Pumpkin Tiramisu

Don't let the 12 ingredients scare you!  There are the 12 days before Christmas and this is a memorable holiday recipe. Mary Ann outdid herself recently, bringing this to a party.  We "ooooed" and "ahhhed" over it and by the time we finished this scrumptious dessert, we decided the extra trouble is absolutely worth it.… Continue reading Pumpkin Tiramisu


Canyon Ranch Oatmeal Cookies

The dangerous thing about being at Canyon Ranch is that everything is so light, you never want to skip dessert! But their cookies are really delicious, and I was fascinated to find that they have cream cheese. How bad can they be? ¼ cup unsalted butter ⅓ cup low-fat cream cheese 1 cup brown sugar… Continue reading Canyon Ranch Oatmeal Cookies


Chocolate Birthday Cake

Cake1 box devil's food cake mix, such as Duncan Hines1 c. water3 eggs1/3 c. corn oil (I used Canola)1/3 c. sour cream2 tsp. vanilla extract1/2 tsp. salt1 c. semi-sweet chocolate chipsChocolate Icing (could be halved)1 12 oz. bag (2 cups) semi-sweet chocolate chips2 c. sugar2/3 c. milk1 c. (2 sticks) unsalted butter, cut into pieces1/4… Continue reading Chocolate Birthday Cake


Everyday Brownies

I love these brownies, because they are quick and easy and can be made in one pan. I make them often and sometimes vary them up with marshmallows or caramel. 1 4-oz Ghirardelli Semi-Sweet Chocolate Baking Bar 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter 1 cup firmly packed light or dark brown sugar 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract… Continue reading Everyday Brownies

Sweet Endings

Pecan Pie Bars

Bites of goodness, instead of the pie.  We had two new dessert items on the menu for our Thanksgiving feast this year.  Kendra made the scrumptious cookies, Dulce De Leche-Filled Mexican Hot Chocolate Cookies. Check them out on this blog under cookies.  I made these yummy bars.  Close your eyes and imagine freshly baked shortbread… Continue reading Pecan Pie Bars


Dulce De Leche-Filled Mexican Hot Chocolate Cookies

I made this recipe for the first time on Thanksgiving 2013 - it's a winner! Makes about 24 sandwiches (48 cookies) 3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened 1 cup sugar 3/4 cup Dutch process cocoa powder (I used a mix of Dutch and non-Dutch, and it worked!) 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 egg… Continue reading Dulce De Leche-Filled Mexican Hot Chocolate Cookies

Cakes · Desserts

Creme of Coconut Cake

Social media has become a resourceful outlet for new recipes. Shirley posted this recipe on Facebook last week. Thankfully, Debbie made it within a couple of days for her dinner group. The results are in. It is a keeper. Need a quick and easy dessert? 5 ingredients makes this an economical bite of sweetness! 1… Continue reading Creme of Coconut Cake

Appetizers · Pick-Em-Ups · Sweet Endings

Sugared Cranberries

After three people told me about this sweet treat this week, I couldn't wait  to try them.  Each friend had a slightly different variation.  The recipe I used comes from an old edition of Cooking Light.  They taste as good as they look.  The chrystallized cranberries will stand alone on a pretty plate or one friend… Continue reading Sugared Cranberries

Sweet Endings

Fall Snack Mix

Fall football, day trips, camping,  fall parties at your child's school, Friday night movies at home....Bring on the snack mix.   My family is a fan of anything that is a snack and mixed.  Sugary and Salty mixes are tops.  Adrienne made this wonderful mix last Fall for a trip to the Northwest.  We carried ziploc… Continue reading Fall Snack Mix


Kirk’s Favorite Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake

Tonight I had a panic attack. Kirk's birthday is Sunday, and I wanted to make him this fabulous cake. But I couldn't find the recipe, and I had no idea where I'd gotten it. Suddenly, it hit me. Some of my best recipes come from Smitten Kitchen, and that's where this is from. This cake… Continue reading Kirk’s Favorite Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake