Pumpkin Ginger Snaps with Chewy Crystallized Ginger Chips

As I sit here typing up this recipe, I am truly amazed that any of these pumpkin ginger snaps actually survived long enough for me to photograph them.  In fact, I am amazed that the dough lasted long enough for me to actually bake the cookies at all!  Ginger snaps are one of my all time favorite cookies, especially during the fall.  Warm spices like cinnamon, ginger, and cloves all blended together with pumpkin and molasses just cry out for me to curl up under a blanket with them and read a book.  I have memories of my childhood when I begged … [Read more...]

Homemade Carrot Cake Recipe with Chocolate Chips

When you were growing up, did you have a favorite recipe?  This homemade carrot cake recipe was my husband's all time favorite homemade cake.  His mom used to make it for the family and it was a huge hit.  Of course, since we no longer live near his family, we rarely get to enjoy this delicious homemade cake recipe!  My husband has been begging me to make him this carrot cake for years so I finally tracked down the recipe with my sister in law and we decided to have a 'family cake making' night last weekend.  Yes, that is how exciting we … [Read more...]

Raspberry and Coconut Milk Popsicle Recipe

The last couple of weeks have been very chaotic here and this raspberry and coconut milk popsicle recipe is my way of denying that summer is coming to a close.  You see, my children went back to school yesterday and while I am happy that they will be annoying their teachers all day instead of me...I am dreading the chaos that comes with another school year.  Football games to attend for my daughter the band student, tennis matches to watch for my son. Homework, PTA meetings and chaotic mornings where we can't find the right shoes in the minutes … [Read more...]

Make Apple Pie Crescent Rolls for an Easy Snack Idea!

These apple pie crescent rolls disappeared in minutes yesterday and I think I will be making another batch this afternoon.  Know why?  Because feeding teenagers during the summer takes a lot of food!  Especially when one of those teens is almost 6'5" tall with the appetite of a linebacker even though he resembles a string bean.  Seriously...where do my kids put all the food they eat?  They have been out of school for 3 weeks and I am pretty sure I have spent thousands of dollars on food since then.  Okay, I exaggerate a little bit but if I hear … [Read more...]

Strawberry Shortcake Jars and Healthier Outdoor Entertaining Tips

One of my favorite places in my house is not actually IN my house.  Our stone patio is my family's go-to place for lounging, enjoying a fire or chatting over a cup of coffee. As we move into summer, I was looking for a few healthier outdoor entertaining tips and a recipe for Strawberry Shortcake Jars came up.  Why are these strawberry shortcake jars healthier?  Because they are small, bite-sized desserts that satisfy your sweet tooth without being hugely filling.   I love dessert and if there is a full dessert table, I am going to be at it. … [Read more...]

Quick and Easy Peanut Butter Blondies Recipe

Last week, I needed a quick and easy dessert recipe to take to a church event.  I found a peanut butter blondies recipe that looked perfect and whipped up a batch. Of course, my 16 old son was horrified that I was taking ALL that delicious goodness to church! WHAT?  None for a hungry teenager?  He practically wept right there in front of my eyes.  So, today I am whipping up batch two of my peanut butter blondies recipe as a treat for when he gets home from school.  Pretty sure I will be winning the 'best mom ever' award today!  Know what I love … [Read more...]

Homemade Lemon Cake Recipe

Doesn't this homemade lemon cake recipe just scream 'spring' to you? With the beginning of spring (YAY!) and the arrival of warm weather, I am craving all sorts of fresh flavors this week.  I absolutely love the taste of lemon and with it's bright color and fresh flavor, it is the perfect addition to my spring menu.  I love making cakes rather than cookies because they are SO much less work!  Who wants to sit around rolling out dough or dropping balls of batter on cookie sheets?  This lemon cake is just mix, dump in the pan and bake!  I made  a … [Read more...]

Tropical Frozen Yogurt Bites Recipe For Guilt Free Snacking

You will definitely want to make this tropical frozen yogurt bites recipe if you have a sweet tooth like I do.  Just because I am trying to lose a few pounds and eat healthier, doesn't mean my sweet tooth automatically goes away.  I love dessert and have always felt that a little something sweet after a meal just totally completes the dining experience.  In my younger days, a bowl of ice cream or a couple of cookies was no big deal.  Heck, I used to keep a can of frosting in the fridge for those late night PMS chocolate cravings.  Nowadays, … [Read more...]

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Truffle Recipe

The last few weeks have been crazy with all the baking, shopping, wrapping and decorating.  It's easy sometimes to choose the fastest possible gifts and decor solutions when you are pressed for time.  Keep in mind, however, that making homemade gifts gives a personal touch to your holiday gift giving.  I have been making homemade candy for my family, friends and neighbors for years and this year I added a new one.  This chocolate chip cookie dough truffle recipe is incredibly easy to make.  Your gift recipient will love the personal touch you … [Read more...]

Christmas Tree Brownie Recipe

This Christmas Tree Brownie Recipe is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of The J.M. Smucker Company. The opinions and text are all mine. #TheDessertDebate One of the things I love most about the holidays is baking.  Of course, I'm swamped with a ton of other things, too, but whenever I get an invite to a Christmas party I always want to bring something sweet.  I would much rather make something at home and give it a personal touch than just pick up a package of premade cupcakes at the grocery store.  When I came across … [Read more...]