My family loves pie, but it’s gotten to be a bit of a chore for me to turn on the oven. You know, summer, heat, discomfort; I don’t care to mix the oven with the weather at all. However, once in a while, a storm blows through and the temperature doesn’t get up to the 90s. Then, I hurry to the kitchen and turn on the oven. After all, we might freeze with the AC cranked up and the wind howling outside. This last storm resulted in a Chocolate Cream Pie for the fam.
It’s Improv Cooking Challenge time again. I missed last month because I was on vacation sans computer or anything internet oriented. It was a glorious ten days of unplugging which gave me a chance to recharge and reorganize my life. I am back and rolling with this month’s theme, which is Peanuts and Popcorn. It’s summer, with baseball games and all that those bring, including the famous 7th inning stretch and the song “take me out to the ball game.” Well, I won’t be buying any peanuts and cracker jack, but these Chocolate Popcorn Squares, have peanut butter and popcorn in them, so it will do for the Improv.
When life gets busy, I often turn to baking mixes. There isn’t much quicker than a batch of brownies. Except, they get boring, says the lady who doesn’t even eat them. I hate making the same thing over and over again. So I add a little zip and zing. Sometimes I add chocolate chip cookie dough and chocolate frosting. Sometimes I add chopped up candy bars. This time, I made them into chocolate cheesecake brownies.
With the number of school days left down to single digits, my efforts are focused not on making fancy gourmet dinners, but on just getting through. Luckily, I was asked to review Dairy Made Easy: Triple-Tested Recipes for Every Day which is full of easy, delicious meal ideas. For this review, I chose to make Sundae Pops, which have quickly become one of my favorite desserts to serve my family. Continue reading
It’s time for the monthly Improv Cooking Challenge! This month our theme was “Ebony and Ivory.” Bloggers all over the world were cursed with Paul McCartney’s voice singing in their brains while they mixed and stirred and baked. Continue reading
I am doing the happy dance this month because it’s Blueberry Season here in Florida! There is always something wonderful in season in this sunny paradise, but I have to admit to being partial to berries, especially BLUEberries. I could eat them morning, noon and night and when they are in season, I actually do. Starting with muffins or pancakes, moving on to salads or wraps and ending with desserts, I manage to sneak a lot of blueberries into our diet. I love Fresh From Florida produce!
I am excited to review this beautiful new book from the publisher of the Kosher by Design series. A Taste of Pesach: Trusted Favorites, Simple Preparation, Magnificent Results is not only filled with tried and true Passover recipes, it’s 95% gluten free. So, as a non-Jew-but-gluten-free-eater, I am excited to spread the word about this untapped resource for us. Never let the fact that a book is written for one group of people stop you from exploring the possibilities! Continue reading
This is another of my grandmother’s recipes. Some of you might remember that she was the head baker for a school district in the 1970s. She got up early every school day and baked treats for all of the schools in town. Boy! Those were the days! There is nothing this yummy on any of my kids’ lunch menus. It’s no wonder my daughter prefers to take her lunch! Continue reading
It’s right about now that I usually start craving stone fruits and tastes of summer. While it will be months before I can sink my teeth into a fresh Georgia peach, I can trick my mind by using frozen or canned peaches in baked goods. By the time you are done baking fresh peaches, they are pretty much as soft as their “stored” cousins. Continue reading
The first year I lived in Florida, I was shocked at seeing fresh strawberries in February. Now, a few years later, I am totally spoiled and look forward to enjoying them while the rest of the country is blanketed in snow. There is a world famous Florida Strawberry festival held at the end of February/beginning of March. I really appreciate the amazing growing season in our state. Eating Fresh From Florida produce is an added bonus to being close to the beach and having mild winters. Continue reading
Welcome to Day #5 of Christmas Week, a multi-blogger event co-hosted by Kim of Cravings of a Lunatic and Jen from Juanita’s Cocina! Each day we will be celebrating the holidays with a different set of Christmas-themed treats, as well as a fabulous Christmas giveaway. We hope you enjoy this fabulous event. Tune in each day starting today, Monday, December 9th and ending Saturday, December 14th.
I have had this recipe written in my recipe journal since the early 1990s, waiting to be made. I am shocked that I waited so long to make it because this stuff is seriously amazing. I have been doling it out to my friends by the spoonful. It’s been like, “Oh, you have come by to visit me? Open your mouth, taste this.” No one has been disappointed. Continue reading
Welcome to Day #3 of Christmas Week, a multi-blogger event co-hosted by Kim of Cravings of a Lunatic and Jen from Juanita’s Cocina! Each day we will be celebrating the holidays with a different set of Christmas-themed treats, as well as a fabulous Christmas giveaway. We hope you enjoy this fabulous event. Tune in each day starting today, Monday, December 9th and ending Saturday, December 14th.
I am back with more candy, because December seems to require it. Although this stuff is as wonderful as it gets, no one seems to make homemade candy any other time of year. If grocery stores put sugar, extracts and other baking supplies on sale in June, maybe the story would be different, but our waistlines can heave a sigh of relief. December is the only homemade sweet month. ..for now. Continue reading
Welcome to Christmas Week, a multi-blogger event co-hosted by Kim of Cravings of a Lunatic and Jen from Juanita’s Cocina! Each day we will be celebrating the holidays with a different set of Christmas-themed treats, as well as a fabulous Christmas giveaway. We hope you enjoy this fabulous event. Tune in each day starting today, Monday, December 9th and ending Saturday, December 14th. Continue reading