Not Your Mother’s 7-Up Strawberry Pie Recipe

Not your mother’s 7-Up strawberry pie recipe He started this whole thing. He’d seen something somewhere (I think it was on a menu in a diner) for something called a 7-Up strawberry pie. He was intrigued. I was quite horrified. It sounded like the ultimate in junk food to me although I have to admit that just about anything with strawberries is pretty good. I looked up the recipe online (there are many) and as I’d...

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Mom’s Apple Pie: Grand Prix Gourmet, USA

There isn’t much sweeter than the aroma of an old fashioned Apple Pie baking in the oven.  Not only for the scent of the apples and cinnamon, but also for the reminiscing.  It always takes me years and decades back, to family times when we were all together.  Mom in the kitchen making crusts, Dad teasing about how many apples he had to peel to make the pies.  Happy moments laughing together. Besides, doesn’t an apple pie...

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Recipe: English Treacle Tart

English treacle tart recipe Oh, treacle tart!  Just find me an English person who wouldn’t enjoy a slice right now. In order to make this wonderful comfort food, you’re going to need real English Golden Syrup. If you can’t buy it locally –  and it’s in lots of American supermarkets now – it’s easily ordered online. You’ll love this scrumptious dessert and if you serve it to English...

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Green Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies

When I saw this recipe I just had to try it. Mint chocolate chip is a favorite in our house. With St Patrick’s Day coming I thought I’d make a batch to see how they’d go over in case I need to make more. They turned out delish! I even shared some with my a neighbor who looks forward to my treats since I started sharing with them. These were fun to mix up. I’ve never made cookies with the green coloring in them...

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Giant Heart Valentine Chocolate Chip Cookie

Giant Heart Valentine Chocolate Chip Cookie I made this giant heart cookie for the first time believe it not. I’m impressed it came out really great. It’s even kind of healthy; it’s gluten free. It’s a Pillsbury brand package that was given to me. Not often I get those because I like to make cookies from scratch. It sure made it easy though to make! Spray your heart pan with a cooking spray. Just take dough out...

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Pumpkin Spice Eyeball Cupcakes

Make pumpkin spice cupcakes with eyeballs for Halloween! These were fun to make. I cheated and used a box mix which you can pick up at your local grocery store or if you shop online at Amazon Grocery. It comes with the mixtures for the cupcakes and the frosting. The frosting is orange is a decadent color for fall and the Halloween holiday. Making these cupcakes are really pretty easy. Just follow the directions and you can’t go wrong....

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Spooky Spider Cupcakes

Spooky beady eyed spider cupcakes are a fun Halloween treat. Everyone will love these spooky but cute creatures. Making these cupcakes was a lot of fun. I’ve never made anything like them before; not even the type of frosting on these. I’d never have thought to use Kool-aid in my frosting. Sure enough it turns out with a lighter, fluffier consistency with a fun flavor. This frosting was a orange dream; tasted like orange...

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Macadamia White Chocolate Dessert Bars, Made with Coconut Oil

Macadamia White Chocolate Dessert Bars, Made with Coconut Oil. It is always a delight to have a sweet taste of dessert for a snack or after a meal.  Often at our house that will include Chocolate Chip Toffee Bars  or cookies of some kind.  In the mood for something different, I decided to make a cookie recipe into a dessert bar. Using coconut oil for baking has also been a goal of mine.  It worked great for these bars. You don’t...

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German Sunken Apple Cake Recipe

German Sunken Apple Cake Recipe When my son got back from his school trip to Germany he was very excited for two reasons, firstly he had a broken leg –which meant he could miss school, and secondly because  the family he was staying with baked him a sunken apple cake for his birthday. That was exciting because we had already baked one ourselves here at home. We got the recipe from his German teacher at school and it felt very nice to...

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Mohammed Ali’s favourite knockout pie

Mohammed Ali’s favourite knockout pie recipe This recipe was printed in the Toledo Blade newspaper in September 1979. The recipe was created by Lana Shabazz. Whether it helped him to float like a butterfly and sting like a bee is mere conjecture. At the time of publication of the recipe,Lana had been Ali’s dietician for fifteen years. In 1971, Mohammed Ali lost a fight to Joe Frazier. The story does that was because he had...

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Make your own Hamburger Buns with a Bread Machine

Make your own Hamburger Buns with a Bread Machine Now that I have a bread machine I try to avoid buying bread at the store. The machine makes it so easy and inexpensive to prepare it at home, and the aroma of bread baking spreads through the house. My review of this fantastic invention is right here. At first I stuck with loaves of bread, not sure I would do well making rolls. But the first time I tried them I found they are so easy...

