Category Archives: desserts

Marionberry Pie

I loved Florida, but I am so happy to be in the Northwest again.  We are close to family, the weather is so much more temperate and the food is amazing!  I think I could eat berries all the time and here in Washington, with the help of my freezer, I can do just that!  We celebrated our arrival with a Marionberry Pie.  Marionberries are just domesticated blackberries.  We will probably pick wild berries next year, but this year, I opted for store bought berries.  I just couldn’t wait a whole year!!

Simple Marion Berry Pie Continue reading

Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Brownie Bites

Well, I tried and I failed.  That is my story and I am sticking with it.  About a year ago, I decided to divide my blogging time with two blogs: one just for gluten free foods and this one for everything else.  I found that I wasn’t cut out for that much online time.  So, I am back to just one blog and you will find that there is a mix of gluten-free and regular food here from now on.  As a “welcome back to sanity” celebration, I am starting this week off with Gluten Free Peanut Butter Brownie Bites (I’m using the term “sanity” lightly, of course).

Gluten Free Peanut Butter Brownie Bites with Chocolate Chips made in a mini muffin tin (egg free) Continue reading

Chocolate Cutout Cookies

Chocolate Cutout Cookies make a fun holiday treat any time of the year.

Chocolate Cutout Cookies: great for any season of the year!

So I am just going to keep it real here and tell you up front that I am NOT good with frosting.  I have worked many, many years just to be able to frost a two layer cake without crumbs appearing all over the outside of it.  Don’t be surprised, therefore, that these little chocolate cutout cookies look less than beautiful.  I. Just. Cannot. Do. Frosting.  My daughter and I had a great time making them, though.  The whole family didn’t have any trouble eating them, either. Continue reading

Easy Fudge Pie

This Easy Fudge Pie is a perfect way to end a nice meal.

Easy Fudge pie made with sweetened condensed milk: a simple, but amazing way to end a nice meal.

I am all about easy desserts.  When I am bustling around the kitchen making dinner, dessert is often an after-thought.  I often get out my ingredients for dinner and while I am chopping vegetables I realize that I haven’t planned a sweet for the family.  That is the time that I go into panic mode and start opening cupboards to see what I can come up with in 20 minutes of less without dirtying a sink load of dishes.  Pies like this Easy Fudge Pie have saved my husband and children from moping around all evening bemoaning the lack of dessert. Continue reading

S’mores Oatmeal Cookies

S’mores Oatmeal Cookies are filled with chocolate and little marshmallow bits for a special treat.

S'mores Oatmeal Cookies

We love oatmeal cookies in our house.  Some of the family likes them with raisins and cinnamon, others enjoy them with butterscotch, but everyone agrees that chocolate is by far their favorite addition.  Adding marshmallow bits made them just that much better and turned them into S’mores Oatmeal Cookies! Continue reading

Soft and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

These Soft and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies are made with mini sized chips so there is chocolate in every bite!

Soft and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

There are so many chocolate chip cookie recipes.  I think I have at least five here on this blog.  No matter how many different ones I try, though, I almost always go back to this one.  It’s simply a classic soft and chewy chocolate chip cookie.  And, it’s in my recipe notebook marked with over twenty five years of drips, spills and splotches from making the recipes it contains.  I know I can grab that book and find all of my favorite, tried and true recipes.  Perhaps that, more than anything ensures that I keep making this recipe.  I don’t have to turn on the computer or get out a lot of books to find what I am looking for.  Continue reading

Salted Caramel Banana Cream Pie: Food Truck Road Trip

Do you live in a town that is big enough to have a food truck or two?  Have you ever eaten at one?  Even more likely, have you watched a show on television, be it crime or comedy and seen the actors raving over food bought at one?  If you answered yes to any of these questions, have I got a cookbook (Food Truck Road Trip–A Cookbook: More Than 100 Recipes Collected from the Best Street Food Vendors Coast to Coast)
for you!  And while I am at it, have I got a pie for you, too!!

Salted Caramel Banana Cream Pie Continue reading

Pumpkin Pie Banana Pudding

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This #thankfullysweet fusion of Pumpkin Pie and Southern Banana Pudding is a one-of-a-kind Autumn dessert that will have you sittin’ up and sayin’ “howdy, ya’ll!”

This fusion of Pumpkin Pie and Southern Banana Pudding is a one-of-a-kind Autumn dessert that will have you sittin' up and sayin' "howdy!" #ThankfullySweet #ad

One of the interesting things I noticed upon moving to Florida three years ago, was that most restaurants serve Banana Pudding for dessert.  In fact, some restaurants only serve Banana Pudding for dessert, especially if they also serve barbecue.  Those two foods go hand and hand in the South.  It was only fitting, therefore, that when coming up with an Autumn dessert, that I chose to make a variation of this very popular local dessert. Continue reading

Apple Walnut Rice Pudding using #SuccessRice

this post was written on behalf of Success® Rice

School. Sports. Lessons. Work. Family Time.  My day is full to the point that it can be overwhelming to think about coming up with a quick meal or dessert for the family to eat.  At times like these, especially now that Fall weather is here, I start wanting comfort food, like Apple Walnut Rice Pudding.  However, I need that comfort quick!  Thank goodness for products like Success® Rice!

Apple Walnut Rice Pudding that goes together in a snap using @successrice #glutenfree #SuccessRice #ad Continue reading

Fudgy Peanut Butter Bars

Fudgy Peanut Butter Bars made with a cake mix base

It’s a new week and my calendar is blessedly empty.  I still have regular things like teaching piano lessons, volunteering at my daughter’s school and church activities, but there are no extra appointments, no company coming, nothing!!  I feel so free!  I am sure that by tomorrow the kids will mention a few extra things they need me to do, but for now, in this moment, I have an easy week ahead of me.  So how do I celebrate?  I make easy meals and easy desserts.   These Fudgy Peanut Butter Bars qualify! Continue reading

Apple Cinnamon Cake

I have had this recipe  for Apple Cinnamon Cake printed out and ready to be made for years.  I saw this cake with globs of apple pie filling in the middle and it screamed “MAKE ME!!!”  Like many of you, however, I printed the recipe and then it slowly made its way into a pile and then to a shelf and then was forgotten.  Then recently, I made up some apple pie milkshakes (and no, there are no milkshake recipes here, sorry), but I only used about 2 Tbsp of a whole can of apple pie filling.  Suddenly, I remembered this cake.  I dug through a few files, found it, made the cake and then promptly lost the recipe.  Luckily, it was only yesterday and my memory extends that far.

Apple Cinnamon Cake Continue reading