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”

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”

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”

Chocolate Chip Cake

These days most of the recipes I write or read about are all stored digitally.  It’s certainly convenient to be able to just do a search and up pops what you’re looking for.  But sometimes I really miss pouring over actual cookbooks, magazines and bits of looseleaf paper or index cards with old family recipes scribbled down. Continue reading “Chocolate Chip Cake”

Ruth’s Banana Pudding

It seems you just can’t have a big family gathering without banana pudding.  At least in my family!  It’s certainly understandable, because it is irresistibly creamy, dreamy and delicious.  It always seemed to be our go to Easter dessert.  But I don’t think anyone would object to this dish any time of the year!  This one is extra rich thanks to a secret ingredient that took me years to get my Aunt Ruth to give up.  Shhh…don’t tell her I’m sharing it! Continue reading “Ruth’s Banana Pudding”