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Zucchini Bread

One of my favorite bread recipes I look forward to making in the Fall is Zucchini Bread. My mom use to make this all the time but since she isn’t about to now I carry on the tradition of making it. I do, however, leave out one ingredient which is the nuts that she always put in it. I’m not too fond of nuts in my baked goods. This recipe calls for vegetable oil but since I didn’t have in my cupboard I decided to try...

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Pecan pie recipe from 1964

Pecan pie recipe from the White House This recipe was published in the Free Lance Star newspaper in 1964. It was said to be the favourite of Lady Bird Johnson. The recipe was devised by their chef, Zephyr Wright, who had at that time been working for the Johnson family for over twenty years. It’s said to be incredibly rich so small portions are recommended. Therefore I’m rather surprised that it is served with whipped...

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How To Make A Whimsical Easter Bunny Cake

When I was younger my Mom made this really neat Easter Bunny Cake. I thought it would be fun to share with you how to make it. It’s really pretty simple and fun to make. It’s quite whimsical looking which is perfect for Easter. That’s me in the picture way back when. We made our cake a chocolate flavor then decorated it with white frosting. Topped it with coconut all over and made pink coconut and sprinkles to put on...

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The Most Amazing Pound Cake Ever!

The Most Amazing Pound Cake Ever! If you are looking for an easy, quick and versatile recipe for cake that can be made to look ordinary or extraordinary, this is for YOU! Not only is this recipe one of the easiest to follow, it also lets you add almost anything to it to make it different or special. My family has been baking a variety of this cake for the last 50 years or more and they always ask for it again and again. Maybe because...

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Gluten Free Banana Bread

Save Print Gluten Free Banana Bread Rating  5 from 1 reviews Prep time:  20 mins Cook time:  60 mins Total time:  1 hour 20 mins Serves: 1 loaf Ingredients 3 or 4 ripe bananas, mashed 1-1/4 cups white sugar ½ cup real butter 2 whole eggs ½ cup milk, any kind 2-1/2 cups Bob's Red Mill All Purpose Gluten Free Baking Flour 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon Salt 3 teaspoons Bob's Red Mill Xanthan...

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Raspberry, White Chocolate Scones and More

Raspberry, White Chocolate Scones and More Basic Scones all Dressed Up Scones make a perfect brunch treat. Actually they are good for breakfast or a snack anytime. What’s so fun is that you can add such a variety of fruit to them as well. My favorite is raspberry, though blueberry comes in a close second. And adding white chocolate chips to any variety is always a taste sensation. Here’s my favorite basic recipe. They come...

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Frosted Cherry Squares

Yum A Delicious Cherry Treat This is one of my favorite new recipes. It makes a bar like cookie, but with fruit filling it is moist, sweet, and so tasty. It reminds me of the Cherry Cobbler my mother used to make when we were growing up. I originally saw it in a Taste of Home magazine, but have made a few changes. It’s an easy recipe to assemble, and makes such a pretty, colorful presentation. It also freezes very well, if you...

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Strawberry Pink Camouflage Cake

Strawberry Pink Camouflage Cake Make a fun pink camouflage cake topped with strawberries for Valentines Day! I’ve never made a cake like this or a layered cake before so it was a new experience for me. It was different making the camouflage design but fun. I dropped each color of batter by spoonfuls into the pan. It looked really cool. Wait til you see the photos in the instructions. Tools you’ll need: Large mixing bowl...

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Football Peanut Butter Cookies

Football Peanut Butter Cookies A fun thing to do for Super Bowl Sunday is to make treats for the gang. I thought it would be fun to make my own creation of a football decorated on top of peanut butter cookies. So I attempted to do just that. Here’s my story: I cheated and didn’t make the cookies from scratch. I used one of those store bought packages and followed the directions on the package to make them. I did, however, make...

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White Chocolate Berry Muffins

White Chocolate Berry Muffins. These fruity muffins are a sweet delight for breakfast, an afternoon snack or anytime! Rasberries, blueberries, and melted white chocolate bits. Yum! I was looking for a recipe that would allow me to use up some frozen raspberries I had on hand, when I ran across this one. It’s an old Betty Crocker recipe I had in my book, but with a few changes. Rasberries are always a treat, however they are...

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Christmas Bazaars and Bake Sales

For anyone who belongs to a group, be it of seniors, church groups, ladies crafting clubs and the like, you know as well as I do, that Christmas is a time when people are not only out shopping for handmade items, but they are also on the look out for Classic Bake Sale Goodies. I think one of the reasons this is so, is because everyone get invited to house parties or some sort of get together and we all feel the need to “bring...

