Archive for the ‘Desserts’ Category

Lemon Blueberry Muffins

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

I should have never questioned one of my friends….she knows I love allergy friendly recipes!   She brought these to a MOPS meeting (Mothers of Preschoolers).  I begged and she sent me this recipe…..but told me she used regular butter… I subbed in dairy free Earth’s Balance and created a dish both my son and another friend (gluten free) could have. (more…)

A Visit to the Tropics…Via Cake!

Sunday, January 26th, 2014

Creamy coconut and pineapple cake with a drizzle of raspberry jelly

The tropical pack is one of my favorites. I open it and the smell immediately transports me to far off beaches filled with refreshing flavors and cool breezes. I will admit though, it is also one of the most intimidating packs for me. Each item seems like it takes special knowledge and intense preparation. In my house, the coconut has often gone to waste (let’s share a moment of silence for the untimely loss of a coconut). The pineapple, kiwi, and mango generally end up tossed in a smoothie (yum- but snore). And the rest of the stuff usually gets incorporated into my weekly meals ending up in a less-than-tropical-flavor. I don’t know about you but using the tropical pack limes to make Southwest Ranch Dressing just seems wrong (although the dressing is SO good- but that’s for a different post). (more…)

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Bread

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

I’m not much of a sweets fan.  I prefer savory and crunchy, actually, but when I wandered across a variation of this dessert bread I thought that sounds tasty, and I’ll bet I can make it a little more organic and healthier if I make it with ingredients from Bountiful Baskets.  A challenge in the making.  Who could say no to that?

No Churn Grapefruit Gelato

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

I had never seen a green grapefruit! (If you read my blog posts, that probably doesn’t surprise you). But what may surprise you is that my husband who is a daily grapefruit eater, hasn’t either! So I do what I normally do when I don’t know how to use something. I find something on the internet that catches my eye, use about half that idea and add a few things of my own! I found this variety of grapefruit makes an excellent gelato which immediately caught my eye….I get to eat fresh fruit in an “ice cream” and its easy to make!? This of course was the result….enjoy!

Pumpkin Cookie Tiramisu with Fresh Apple Cider

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

I honestly believe everyone who has a love and passion for cooking has an art form in the kitchen. Like The Monet – that is beauty to your eyes. It touches parts of your heart and soul. There isn’t much in this world that can beat a good meal. Unlike The Monet, food is an ever changing, ever growing work of art. One that is repeated on a daily basis. The hard working cooks in the kitchen all over the world are true artists whose products have been keeping their families alive for years. It’s hard to understand how much time and energy goes into cooking until you do it… So if you have never done the cooking in your home, take a second to thank the person that does!

Apple Nachos

Sunday, October 27th, 2013

Close up of this naughty apple goodness!

I think I am in LOVE! I know I am on a sugar high/rush since I haven’t had much over the last few weeks. My friend Lizabeth was talking to me the other day and I’m not sure how we got on the topic of food since we are both doing this “Biggest Losers” challenge but we did. She told that she had seen this apple nacho thing on Pinterest and told me that I needed to try it. (I think she was trying to get back at me since I am always telling her that I am going to bring her naughty baked goods from my kitchen.)

Pear-Apple Crumble

Thursday, October 17th, 2013

This is a quick and easy recipe for a cross between a tart and a pie. You have all the flavors of an apple pie with the crisp sweet addition of pears. And to save on the pie crusts, use a crumble topping instead.

Pomegranate Apple Crisp

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

We had a pomegranate tree in our yard at one time that produced about fifty pomegranates a year.   I gave many of them to friends and neighbors. I loved sharing them because everyone had a story to tell me about pomegranates.  The lady next door fed them to her chickens!  My best friend told me she had always gotten them from her grandmother in Hawaii.  Another friend told me it reminded her of picking them off a neighbor’s tree and eating them on the way to school.  It was always a joy to share the pomegranates!

Honeyed Peaches

Saturday, September 28th, 2013

The best and easiest home canned peaches ever!

Growing up I remember my mom canning different fruits and veggies. Over the last few years, I have enjoyed learning how to can and make yummy salsa, jams and this year I did these super easy honeyed peaches! I love a good sweet peach and the honey added to them makes them even more divine.

Caramel Apple Pie

Thursday, September 19th, 2013

I must add a disclaimer….. I am not known as the “pie maker” in our family. For that title, you will need to go to my aunt Ellen or my cousin Becky. They have been baking pies that have been pleasing our family for years! From them, I did learn what a good pie should taste like and how sweet making pies can be (all pun intended!), although I’m not at their level of pie making status, I love to make pie and this one is one of my sweet indulgences!! This pie will get your sweet tooth zinging!!