Easy back to school cake mix cookies

Are you looking for some super quick and super easy cookies to send off with the children to school?  Here are two recipes for the super trendy cake mix cookies.  They are all over Pinterest and the Internet cooking websites.  I tried two different recipes and they were both very tasty.  So choose your favorite…

Summer blueberry tarts

The summer blueberries have been so delicious this year, and we have treated ourselves to some delicious tarts with crumble topping.  And, I have to admit, the crumble topping is the highlight of these tarts.  Also, by using some cute tart pans, serving them can have some added fun.  I used my Emile Henry ceramic…

Ice box toffee pie

Summer desserts are often no-bake desserts.  Always delicious is an ice box pie.  As you may know from reading my blog, some of my favorite flavors are maple, toffee, coconut, and caramel. This pie uses English toffee bits and has a wonderful flavor which guests will certainly enjoy on a summer evening.  The pie comes…

All American Apple tart

Are you already thinking about the upcoming summer holidays?  We have Father’s day this coming weekend and then the 4th of July soon to follow.  I am planning to prepare a classic apple dessert for the 4th this year to celebrate. My husband recently purchased the Le Creuset apple tart pan that I have been…

Heart Tarts

With only four ingredients, this easy dessert comes to the table for summer tea parties or afternoon lunches.  These heart tarts could be made to any shape based on the cookie cutter choices used to cut the Puff Pastry sheets. I simply used two frozen Pepperidge Farms Puff Pastry sheets and thawed them on the…

Summer smores

Memorial Day is in the rear view mirror now, and we are ready for summer fun and summer treats.  We tried this technique over the weekend, and really enjoyed the taste and texture of these summer smores ice cream treats. I used waffle cone ice cream cups in a bowl and a large scoop of…

Champagne Gummy Hearts

I have fallen in love with a great candy store named Sugarfina.  I visited one of their boutiques when visiting Chicago recently, and love the branding of this upscale candy. They offer a variety of lovely gummy bears in their stores. So for my own wedding anniversary,  I decided to try my hand at making…

Birthday cake icing

For years I have owned a checkerboard cake pan and finally decided to attempt to make this layer cake.  First and foremost, I want to emphasize–this takes time.  I planned two days to prepare the cake, chill the cake, and make and decorate the cake. And by no means, am I any sort of expert. …

Ginger Walnut Bundt cake

After seeing so many beautiful cake pans displayed from Nordicware, I just had to prepare an old-fashioned bundt cake at home.  This cake was super delicious, with the recipe coming from the pages of Taste of Home, November 2015.  Even though I often adjust other cookbook recipes, for baking, I always follow the recipe exactly…

Warm Pears and oranges

Tender pears and Mandarin oranges prove to be a delightful dessert when warmed in a slow cooker.  As I have shared in previous posts, fruit desserts are some of my favorites. Of course, they can also be served with a slice of pound cake, a scoop of vanilla ice cream or frozen yogurt, or even…

Chocolate topped ice cream treats

For those of you who love an ice cream treat, but just can’t have a whole bowl, here is a great way to portion out a delicious dessert.  I scoop out Edy’s Vanilla ice cream into eight large cookie balls with my cookie scoop.  Freeze them on a tray and then make a quick ganache…

Book review: Celebrate Everything!

As a brand new grandmother, I am so excited to be able to share some special events with our new grandson in the coming years. This book, written by Darcy Miller is brimming with ideas for every occasion. As a celebrity party planner, she shares many ideas on how to personalize every event and bring…