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…]

Ingredient Spotlight: Cream, Whipped Cream, Half and Half

I admit the first thing that comes to mind when I think of cream or half & half is ice cream.  Oh, how I love ice cream.  Especially homemade ice cream.

But there are more delectable ways to use cream than just in sweet treats.  Like in creamy pasta dishes.

Please don’t consider the calories.  I’ve officially banned calories from all cream dishes.  Yes, I do have that power.  I just wave my magic wand and *poof* – all calories disappear!  Wonderful, isn’t it?

Here are some of my favorite recipes that use cream, whipped cream or half & half: [Read more…]

Homemade Whipped Topping aka Make Your Own Cool Whip

A few weeks ago, on Ingredient Spotlight, we shared frozen whipped topping recipes.  Loy, one of my readers who you get to meet next week, shared a recipe for homemade whipped topping.

I’d never thought about making my own whipped topping before, but the idea was intriguing.  And when I decided to make this cake, I knew this was the time to experiment (aka play) with the recipe.  The result is light, subtly sweet and creamy.  I really wished I could have added a hint of vanilla, but I didn’t want to use extract.  I wanted to keep it pure white and I also was unsure about messing up the proportions of liquid.

Later, I thought about using vanilla infused sugar.  You can do this at home just by putting a vanilla bean in sugar and leaving it there for about a week.  (I must try this soon.)  I think the vanilla flavor would greatly enhance the taste of the whipped topping.

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

Dad’s Brownie Sundae from the 50s Prime Time Cafe Disney World

It’s Friday.  Time to have some fun.  The kids loved making these brownie sundae’s, inspired by the Dad’s Sundaes served at the 50s Prime Time Cafe in Disney’s Hollywood Studios.  Grab the fixings from the store and sweeten up your Friday night.  Here’s what you’ll need: [Read more…]

Strawberry Shortcake


I wish I could say that I was able to make this with strawberries from our garden.  Or anyone else’s garden, for that matter.  Instead I just used grocery store strawberries.  The results still caused me to eat two helpings.  Summer food at it’s best.

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