Oven Baked Stone Fruit

We have had a Winter warm-up of temperatures in Michigan, which makes me feel like Spring might be on the way. Stone fruit is in the market, with peaches, plums and apricots being my favorites. I decided to bake some peaches and top with some vanilla sugar a few days ago, and they were delicious….

Mocha Chip Meringues

One of my favorite cookies happens to be a meringue.  We loved the taste of these cookies over the Christmas holiday this year.  I used a Martha Stewart recipe and as every one of her recipes, it worked perfectly. These cookies were crispy, but soft inside the center of the cookie.  The chocolate taste was…

Snow on the rooftops

Well, it is still winter here in Michigan.  So, here is a fun way to keep the children happy on a cold snowy day.  How about an updated Rice Krispies treat recipe to make and share?  I named this one– snow on the rooftops, since I use butterscotch chips and peanut butter for the color…

Chocolate nut candy

After shopping the chocolate shops up North, I decided to try to make my own chocolate candy.  The key to this recipe is buying upscale dark chocolate. I used Ghirardelli chocolate for this recipe.  I used my smaller slow cooker to melt the chocolate, so I would not have to monitor the temperature as closely….

Traditional Afternoon Tea

So I am one of “those” who enjoy a traditional afternoon tea at a lovely hotel.  We visited The Peninsula when we were in Chicago a few weeks ago and had an amazing relaxing two-hour afternoon filled with a charming tea service and string music.     Yes.  It is “old-fashioned.”  Yes. It is so…

Sweet treats at Eataly in Chicago

And now the best part of our visit to Eataly.  In fact, we visited the market twice during our stay in Chicago, as there is just that much to experience.  On the first level of the store, besides the aisles being filled with candies and chocolates, the counters are also filled with delicious freshly made…

Valentine brownie

Chocolate desserts have to be the ultimate choice for Valentine’s Day.  Sometimes making a favorite recipe in a special serving dish can make the dessert seem extra special. I have found over the years that I prefer to make my own Valentine’s Dinner.  I control the ingredients and the timing of the meal.  I can…

summer toasted marshmallow bar

  summer fun and summer entertaining time is here.  there is nothing more fun than having a roasted and toasted marshmallow over the grill after a summer barbecue.  try something different this year and offer toppings to the marshmallows. i used a little sand and seashells in my old small glass milk bottle to hold…

cupcakes from the store

  last week i wrote about baking inspiration.  i love to visit bakeries.  probably, i should not be visiting as much as i do, but nevertheless, i am inspired by bake shops.  a couple of weeks ago, i visited Ann Arbor, Michigan and happened upon this very cute bake shop which is not located near…

pecan bars

often recipes can be adapted and changed a bit based on pantry ingredients or even for personal taste.  this recipe was written to include walnuts, but i have found that pecans work equally well in the baking process.  these are very chewy squares that are super delicious.  the chopped pecans give a very nice texture…

coconut snowballs with hot fudge sauce

winter is everywhere in Michigan.  and with winter comes snow, and more snow.  therefore the perfect winter dessert has to be a coconut snowball.  Martha Stewart offers the best hot fudge sauce recipe around,  so i go with her technique and it works every time.  and, did i mention it is a totally delicious dessert?…

trader joe’s gingerbread

a couple of weeks ago i tried a Trader Joe’s box cake mix.  it was delicious.  i added a topping of chopped walnuts.  the cake is very moist and easy to prepare.  and, it is only offered during the holiday season in the stores. there is something special about the taste of gingerbread.  it reminds me…