Saturday, November 21, 2015

Pumpkin Snickerdoodles

These pumpkin snickerdoodle cookies are so delicious and just perfect for fall!  I love all things pumpkin and when I saw this recipe on Allrecipes  I knew I had to try it.  The middles are light and fluffy, almost cake-like and the edges are slightly crispy.   They have a nice touch of pumpkin flavor that sets it apart from just regular snickerdoodle cookies.  This is a recipe from Allrecipes

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Pumpkin Dinner Rolls

These pumpkin dinner rolls shaped like cute little pumpkins are absolutely perfect to serve with Thanksgiving dinner!!  These pumpkin dinner rolls are not only adorable but they also are delicious too! These sweet rolls have just a hint of pumpkin flavor.  I found the recipe for these rolls at Allrecipes and found the instructions for making them look like little pumpkins at Beyond Kimchee.  They may look complicated to make but I was surprised at how easy it was to make these.  

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Apple-Cinnamon French Toast

I made this super yummy recipe for french toast recently and it was fantastic.  I loved the apple topping!  I added some extra cinnamon to the apples but other than that I followed the recipe exactly.  So if you like french toast and apples this is perfect recipe to try!  Thank you to PAM cooking spray and to Allrecipes,



Sunday, September 13, 2015

Simple Spaghetti with Creamy Marinara Sauce

I just love this super easy and convenient spaghetti dinner.  This is really quick and simple to make and my family loved the delicious creamy sauce.  This was the first time that I had used the Pronto spaghetti by Barilla.  What I find is so convenient about this product is that it is not necessary to boil the pasta in a separate pot.   Everything cooks in one large skillet and there is no need to drain the pasta and that makes it super easy to clean up afterward.  Plus I also liked that the spaghetti comes in a shorter length that makes it easy to fit in the pot and also makes it easier to eat!

Only a handful of ingredients are used to make this delicious easy meal:  Spaghetti, marinara sauce, parmesan cheese,  heavy cream and some fresh basil. 

Just dump the spaghetti into a large skillet.  Pour 3 cups of cold water over the spaghetti making sure the liquid covers the pasta.  Turn the burner on high and set a timer for 10 minutes.  Stir a few times while it is cooking.

After about 10 minutes all the liquid will be absorbed and it will look like this.   Then just add the marinara sauce and cream until heated thru.  Top with parmesan cheese and chopped basil and enjoy!

(This recipe is from Allrecipes)

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Sunday, July 5, 2015

Raspberry Oatmeal Cookie Bars

These raspberry oatmeal cookie bars are very easy to make and so delicious! I have made these several times and they are always so good.  They are also good with other flavors of jam too like strawberry and apricot but I prefer raspberry the best. These are so convenient to make with a short list of ingredients that are usually on hand and are easy to assemble.  This is a recipe that I found on

 Combine brown sugar, flour, baking soda, salt, and rolled oats. Cut in the butter using a fork or a pastry blender to form a crumbly mixture. Press 2 cups of the mixture into the bottom of the prepared pan.

Spread the jam to within 1/4 inch of the edge.

Sprinkle the remaining crumb mixture over the top, and lightly press it into the jam.

 Bake for 35 to 40 minutes in preheated oven, or until lightly browned. Allow to cool before cutting into bars.     

  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup seedless raspberry jam

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease one 8 inch square pan, and line with greased foil.
  2. Combine brown sugar, flour, baking soda, salt, and rolled oats. Cut in the butter using a fork or a pastry blender to form a crumbly mixture. Press 2 cups of the mixture into the bottom of the prepared pan. Spread the jam to within 1/4 inch of the edge. Sprinkle the remaining crumb mixture over the top, and lightly press it into the jam.
  3. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes in preheated oven, or until lightly browned. Allow to cool before cutting into bars.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Cheesecake Filled Strawberries

These are super easy to make and are delicious too!  With all the taste of cheesecake but without all the work that is involved with making a cheesecake.  These can be made quickly and are a great way to use up fresh strawberries.  This is a recipe is from

Rinse and hull the strawberries.  In a bowl combine the cream cheese, confectioner's sugar and vanilla extract and beat until smooth.

