I love reviewing products. It’s just fun to test out new things, discover if I really like it.

Today I’m reviewing Clearly Fresh® Bags, storage bags with a 3-inch square membrane that allows your produce to breathe.


The claim: Clearly Fresh® Bags can extend the shelf life of fresh fruits and vegetables by up to 50%

The Test: To test the Clearly Fresh® Bags claim, I allowed three bananas to sit on the counter for 12 days.


I chose three bananas from the same bunch. 1) was placed on the counter without a bag. 2) was placed in a Clearly Fresh® Bag and sealed. 3) was placed in a cheap (conventional) storage bag and sealed.

The Results:


Let’s start with the cheap bag. On the outside, it looks perfectly normal. But peel back the skin and you discover a nasty, squishy mess. Plus, the tip formed all sorts of nasty mold. Ew.


Now for the Clearly Fresh® Bag. On the outside it looks much the same as the banana stored in the cheap bag, but the inside was less icky and squishy. The tip was quite mushy, but the rest of the banana was fairly good. The tip also formed all sorts of icky mold, but a bit less than banana #3.


Finally, the banana stored without a bag. To my surprise, this banana performed the best on the squishy and moldy test. It was still quite edible after 12 days. However, it attracted fruit flies like crazy. Gross.


Conclusion: The Clearly Fresh® Bag definitely kept the banana fresher than the banana stored in the conventional bag. The banana stored without a bag stayed firm and mold-free the longest, but it attracted a multitude of fruit flies. Totally gross.

What I love about this product: The generous size: substantially larger than a gallon bag. It’s so much more convenient to store large amounts of produce in a bag that’s actually big enough! Right now I’ve got three heads of broccoli in one Clearly Fresh® Bag.

Is it worth it/Would I buy it? I think it’s worth $3.99 for 10 LARGE (12” X 14”) bags. Plus, I stored the bananas longer than Clearly Fresh® recommends (9 days is their limit). If I want to store bananas for a week without generating fruit flies, I would definitely chose the Clearly Fresh® Bag.


You can purchase the bags for yourself here{Link}


Need some banana recipes?

Banana Nut Bread

Banana Poppy Seed Bread

Creamy Coconut Fruit Salad

Banana Cake


5 Responses to “Product Review: Clearly Fresh Bags”

  1. Gabe says:

    How is the broccoli faring in the bag? My broccoli always goes limp in the crisper so anything that kept it fresher for longer would be a god send.

  2. Brenda says:

    I always lose lettuce before we use it up. Will have to give these bags a try.

  3. Thanks for an honest review!
    I’ve wondered about these bags. I might invest in a few for when I can’t help myself and buy too much at the market that 2 people can eat.

    Hope you’re having a lovely week being MARRIED!! :)

  4. Katrina says:

    Thanks for the review! A great idea!

  5. Thank you for sharing! Nice article!


A Proper Spot of Tea -- 8x10 Fine Art Photo Print - FREE SHIPPING

And the winner is…

Comment #253

Courtney Desormeaux: “I like the Proper spot of Tea”

Courtney chose “A Proper Spot of Tea” and “Hush, I’m Reading

Congratulations, Courtney! Enjoy your prints.

On to some things I’m really lovin’ right now…


baked cake doughnuts

Baked Cake Doughnuts, or most anything from Souvlaki For The Soul. His photography isstunning.

photo of Newbie Cheese Package

Newbie Cheese Package from Gilt Taste

Gorgeous Peach Cake from here.

Kitchen Conversions Poster

Kitchen conversion poster via Whimsy & Spice

Antique European Grain Sack

Antique European grain sack.

Juxtapose dishtowels.


What are you lovin’ today?


5 Responses to “The Winner + Favorites”

  1. Eliana says:

    I’m loving this post and all these beautiful things you have shared with us. Thank you so much.

  2. Katrina says:

    That grain sack is so cute! Thanks for this. I love posts of “favorites”.

  3. Kayla says:

    Oooohh…love the dishtowels!

