• Cakes,  Desserts,  Recipe's

    Strawberry Rose Tea Cakes

    Strawberry Rose Tea Cakes: Fresh strawberries baked into a tender, lightly spiced little bundt cake with a delightful floral scent of rose water. These really are lovely little cakes.  My first time ever using rose water and, I have to say, I absolutely love it! Not only did it add a nice floral scent, but it adds a beautiful fresh taste as well. With a bit of cinnamon, cardamom and vanilla, the smells coming from the oven, Oh my! These little cakes are my new addiction. I wish I had made more than six! I served mine up with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream and fresh diced strawberries.…

  • Italian Almond Cake Plated
    Cakes,  Desserts,  Recipe's

    Italian Almond Cake

    This Italian Almond Cake is one of those desserts that you just can’t help going back for more. It’s buttery and dense but moist and tender at the same time. Imagine, if you will, that Almond Shortbread and Almond Pound Cake got together and had a baby. The result would be this buttery, almondy, pound cake like, Italian Almond Cake. It’s absolutely decadent but surprisingly light at the same time. And definitely one of my all time favorites! The first time I tried Italian Almond Cake I was at a little coffee shop in the Salishan Marketplace in Gleneden Beach, Oregon. It was so good, I had to find a…

  • Desserts,  Recipe's

    Mocha Toffee Fudge

    This Mocha Toffee Fudge is so rich, creamy, chocolatey and decadent! Making it the perfect sweet treat for Mom this Mother’s Day. Pair it up with a bold rich red wine such as a Malbec or Merlot and she’ll be over the moon! Best Mother’s Day gift ever! What Mom wouldn’t love some wine and chocolate? Mom not a red drinker? Then a nice bottle of bubbly will do, as well. But something so decadent must be difficult to make, you say? Not at all. This recipe is so so simple and easy. You can whip it up in about fifteen minutes. With a added time for cooling, of course.…

  • Amazing Layer Bars
    Bar Cookies,  Bar Cookies,  Desserts,  Recipe's

    Amazing Layer Bars

    These Amazing Layer Bars take the traditional “seven layer bars” to new and amazing heights! Not that layer bars aren’t already amazing to begin with. But I took the original recipe and just “kicked it up a notch”! I mean, why use only one kind of chocolate when you can have three? And how about a bit of peanut butter chips as well? And while we’re at it let’s throw in some heath bar bits too! How does that sound? Amazing, right?! Oh, but there’s more. We can’t forget the coconut and crunchy walnuts, now, can we? Now that’s what i’m talkin’ bout! Down right amazing! And these little sweethearts…

  • Desserts,  Featured,  Holiday Treats,  Recipe's

    Peanut Butter Bars

    Peanut Butter Bars! Who doesn’t love peanut butter and chocolate? Yum! Now that Thanksgiving weekend has passed, it’s time to get in that holiday baking mode. Have you started baking yet? I decided to start out with this simple recipe, just to get me in the baking mood. Hahaha, actually, I was just craving a yummy peanut butter and chocolate treat. And these little taste treats, totally hit the spot! Peanut butter and chocolate is one of my favorite flavor combinations. I would never turn down a Reese’s or peanut butter m&ms. It just wouldn’t be right! I came across this recipe in the cookbook A Taste Of Oregon. I just…

  • Desserts,  Fall Recipes,  Recipe's

    Pear and Cranberry Strudel

    For this Pear and Cranberry Strudel, buttery puffed pastry is filled with fresh pears, dried cranberries and sweet spices then topped with sliced almonds. Strudel makes a great alternative or addition to the traditional pies and cakes served on your holiday dessert table. And it’s one of the easiest to make. Filled with fresh ripe pears, cranberries and warm sweet spices, it just tastes like the holidays! This makes a great dessert for Thanksgiving and all of the way through the new year.   Cut it up into smaller pieces if you are serving it at a cocktail party or on a holiday buffet. Make sure to have some freshly…

  • Sweet and Spicy Glazed Pecans
    Appetizers,  Entertaining,  Fall Recipes,  Holiday Treats,  Hors d'oeuvres,  Recipe's

    Sweet and Spicy Glazed Pecans

    These Sweet and Spicy Glazed Pecans are crunchy and sweet with just a touch of spicy heat. They’ll make a perfect party snack for your next holiday gathering. Place them in little bowls around the room for your guests to snack on. They also make a nice addition to a cheeseboard, snack mix or tossed into a salad. They do come with a warning though: Highly Addictive!!! Once you start munching on these tasty little morsels, it will be very difficult to stop! These Sweet and Spicy Glazed Pecans would also make a nice addition to a holiday gift basket or a really great hostess gift. Just place these little…

  • Desserts,  Recipe's

    Vanilla Pastry Cream (crème pâtissière à la vanille)

    I just realised that I haven’t posted a dessert recipe in quite a while. I decided to go with a simple yet classic dessert recipe this time, Vanilla Pastry Cream. One of my favorite ways to use it is in a Fresh Strawberry Tart. So Yummy! It tastes so decadent but is actually very easy to make and not a lot of crazy ingredients either. Just spread the chilled Pastry Cream into your favorite baked tart shell, pie crust or graham cracker crust and then top with fresh sliced strawberries. For added decadence, drizzle a bit of melted white or dark chocolate over the top! Yum! Vanilla Pastry Cream is…

  • Desserts,  Recipe's

    Fudge Brownies with M&M’s Peanut Butter Eggs

    Peanut butter and chocolate, such a great combination. I made these brownies with M&M’s Peanut Butter Eggs. Yum! I just love peanut butter M&M’s. They remind me of the peanut butter Oompas that we used to buy at the corner store as kids. Anyone else out there remember these yummy candies? We used to ride our bikes down to the little convenience store and spend our allowance on candy. I can’t remember the name of the store but I do remember it had the best candy selection in town! I would always buy Peanut Butter Oompas and some wonderful new flavor of Bubble Yum. Nothing will ever compare to the…