Friday, July 1, 2016

Red White and Blue Strawberries.....pinned it and tried it

It's the beginning of the holiday weekend and I made a few red,white and blue strawberries to kick it off!

So festive and FUN!

They taste as good as they look,too!

 I dipped them into some Ghirardelli White Melting Wafers, then into some blue sugar I found in the Hobby Lobby baking isles.

Of course, I saw the idea on Pinterest, had to give it a try, so I pinned it, tried it, and LOVED it!

Monday, June 20, 2016

Raspberry Almond Coffee Cake

YUM is about the best word I can use to describe this! 

It was delicious warm, with the tangy raspberries and sweet warm almond glaze. The nuts added a nice texture, and each bite was rich and flavorful. I served it with eggs and for a brunch!

It looked so pretty in the dish,too. I'm embarrassed to say this was gone in a day...just the 2 of us polished it off!

Raspberry Almond Coffee Cake
(adapted from T of H)

1 c. fresh raspberries
3 Tbsp. brown sugar
Combine and set aside.

1 c. flour
1/3 c. sugar
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1/8 tsp. salt
Stir together and set aside.

1 egg
1/2 c. sour cream
3 Tbsp. butter, melted
1 tsp. almond extract

Mix well and then add to dry ingredients, mixing until just moistened. Pat 1/2 half the batter in a greased 8" pan. Top with berries and sprinkle with 1/4 c. sliced almonds. Then spoon on the rest of the batter.Bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes until toothpick in the center comes out clean. Let set 10 minutes and then drizzle icing over cake.

1/4 c. powdered sugar
2 tsp. milk
1/4 tsp. almond extract

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Pecan Breakfast Pizza

I have been trying some new breakfast dishes!

 Weekends I tend to make brunch quite often, and I always make the same things. I thought I'd be adventurous and try a breakfast pizza.

 Using premade pancake mix made this super easy. We really liked the toasted gave a nice texture and added so much flavor.

Drizzled with maple syrup and a few dots of butter on was tasty!

Pecan Breakfast Pancake Pizza 

2 c. pancake mix
2 eggs, beaten
1 3/4 c. milk
2 Tbsp. veg oil
1 tsp. maple flavoring
3/4 c. granola with out raisins
3/4 c. pecan halves, toasted
(Butter and maple syrup for serving)

Mix the eggs, milk,oil, and maple flavoring in a bowl. Add the pancake mix and mix well. Pour into a 14" greased pizza pan and bake at 425 for 10 -13 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Crispy Potato Slabs

I love to make these almost as much as I love to eat them!

My favorite is to dip them into some ranch, with BBQ sauce as my second favorite.

They are crispy on the outside and depending in how thick you cut them, have a soft delicious center!

Crispy Potato Slabs

large Russet potatoes
olive oil
kosher salt

Wash and scrub the potatoes. Cut in 1/6 "slices. Toss with olive oil and arrange on a parchment lined cookie sheet. Sprinkle with sea salt and bake at 425 for 35 to 45 minutes until brown and crispy.

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Swedish Raspberry Almond Bars

I love shortbread, and these bars have a wonderful shortbread crust..buttery and delicious!

Lots of texture,too with the smooth jelly,soft meringue, and crunchy almonds. So tasty!

Have a great Memorial Day weekend!

Swedish Raspberry Almond Bars

3/4 c. butter, softened
3/4 c. confectioner's sugar
1 1/2 c. flour
3/4 c. seedless raspberry jam
3 egg whites
6 Tbsp. sugar
1/2 c. coconut
1 c. sliced almonds,divided

Cream the butter and confectioners sugar until light and fluffy. Add the flour slowly, mixing well. Press onto a greased 9 x 13 pan. Bake at 350 for 18-20 minutes until lightly browned.

Spread jam over crust. In a large bowl, beat the egg whites until soft peaks form. Gradually add sugar on high until stiff peaks form. Fold in coconut and 1/2 c. sliced almonds. Spread on top of jam.Sprinkle with remaining sliced almonds. Bake at 350 for 18-20 minutes until lightly brown.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Lemon Almond Poppy Seed Bread

Not too long ago, one of my friends gave us a loaf of lemon almond poppy seed bread. It was so was gone before I knew it!

I needed to make something for company coming, and thought about how good that bread was. But I didn't have time to get the recipe from my friend, so I found this one from Taste of Home. 

We loved it! 

I made 4 mini loaves, and froze 3 of them. I didn't add a glaze, and they were still very sweet and SO moist. Maybe next time I will try the glaze, as it does sound tasty!

Lemon Almond Poppy Seed Bread
(T of H)

2 1/4 c. sugar
1 c. plus 2 Tbsp. canolla oil
3 eggs
3 Tbsp. poppy seeds
1 1/2 tsp. lemon juice
1 1/2 tsp. almond extract
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
3 c. flour
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
1 1/2 c. milk

Mix the sugar, oil and eggs. Stir in the lemon juice,poppy seeds, and extracts. combine the dry ingredients and stir in alternately with the milk, just until moistened. Pour into greased loaf pans. (I used 4 mini, recipe calls for two 8x4" loaf pans) Bake at 350 for 55 to 60 minutes, (less for mini loaves) until toothpick comes out clean.

Glaze while warm. ( I did not put a glaze on)

3.4 c. powdered sugar
1/4 c. orange juice
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 tsp. almond extract

Saturday, May 21, 2016

All American Brownies

Nothings better than a good ole rich and thick brownie! 

Some people slather them with frosting, and while I love that also, you can't beat them just plain straight from the pan.

One always leads to two....

Brent likes them with ice cream on top, drizzled with a bit of chocolate syrup, but I still say plain is best. I love the crackle tops with the rich chewy centers!


  • 1/2 cup  oil
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts


  2. Mix together the oil, sugar, and vanilla. Beat in eggs. Combine flour, cocoa, baking powder, and salt, stir into the egg mixture. Fold in in walnuts. Spread in a greased 9" square pan.
  3. Bake at 350 for 20 to 25 minutes, the edges pull away from the pan.