  4. Thank you for the shout out…it’s very kind!

  5. Oliver says:

    That gorgeous peach cake look very tasty! I love your blog! Thanks for sharing your ideas.

A Giveaway!


Did ya’ll know that I have an Etsy shop? There I offer some of my favorite culinary, still life, and nature photography in print form.

Right now, I’m having a summer sale – by using coupon code “summer15″ you can take 15% off your entire order. Plus, everything ships free to United States residents!


Today, since I’m feeling a bit generous, I’m giving away two (2) prints of choice to one lucky reader!


Here’s how it works:


  • [Mandatory] Leave a comment on this post, telling me which is your favorite print frommy shop.
  • For extra entries, tweet, blog, or post on Facebook about this giveaway. Make sure to leave a separate comment for each extra entry with a link to the post.
  • For more entries, subscribe to my RSS feed, follow me on Twitter, or become a fan on Facebook. Make sure to leave a separate comment for each extra entry.



Giveaway ends Wednesday, August 10, at 12:00 p.m. Central Time. No comments will be considered after that time.

I will select one (1) winner using random.org.

Good luck!




286 Responses to “A Giveaway!”

  1. Homegrown Blueberries! L.o.v.e. that one!

  2. I can’t decide between the grapefruit and the egg shot. Both so beautiful! Love your style.

  3. Tara says:

    I have tow favorite photos, the Misty Web and Hush, I’m Reading. LOVE THEM!

  4. Rebecca in NC says:

    I love Grandma’s Hands. So beautiful!

  5. I love the blueberry print! And the book with the heart

  6. I subscribe to your rss feed

  7. I follow you on twitter!!

  8. karla says:

    Love the print of the eggs! It is fantastic!

  9. karla says:

    I subscribed to your rss feed

  10. Maribeth Vagneur says:

    I love the “Hush I’m Reading”. Beautiful work though! I loved it all!

  11. jo ann says:

    I love The Robins Egg Blue. The joy of potential and tenacity all wrapped up in those glorious little eggs.

  12. jo ann says:

    I also love the “Hush, I’m Reading” because I’m an avid reader who loves getting lost in a book.

  13. Kristin says:

    Definitely the home-grown blueberries! So luscious and lovely.

  14. I had no idea you have an Etsy shop! So nice! I love the homegrown blueberries one :)

  15. Susan says:

    I love the blueberries!

  16. Melanie says:

    ‘Grandma’s Hands’ is beyond beautiful, Erica! It captures so much of an incredible woman in such a simple way.

  17. Jenny H. says:

    It’s so difficult to just choose one. Homegrown blueberries is my favorite.

    I’m also a Facebook Fan. I really enjoy receiving your updates via Facebook.

    Keep on cooking and taking beautiful photos!

  18. Melanie says:

    I also Facebooked you…and, for the record, my second favorite is ‘Robins Egg Blue’. So pretty!

  19. Britney says:

    I love the homegrown blueberries, but it may be because we grow blueberries on our farm.

  20. Stacie says:

    my favorite is homegrown blueberries! I love it!

  21. Alice says:

    My favorite is “Hush, I’m Reading.” It has such a sense of whimsy!

  22. Stacie says:

    and I follow you on facebook. :)

  23. Melissa Evans says:

    My fav is “hush, i’m reading” Love it!!!

  24. Paige says:

    I’m between the Grapefruit and Hush, I’m Reading. Gorgeous!

  25. Rachel says:

    Home-grown blueberries! But all of them are lovely!

  26. Rachel says:

    I’m also a facebook fan.

  27. Emily says:

    I can’t get over the blueberries print. GORGEOUS.

  28. Emily says:

    I also follow you on twitter. ;)

  29. My favorite is probably the Misty Spiderweb.

  30. Holly H. says:

    Love the Hush, I’m reading! Grandma’s Hands is a wonderful, priceless print!

  31. Holly H. says:

    Follow your RSS feed!

