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