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Recipe: Cinnamon rolls

Recipe: Cinnamon rolls Christmas Morning. I can picture it now……the excited children running into your room, begging you to get up to see what Santa brought, anxious to open family presents. The next scene, everyone in cozy robes make their way downstairs. Then comes the coffee brewing. Who can resist the aroma of freshly made coffee? To perfect your Christmas morning, why not put a batch of cinnamon rolls in the oven? The scent of...

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No Bake Oatmeal Cocoa Cookies

 Oatmeal Cookies Recipe: No Oven Required. A no bake cookie that is easy to make even for kids. There is no using a oven to make these cookies just a mixing bowl and spoon. All kids love to help so these would be perfect for that. You can have them mix the dry ingredients together while you warm a few of the other ingredients up in a saucepan on top of the stove. These are perfect to make on a hot day since no oven is required. Who...

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Sour Cream Cranberry Bars

Are you looking for a dessert that is good for Fall? Well I have just the one for you! They are Sour Cream Cranberry Bars. They use dried cranberries. I wasn’t so sure about this recipe at first but after making them and trying one I was hooked. What an amazing taste! This is a fairly easy to make. Just follow the steps in the recipe. That’s all I did since I’d never made it before. I didn’t have regular dried...

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Mom’s Sheet Cake Brownies

Brownies To Die For! These homemade sheet cake brownies are super delicious! My mom use to make these all the time when my boys were younger. She liked to make them for mostly holidays but could made anytime of the year. I loved them so much they became a favorite of mine. She always made them just right. One of the things that made them so good was that she’d keep them in the freezer. After she was done frosting the cake...

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German Chocolate Cake Bars Recipe

German Chocolate Is To Die For! I’ve been a huge fan of German Chocolate all my life so I fell in love with this recipe right away when I found it. I just had to make it! I gathered my ingredients, mixing bowls, and utensils to put these bars together. I keep pecans in my freezer so all I had to do was get them out and chop them up for the coconut mixture. A good alternative is walnuts if you don’t have pecans. The...

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Pumpkin Spice Bars

These super easy pumpkin spice brownies are a new favorite of mine.  I call them a brownie, though I know a bar would be the proper description.  But since I first tried the two ingredient brownies using pumpkin and cake mix, brownie seems appropriate here too. It still amazes me how quick it is to make either of these recipes.  For this one I used a spice cake mix and one 15 oz can of pumpkin.  The very first time I made them I had a...

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Super Light Pumpkin Muffins

Today when you do a search for a light pumpkin muffin recipe, most of what you find will be a combination of pumpkin and a cake mix.  I use the recipe for my favorite pumpkin bars so I know it’s a good one. Still, using a cake mix always makes me wonder how many ingredients are included that I would rather avoid.  These days if you are trying to eat less sugar and less flour, it feels healthier to fix from scratch.  That brought me...

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Brownies Made With Pumpkin

Lighten Up Your Brownies with this Two Ingredient Recipe Ever since I discovered this brownie recipe, it’s the only way I make them. I found it in the Hungry Girl dessert cookbook shown below. It’s not only simple, but she’s made it much healthier by using pumpkin instead of oil and eggs. And best of all is it’s rich chocolate taste! Her cookbook offers many different versions that all look yummy, but for...

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Caramel Nut Clusters

The name alone is drool worthy, don’t you think? Going through one of my mother’s old cookbooks, I found this recipe tucked within the pages.  Actually her recipe is called peanut clusters.  Since I wanted to try walnuts, and perhaps next time, pecans, thought it would be better to generalize. Any kind of nut would work beautifully in this recipe, including peanuts.  Nice too, that you can use salted or unsalted nuts....

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Cinnamon Roll Cake Recipe

Cinnamon rolls are a favorite with coffee anytime but wait until you try them as cake rolls. This recipe is a cross between a coffee cake and cinnamon rolls. Lets Get Started! I had this recipe laying around for a little while waiting to make it. Gee, what was I waiting for. It turned out so fantastic! After it is was baked; it came out looking like a cake this is cracked on top. I thought I’d done something wrong at first but...

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Glazed Lemon Jello Cake

If you like lemon, you will love this extra moist, extra lemony dessert. Lemon Jello Cake was one I always requested when Mom would ask what cake I would like for my birthday. Without traditional frosting, it is lighter, yet with the lemon jello in the cake and juice in the glaze, it has such a moist sweetness in every bite.  Every bite offers that tart lemon taste that is simply delicious. It’s simple to put together too, and takes...