  32. I tweeted about the giveaway (but I just started my twitter a little bit ago and don’t have any friends yet….sorry – maybe by the end of the giveaway!)


  33. Holly H. says:

    Follow you on FB!

  34. I subscribed to your tweets!

  35. I like you on Facebook.

  36. I receive your RSS in my google reader.

  37. debbie says:

    I love the blueberries – Lovely and speaks to me and my desire to produce beautiful photos. Beautiful styling!

  38. Nela says:

    Awesome! :)

    I really like your “Hush, I’m Reading” print. I love to read alot! ;)

  39. Nela says:

    I posted this giveaway on Facebook!

  40. Nela says:

    I’m a fan on Facebook!

  41. Nela says:

    I subscribed to your RSS feed. :)

  42. Anjanette S. says:

    Hush I’m reading, or Robins Egg Blue. Beautiful pics!

  43. I can’t decide between the blueberries and the book. Love them all! Thanks for the opportunity!

  44. Andi T. says:

    My favorite is Hush, I’m Reading

  45. Anjanette S. says:

    Liked you on Facebook! :-)

  46. Andi T. says:

    I facebooked the giveaway (Andi Bauer Trautman)

  47. Andi T. says:

    I subscribe to your RSS Feed

  48. Andi T. says:

    I like you on Facebook (andi Bauer trautman)

  49. Kelly says:

    I love the robin’s eggs.

  50. Kelly says:

    I am also a RSS subscriber.

  51. Kate M says:

    It is a tough choice, either hush I am reading or Grandma’s hands. Lovely work!

  52. Lisa S says:

    I ove the blueberries, and the eggs.

  53. Lisa S says:

    I posted the giveaway on FB

  54. blueberries! beautiful!

  55. Lisa S says:

    I am a follower on FB.

  56. Megan says:

    I think I like the Full Bodied tea cup best, but there are some other neat ones as well.

  57. Mel says:

    I absolutely love Air Mail and Hush! I’m reading. So great, I couldn’t choose between them.

    – Mel

  58. Sarah says:

    I love the blueberries and the grapefruit one – it’s a tie!

  59. Sarah says:

    I also subscribed to rss feed

  60. Sarah says:

    and shared the giveaway on facebook

  61. Hannah says:

    I adore the Grandma’s Hands. To me it shows a multigenerational faithfulness for feeding good healthy food to ones family and friends.


  62. Kimberly O’ says:

    Your photos are wonderful. I LOVE the blueberries and Hush, I’m reading!

  63. Ashley B says:

    I like the airmail shot, it’s fun!

  64. Mariann says:

    Grandma’s hands and Hush I’m reading!! Awesome work you do! I love it!

  65. Mariann says:

    Sharing you on Facebook!

  66. I love the robins egg blue. I have a thing for birdies.

  67. I love the bowl of eggs (the one at the top of this post)

  68. Sarah W. says:

    I LOVE “Robin Egg Blue”! Such a beautiful color. Thanks for all the great recipes and the giveaway chance. Be Blessed as you have blessed.

  69. Melissa F. says:

    I LOVE the “Airmail” photo.

  70. Melissa F. says:

    I’m a fan on facebook!

  71. Melissa F. says:

    I subscribed to your RSS Feed!

  72. ChristineD says:

    Home Grown Blueberries – being from Maine it just works!

    Thanks again – love all the shots.

  73. I follow you on Facebook, too.

  74. Laura says:

    I love the blueberry shot

  75. Sandy Ortiz says:

    I love the picture of Grandma’s hands! It reminds me of my Grandma and all the cherished memories that are locked in my heart. Priceless!

  76. Caroline says:

    Wow I love your prints! How am I supposed to pick one! I really liked: Hush I’m reading, Robin eggs blue, and airmail. I really liked grandmothers hands but my great grandmother passed away a year ago so it would be a little to painful for me right now.

  77. Hard to choose just one fave print, but I really “Hush, I’m reading” :)

  78. Just “liked” you on Facebook!

  79. Linda J says:

    They are all great – but I think the blueberry one is my favorite.

