Snow day lemon hand pies

When the weather outside is frightful, my baking senses start tingling. Yesterday was no exception. We had 2 days of rain and then temperatures dropped into the twenties showering us with sleet and a dusting of snow. Sitting in my recliner, my mind started taking stock of what I had in the refrigerator and cabinets … Continue reading Snow day lemon hand pies

Feed that cold with Lemon Cream Cheese Coffee Cake

What happens when I am off work on New Year's Day fighting a cold? I bake, of course. I have been waiting more than a week to try this new recipe.... Lemon Cream Cheese Coffee Cake. Like my dad, I love anything lemon and lean that way when I bake. By the photos, you will … Continue reading Feed that cold with Lemon Cream Cheese Coffee Cake

Cool Whip Cookies

I saw and started using this recipe several years ago. It is one of those recipes that you can mix and match and change to your liking each time. It takes 1 box of cake mix, 1 egg and 1 container of cool whip. Mix together, make into balls, roll in powdered sugar and bake … Continue reading Cool Whip Cookies

Brownies: Scratch VS Box

I love to make brownies and recently, I wondered if given a choice would people like box or scratch brownies better. I made a batch of both and took them to work and asked people to choose which they liked best. Early on, it was dead even and next thing I know, it was 8 … Continue reading Brownies: Scratch VS Box

Macarons for the first time

My granddaughters and I watch cooking and baking shows together all the time. We talk about all the things we want to make and this past weekend we had the chance to try macarons for the first time. First, though, how fun is it to say "macarons?" That is part of the draw-you get to … Continue reading Macarons for the first time

Gooey Butter Cake Bars

Gooey butter cake bars. Just the words conjure up happy thoughts of a sweet delicious dessert straight from the oven, ooey, gooey cake bars with the perfect crust that crumbles in your mouth and mixes with the flavors to make an instant party in your mouth. It's like fireworks on the 4th of July exploding … Continue reading Gooey Butter Cake Bars

What happens when I notice the first signs of fall? I get the baking bug and want to bake everything! I can’t do that and stay healthy so I compromise and try to imagine healthier recipes to try. We have had several rainy days lately and the rain and foggy conditions turn my mind to fall baking and apples. I love any apple dishes but apple crisp makes my heart sing. I love that like many things I cook and bake that you can change the ingredients and make it a little more healthy or more decadent. As with most times, healthy wins out. First, I preheated the oven to 400. In my baking dish which I sprayed with nonstick cooking spray, I added 3 apples and cored and diced, rough chopped 1/2 cup of pecans, added 1 t cinnamon, sprinkled over top and 2 T brown sugar spread out on top as well. Next, I took 2 T spice cake mix and sprinkled it on top of the brown sugar. Then, I took 2 T homemade ghee and spread it out over top and baked at 400 degrees for 25 minutes. The pecans browned so good and everything just melds together and tastes like fall on a dish! There is approximately 950 calories in the whole dish and there is 4 reasonable portions so that’s not too bad I think as I strengthen my resolve to not eat it all! You could add dates, walnuts, apple pie spice, oats and seeds of any type and still have an equally tasty dish.