Dutch Apple Tart with Pecan Crumble

Dutch Apple Tart with Pecan Crumble

Easy as pie, this Dutch Apple Tart is an even easier version of the classic pie recipe!  Sweet, tender apples, and a brown sugar cinnamon pecan crumble are baked to perfection making this tart a perfect addition to your holiday dessert table!  Fantastic for Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner! Are you thinking about Thanksgiving yet?  I definitely am, as this is quite possibly one of our favorite holidays - great food, college football, some good wine.  We have much to be thankful for, and this year is no exception.  I will be hosting a few family members, and making the meal again this year.  Since we live quite far from pretty much all of our family, we only get the chance to see them once or twice a year if we're lucky. As many of you know, making a holiday meal requires Continue Reading...

White Chocolate M&M Blondies to celebrate a great Flag Football Season

White Chocolate M&M Blondies to celebrate a great Flag Football Season

Today was Harrison's final game of the fall football season.  I have to say that I am so tremendously proud of all the boys on the team.  They won a few games during the regular season, and were able to make the playoffs.  With their first game of the playoffs this  morning, they faced off against a very good undefeated team.  They played a really close game, and were leading at half time!  But despite their best efforts, they ran out of time at the end, and lost 13-7.  The boys played really well and in my opinion, had one of their best games of the season. I told Harrison on the car ride home that I was VERY, VERY proud of him and everyone on the team.  He said, "But we lost."  I said, "I know.  But you guys worked really hard all season long.  You listened to your coaches and tried Continue Reading...

Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Brownies

Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Brownies

Brownies are something I really, really love!  I love them with ice cream.  I love them plain, or with frosting.  I love them cakey or fudgy - basically any way they are made.  I especially love them with extra stuff in the batter, like these Reese's Peanut Butter Cup Brownies.  They are AMAZINGLY delicious, with Reese's Peanut Butter Cups in the fudgy batter, and a decadent chocolate, peanut butter cream cheese frosting.  Super-rich, these are perfect with a glass of milk! [mpprecipe-recipe:30] **This recipe was adapted and revised from the cookbook Taste of Home Bakeshop Favorites.  To purchase this cookbook, go to http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/taste-of-home-bake-shop-favorites-taste-of-home/1117164059?ean=9781617650932 When craving chocolate and peanut butter, these Continue Reading...

Spooky Spiderweb Cupcakes

Spooky Spiderweb Cupcakes

For whatever reason, I don't make cupcakes all that often.  I don't know why - they are super easy to make, clean up, and especially fun to eat.  Today, Harrison had a football game, and unfortunately they lost a really close one.  So once we got home, I said, "Today would be a good day for cupcakes."  Harrison agreed enthusiastically!!  Not too many kids wouldn't.  :) Since Halloween is just around the corner, I thought we should make the cupcakes extra festive.  Luckily, the only extra ingredient I needed to make the "spiderwebs" was already in my fridge - chocolate syrup!  My mom use to do this with a regular sheet cake and vanilla frosting, and everyone would always say how pretty it was.  Truth is, it is so easy to do!  Simply frost your cupcakes as usual, and make a spiral Continue Reading...

Pumpkin Spice Whoopie Pies

Pumpkin Spice Whoopie Pies

Have you ever made Whoopie Pies before?  Up until yesterday, I had never made them. Over the weekend, Harrison and I were in Home Goods, where we came upon one of their clearance racks.  There were several cookie sheets, pots and pans, and then I discovered a treasure: a whoopie pie pan!!  AND, it was only $5!!!  Needless to say, I clutched it to my chest, grabbed Harrison and made my way to the check out line. I did a little research to see if I needed to do anything different with a cake recipe to turn it into whoopie pies.  I discovered that you don't really need to do anything different - so if you have a favorite cake recipe, you can turn it into these cute, yummy little snack cakes.  How cool is that!?! First stop on the whoopie pie train: Pumpkin Spice!!!  To me this was an Continue Reading...

Caramel Apple Cider Floats

Caramel Apple Cider Floats

Apple cider has never tasted so good! Poured over vanilla ice cream and topped with caramel and whipped cream, its the perfect fall treat! Sometimes, in life, difficult days are to be had.  Its inevitable, and completely unavoidable.  As we all know, its how we handle those difficult situations that define us as a mother, parent, human being.  Most often, our patience has been worn thin, our energy is drained, and our emotional tenacity is completely absent.  The feeling of defeat looms over us with the rest of our unaccomplished tasks of the day. This is the life of a mother. Out of these rough days, thankfully, emerge new beginnings.  New ideas, fresh perspective, and the hope of better days moving forward.  The salvation of other mothers who know the defeat, but who Continue Reading...

Happy National Homemade Cookie Day! Monster Cookies to Celebrate

Happy National Homemade Cookie Day!  Monster Cookies to Celebrate

Happy National Homemade Cookie Day, everyone!!  To celebrate this day of sweet indulgence, why not give this Monster Cookies a try?  These are probably my favorite cookie.  They have everything - peanut butter, oatmeal, chocolate chips, M&M's and Reese's Pieces.  To me any sweet treat that combines chocolate and peanut butter is top notch in my book! This recipe has been around for some time - the original author is my Grandma LaDene.  Her recipe actually makes double what I normally make, and so there would be dozens of cookies for everyone to enjoy.  This recipe still makes about 2 dozen large cookies, which is great for satisfying even the most ferocious sweet tooth.  Thank you, Grandma LaDene, for this great recipe.  Not only has it withstood the test of time, but it has Continue Reading...