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Strawberry Rhubarb Dessert Bars

Garden Rhubarb Memories As a little girl I loved going to the garden with my Grandma to pick rhubarb. After we’d pick some we go back to her kitchen and get it all washed up. Then first and foremost after that we’d dab some of the smaller thinner stalks into sugar and eat it just like that. They were so good that way. That’s one of my most favorite garden memories with my Grandma. Making This Recipe With this recipe...

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The World’s Easiest Almond Bark

Dark, Milk and White Chocolate Almond Bark. At Holiday time, everyone is rushed and time is one thing that everyone doesn’t seem to have enough of! Having said that, I love recipes that are easy, look real nice, are flavorful! It’s a bonus when it doesn’t take up too much of that precious time, and still lets your friends and family know that you care about them! This recipe fits all those categories to a “T”!...

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Dr Pepper Chocolate Cake

Pop Flavored Cake If you haven’t tried Dr Pepper in your cake you’re missing out! Thought I’d try making a cake with pop in it. I choose Dr Pepper for for my pop. I used it in the cake batter and frosting. Making this cake is pretty easy; not hard at all. You can’t taste the Dr Pepper flavor per se but it sure amplifies the flavor of the cake plus the frosting too. It makes it moist and bit heavier so...

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Blueberry Bran Muffins

Blueberry Bran Muffins   Save Print Blueberry Bran Muffins Rating  5 from 1 reviews Prep time:  20 mins Cook time:  15 mins Total time:  35 mins Serves: 12 to 16 Ingredients 1½ cup wheat bran 1 cup low fat buttermilk ⅓ cup vegetable oil ¼ cup egg substitute (or 1 egg) ⅔ cup brown sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla 1 cup flour 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon baking powder ½ teaspoon...

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Fire Boy Cookies

Basler Leckerli/Laeckerli. This cookie comes from my native country Switzerland and it is delicious. The picture does not do justice for the flavour of the cookie when you take that first bite. It is a little bit of heaven when you are able to indulge in this specialty cookie and a hot cup of coffee or tea.   Save Print Fire Boy Cookies Rating  5 from 1 reviews Ingredients 450 grams honey (16 ounces) 300 grams of sugar (10.5...

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Berry Frozen Yogurt Bites

Looking for a healthy frozen treat instead of ice cream?  Here is a recipe that has so many good-for-you ingredients you can eat it every day!  It makes a flavorful, sweet, satisfying dessert or snack any time of day. Check out these healthy ingredients: Coconut oil—good for so many things, including brain health Berries—one of the top 10 foods for brain and body health Nuts—another top brain food, and a healthy fat Greek Yogurt—Great...

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Highland scones recipe

Highland scones recipe I have to admit that baking is definitely not my forte.But even I can handle these easy-to-make scones. They take only eight minutes in the oven and are simplicity itself to mix – no blenders, whisks or things-that-need-cleaning are used. Once you have the basic recipe, it opens up so many ideas. The recipe below contains currants, as these are traditional but you could omit these and other ingredients...

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Pie Crust Cookies

Pie Crust Cookies My mom should have awards for baking the most wonderful pies. Her crusts were always perfect. Light, flaky, and even the correct shape in the pie pan (a personal problem I have with pie crust making). Whenever she made the crusts, she would put the leftover scraps of dough in an extra tin, sprinkle them with cinnamon and sugar, and bake them too. We loved them. The other day when I was once again trying to make a pie...

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Best Baking Powder Biscuits

Mom’s Are The Best! They are.  I know. You may think yours are better, but you have to try these and compare before deciding. Mom’s recipes always come through. Sometimes a baking powder biscuit sounds too good to resist. Do you know what I mean?  Finding an excellent one has been the challenge.  That is, until I happened to find my mother’s old recipe stashed in one of her cookbooks. I was so glad to find it. It wins, hands...

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Salted Caramel Cookies

When I saw this limited edition flavor by Betty Crocker I couldn’t resist making these. I got the package and took them home to make. Package mixes are really easy. Generally all you need is stick butter, eggs and maybe some water. This recipe only called for the butter and eggs. Just make as directed on the package. You can’t go wrong. When I tried the cookies when they were done I loved the flavor. A very simple flavor of caramel in...

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Maple Bacon Cookies

The bacon craze for cookies is here! Sounds interesting, huh? Quite the combination! As I was walking around in the store one day I saw a cookie mix flavor called Maple Bacon. It said ‘Limited Edition’ on the package plus the mix is by Betty Crocker. I’m not the biggest fan of bacon so this was going to be something new to try for sure! Although, bacon in my cookies? When I got home I read the instructions. They are made...

