Chocolate Raspberry Thumbprints

Thumbprint cookies are fun to make because you can add any filling you want – this is a cookie that can be made to your taste and of course your family. I was thinking about Valentine’s Day and something sweet to make and this cookie popped up. First as an email from KAF (King Arthur Flour) … Continue reading

Bacon, Beer and Pecan Toffee Sundaes

Ice Cream in the winter? Sure if the toppings are bacon bits, toasted pecans and a smooth and delicious bacon infused toffee sauce. Oh, and then there is the stout beer  infused with vanilla beans and a sprinkling of sea salt to finish. This is definitely not part of my New Year’s resolution diet but it was … Continue reading

Red Velvet Cream Cheese Bundt Cake

For a long time I have been wanting to make a “red velvet” dessert. I’ve collected recipes for cupcakes, cakes, brownies, cookies and bundt cakes. Even though I love to bake all kinds of things a bundt cake has always been a favorite as they are attractive for entertaining and they always freeze well. Keeping with the holiday season … Continue reading

Decorating Gingerbread Men

Gingerbread cookies probably are at the top of my list of favorite Holiday cookies. There are so many ways to decorate gingerbread men but I thought these three were really cute ideas. How about a gingerbread man hugging a tiny graham teddy bear? What a great idea coming from Christmas Cookies by Better Homes and Gardens. Are these … Continue reading

Fresh Berries with Lavender Cream

This is a special dessert which I made “way back when” I first became interested in using flowers in cooking. I also was not concerned about calories as you can tell by the ingredients. This is a delicious custard cream topped with some fresh berries – simple but oh so good. This was the beginning … Continue reading

Simple Hummingbird Hole-Punch Cake

Happy Fourth of July!!! Do you need a simple and quick dessert for your holiday celebrations today? Make this cake which was devoured by some family members. Because of the banana pudding it tasted like banana bread and some don’t care for a banana flavor. You could substitute pineapple or vanilla pudding which is what … Continue reading

Berries with Sweet Woodruff and Prosecco

This is a favorite springtime dessert. The berries are fresh and plump, my sweet woodruff is blooming in a shady spot along with brunnera, hostas, Virginia bluebells (done for the season) and recently planted Korean Feather Reed Grass (not pictured). Perfect combination to brighten up a shady area. Sweet woodruff (Galium odoratum) is a valuable … Continue reading

Red, White and Blue Strawberries

Are you looking for a simple and sweet treat for the Memorial Day weekend?  Give Buddy Valastro’s, or The Cake Boss, strawberries a try. These are delicious 🙂 I’m linking these sweet treats to Fiesta Friday #121.  

Cottage Pie with Chorizo

According to Wikipedia this “pie” was first referred to as cottage pie back in 1791 when the potato was being introduced as an edible crop affordable for the poor. It originated in the UK and Ireland. The name Shepherd’s Pie started to appear in 1877. Both terms mean a meat pie with a crust of … Continue reading