Desserts

Toasted Coconut & Pecan Strawberry Shortcakes

Picture 8Helloooo Friends… how are YOU?

You know how sometimes life takes a turn and what you love to do has to take a backseat for a time so that you can step away and dive into something you never ever expected and you think,,,,

I’ll just take a little break over here and go over there for a bit… get all this new stuff figured out… then get right back to where I was.

Well, my get right back didn’t happen.

Obviously.

It’s been weeks since my last post.

In other words — I got a new job and huge learning curve with it. I’ve loved every minute of it but it certainly threw me off my game.

And then my sister called to tell me she ran into a friend who asked what happened to me… what happened to the blog?

Then that old stirring I remembered began to turn in my heart.

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So this little diddy…

I ran across it the other night while mindlessly perusing one of my favorite magazines.

Actually, after reading the recipe I couldn’t get the thought of toasted coconut and pecans loaded into a warm biscuit out of my head.

I mean have you ever heard of such a delicious thing?

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10 Best Tips for Baking Cookie Cutouts

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I think I could have been in that commercial.

Remember the one where the mom’s in the kitchen and she dusts her face with flour to fool her family into thinking she has baked for hours, then she hands them a plate of Rice Krispy treats?

Only my family would be on to me because they know Rice Krispy treats aren’t made with flour.

Now I am one busy momma, probably just like you, who likes traditions, especially for the holidays, and sugar cookies are my kid’s favorite.  They get really excited when they see cookie cutters on the kitchen counter. And I must admit, I enjoy making and eating sugar cookies, too! Continue reading

The Perfect Apple Crisp

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She was pregnant when she shook that tree.

I was almost 10 and can still remember.

It was a hot summer’s night when Mom had a craving so we hopped in the car.

We travelled to the other side of town… to an orchard on this vacant lot.

It was dark and just a little scary but we did stuff like that in the 1970s.

Well my sister and I, we weren’t very tall and the tree’s branches were out of our reach. Continue reading

Simply The Best Sugar Cookies

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Sometimes all the holiday bustle makes me lose my mind and I forget things…

… like, Whose gift did I just wrap?

Now my sons… they know how to help me with this.

They give the best reminders…

like lists with gift ideas and corresponding store aisle…

…and hello ello lo echoes into the empty cookie jar.

They’re really into traditions, too…

… like tree trimming and Christmas carols and Butterball turkeys (well, one prefers grandma’s Dearborn ham spiked with Vernors ginger ale) and as many cookies as can be frosted.

Do you like traditions and frosted sugar cookies, too? 

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Homemade Pumpkin Pie With Walnut Crumble Topping {or not}

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Have you ever made your very own “real” homemade pumpkin pie? 

You know, from an actual pumpkin? 

I had not until this week when I baked two.

The first one — simple, elegant and delicious, served with fresh whipped cream.

And a second decadent little number — bedecked in walnuts, brown sugar and butter.

So good!

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Now, I didn’t set out to bake two in one week, but pumpkin pie pumpkins were on sale and a deal for just one dollar.

So I grabbed two — one for baking and another to decorate the front porch.

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