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Watermelon Cake

Watermelon cake with vegan coconut whipped cream. My granddaughter had her 20th birthday in July. Her wish was to have a vegan dinner as that is the diet she and her boyfriend follow. So my daughter, her mother, decided to make an unusual cake for her made of watermelon and topped with whipped cream made from the cream part of the canned coconut milk. Here is the link for the various results from different brands of coconut milk when...

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Martha Washington Chocolates

Hand Dipped Chocolates. Now what are these Martha Washington Chocolates, huh? They are hand dipped chocolates. They are perfect for the holidays. These are such a favorite of mine. Memories….. My mom use to make these chocolates every year for the holidays when I was younger. Oh how I love them so much with that coconut sugary chocolate flavor. As I got older and didn’t live at home I’d still ask her to make them....

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Lady Baltimore Cake

Lady Baltimore Cake Recipe. A white cake with whip cream topping and fruit on top and the middle. Traditional Lord and Lady Baltimore cakes were white cakes with a boiled frosting. Topped and filled with raisins, dates, figs and topped with some nuts. They marinated the fruit in sherry wine. I worked for a bakery in the 70s and the recipe my boss made used coconut, cherries, peaches and bananas. I have gone to bakeries that have had...

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Fruit Cake

Pioneer fruit cake without alcohol from Sweden and Wales. Fruit cake without alcohol: This formula for fruitcake has been handed down from Sweden and Wales. There have been many variations of it. It does not use alcohol as their religion did not accept the use of alcohol. The difference was that you first cooked the raisins in the cinnamon and water.   Save Print Fruit Cake Rating  5 from 1 reviews Prep time:  45 mins Cook...

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Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Butterscotch Cookies

Silver’s Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Butterscotch Cookies. Nom Nom! My daughter Silver has an issue with gluten so she has been cooking gluten free for a few months. That has helped her to get rid of her gluten intolerant intestinal pain issues. My daughter Silver is my second to the oldest daughter. I was living with IoBlue my youngest daughter. I now live with my oldest daughter Miss Norway who is a good cook as well as a...

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Swedish Flat Bread

Family Tradition. I learned to make Swedish Flat Bread with my boyfriend and his Dad. It’s a family tradition in his family for the Holidays especially Thanksgiving. I had never made this before so I was excited to learn this new family tradition. I thought it was really neat since I am of Swedish nationality. It’s always fun to learn from your heritage. It was a lot of fun to learn. It’s not that hard but is a...

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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

With Autumn just around the corner these Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookie are perfect. I love baking with pumpkin in the Fall. It is such a treat. Loaves & Fishes & So Much More Cookbook This pumpkin cookie recipe featured is one that I found in a cookbook that I got while out on an adventure driving through Elroy, Wisconsin. We saw a cheese store and just had to stop. Sitting on the counter was the Loaves & Fishes & So...

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Chocolate Chip Toffee Bars

Chocolate Chips, Toffee, Nuts Do you occasionally get a craving for a rich, gooey cookie? A Chocolate Chip Toffee Bar is sure to satisfy that desire. Easy to put together, these delectable morsels are a great dessert to have on hand to serve family or guests or both. This is a recipe I got from my mother, THE best baker! (I bet you thought your mom was). She was always asked to bring dessert to any function or party. Every year at...

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Zucchini Brownies

I kept seeing this brownie recipe with zucchini, banana and apple sauce in them floating around Facebook for awhile. It caught my attention cause it seemed to be on everyone’s page. So I thought I’d give it a try. I’ve put zucchini in other desserts so it can’t be that different plus it was healthy in other ways too. Read on to find out more about it! It was really moist with using bananas and apple sauce which...

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Cocoa Krispies Treats

Making Rice Krispies. One of the simplest bars to make is Krispies treats whether plain or flavored. I just recently made cocoa krispies ones that lasted only a few days in my house. The chocolate flavor was divine! You can make then in so many varieties with using plain, chocolate or colored rice krispies cereals. You can top them with sprinkles or frostings; even leave them plain. They’re perfect either way. There are three...

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Piradzini: Latvian Bacon and Onion Stuffed Rolls

A Canadian Treat given to us by the Latvians. Who doesn’t love bacon? I have just come across a recipe that pairs two of my favorite flavours and foods. Bacon and onions….In Canada we are looking at a long weekend coming up Aug. 3rd. So to make the weekend really memorable, I try to find something that takes a little longer to make (because now I have the time) and something that my family will really enjoy. Enter into my...

