Peanut Butter-Banana Sandwich Bread Pudding With Caramel Sauce

Wow…it’s been quite some time since I posted!  It’s been super busy this Spring and ending my son’s first year in High School, golf season, etc.  Plus, I have been on a new road to healthy eating, concentrating on preparing foods that will help me lose weight and keep all my stats in check!  It is working…since March 25, I have lost 22 pounds, and I feel really good.  But, focusing so much on that goal, hasn’t left me a  lot of time for writing and posting.  Guess I’m not a multi-tasker…. however, healthy foods can be yummy, so I will get back to sharing some of my new recipe tips soon.  But when I posted a pic of this on Instagram, many people requested the recipe, so I am happy to share.   Continue reading “Peanut Butter-Banana Sandwich Bread Pudding With Caramel Sauce”

Eat Mores

When I was welcomed into my husband’s family in 1994, I was given a wonderful little cookbook by my mother-in-law.  It was a 1977 publication that was a result of a joint effort of all the ladies in the neighborhood woman’s club in Houston, Texas.  I love looking through old recipes handed down from generation to generation.  It’s as if you’re reading a culinary history book.  You come to know the trends, styles of cooking and even the products of the times that may, or may not, still exist.  Among the contributions my mother-in-law made to this book was a delicious treat called “Eat Mores.”  I was told it was a childhood favorite of my husband and one of Santa’s preferred Christmas Eve munchies.  I can certainly understand why.  They are so decadent!  It originally came from his grandmother, who made a batch every Christmas.  His Nanny Lucy is turning 100 in January and is still going strong and lives a happy, active life.  So through the years, she has made a lot of “eat mores”.  For a little bit of Christmas nostalgia, it’s such a fun treat for your family and friends.  They make great gifts!  So here’s the next addition to my “Twelve Weeks of Holidays” series…and you’ll certainly want to “eat more.” Continue reading “Eat Mores”

Cinnamon Swirl Cake

Ever since I was little, this cake was a special part of our Christmas.  We always made it on Christmas Eve and sliced up a big piece to leave for Santa.  My job as a child was to help “swirl” the cinnamon/sugar mixture through the batter to give the cake the signature look it’s named for.  It’s super easy, and the warm cinnamon flavor just brings back great memories and reminds me of the holidays.  As we move from Thanksgiving into December, I am excited to add this family favorite to my “Twelve Weeks of Holidays” series.   Continue reading “Cinnamon Swirl Cake”

Lemon Blossoms

This recipe has been a Thanksgiving morning staple in our family for a number of years.  It’s a Paula Deen creation that is amazing!  It makes a bunch, so it’s perfect for taking to a party.  It’s also a great brunch item if you’re hosting.  And, it can be made ahead and frozen…so, it’s a time saver, and you can just take out and thaw the amount you need.  It’s so perfect!  My family adores them.  They taste like little glazed donuts…need I say more!  The Twelve Weeks of Holidays series continues! Continue reading “Lemon Blossoms”

Pecan Pie

Our Thanksgiving is not complete without a pecan pie.  It’s just a rule or something…we have pumpkin pie and pecan pie.  Even if it’s just the three of us with no other family members attending.  We have a dessert table that usually goes untouched until hours after the meal or until the next day because, let’s face it, the meal usually leaves no room for dessert…pity, right?  This is one I make ahead and freeze to cut down on the cooking frenzy leading up to the feast.  So, this is the perfect item to add to my “12 Weeks of Holidays” series.  Hope you enjoy!
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Pumpkin Pound Cake

It wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without this yummy cake on our dessert table.  I started making this many years ago when our son was little.  He loved it so much that I continued to make it at his request every year.  It is so moist and delicious with just the perfect, yet not overwhelming,  pumpkin flavor.  It smells and tastes like the holidays in every way.  And that is why it is the next recipe in my “12 Weeks of Holidays” series.   Continue reading “Pumpkin Pound Cake”

Peanut Butter Fudge

My sweet mother, who has challenges when it comes to baking, shared this recipe with me several years ago.  It came from a Taste of Home cookbook, I believe, and it couldn’t be easier.  She told me that if SHE could make it with success, anyone could.  It has only 2 ingredients…3 if you add the optional nuts.  It comes out perfectly every time, and it wouldn’t be the holidays unless I made a batch of it.  My son requests it every year.  Make an extra batch, and you can be a rock star when you give it as a gift!  So, here is my next offering in my “12 Weeks of Holidays” series.  Enjoy!  Continue reading “Peanut Butter Fudge”

Witches’ Hats

Here is recipe number 2 in my “Twelve Weeks Of Holidays” series…When our son was little, there was no more joyous time than Halloween through Christmas.  He always adored dressing in costume and trick-or-treating.  We’d usually try to get together with a group of friends, and sometimes, we’d meet at one of our homes for a quick bite and Halloween themed desserts before heading off for more sugar…crazy…I know.  But, it was fun, and I’ll never forget those times.  These cute little Witches’ Hats always made an appearance at those gatherings…and just like magic, they always disappeared. Continue reading “Witches’ Hats”

Pumpkin Muffins

A dear friend who loves Halloween as much as I do shared this yummy recipe with me.  It’s really very simple, and it just embodies all the flavors of fall.  It never disappoints, and every time I make it I get requests for the recipe.  I am proud to make this the first dish of my “12 weeks of holidays” series!  Yea Fall!  Bring on the cooler weather and campfires!  Continue reading “Pumpkin Muffins”

Baby Food Carrot Cake

To me, recipes are all about family, memories and the times we’ve shared while enjoying them.  And, the best recipes are handed down from generation to generation and family to family.  That’s how I got many of my recipes and ideas, including this one from my brother-in-law’s family.  We were all together one summer celebrating my niece’s birthday, and this is the cake she chose to be the star of her party. Continue reading “Baby Food Carrot Cake”