Peaches & Cream Dessert Bars

Peaches & Cream Dessert Bars

If you love fresh, summer peaches this dessert is for you!  My Peaches & Cream Dessert Bars have a Pecan Sandie cookie crust, cream cheese filling, fresh peaches and toasted pecans!  Cool, creamy with a crisp crust and loaded with delicious peach flavor! I've lived here in Virginia for the better part of a decade, so in my mind I've become a Southerner.  There are many things I love about the South - college football, sweet tea and especially peach season!  As soon as July rolls around, we begin to see beautiful, juicy yellow peaches popping up at our local farmers markets and grocery stores.  As much as my family and I love snacking on this juicy, golden fruit, I decided I must make a sweet, creamy dessert perfect for Southern summer days. This delicious peach dessert is Continue Reading...

Banana Pecan Sheet Cake with Maple Frosting

Banana Pecan Sheet Cake with Maple Frosting

A classic banana cake brought to a whole new level!  Moist, sweet cake baked with pecans and topped with a delicious maple frosting, and brown sugar glazed pecans, this cake is perfect for any and every occasion! As a kid, whenever we had a few over-ripe bananas sitting on the counter, we made one of two things - banana bread, or banana cake.  To this very day, both are dear favorites of mine. Particularly with banana cake, the wonderful aroma that comes from the oven immediately takes me back to my childhood.  Enjoying a big slice with lots of frosting was always such a treat. Now that I live in the south, I've turned this classic banana cake from my childhood into a #SweetandSouthern dessert by adding plenty of pecans and the South's favorite sugar, Dixie Crystals!  However, Continue Reading...

OREO Lovers No Bake Cheesecake Bars

OREO Lovers No Bake Cheesecake Bars

The ultimate dessert for anyone that loves OREO cookies!  A thick OREO crust, creamy OREO no-bake cheesecake filling, and topped with a delicious layer of chocolate.  This easy, no-bake dessert is perfect for just about any occasion! One snack that is pretty much ALWAYS in our house is OREO cookies.  My husband, son and I tend to go to these cookies whenever we have a hankering for a crunchy snack or a sweet treat.  I love using OREO's in desserts, like my Chocolate Peanut Butter Mousse Bars, my Red Velvet OREO Poke Cake and my Lemon OREO Icebox Pie.  Just like the rest of these desserts, my OREO Lovers No Bake Cheesecake Bars are a wonderfully simple, and completely delicious dessert for just about any occasion! I started this dessert with a simple OREO crust.  You can use Continue Reading...

Cherry Jello Pretzel Salad

Cherry Jello Pretzel Salad

Amazing as a salad or dessert, this incredible Cherry Jello Pretzel Salad is the ultimate side dish for any cookout, potluck or backyard barbecue!  Made with a salty-sweet pretzel crust, a delicious cream cheese filling, and topped with fresh cherries in jello, this salad is a must for any summer get-together.  Even better than the strawberry version! If you love salty-sweet foods, then you're definitely in for a treat with this amazing side dish!  Many call it a salad, as it is made with jell-o, but it is certainly sweet enough to be considered a dessert.  The strawberry version of this side is fantastic, but if you love fresh cherries, then THIS version is definitely for you! This fantastic summer side dish starts with a pretzel crust that is out-of-this-world!  It's as Continue Reading...

All American Sugar Cookie Pie

All American Sugar Cookie Pie

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #CelebrateWithM #CollectiveBias An amazing Red, White and Blue dessert, perfect for celebrating America!  Chewy, delicious sugar cookie dough made with M&M's® Red, White, & Blue Milk Chocolate candies, stars and stripes sprinkles, and topped with buttercream frosting, makes for the ultimate patriotic treat!  Fantastic for Memorial Day and 4th of July picnics and celebrations! Every year around Memorial Day, I begin preparations for hosting our annual neighborhood picnic.  We get together with family and friends, enjoy great picnic food, play games and enjoy the wonderful summer weather.  It's a nice way to enjoy a holiday and three-day weekend. Recently, my son Continue Reading...

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Chocolate Cake

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Chocolate Cake

Chocolate and strawberries have never been more delightful!  Moist, delicious chocolate cake topped with an amazing strawberry whipped topping and hot fudge swirl!  If you like chocolate covered strawberries, you're gonna LOVE this cake! This week I'm turning the big 4-0.  I can't say I'm super excited about it, as I'm not sure anyone really is when they're entering middle-age. However, I will say that I have much to be grateful for - a fantastic family, wonderful friends and neighbors, and a fantastic community where I live. My birthdays growing up were always a family affair - grandparents, lots of cousins, and of course my parents and brothers.  I usually had one of two birthday cake options; 1) Angel-food cake with strawberries, or 2) Grandma's Chocolate Cake.   Both of these Continue Reading...

Chocolate Peanut Butter Mousse Bars

Chocolate Peanut Butter Mousse Bars

A chocolate and peanut butter lovers dream!  With an OREO cookie crust, hot fudge, a thick layer of peanut butter mousse and topped with chocolate and peanut butter chips, these bars are cool, creamy and completely delicious! When I was a kid, my dad managed our local grocery store in the small farm town where I grew up.  On Wednesday afternoons, after school I would go to the store where my dad a stack of their weekly sale flyers waiting for me.  My job was to deliver the flyers to the small retirement apartments just a few blocks away.  Distributing the flyers to each apartment usually took me about an hour, and I was to then return to the grocery store where I would collect my payment from dad.  Dad didn't pay me in cash.  Instead, we would walk up to the small candy section at Continue Reading...