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Cinnamon Rolls From The Bread Machine

Fresh Baked Cinnamon Rolls, Right Out of the Oven My adorable Norwegian grandmother would always have a pan of fresh cinnamon rolls just out of the oven whenever we came to visit her. I can see her still, standing in her little kitchen, pulling them from the oven, flipping them over to get them out of the pan. She would serve us coffee, with a little cream, in a very small cup, since we were very young. Coffee wasn’t a drink we...

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German Chocolate Cake

German Chocolate Cake Recipe. A tasty distinctive dark chocolate flavor is German Chocolate. This chocolate makes for a great cake. It is topped with a coconut pecan frosting and used for filling between layers too. You won’t want to miss trying this cake! Ever since I was little this has been my all time favorite cake. Between my grandmother and my mom making this cake; it was heavenly tasting! After my mom knew it was my...

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Spinach and Mushroom Calzones

Using a bread machine makes it so easy to have fresh bread any day.  Lately I’ve been making dinner and sandwich sized rolls with it so I can use the fresh bread for hamburger buns.  This time I cut off a piece to try my hand at calzones. A calzone is another recipe that is surprisingly adaptable.  Not only can you use your favorite ingredients and cheese, you can also leave the veggies uncooked when you make the calzone and allow...

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Hot Fudge Cake in the Slow Cooker

 Hot Fudge Cake in the Slow Cooker     Gooey chocolate goodness made in a slow cooker.  This scrumptious, moist dessert is so easy.  No mixer required, simply stir, pour, and let your crockpot do the rest. This was a first for me. I’ve never made dessert in a slow cooker before.  I can see I have been missing out!  Wouldn’t you know Betty Crocker already had this and several other recipes to suggest?  When I saw the words...

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Cinnamon Biscuits

Lightly Sweet Biscuit Made with Coconut Oil   Baking powder Biscuits taste so good with coffee in the morning.  Let’s be honest, they taste good nearly any time of day. Since I started making them with cinnamon they’ve become a favorite lightly sweet breakfast treat. Often I will  simply drop them by small spoonfuls onto a baking pan. That makes them half size and bite size. Since they often go to a brunch at church, smaller works...

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Gobly Cake Recipe

Who wants a slice of Gobly Cake? Gobly Cake is a recipe I found in the West Yorkshire Archives today. I was searching for something else and found this instead, and couldn’t wait to try it out. The recipe appears to date back at least 70 years. ‘Gobly’? Most likely because it’s tasty so you want to gobble it down. It’s the sort of daft Yorkshire word you would conjure up here to describe something...

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Butter Pecan Balls, A Melt-in-Your-Mouth Cookie

A Cookie Tradition. Melt-in-your-mouth buttery goodness, covered lightly with powdered sugar. Sound tasty? Of course they’re scrumptious any time of year, but Pecan Balls are still one of my favorite and longest Christmas traditions. Especially in the dessert category. Christmas is a time for tradition. It’s always a treat to see favorite decorations and ornaments unwrapped, lights hung inside and out, the angel placed on...

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No Fail Chocolate Chip Cookies

No Fail Chocolate Chip Cookies These are the best home made chocolate chip cookies I’ve ever tasted, and it’s totally because of the recipe not because of me! Rich and chewy and very chocolatey, I can’t believe I made them. I have a confession. Until a friend gave me this recipe, I was a total failure at chocolate chip cookie baking. I’ve tried so many different recipes from relatives, cookbooks, magazines, and...

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Oatmeal Peanut Butter Cookies

A Cookie to Satisfy. Oatmeal and peanut butter are two of my favorite cookies, so what could be better than combining both? I like to include these in my holiday cooking, only then I will sprinkle them with red or green sugar. It’s become a new tradition to bake these along with my favorites, Pecan Balls and Ginger cookies. Of course, these are a tasty snack year round. The oats and peanut butter also offer nutritional value....

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Gramma’s Ginger Cookies

Gramma’s Ginger Cookies Ginger Cookies, My Grandmother’s Way These ginger cookies are one of my favorite comfort cookies! Probably because the recipe is my grandmother’s. Whenever our Norwegian grandparents would visit, we would come home from school to the aroma of cinnamon rolls or these cookies wafting through the house. Sweet, spicy and so delicious. Fresh from the oven or cooled, they are a delightful cookie...

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Chocolate Zucchini Cake

I love when the end of summer comes and its time for the zucchini to blossom in the garden. It’s like the next part to garden with Fall approaching. There are a number of great recipes that you can make with the zucchini. One that I really enjoy making is Chocolate Zucchini Cake. It is simple to make and usually goes over well with everyone who tries it. Although the first thought may be to those who think zucchini in a cake...

