Baked Brie and Cranberry Puff Pastry

Who doesn’t love gooey, hot cheese? Especially with flaky breadBaked Brie and Cranberry Puff Pastry filled with sweet cranberry sauce to dip in it! These baked brie’s always look so fancy but are actually really easy to make. They are perfect to bring to potlucks, parties, for holidays, and of course to have on a night in with family.

With only three ingredients (well okay, four if you count the melted butter), you can put together one of these in a snap but make it look good enough that people will think you’ve been in the kitchen for hours! Love those recipes as it is so much nicer to bring this amazing dish to share even though it takes just about the same time Read More…

Peanut Butter Energy Balls

These are super quick and easy to make and are a big hit with kids! Peanut Butter Energy BallsThis is a “one-bowl recipe” which makes it simple, just throw everything in, mix, roll and done. Peanut butter is a great source of protein and with the added nuts and fun crunchy coating, these are perfect on the go. We like to make these for healthy snacking during the week but also take them with us when we hike, hunt, camp, or on long trips.

I love the combo that I have here as the cocoa powder helps tone down the peanut butter so it doesn’t over power the nuts and oats. The maple syrup gives them just enough sweetness that it really
feels like you are eating a candy ball but yet there is enough texture and packed protein and grains that leaves you feeling satisfied after only one or two of these which is helpful when you are trying to be good. You can make these energy balls and store them for up to a week in the refrigerator in a container. The other nice thing about this simple recipe is that you can change it up a bit depending upon your own tastes. I’ve used chunky peanut butter for extra crunch, Read More…

Better Than Pillsbury Dinner Rolls

I love making anything with yeast like bread, rolls, biscuits and Homemade Dinner Rollsmore. Why? Because of one of my favorite comfort smells! Baking bread with yeast fills the whole house with that warm fermented rich scent and brings back so many childhood kitchen memories. My grandma baked a lot of breads and my mom did too. One of my earliest kitchen tasks as a youngster was helping to knead the dough. A task I enjoyed and still do today. There is something about working with your hands and getting a ball of ingredients that barely held together to its elastic shiny state of that perfect, stretchy ball. I was impatient though, as the worst
part about baking yeast bread was having to wait while letting it rise, at least once, and sometimes twice. That is killer for a kid that just wants to dig in!

Good yeast bread or rolls do take some time. I’ve made some of the “quick” 30-minute rolls and while good, sometimes the best things are worth a little wait. These rolls take about an hour from start to finish so that isn’t too bad, even on a weeknight. They are one of my favorite recipes as the honey gives them a subtle sweetness and yet they are super soft and fluffy!

My husband always says “these are better than Pillsbury” so that’s Read More…

Cranberry Pound Cake for Valentine’s Day

This is the sweetest gift to make your loved ones on Valentine’s Day, Cranberry Pound Cakeor for any special occasion! The buttery pound cake with the velvet cream cheese frosting and burst of tart red cranberries make this cake something special. I’ve actually made this cake around Christmas time as it has that festive white and red look that makes you want to pour a second cup of tea and eat it near the Christmas tree with your family. Even though it is a pound cake, it is quite light and a nice way to round out a family meal, dinner party, or even a romantic meal for you and your sweetheart. This cake and the easy frosting both stay well for a day Read More…

Rosemary Sea Salt Crackers

Okay, I love being crafty and nothing makes me happier than fooling around in my kitchen with new Homemade Rosemary Sea Salt Crackersideas and testing recipes. But I am not someone that makes everything from scratch. I wish I could but honestly don’t have the time. Things like homemade pop-tarts, tortilla chips, and crackers are among those on my list to try but also seem like things that are a lot of work and nothing I would be making on a consistent basis. It’s taken me a long time to get around to making homemade crackers though as it just seems like one of those labor intensive things that would turn out to be good but not worth the time.

Wrong. I was so very wrong! These homemade crackers are SO good and easier than I expected. Now, this does not by any means mean that I’ll be no longer buying crackers and making a batch Read More…

Easy Kit Kat Brownies

Can you make special brownies? That was a question recently asked Kit Kat Brownieof me and for a while, I wasn’t quite sure where they were going with that request. Turns out we just needed to get creative with some candy bars and some good old gooey brownies! This is a simple way to make some special brownies – these have a little extra chocolate (and who doesn’t love that) and a little surprise wafer crunch!

This is an easy way to turn brownies into a conversation piece as Read More…

Simple Italian Herb Pizza Dough

Who doesn’t love a good homemade pizza? As they say, it’s all in the Homemade pizza with Italian herb crustcrust. A crust will either make or break a pizza and with so many ways to make an okay one, here is a super simple recipe for an Italian herb pizza dough that will have everyone gathered at your house for pizza night! The dough doesn’t have to rise so it is perfect for those weeknight meals and the crust comes out soft and chewy. It only takes 15 minutes to make this Read More…

British Comedy, Biscotti, and Tea

There is something so comforting about a crunchy biscotti biscuit Easy Vanilla Walnut Biscottiand a hot cup of tea. This is how I wind down almost every evening after work. Tea is just one of those comforts in my life and what goes better with a relaxing cup of tea than a biscuit. Biscuits and tea is a very British thing and I think something I learned while watching all those British comedy shows on PBS as I was growing up. I still love Saturday nights on PBS when shows like Are You Being Served, Keeping Up Appearances, As Time Goes By, and one of my top favorites, To The Manor Born are on. These nights I’m very thankful for two televisions in the house as that is my time to indulge in these shows and a hot cup of tea and Read More…

Christmas Crack Update

We have always made Christmas toffee or what today seems to be

Ritz the new ingredient!

Ritz the new ingredient!

called “Christmas Crack” to enjoy and give away to friends and family. I’ve been seeing a ton of videos and posts on social media about Christmas crack and the different ways to make it.

One new twist caught my eye and I just had to give it a try. It was awesome! So, I have updated my mom’s version and will most likely Read More…

Homemade Peppermint Patties

First of all, these are SO EASY to make! For some people, dealing

Homemade Peppermint Patties

Homemade Peppermint Patties

with chocolates or making candies seems overwhelming with all the extra steps or having to use a candy thermometer and fancy equipment. This recipe uses simply ingredients, no cooking or heating (other than a microwave) and can be done in under an hour!

I have always loved the combination of chocolate and mint so of course, I have always been a big fan of peppermint patties! I enjoy coming up with creative cookies and goodies to give to friends and family for the holidays and this creation is the perfect addition to our cookie box.

We try not to have the same old shortbread and peanut butter smash cookies in our special Christmas cookie box as the whole point of our cookies boxes is to surprise people with fun and Read More…

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