  80. Casey says:

    I love the Home-Grown Blueberries print as well as the Full Bodied print. Thanks for a chance to win! :)

  81. Casey says:

    I subscribe to your blog via Google Reader :)

  82. Casey says:

    I “liked” you on Facebook.

  83. Casey says:

    I follow you on Twitter: cbraden7

  84. Casey says:

    My tweet: http://twitter.com/#!/cookingforseven/status/98814207834865664

  85. I love love the blueberry shot!

  86. Ellen F. says:

    Hmmmm…. I love the blueberry print!!

  87. Windowfog says:

    Oh, I, too, fave the blueberries!

  88. Adriana says:

    homegrown blueberries is my favorite!

  89. Hush I’m Reading is great. I am often found reading so it suits me to a T

  90. I really love the Home-Grown Blueberries picture…and I also really love the farm fresh eggs!!! :)

  91. I am now following you on twitter! KatyLMA

  92. tweeted! http://twitter.com/#!/KatyLMA/status/99059847894548480

  93. I like you on facebook! Katy A.

  94. Uhhh…They are all so beautiful! I’m torn between the book with the heart and the robin eggs. So pretty!!!

  95. Jessica M. says:

    Hmm, that’s tough! I might have to say Misty Web (though the blueberries are great too!). Thanks for the giveaway!

  96. Amber says:

    My fave print in your shop is the Home-Grown Blueberries — 8×10 Fine Art Photo Print

  97. Amber says:

    I like Cooking for Seven on Facebook – my FB name is Amanda Moore

  98. Barb says:

    The robin’s eggs picture is my favorite!

  99. Barb says:

    tweeted the giveaway!

  100. Barb says:

    twitter follower winterbabe98

  101. Barb says:

    fanned you on Facebook! Barb Stewart

  102. Shelly says:

    I like the Hush I’m reading one!

  103. Shelly says:

    I follow you on Twitter.

  104. Shelly says:

    I like you on FB.

  105. Amanda says:

    They are all very beautiful, but it is a tie between a proper spot of tea and hush, I am reading.

  106. jamie says:

    i love the straws and book pages heart! beautiful pictures!

  107. jamie says:

    i facebooked about your fabulous photography giveaway!

  108. jamie says:

    i am a subscriber to your lovely blog!

  109. Hannah says:

    My favorite is the blueberry picture

  110. Every photo is absolutely stunning, but if you force me to pick, I chose the eggs or the blueberry photo. I’m quite fond of grapefruit, so maybe that too. Can’t decide :)

    What a fun giveaway! I’ve been wanting to decorate my kitchen with food photos. Do you print your photos out to frame them? Have you heard of printing them onto a canvas?

  111. I subscribe to your RSS feed :)

  112. I didn’t know you had a Facebook page, now I do so I added you to my page favorites :)

  113. Oh, and I follow you on Twitter!

  114. Maja says:

    The blueberries!

  115. Amanda Thompson says:

    My favorite print is the nest with the blue Robins eggs!

  116. Amanda Thompson says:

    I subscribe to your Rss Feed

  117. Ang says:

    Homegrown Blueberries is my fave! Thanks!

  118. Izzybee says:

    I love the shot of the robin eggs.

  119. Kathy says:

    I love your blueberries picture…and the eggs!

  120. Kathy says:

    I subscribe to your email updates.

  121. Jackie says:

    I really like “Hush, I’m Reading”. :)

  122. Jackie says:

    I’m a fan on facebook.

  123. Lori says:

    Good morning,

    It’s a toss-up between the blueberries and the grapefruit. Actually, they are all beautiful photographs.

    Thanks for the chance to win!


  124. I love the blueberries and the farm eggs – beautiful!!

  125. I subscribe to your rss feed

  126. I like you on facebook

  127. Emily H. says:

    I love Grandma’s Hands. It reminds me of so many wonderful memories!


  128. Katherine says:

    I would like the Robins Egg Blue!