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Wafer Sandwich Cookies

Wafer Cookies with Frosting in the Middle. Delight your guests and family with these light wafer cookies filled with frosting. They are lovely for an afternoon tea. These wafer sandwich cookies have become a new family favorite. I first ran across the recipe while looking for something festive to make for a party at my Mom’s memory care residence. I loved the colorful frosting in the center, and knew all Mom’s friends...

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Chocolate Chip Mug Cake

Microwave Cake In A Mug I have been dying to try making a cake in a mug. So I did! They looked so fun and easy. I was inspired even more when I’d seen Zoom Yummy’s recipe on her blog. It looked totally inviting. I decided to use my Snoopy’s mug with his name on it for this adventure. Snoopy is my fiancé. We shared the mug cake for our dessert after lunch. We each had  our spoons dug right into it! It was cute and...

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Yorkshire Cooking: Herders’ Fattie Cakes

Herders’ Fattie Cakes Recipe. High on the Haworth to Colne road, on the borders of West Yorkshire with Lancashire, stood an old inn: The Herders Inn. Like many pubs in Britain, this one closed a few years ago and became increasingly derelict (see photo at end of this article). In the 19th and early 20th centuries, the inn was a half-way stopping off point for the cattle and sheep drovers who drove their livestock to market along...

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Chocolate Sheet Cake Recipe

Calling all chocoholics! This chocolate cake is a true sweet fix with both batter and frosting chocolate! This was my first time making this particular sheet cake recipe. At first I thought the recipe looked a bit involved but it really wasn’t. It was fairly simple. Just mix your dry ingredients as the recipe reads then make the stove top part. Add it all together. Really quite simple. Now when it came to the frosting; that was...

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Chocolate Cornflake Clusters

Chocolate cornflake clusters recipe. I watch a foodie channel on my Roku called ifood.tv. It is a free foodie network station where they share food videos and recipes on it. One of the recipe they made was these Chocolate Cornflake Clusters. As I watched the video on how to make them I thought they looked easy to make. So thought I’d give it a try. I mixed up the ingredients to make the chocolatey mixture. Then added it to the...

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Coconut Oil and Oat Muffins; When You Don’t Feel Like Oatmeal

While searching for an alternative to oatmeal as a hot cereal, I ran across this recipe on “And Babies Don’t Keep.”  Besides oats, it includes blueberries AND coconut oil.   Oats are so good for us, both for our hearts and our brains.  Still, sometimes I get tired of hot cereal. This particular recipe appealed for several reasons.  First, the oats, then because it uses coconut oil, and lastly because it includes blueberries.  Oh, and...

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Yorkshire Cooking: Fat Rascals

Yorkshire Fat Rascals. Yorkshire Fat Rascal cakes are a timeless favourite in the region, although they were only given this name in recent times. The recipe goes back to the 15th century and is based on a Yorkshire ‘turf bun’, so called because they were often baked on a griddle over a turf fire at the end of the cooking day. Left-over bits of dough and lard were squashed together with honey and fruit and baked into a...

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Yorkshire Cooking: Yorkshire Ale and Rye Bread

Some folk might say to use good Yorkshire ale to make bread is a mortal sin. But as you only use half a bottle in this recipe, you can pour out the rest and enjoy it with a slab of this full flavoured bread and a hunk of Wensleydale cheese. If you do that all will be forgiven, and you will be at peace with the world. Save Print Yorkshire Cooking: Yorkshire Ale and Rye Bread Rating  5 from 1 reviews Ingredients 300g rye flour 200g...

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Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies Today is National Peanut Butter Day. While many national days may seem unimportant or pointless, surely peanut butter deserves its day in the spotlight! What would be more appropriate than making cookies? Our favorite version of a peanut butter cookie is a delightful combination of oatmeal and peanut butter. That actually sounds healthy, doesn’t it? This recipe won’t claim that, since sugar, flour and...

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British custard tart recipe

British custard tart recipe In 2006, we watched a BBC series on television that was fascinating. A banquet had been planned to celebrate the eightieth birthday of Queen Elizabeth II. The banquet, for three hundred people, was planned for June 16th. The theme of the banquet,naturally enough, was British foods. The television programme showed various well-known chefs as they competed to have their dishes chosen to be served at the...

