Category Archives: Holidays

Spooky Peanut Butter Puff Truffles

Spooky Peanut Butter Puff Truffles

The folks at Betty Crocker invited me to try and come up with a spooky Halloween recipe using some of the General Mills cereals this year. At first, I wasn’t sure that I could do it. Cereals? What can you do with those besides make rice krispie treats and similar marshmallow bars? But I accepted the challenge and set about trying to come up with ... Read More »

Pumpkin and Chocolate Layer Cake

Pumpkin and Chocolate Layer Cake

It’s just not fall without some kind of pumpkin dessert. How can you not think of pumpkins when the stores are filled with them and people put them out on their porches as decorations? Getting in the spirit of pumpkin desserts, as well as the Halloween season that prompts their presence, I used pumpkin in this beautiful orange and black Pumpkin and Chocolate Layer Cake. ... Read More »

Halloween M&M Chocolate Cookies

Colorful, spooky Halloween M&Ms

I am a big fan of the Halloween M&Ms this year. They’re not just black and orange, but black, orange, neon green and purple. The combination of colors looks fun, bold and a bit spooky. I honestly love the look of them. I wanted to showcase their bright seasonal colors in something other than my candy dish, so I incorporated them into a batch of ... Read More »

Wilton Halloween Cookie Pan

Halloween is coming up in a couple of weeks and that means that stores are starting to stock up on Halloween items, from candy to costumes. Wilton has a new Halloween Cookie Pan out this year. This pan is designed with separate cavities for cookie dough balls and bakes your cookies into one of 12 different Halloween shapes. It’s really nice that each of the ... Read More »

Happy 4th of July!

Happy 4th of July!

Happy 4th of July, everyone! I hope you’re all out celebrating with some good food, friends and fireworks. I recommend grilling, especially if you live somewhere hot. Nothing beats a hot day like standing in front of a hot grill – and then being able to appreciate the temperature difference once you step away from the grill to eat! These patriotic cupcakes are just simple ... Read More »

Red, White and Blue Chocolate Dipped Strawberries

Red, White and Blue Chocolate Dipped Strawberries

When you stick to a holiday’s “theme” colors – red and green for Christmas, pink and red for Valentine’s Day – it makes it much easier to come up with treats to make in celebration. These Red, White and Blue Chocolate Dipped Strawberries incorporate both the colors of the 4th of July holiday and fresh, in-season strawberries. They look extremely patriotic, as far as strawberries ... Read More »

Ideas for Easter Brunch

Brunch will probably always be one of my favorite meals because you can serve just about anything and it will be absolutely appropriate for the occasion. Breakfast food, lunch dishes, muffins, pastries, desserts and boozy drinks all fit nicely into the category. Easter has always been one of my favorite brunching occasions because, most years, it is warm enough to sit outside and it really ... Read More »

Homemade Peanut Butter-Filled Chocolate Easter Eggs

Homemade Peanut Butter-Filled Chocolate Easter Eggs

One of the easiest – and tastiest – candies to make at home is chocolate peanut butter cups. You can use anything from a mini muffin tin to little candy wrappers, which are sold at craft stores, to shape the chocolate. Once the chocolate is set, all you need to do is pipe in a peanut butter filling, cover the open end with more chocolate ... Read More »

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