Seasonal Recipes

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…

These Awesome Layered Pudding Pops will Make You Feel Patriotic

Plate of layered pudding pops

Summer is almost here and cold desserts are really desirable right now. These layered pudding pops with their red, white and blueberry stripes are perfect for a 4th of July or Memorial Day barbecue party. I enjoy making pudding pops instead of juice pops.  The texture comes out more like a creamsicle than a Popsicle and I…

4th of July Cosmopolitan – Star Spangled Patriotic Cosmo Cocktail

Patriotic 4th of July Cosmopolitans

The cosmopolitan is a cocktail made with vodka, triple sec, cranberry juice, and freshly squeezed lime juice. This 4th of July Cosmopolitan takes the drink to a patriotic height with the addition of a fun red, white and blue glass rim. The cosmopolitan cocktail, affectionately referred to as the “cosmo,” gained popularity during the 1990s when Carrie Bradshaw frequently mentioned the drink on…

4th of July Candy Jars – Patriotic Party Table Decor

Patriotic candy jars

Are you having a party for Independence Day or Memorial Day?  These 4th of July Candy Jars will be a hit with the kids (and the young at heart!) This patriotic party table decor idea will dress up your dessert table with red, white and blue colors and put your guests in the party spirit…

Strawberry Oatmeal Bars – (Gluten Free & Vegan) Sweet Breakfast Bar

strawberry oatmeal bars

Fresh strawberries combine with old fashioned oats in these gluten free strawberry oatmeal bars. The bars have a buttery crumb crust, a sweet strawberry filling inside and a tasty and crunchy crumble on top. They are a great way to use up fresh strawberries for a dessert that everyone will love. I have included both a gluten free and vegan…

Easy Pistachio Fudge Recipe

Easy Pistachio Fudge

This rich and creamy Easy Pistachio Fudge is perfect for your special dessert table and makes a great holiday homemade gift idea.  This nutty fudge recipe takes just minutes to prepare and sets beautifully every time. I have to admit it.  I love fudge recipes.  Every time I go to my local Farmer’s Market, I head…

Butterfinger Truffles – Chocolate Bites with Butterfinger Candy

Chocolate bites made with Butterfinger candy

These Butterfinger truffles will be gone in a flash! One bite of these delicious chocolate bites, made with Butterfinger candy, will have you hooked. They are easy to make, and are both crunchy and creamy for a wonderful sweet treat that is sure to become of family favorite. What are truffles? Truffles are a soft candy…

Peppermint Rice Krispie Bars – Holiday Rice Krispie Treat Recipe

Peppermint Rice Krispie Treat Recipe

Crushed peppermints give these Peppermint Rice Krispie Bars a holiday look & taste. This Rice Krispie recipe is simple to make and delicious, too. If you like Peppermint holiday desserts and bar recipes, you will love this amazing sweet treat.  This festive Christmas treat is a variation of the normal Rice Krispie Bars that are so popular. …

Candy Cane Kiss Cookies – Peppermint Kiss Cookie Recipe

Candy Cane kiss cookies

These candy cane kiss cookies have a sugar cookie base topped with a peppermint candy kiss. They not only look great but taste amazing too. This delicious sweet treat is the perfect peppermint cookie recipe for a cookie swap Each year for Christmas my sister would bring cookies with a Hershey kiss center to our family…

Roasted Carrots Recipe – Parmesan Roast Carrots with Panko

Parmesan roast carrots

This roasted carrots recipe is a family favorite. The Parmesan roast carrots are topped with grated cheese and Panko bread crumbs for a wonderful flavor and crunchy texture. It makes a great side dish and with Thanksgiving coming up soon, it’s nice to have an easy to prepare recipe to add to your holiday menu.…

Caramel Apple Bars – Sweet Apple Oatmeal Bar with Caramel Topping

Caramel apple oatmeal bars

If you like the taste of caramel apples in the fall, you will love these caramel apple bars. They taste just like the traditional fall favorite but without all the fuss. These apple oatmeal bars are sweet and hearty and so easy to prepare and are perfect for National Oatmeal Day on October 29. Bar recipes are…

Roasted Carrots and Mushrooms with Thyme – Savory Roast Carrot Side Dish

Roasted carrots and mushrooms

It s time to start thinking ahead to side dishes for Thanksgiving dinner. This roasted carrots and mushrooms dish is flavored with fresh thyme and roasted in the oven to bring out the naturally sweet flavor of the carrots. It’s scrumptious! Using fresh herbs for cooking recipes adds so much flavor. For today’s recipe, the fresh thyme…

Cookies and Cream Candy Corn Truffles

Candy Corn Oreo Truffles

One of the favorite candies in our house this time of the year is candy corn.  It is so colorful and fun and says fall in a sweet tooth kind of way. These cookies and cream candy corn truffles are the perfect size for a sweet bite of fall fun. It’s time for the holidays with…

Spiced Toasted Pumpkin Seeds – Fun Halloween Snack

Spiced toasted pumpkin seeds

Halloween is a super fun time for kids.  Carving pumpkins and trick or treating will have them delighted for weeks. But don’t throw those pumpkin seeds away when you carve the pumpkin! Turn them into Spiced Toasted Pumpkin Seeds by using Pumpkin Pie Spice. This is the time of the year when toasted nuts and…

Homemade Cookie Day – Celebrate with your Favorite Cookie Recipe

20 cookie recipes

Did you know that many foods have national days in their honor? October 1 is known as National Homemade Cookie Day.  It seems appropriate that the first day of October would be given this honor, since October also starts three months of holiday celebrations where cookies play a big part. There are so many national…

Candy Corn Blondies – Fall Sweet Treat with Candy Corn

candy corn blondies

These candy corn blondies have a rich and chewy texture and are sweetened with brown sugar and a have double dose of candy corn goodness in them. Candy corn is available so readily this time of the year that it’s considered the traditional Halloween candy. I love including it in all sorts of sweet treats…

Pumpkin Spice Cookies – No Bake Gluten Free Pumpkin Cookies

pumpkin spice cookies

In case you didn’t notice it, fall is on the way. On social media that means months of everything pumpkin! Today’s pumpkin recipe are these delicious pumpkin spice cookies. They are sweetened with pure maple syrup and contain gluten free oats for a clean eating treat. Making these pumpkin spice cookies Pumpkin spice is something…