17 Autumn Desserts to Welcome the Season!

I just love fall. The cool crisp air. The gorgeous vibrant colors. And of course, most of all, the wonderful, aromatic flavors of autumn ingredients. Pumpkins, winter squash apples, cinnamon, caramel and spice! There’s nothing better than that. This collection of 17 Autumn Desserts is proof of my love for baking treats with these ingredients.

17 Autumn Desserts

 

 

Pumpkins are for more than Decorating!

1) This Caramel Pumpkin Cake is one of those that quickly jumped to the top [Read more…]

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18 Fantastic Easter Desserts You Should Try

We’re just a handful of days away from Easter and it’s a reminder of all things fresh and new. The traditions that come along with each holiday are part of what make them so special, not necessarily the activities themselves, but the significance of each one and the chance to enjoy them together. We all celebrate in a different way, maybe it’s a sunrise worship service or an Easter Egg hunt with the kids, or a decadent brunch. However we choose to celebrate, there will be together time and there will be food! And it won’t be any old dish, it will be something special, and that’s why I’ve gathered 18 fantastic Easter desserts for your celebration this weekend.

18 Fantastic Easter Desserts

18 Fantastic Easter Desserts

It’s always nice to have new options to add to some of those traditions, so we’ve found several types of yummy Easter desserts to add to your menu and grocery list this week. Some are more traditional, some are the perfect combination of quick and impressive, others involve fresh fruits and then I’ve even thrown in a few the kids can do with you. Whichever you choose, there are plenty of options to enjoy making and eating together!

For those who love the fresh taste of fruit in dessert

Strawberry Pie – This is a classic that you can never really go wrong with.

Pound Cake  with fresh berries and whipped cream – There are so many beautiful and tasty ways to serve this crowd pleaser.

Lemonade Cake – A personal favorite of mine.

Grilled Pineapple Dessert – A dessert that can be made on the grill and involves fruit is a perfect way to welcome spring.

Strawberry Shortcake – Another fun dessert with fresh strawberries.

Cherry Limeade Cake – Tasty, not fussy to make and it looks beautiful.

For those who want to get the kids involved

Meyer Lemon Pies – This one literally only has 3 ingredients.

Nutter Butter Banana Pudding – Have you ever met a kid who doesn’t love pudding or Nutter Butters?

Double Chocolate Mousse – A recipe that starts with brownie mix, chocolate mousse, and whipped cream is sure to impress those gathered around the table when the kids announce that they made it.

Coconut Cream Chocolate Dessert – There are several steps for this one, but each one is quick, making it fun for the kids to help create and serve.

For those who need to save time or oven space

Easy Pineapple Carrot Cake  – It’s Carrot Cake with the word Easy in front of it, which makes it a great option with all the other cooking for your dinner

Key Lime Mousse – A fresh, fruity dessert than can be prepped and ready ahead of time

Lemon Cheesecake Dessert -Easy, fresh and perfect for warm spring Easters!

Tuxedo Bars – These bars are made in a 9 x 13 pan and start with a cake mix, so they save lots of time, and the kids can even help

Chocolate Cheesecake – This cheesecake can be made in the crock pot, and you don’t have to be a Cheesecake expert to make it either.

For those who want something extra special

Pavlova with Lemon Curd and Fresh Berries – It may surprise you to find Pavlova included on several traditional Easter Dessert menus until you see this light beauty with a delicious ingredient list!

Baked Pineapple Dessert – One of those desserts that look way more complicated than it really is, and is great for Easter!

Zucchini carrot cake – You simply have to include carrots on the Easter menu somehow!

Coconut Pineapple Crisp with coconut macadamia nut ice cream – This recipe is great for those who are sensitive to gluten, and having a tasty dessert is quite a treat for those on special diets

Now it’s your turn …

Now all that’s left to do is pick your favorite Easter Dessert! The hard part is picking just one to create the sweetest final course to your Easter meal. Go ahead and pin the lovely  Easter desserts below. Keep it in your Pinterest board to find all these yummy desserts again for your next special event. Even if that event is a family dinner on a Tuesday night. When family and friends are gathered around the table it’s a meal worth celebrating!
18 fantastic Easter desserts

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Slow Cooker Gingerbread Oatmeal

Gingerbread Slow Cooker Oatmeal - best oatmeal ever!

I’ve made this Gingerbread Oatmeal twice.  Both times, Jim has texted me later in the morning to say it was an awesome breakfast.  These really are fantastic.

In addition to the common cinnamon and brown sugar, they also have ginger, a bit of cloves and vanilla.  The combination is full of fall flavor.

Even my daughter, who has never eaten (or been willing to try) oatmeal, liked these.

And they’re really easy to make too.  Set them up at night before going to bed and they’ll be ready to eat in the morning.  I do use a timer for my small crockpot so they don’t have to cook all night.  You can read more about making your own programmable crockpot here.