Fill a pastry bag or a resealable plastic baggies with a corner snipped.  Pipe filling into each strawberry.  Sprinkle with crushed graham cracker crumbs, if desired.   Enjoy!

  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 pint fresh strawberries, hulled and cored
  • 3 graham crackers, crushed, or as needed


  1. Beat cream cheese, confectioners' sugar, and vanilla extract together in a bowl until smooth; spoon into a piping bag or a resealable bag with a corner snipped.
  2. Fill cavities of cored strawberries with the cream cheese mixture. Dip filled side of strawberries in the crushed graham crackers to coat.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Copycat Girl Scout Shortbread Cookies

These shortbread cookies are delicious!  Slightly crispy and buttery tasting shortbread cookies that are simple to make.  No need to wait until girl scout cookie season when you can make these at home!

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Apple Pie Smoothie

Here is a great tasting smoothie with all the flavors of an apple pie.  Very easy to make and healthy too!  You can use applesauce in this recipe or you could use a fresh peeled and diced apple if you prefer.  The almond milk could also be switched out for greek yogurt too.  That's the great thing about most smoothies they can be easily changed to suit your tastes.  I hope you enjoy this tasty apple pie smoothie recipe!


makes 2 servings

1 banana, frozen
1 cup applesauce
1/2 cup apple juice
1/2 cup almond milk
1/4 teaspoon allspice
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1 tablespoon honey

1. Combine all ingredients in a blender.  Blend until smooth.
2.  Sprinkle with cinnamon, if desired.

Calories 179.6,  Total fat .8g,  Cholesterol 0,  Sodium 41.2 mg,  Potassium 411.7 mg,  Carbohydrate 45.4 g,  Fiber 2.8g,  Sugars 36.6 g,  Protein .9 g

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Apple Cinnamon White Cake

 This is super yummy cake recipe that is adapted from  I have seen a photo of this recipe featured on their home page several times and finally decided to give it a try.  I am glad I did too.  It was very good!  Very moist with lots of apple and cinnamon flavors.   This recipe is a keeper!  

  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2/3 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 3/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 cup milk
  •  2 apples, peeled and chopped
1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour a 8X4-inch loaf pan.
2.  Mix brown sugar and cinnamon together in a bowl.
3.  Beat white sugar and butter together in a bowl using an electric mixer until smooth and creamy. Beat in eggs, 1 at a time, until incorporated; add vanilla extract.
4.  Combine flour, baking powder and salt together in a bowl; stir into creamed butter mixture. Mix milk into batter until smooth. Pour half the batter into the prepared loaf pan; add half the apples and half the brown sugar mixture. Lightly pat apple mixture into batter. Pour the remaining batter over apple layer; top with remaining apples and brown sugar mixture. Lightly pat apples into batter; swirl brown sugar mixture through apples using a finger or spoon.
5.  Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted in the center of the loaf comes out clean, 45 to 50 minutes.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Healthy Banana Cookies

Here is a healthy guilt-free cookie recipe that does not contain any added sugar.  They have a lot of natural sweetness but are not overly sweet like most cookies.  These make a soft cookie that is healthy enough to eat for breakfast or a snack on the go.  This recipe is adapted from one that I found at Allrecipes.

Just a few ingredients are needed to make these yummy treats.  And they are super easy to make! 

Peel and mash the bananas in a large bowl.

I like to chop the dried cranberries up a little but this is optional.
Mix the oats, mashed bananas, cranberries, applesauce and vanilla together.

Stir this together until well combined.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.  Drop by rounded teaspoons onto the baking sheets.  Bake in the preheated for 20 minutes or until the edges are starting to brown.
Remove to a wire rack to cool.
3 ripe bananas
2 cups rolled oats
1 cup dried cranberries
1/3 cup applesauce
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C)
2.  In a large bowl, mash the bananas. Stir in oats, cranberries, applesauce, and vanilla. Mix well, and allow to sit for 15 minutes. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto an ungreased cookie sheet.
3.   Bake for 20 minutes in the preheated oven, or until lightly brown.