Recipe Box, Kentucky Derby Pecan Delights

    These were inspired by a recipe I pinned from Half Baked Harvest I decided to shorten it up a bit…         I used a crescent roll dough sheet for the crust, but you can substitute graham crackers or crushed shortbread cookies mixed with melted butter if you prefer     … Continue reading

Take-out Tuesday, Chocolate Mint Cookies & Cream

This 5 Minute Prep recipe makes magic with 4 simple ingredients…     This is a chocolate mint version of Inside Out Berry Pie, using chocolate mint candies instead of berries     Have you seen the new Oreo Thins- only 35 calories per cookie 😋     If you put the mixture in jars, … Continue reading

Gifts from the Kitchen, Harvest Snack Attack

Recently my son-in-law NG, [the Nicest Guy] was looking a little pathetic, feeling used and abused during our recent “Big Garage Sale”…he did work really hard, was the Main Muscle and had to move, haul, and carry a LOT of stuff.  To cheer him up I promised him a sweet treat and he smiled and … Continue reading

the Organized Life, recipe failure & success!

Anyone that cooks regularly and tries new things knows this dirty little secret, sometimes recipes turn out badly!  AGHHH! I hate it when that happens!  Cooking is basically a scientific experiment, and sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t…I have even had tried and true recipes bomb…so you have to laugh it off and move … Continue reading

Gifts from the Kitchen, Salted Chocolate Caramel Cupcakes

I almost always make mini cupcakes instead of full sized ones.  Little one or two bite wonders have universal appeal and satisfy a sweet craving without being over indulgent.  They are great for gift giving, packed tightly in a cute box they will travel well.  I love to serve these at parties too.  Even after … Continue reading

Gifts from the kitchen, chocolate cashew bars

The other day I wanted to make some goodies for NG [Nicest Guy, my son-in-law] and our weekend guests.  This is my sinfully delicious version of the popular 7 layer bar.  These cookie bars would make a great gift, easy to package or wrap and keep well at room temperature. It literally takes only minutes … Continue reading

Creamy Chocolate Strawberry Tart

I am starting to panic because it’s August and summer’s almost over…the Farmer’s Markets will dwindle, the displays of produce will get smaller,  melons will disappear and all those luscious summer vegetables will be replaced by root vegetables, acorn squash and pumpkins…With this thought in my subconscious, the other day I woke up with an … Continue reading

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