Christmas Cookies Week 1 (2019): Chocolate Crinkles


I have decided rather than just limit cookies to the two months prior to Christmas I am going to try to do one cookie, cake, or candy treat a week for a while. I would like to keep it going through Christmas 2019 but we shall see how this goes. I love sweets but am…

Throwback Thursday: Tea Doughnuts


Okay, so I am a day off. My entire summer has been one long Sunday and now that I am trying to adjust to having to pay attention to the days of the week I am never quite sure what day it is. These are one of my favorite weekend treats. Though we only make…

Simple Brownie “Sundae”


This isn’t a great picture but this is one of those desserts that I make from time-to-time to take to potlucks or picnics. It looks impressive, especially if you put Maraschino cherries on top with a drizzle of the juice. It is so easy my daughter made this the other night when we really wanted…

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies


A few years ago these were all over Pinterest for Christmas cookies. I had never seen them before but everyone was talking about how their mom or they used to make these all the time. I didn’t try them.  I am like that. When something is popular I tend to go the other way. Maybe…

Almond Cookie Bars


I love almond cookies. All kinds. I discovered these lovely melt in your mouth cookie bars a while back and I have to make them every once in a while. Sometimes I add a whole or half almond to the top. Other days like this I just make the cookies (which are super simple!!) and…

Orange Cake with Orange Glaze


My partner talks about an orange cake she used to ask for every year for her birthday. She doesn’t remember the recipe other than she thinks it was made with an orange cake mix and orange juice. Every so often I try to find a recipe she will like (without the cake mix) for an…

Old Fashioned Snickerdoodles


I am not much of a baker at all. I love Christmas cookies and an occassional cake but it is the rest of my family who will make cookies or pies if they really want a treat. My partner has been wanting to make these cookies for about 20 years now. We never seemed to…

Perfect Pumpkin Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting


We made these to have on hand around Thanksgiving and they were so simple to make. I thought they would make a great pairing with a hot cup of coffee or hot cocoa. These are not too sweet but have a delicious flavor when you want something just a bit sweet. Verdict: These are very…

Chocolate Lasagna


My daughter had a friend visiting the other day and I asked them to pick a dessert and make it for dinner.  I like to keep the kids busy and doing something productive when they have friends over (I have found it avoids those little squabbles and spats) so that was the best thing I…

Thanksgiving – Looking for Some Last Minute Ideas?


Here are some of our favorite dishes from Thanksgiving past: Do you have something that just signifies special meals to your family?  Maybe cherished heirloom dishes or a certain child’s craft that sits on the table, even though your child is now 35?  This is ours.  It is my mother’s relish plate.  This plate is…

Chocolate Peppermint Cupcakes


The two flavors that signal the beginning of the Christmas season to me are peppermint and chocolate. I love these two flavors individually and together! I was looking for something simple that could be made for holiday work parties, school parties or your Christmas buffet. These are so easy my children made them! Using a…

Happy Thanksgiving!


No, my calendar has not lost a few days.  We decided to celebrate with our traditional Thanksgiving dinner a bit ahead of time this year so that when Thanksgiving day rolls around we can spend the day together doing all the things we really are thankful for on that day.  We plan on reading, listening…