  129. Loretta Sachsel says:

    “Hush, I’m Reading” is photo that portrays a love for books. I live in a very commercial suburban community where stores such as WalMart and Target rule the roost. Sadly, our only bookstore, Border’s, is in the process of liquidation. Border’s was a favorite destination during the cold days of Winter and the steamy days of Summer for my family and me. We would go there to shop and stock up on books to fill our minds and hearts, passing of favorites to each other for “family book discussions”. My children learned to enjoy reading because browsing and selecting from among the thousands of books offered was an event that celebrated their independence and individual tastes. It is true that one can do the same in a local library, but being able to browse a book at one’s leisure and keep your favorites near to share and reread is better. Our books are the most treasured contents of our home next to our family photos. Your picture says it all in one frame! It is a very beautiful captured moment!
    ❤ Loretta

  130. Suzanne says:

    I love the Airmail print.

  131. Suzanne says:

    I follow you on Twitter @kiddo47.

  132. Suzanne says:

    I like your FB page.

Cinnamon Roll Cake with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting


Some days, you just need a recipe that doesn’t call for fancy ingredients. You don’t have any specialty items on hand, but you still want to bake something utterly scrumptious.



This cake definitely fits the bill. A soft, cinnamon-scented batter is filled with buttery, sugary swirls. Top it off with a drizzle of maple and cream cheese frosting, and you have one delicious treat.




The original recipe called for a powdered sugar glaze. I much prefer a less-sweet cream cheese based frosting. So I made up a recipe for drizzly maple-cream cheese frosting.

As per my usual substitutions, I used whole wheat flour in place of most of the AP flour, and maple sugar instead of brown sugar. I also added a bit of cinnamon to the cake batter to enhance the flavor. You can add pecans to the topping, but I didn’t have any on hand, so I left them out. Besides, my husband doesn’t like nuts in baked goods.



Cinnamon Roll Cake with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting

Adapted from Divine Baking | Printable Page | Makes approximately 8 servings



For the cake:

  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup AP flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup maple sugar, demerara, sucanat, rapadura, or brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 cups whole milk
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, melted

For the topping:

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup maple sugar or sweetener of choice
  • 1 tablespoons AP flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 6 tablespoons chopped pecans, optional

For the maple cream cheese frosting:

  • 4 oz. (1/4 lb.) cream cheese, softened
  • 3-4 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1-2 tablespoons whole milk


1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a round cake pan.
2) In a large bowl or in the bowl of a stand mixer, whisk together the whole wheat flour, AP flour, salt, sugar, and baking powder. In a small bowl, combine the milk, egg, and vanilla. Beat into the dry ingredients until well combined. Slowly stir in the melted butter. Pour batter into prepared pan.
3) In a large bowl, mix the softened butter, maple sugar, flour, cinnamon and pecans (if using) until well combined. Drop evenly over cake batter by the tablespoonsful and use a knife to marble/swirl through the cake.
4) Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes or until toothpick comes out nearly clean from center. You want to make sure it’s done.
5) Beat the cream cheese with a hand mixer until smooth. Slowly add the maple syrup and vanilla. Add a few tablespoons of milk, if necessary, so the frosting can be drizzled. While the cake is still warm, drizzle the frosting on top. Serve warm or at room temperature.



40 Responses to “Cinnamon Roll Cake with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting”

  1. How much fun did you have typing ‘husband’ on your blog for the first time? ;)

    Cake looks delicious! :)

  2. Erica Lea says:

    DessertForTwo: Haha! It was awesome typing that out. Before I shared my dad’s insights about the food I cook, now I get to share my husband’s!

  3. Haha, I was just about to write exactly the same thing as the commenter above!

    This looks great, though – interesting to turn a yeasted dough into a cake dough. Yum.