Here’s what you’ll need:   [Read more…]

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Easy Mashed Sweet Potatoes

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I love sweet potatoes.  I usually just serve them baked as a side dish.  If I’ve got more time, I like to make Sweet Potato Fries.

But this time, I decided to make them mashed.  Or rather, smashed.

This is such an easy side dish to fix.  And it’s a nice change from serving the potatoes baked.

It starts with baking the sweet spuds.  I scrubbed them and put them in a foil lined pan, covering the whole pan with foil.  This was faster than wrapping them individually.  It made the final step easier too.  Just whip the foil off the pan, instead of having to unwrap individual potatoes.

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This is more method than recipe.  Easy to fix.  Easy to remember.

Easy Mashed Sweet Potatoes
Ingredients
  • ½ - 1 sweet potato per person
  • 2-3 Tbs. brown sugar
  • ¼ - ½ stick butter
  • salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Scrub the sweet potatoes.
  2. Place in foil lined baking pan and stick potatoes with a fork several times each.
  3. Cover with more foil.
  4. Bake 350 for 1½ hours or until very tender.
  5. Or line crockpot with foil and place potatoes. Cook on high 5-6 hours or low 7-8 hours.
  6. Remove from oven or crockpot.
  7. Slice potatoes in half and scoop out the middles.
  8. Place in a bowl with brown sugar and butter.
  9. Smash and stir with a spoon until well combined.

You’ll also need butter and brown sugar in addition to the sweet potatoes.

 

Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars

These quick bars combine my favorite flavors in one dessert.  Pour yourself a big glass of milk (or if you’re naughty, like me make it chocolate milk).  If you like peanut butter and jelly, then you are going to love these.

I used strawberry jam to make mine.  I think they’d be awesome with grape or blackberry too.  Or cherry or…really any kind of jam would be great in these bars.

I adapted the recipe for Cherry Oat Bars.  I thought I’d be able to decrease the butter, since I was adding in peanut butter, but that didn’t work out.  The photo of the ingredients only shows part of the butter you’ll need.  I love recipes like this one that use common pantry ingredients.  If you’ve got a nearly full jar of jam to spare, then you’ve probably got everything you’ll need to make these.   [Read more…]

Grilled Pineapple Dessert

Yes.  This is just as fabulous as it looks.

This is the first time I’ve ever grilled fruit.  Someone mentioned grilled pineapple on the Ebates Savvy Living Community and I could not get it out of my head.  And I thought it would be best served over pound cake, topped with vanilla ice cream and caramel sauce.

Caramel and pineapple is a combination I’ve tried before.  And this version with cake and ice cream reminded me of a tropical twist on strawberry shortcake.

Grilling the pineapple adds depth of flavor to the fruit.  It doesn’t hurt that the rings get basted in brown sugar and butter.  [Read more…]

Slow Cooked Brown Sugar Chicken and Sweet Potatoes – 4 ingredients!

I’m never going to convince my family to love sweet potatoes like I do.  But this dish did convince the to eat them.  My oldest daughter even said the sweet potatoes were pretty good.  She didn’t think she liked them at all, but decided to give them a try when I served this.

This is a basic, quick recipe.  The prep is easy – just 4 ingredients too!  Chicken and sweet potatoes are a great combination.  Add a little butter and brown sugar and they’re even better.

Here’s what you’ll need:  [Read more…]

Cherry Oat Bars

This is a dangerous dessert for me to make.  I love them!  They are so buttery tasting that I have trouble stopping with one.  Or two. Or more.

This is an adaptation of Pioneer Woman’s Apricot Oat Bars.  However, I have a recipe exactly like hers that I printed off the internet sometime in the 90s.  So I’m not sure where the recipe originated.  I must thank whoever created it.  These bars are fabulous and the cherry version is delicious too.  [Read more…]

Tropical Tilapia with Pineapple Salsa and Coconut Rice – Easy & Special!

This is one of those dinners that tastes special, like you’ve gone to extra trouble.

Good news!  This dish is quick to fix.  I had it finished in about 30 minutes and that included time to line up ingredients, take photos and jot down my recipe.  Not bad.

I did start with another recipe as inspiration.  I wasn’t sure what should go into the Pineapple Salsa, so I searched Tasty Kitchen and came up with a recipe for Tropical Chicken and Coconut Rice Bowl.  It’s from Katie at The College Culinarian.

I wanted fish instead of chicken, so I turned the marinade into a sauce for the tilapia.  And I tweaked her salsa recipe a bit too.  The result was delicious!

Here’s what you’ll need:  [Read more…]

Ingredient Spotlight: Brown Sugar

Brown sugar is just white sugar with the addition of molasses.  That’s where the extra flavor comes from.

In fact, you can make your own by adding a tablespoon of molasses to a cup of sugar.  If you like it darker, add 2 tablespoons of molasses.

We use a lot of brown sugar in our house.  Partly because Jim and our youngest daughter like it on their oatmeal in the mornings.  And partly because we make a lot of chocolate chip cookies.

Here are a few more recipes that use brown sugar: [Read more…]