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Yorkshire Cooking: Parkin

Yorkshire Parkin. Parkin is a delicious ginger flavoured sponge cake associated with the north of England, particularly Lancashire and Yorkshire. There are regional variations, particularly with the use of spices and sugars – but this recipe keeps it simple and confines the spice to just powdered ginger. Every Yorkshire family that’s worth its salt can make Parkin (sometimes called ‘Tharf cake’), and this is my mother-in-law’s recipe....

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Yorkshire Cooking: Mint Pastry

Yorkshire Mint Pastry. A Hidden Yorkshire Recipe Gem. This is a recipe from Yorkshire that tends to get passed down through families, rather than written in cookery books. It is a combination of garden mint with currants (or raisins) in a plain pastry tart that offers a taste surprise. The blend works surprisingly well, and the smell of fresh mint and fruit hot from the oven is sublime. The main ingredients are stock items in most...

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Raspberry and Blueberry Muffins

WARM MUFFINS FOR BREAKFAST When you can’t decide what sounds good in a muffin, why not try using several? That certainly made these muffins one of my new favorites. These little guys are so delicious! A luscious combination of fresh raspberries, blueberries, and melting white chocolate, just out of the oven. I love these! You can frost them with powdered sugar/milk frosting, you can sprinkle the with powdered sugar, or simply eat them...

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Chocolate Chip Toffee Bars

Chocolate Chip Toffee Bars I’m in the mood for something rich, crunchy and chocolatey. Look what I picked. These delicious bars are one of my Mom’s recipes. Of course hers were always better, but mine came out quite tasty too. The recipe makes a 9×13 pan fun of delicious! There might be a lot of ingredients, but it is really an easy recipe to prepare. Once they are finished cooking, be sure to try one while they are still warm....

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The Classic Chocolate Chip Cookie Gets Hot And Spicy

The Classic Chocolate Chip Cookie Gets Hot And Spicy The chocolate chip cookie, made from a dough of butter, sugar, flour and chocolate chips, is one of America’s most loved comfort snacks. Things heat up in the kitchen as the classic chocolate chip cookie gets a spicy makeover that will set off an explosion of fireworks in your mouth. Got milk, anyone? Stirring a cup of diced jalapeno peppers and dash of cayenne pepper into chocolate...

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What’s Pie Without Cream Cheese?

What’s Pie Without Cream Cheese? If you are a fan of cream cheese as I am, chances are excellent that you will enjoy either of the two pies featured here. It just happens that these are two of my favorites. When we were growing up, our mom made strawberry pie for us every so often. Her homemade crusts were perfect, of course. A knack I have still not yet mastered. What I loved was the cream cheese layer. It tastes delicious with the...

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Making Homemade Bread the Easy Way: Using a Bread Machine

Easily make bread at home Since I suggested you try these cinnamon rolls for a Christmas morning treat, it seems only fair that I give you a little more information on my own favorite bread machine. Mine is the The Panasonic SD-YD250 Automatic YeastPro Bread Maker. It is fantastic! I received this long lasting machine as a Christmas gift a couple of years ago. I think I held out a long time. It was one of those appliances that I felt...

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Raspberry Scones with White Chocolate

Scones are a favorite of mine for breakfast or brunch.  The seem mildly sweet which makes them lighter in my mind.  They are wonderful plain served with jam, or with a variety of additions that might include fresh fruit,  dried fruit, nuts, spices, pumpkin and even chocolate chips. I’m constantly searching for the perfect scone recipe. Once I found a recipe I loved it look a lot of sampling before I could narrow down my favorite...

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Frosted Cherry Squares

At your next party, you will want to include these Frosted Cherry Squares as one of your dessert options. Whether you need a pretty dish to serve at your event, or simply want something to please your family, these are sure to satisfy. These bar like treats are contest winners as well as one of my most requested recipes. If you don’t like cherries, you could try it with apple or lemon pie filling instead. It is an fast recipe to mix...

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Wakes Cakes

Wakes Cakes The origins of Wakes Cakes dates back to the 7th century. Wakes days (and later weeks) in Britain were periods of localised celebration in honour of a patron saint of a particular church or parish. It was traditional to keep watch, or ‘wake’, in church on the eve of the dedication day, but over time the wake became an evening of feasting, often in the church-yard. This gradually degenerated into drunkenness and...

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Yorkshire Cooking: Sly Cakes

Sly Cakes. Sly Cakes originated in the North of England, probably early in the 19th century, and is likely to be a regional variation on Eccles Cakes, which were sold commercially in the Manchester area from 1793. Sly Cakes have a pastry surround with an inner core of dried fruits and nuts. It is baked in a rectangle brick-like shape, then cut into squares when cold.   It can still be found made in the Northern English counties of...

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