  4. Elizabeth says:

    So I have this in the oven right now! Just what this pregnant woman was craving :)
    Thanks!! Can’t wait for it to finish cooking!!


    sold. on my way over. :)

  6. Hah! Love the ‘my husband….’! And *love* the look of this cake… :)

  7. This looks really lovely! It reminds me of a Finnish cake called “Boston cake” (I have no idea where the name comes from) :-)

  8. Yum! This would be so good for breakfast, or a snack, or whenever for that matter. :-) The glaze makes it for sure. And my husband doesn’t like nuts in baked goods either. :-p

  9. That looks fantastic. The cream cheese glaze over top looks really beautiful and I love the cinnamon and maple combo. Yummy! Plus I love that you use whole wheat flour :)

  10. I adore coffee cake! Love that you added cream cheese instead of the overly-sweet sugary glaze it usually has.

  11. Carol says:

    This looks amazing…a definite one to make. Congrats on your recent marriage!! :)

  12. Esther says:

    Mmm. This looks heavenly! I can see my brothers mouths watering already:-)

    Thanks for the recipe!

  13. Maria says:

    I am drooling! This looks so good!

  14. Ali says:

    Drizzly maple cream cheese frosting…..uh, yum!! That sounds fantastic :D

    If you’d like, I wanted to invite you to share your best recipes over at my new party, Recipe Sharing Monday at Jam Hands. I’m going to be featuring my favorite submissions during the week and I’d love it if you’d join in the fun. :O)

  15. Katrina says:

    This cake sounds lovely! I’ve never baked with maple sugar before, but it sounds super tasty. Great recipe!

  16. Two thumbs up for your glaze alteration, I think your version sounds absolutely delicious :) Ive seen this kind of recipe around a few times but not many of them have looks anywhere near as tempting as yours! Gorgeous photos indeedy

  17. Love love love this!!! Breakfast fit for a queen. :-D

  18. Cinnamon rolls and cake are about two of my favorite things so of course I am drooling all over my keyboard, yum!

  19. Anything with maple and nuts, is a perfect food!

  20. Ooooh, this looks fabulous! It has all the components of ooey gooey cinnamon rolls without all the hard work of kneading and rolling out the dough! Thanks for sharing, Erica! :-)

  21. What a great, delicious idea. I love cinnamon rolls so I can only assume I’d love this cake. The maple cream cheese icing sounds divine. Thanks for sharing this!

  22. laura says:

    wow, this looks amazing! can’t wait to try – thanks for sharing!

  23. Mmm.. that looks divine and I am with your husband – I hate nuts, especially on cakes :)

  24. cat says:

    This looks so incredible! I love all things cinnamon and this looks like a satisfying way to cure the cinnamon swirl craving.

  25. Katie says:

    What a unique idea for a cake! This looks amazing.

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  27. Ally says:

    Delicious! xo

  28. This looks amazing! Yum! Wish I had this for breakfast right now!

  29. Karen Thompson says:

    This looks wonderful. I like the “use what I have” concept…so often a trip to the store is required. Love your site…found it by way of “Brown Eyed Baker”.

  30. I feel the same way about the frosting… I always replace powdered sugar glaze with cream cheese-based something when I’m doing cinnamon rolls. Good call!

    Enjoy this treat with your new hubby! So fun :)

  31. GingerCan says:

    I have been looking forever for a site with recipes made with natural sugar and natural ingredients! I am so excited and can’t wait to try some! Thank you!

  32. Mrs C says:

    Oh this looks heavenly!! I could have with my morning cup of jo right now!!! What do you think of this fun recipe for Meditteranean kabobs…easiest appetizer ever!

    Recipes Fashion Marriage

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  34. Kim says:

    This cake is amazing, I made it on the weekend and would definitely make it again, I used only brown sugar, that’s all i had and doubled the cream cheese icing, I have an obsession with it, I love this cake

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  36. I stumbled apon your blog when looking for some cinnamon maple bread recipes. I’m finding LOTS of recipes I must try… this being one of them. Looks so yummy… I’m not sure if I should make this cake or your Cinnamon Bread today… tough choice!

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  38. Kim says:

    Oh my goodness! This is going on my Fall Baking List!! Thank you so much for sharing this.

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