Mini Cherry Cheesecake Cupcake Recipe

Mini cherry cheesecake cupcakes

It’s a long way away from the annual Cherry Blossom Festival.  That won’t happen until June 30 next year. But this recipe for mini cherry cheesecake cupcakes is a dessert that I love year round.   I have recently discovered that one of my favorite fruits in cherries.  I don’t know what took me so long…

Witches Brew Halloween Cocktail

Witches Brew Halloween Drink Recipe

Looking for a cocktail recipe that will be the hit of your Halloween Party? Try this Witches Brew Halloween Cocktail.  It will set the mood beautifully. The color of this drink has a spooky look to it and the black sanding sugar on the outside is so eerie looking but also adds a sweet finish…

Fresh Pumpkin Puree – How to Make this Fall Staple

Fresh pumpkin puree

Pumpkin puree is a staple in Halloween and Thanksgiving cooking. From pancakes to smoothies, to fudge and cookies, this creamy part of the pumpkin adds an earthy flavor to all your fall recipes.  You can buy it at the supermarket, of course, but here is one of my latest cooking tips – make your own fresh…

One Pot Lasagna Soup Recipe – Easy Hearty Ground Beef Italian Soup

Best lasagna soup

This one pot lasagna soup recipe is a meal in a bowl brimming over with bite sized lasagna noodles, and rich marinara sauce smothered with cheesy goodness. Onions, garlic and fresh Italian herbs give this mouth watering soup a delicious aroma and taste.  Once you have had this soup, you may never ask for normal lasagna…

Box Mix Brownies with M&M add ins – Easy and Fun Dessert

M & M box mix brownies

Turn ordinary fudge brownies into a kid’s special treat dessert with these M&M box mix brownies.  The secret is adding MM mini baking bits over the top of the brownies for the last few minutes. This is another in my series of brownie add in recipes.  No long list of ingredients or hard to find…

Microwave Oatmeal Bars with Butterfinger Topping

Butterfinger oatmeal bar

These microwave oatmeal bars could not be easier to make. They have just 6 ingredients and are made in the microwave in just minutes. If you need a quick and easy dessert that needs to be made in a hurry, these easy oatmeal bars are for you! The cooking takes less than 10 minutes! Summer…

Fig Crumble with Fresh Blueberries and Rolled Oats

Serving fig crumble

This fig crumble is both tart and sweet with a crunchy oat topping. Serve it with some whipped cream or ice cream for a delightful summer dessert. One of the true beauties of this rich dessert is that the figs that I used were very ripe. This made for a wonderful syrup like filling that…

Summer Dessert Table – Tips for Sweets that Take the Heat

Serve desserts in individual sized portions to combat heat problems in the summer

Outdoor entertaining is a fun way to gather with friends during the summer months.  And no party would be complete without a dessert table with all your favorite sweet treats. But how do you make sure that the desserts on the summer dessert table are those that melt IN your mouth and not on the…

Light Seafood Chowder – Healthy Fish Stew for Summer

creamy New England seafood chowder

This light seafood chowder is brimming over with the flavors of white fish, succulent seafood and healthy vegetables for a summer time soup that reminds me of days on the coast of Maine. I spent my summers in Maine doing things that Mainers do when the temperatures get hot, even though it is only for…

Lemon Pudding Bundt Cake Recipe with a Lemon Glaze Icing

lemon pudding bundt cake

This lemon pudding bundt cake recipe is made from scratch and has a light, bright taste.  The pudding gives the taste an extra richness and the light lemon glaze is sweet but not overly so. Summer is the time when I love to make desserts with lemonade or lemons.  They are so plentiful and fresh and…

No Bake Peanut Butter Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

This No Bake Peanut Butter Chocolate Cookie has been lightened up for a gluten free, dairy free and vegan treat.

Always a hit at pot luck dinners and summer barbecues, these no bake peanut butter chocolate oatmeal cookies have been made more healthy with a few easy substitutes.  But don’t let that fool you – the flavor still rocks! No bake desserts are super easy to make, and come together in a flash without heating…

Oven Baked Rainbow Trout with Parmesan and Panko

These oven baked rainbow trout fillets are crispy on the outside with a tender center that is seasoned with Dijon mustard and light mayonnaise. I used to fish a lot when I was younger and catching some lake trout and cooking them for dinner was a real treat of mine. I recently found some trout…

Make Grilled Pineapple for an Awesome BBQ Side Dish

Grilled Pineapple

Grilled pineapple is always delicious, but this honey and cinmamon glaze with olive oil makes it extra special. I love to serve it with chicken dishes and it also makes a refreshing summertime dessert with ice cream. For me, no other fruit says summer in quite the same way as pineapple does.  There is a…

Mediterranean Stuffed Peppers with Barley and Ground Turkey

Barley Stuffed Peppers

These Mediterranean Stuffed Peppers are loaded with ground turkey, barley and fresh vegetables. They are super easy to make and so healthy and delicious. Stuffed bell peppers are a favorite meal of mine – because they are fun to eat, very easy to make, and always look so pretty on a dinner plate! They are…

No Bake Sweet Potato Energy Balls – Gluten Free Healthy Snack

Taking a bite of these superfood energy balls

These no bake sweet potato energy balls are a powerhouse of nutrients in one delicious bite. The balls are naturally sweet with a bit of a kick from fresh ginger and are the perfect way to add healthy nutrition to your snack time. This recipe is vegan and gluten free. The savory sweet potato balls…

Easy Mediterranean Chicken Salad – Healthy & Full of Flavor!

Mediterranean salad with cooked chicken

This easy Mediterranean chicken salad features tender, boneless chicken breasts that are marinated in a lemon balsamic dressing that is full of the flavor of fresh herbs and garlic. This dish is the perfect summer salad that gives a big dose of Mediterranean flavors! Summer has arrived and that means it’s salad time. I love using…