Chili - the comfort food you can make your way. Even firefighters have been known to hold a chili cook-off for fundraising. Find out when you're city is having theirs and head on over to taste all the different kinds of chili that people make. My dad used to make chili during the winter months. He never used a written recipe but it was always so good. I've tried to recreate his chili over the years but have never fully succeeded. Then I realized I could make it my way. Here are some ... Continue Reading
Some fun ways to make chili your way during the cold winter months.
Learn how to pick the best strawberries and then serve them up fresh in strawberry cupcakes and icing.
Spring showers bring May flowers but they also bring a tasty treat with them: strawberries. Strawberries are great to eat on their own, but also make a great addition to some popular dessert recipes. But, first things first, what do you look for when choosing the perfect strawberry? Strawberries can be purchased year round, but purchasing them when they are in season locally gives you the freshest possible fruit. Strawberries are in-season from April to June, so get your strawberry fix ... Continue Reading
Plum tarts are the perfect, elegant dessert for any occasion.
I am a lover of all baked goods, but tarts are really something special to me. There is something elegant and almost magical about serving up a tart for dessert. Plum tarts are my absolute favorite. They are simple to make, look gorgeous, and when they're fresh out of the oven you will inevitably feel like a master baker. My husband is not a big cake eater. He doesn’t like many desserts and is a tough critic when it comes to anything pie or cake related. I also have three small children ... Continue Reading
Make homemade whipped cream using a hand mixer, stand mixer, or by hand.
Who doesn't love dessert? I am a baker and am constantly looking for new ways to take my desserts over-the-top. I have found the key to turning an okay dessert into an exceptionally tasty treat: homemade whipped cream. Adding a dollop of homemade whipped cream to a dessert can make it all the more mouth watering. Homemade whipped cream is so simple to make and puts CoolWhip to shame. Another plus is it is naturally gluten-free, so if you are on a gluten-free diet you can whip away. Here is my ... Continue Reading
Three easy to make Valentine’s desserts for a night in.
Instead of a night out on Valentine’s Day you and your honey are planning on avoiding the crammed restaurants and having a quiet evening at home. Dinner is all planned, but what about dessert? Instead of buying something ready-made, why not make something that lets you put a little love into it. Here are a few easy desserts will impress even the hardest to please palates: The Pie’s the Limit. Nothing beats a freshly-baked pie for dessert. But if making pastry is too intimidating, try a ... Continue Reading
Sweet treats for you next classroom birthday party – without the cupcake and cake.
Sending a birthday treat into the classroom each year for my kids has always been a challenge. Classroom rules have changed and many schools do not want you to send in cupcakes or sweets. I guess the teachers got sick of dealing with all the kids on a sugar high. I just don’t understand. Seriously, I do not blame them in the slightest; I wouldn’t want to be in their shoes either. But they took the easiest solution away from us moms, so what now? Kids are picky and you want to appeal to the ... Continue Reading
Try these yummy alternatives to traditional ingredients for a healthier holiday.
The holiday season is a busy time and sometimes we moms do things because that's what we've always done. However, incorporating healthy holiday habits can be easy and better for your family. Some easy examples of healthier holiday habits are : Toss the Tub The whipped cream in the tub seems to be a holiday staple, it always was with us. It never occurred to me to make my own, or that I could. On my quest for healthier living and eating, I (and many others) have discovered that you can make ... Continue Reading
Tis the time for holiday dessert recipes: Apple Crisp, Pumpkin Layer Cake, and Caramel Pecan Tart.
The Holiday season is a time of feasting and overindulging in delicious foods. Once you have filled yourself with delicious meats, sides and eggnog, you somehow find a way to make a little more room for dessert. It's the Holidays, after all. Here are a few recipes for desserts that will be a hit at your holiday party or gathering this year. Apple Crisp Ingredients: Filling: 10 cups all-purpose apples, peeled, cored and sliced 1 cup white sugar 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour 1 ... Continue Reading