie. It is such a hit, and so, so delicious!
    But if it’s and every day kind of day, it’s always a joy making chocolate chip cookies-yum!

  14. Love your blog and you….such a lovely, kind God woman that reminds us “life is good”.
    My favorite things to bake are desserts using blueberries. I grow them and they are very healthy.

  15. My favorite dessert to make is a pound cake. I love pound cake. I like to do a basic pound cake with a chocolate glaze made from cocoa and sugar to cover the cake. This is so delicious. Served with vanilla ice cream and I am in dessert heaven.

  16. I love making “Impossible Coconut Pie”. It is a recipe my mama always made, no crust, just mix it all up, pour into pie pan and bake!!! I always think of mama when I make this, and everywhere I take it I always bring hoe an empty Pan!!!

  17. My favorite dessert recipes to make are German Chocolate Cake or Cheesecake and Coconut Cream Pie [with a white chocolate whipped cream topping]; these are my spousal unit’s two favorite desserts and making either of them for the SU makes me happy because they are SO delighted when I do. My favorite dessert for me – whatever I’ve just baked, especially cookies.

  18. My favorite dessert is Pumpkin Chocolate Mousse Cake. Many layers but delicious. Congratulations on your Anniversary hugs from Iowa

  19. My wife’s favorite dessert that I make is a triple chocolate cookie with sea salt sprinkled on top. She likes them crispy so I bang the pans a few times to flatten the cookies while baking. My favorite dessert to make “Blackout Cake” with Hershey’s Special Cocoa frosting.

  20. My favorite baking treat are Christmas cookies. First off I love cookies and second Christmas are a wonderful way of spreading joy!


  22. I love baking!! It’s my kind of…therapy 😃
    Spring and summer are fresh fruit shortcakes, and no churn ice-cream
    Fall is pumpkin scones
    Winter is any type of cobbler…warm and bubbly from the oven.

    1. I find special joy in giving away what I create. A lot of my friends are gluten or dairy free so I like the challenge of finding delicious treats for them. Cookies are my go to but being high elevation can sometimes be challenging. My latest fool proof GF, DF is an orange almond cookie!

      1. That orange almond cookie sounds amazing and we might be sisters in baking! Let me know if you would share your GF, DF Orange almond cookie recipe! I’m always doing the same thing for friends of mine!