Archives for October 2013

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

My husband and I LOVE roasting pumpkin seeds. It may take some time separating out the seeds from flesh, but is so totally worth it with this recipe! After a lot of experimentation over the years, I have figured out how to make the tastiest, crunchiest, yummiest pumpkins seeds yet. There are four key “tricks” […]

Slow Cooker Honey Sesame Chicken

I have seen varieties of sesame honey chicken circulating Pinterest, but the picture from Family Fresh Meals really caught my eye. I adapted their recipe, using two large one pound frozen chicken breasts, extra honey, extra cornstarch, and voiding the red pepper flakes. After slowly cooking for hours, our house smelled somewhat like a sweet […]

Peanut Butter Cinnamon Cut-Out Cookies

Julia (my four year old daughter) LOVES making cut-out cookies. (She would make them every week if she had the chance)! This past Saturday was a chilly one, and the perfect excuse to turn on the oven and make some peanut butter cut-out cookies. I made a favorite recipe, but halved it, used a cinnamon […]

Orange Chocolate Curl Ice Cream

This Dove silky smooth milk chocolate candy bar is the basis for the chocolate curls in the ice cream. This pile of chocolate curls is ready to go into the ice cream base. Use a rubber spatula to incorporate the extract and chocolate curls into the sweetened condensed milk. The ice cream mixture becomes very […]

Cookie-Cutter Swiss Cheese Poppy Seed Crackers

Ever since my daughter and I made cookie-cutter cheese crackers, we have had a fun time varying the recipe. Her favorite part is using miniature cookie cutters to shape them, and I enjoy experimenting with different kinds of cheeses and add-ins. For this batch, we used Swiss cheese, a very small amount of granulated sugar, […]

Chipotle Shrimp & Mushroom Alfredo

Are you like me and usually keep at least one block of cream cheese on hand in the refrigerator? The only problem I ever seem to have is realizing that the expiration date is close by, with no specific recipe to use it with. The Philadelphia website from Kraft is a great resource for finding […]

Spooky Halloween Oreo Pudding Cookies

One of the things I love about Autumn are the variety of specialty snacks and baking goods that appear. On my last trip to Target, I couldn’t resist purchasing the orange creme centered Halloween Oreos and the Nestle Toll House semi-sweet chocolate and orange colored morsels. So what to do with these delicious and eye-pleasing […]

Slow Cooker Spiced Applesauce

A couple of months ago, my mom bought a 4 quart basket of Jersey Mac apples. She didn’t know it at the time, but they were definitely last year’s crop. They tasted good, but were very soft inside, sometimes brinking on the point of mushy. (If you are like me, than you hate eating mushy […]

White Chocolate Reese Cup Topped Brownies

This past Labor Day, I was in charge of making the desserts for my mom’s barbecue lunch. First I made mandarin orange cake with pineapple fluffy frosting.  To go along with that light desert, I decided to make something on the richer side. Since everyone in my family loves chocolate, I used one of my […]