Mini Bourbon Pumpkin Praline Cheesecakes

Creamy, pumpkin cheesecake spiked with bourbon and smothered with buttery pecan praline, the perfect ending to any holiday meal.  Mini Bourbon Pumpkin Praline Cheesecakes will soon become an annual tradition.   I don't usually cave to trendiness....but sometimes I have to bend my own rules a bit.  Especially, when it comes to sharing some of my favorite recipes.  One of the ways I learned to cook was through my tendency to be a people pleaser.....or a people impresser.  Whenever a … [Read more...]

The Very Best Vanilla Pudding

Rich, creamy and sweet, Vanilla Pudding is the epitome of comfort food. So simple to make you’ll never reach for the instant stuff again. Fantastic for an every day treat but elegant enough for entertaining. One of the first things I ever learned to make was vanilla pudding. It was so simple, especially when you bought a package of instant pudding….you, literally, had dessert in a matter of minutes. I always preferred the stovetop instant pudding over the “mix and stir” variety, there was … [Read more...]

Easy Ghost Donut Pops // Video

Wow your little goblins this Halloween with these super easy Ghost Donut Pops that take no time at all with a few simple tricks.  Perfect for school parties and Trick or Treat pre-gaming. :-) So...we bought our first pumpkin yesterday.  I'm sure it will be rotted out well before Halloween but Landon is ready to go.  We bought a costume at Home Goods a few weeks ago and he's already taken it for a test run quite a few times. And since we count down to various events by the number of … [Read more...]

Caramel Apple Bread Pudding

A creamy, sweet dessert studded with apples and walnuts then drenched in a caramel sauce that will knock your socks off.  Caramel Apple Bread Pudding is the most incredible dessert for fall, easy to make and great for entertaining.   Who else is sweating out an Indian summer right now?  I can hardly believe it, we had a few crisp days where I was thrilled to pull out my jeans and long-sleeved tee's....then, without warning, it's 90 degrees again.  It's the time of year when you don't … [Read more...]

Pumpkin Pie Spice

Why buy Pumpkin Pie Spice when you can make it at home in just seconds.  More cost effective than buying it in that teeny, tiny jar at the store and you probably have all the ingredients already in your pantry.   I have big plans this year....BIG plans.  I'm going to make my first pumpkin pie.  Yep, that's first.  And I'm going to share all the gritty details with all of you here.  If you remember....I'm not a big pie maker....I, actually, am really bad at making pies.  Now, … [Read more...]

Spiced Pear Poundcake Trifle

Thank you Sara Lee Desserts for sponsoring this post! Click here for more deliciously easy recipe ideas. Warm cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves spice up juicy, ripe pears that are layered with buttery poundcake, warm caramel sauce and vanilla bean whipped cream. Spiced Pear Poundcake Trifle is a simple dessert that’s a stellar end to a crisp fall day. I’m sure, now that Labor Day is behind us you’ve heard the cry for pumpkin spice everything.  It started to pop up at the beginning of August … [Read more...]

Apple Walnut M&M’s® Blondies with Apple Cream Cheese Glaze

Easy to make Apple Walnut M&M's® Blondies are perfect in the lunch box or as an after school snack.  Topped with a simple Apple Cream Cheese Glaze, these addictive treats will be a favorite all season long. This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #BakeInTheFun #CollectiveBias   This morning, I woke up to a slight chill in the air.  And the sound of a school bus climbing up the hill in front of my's … [Read more...]

The Very Best Caramel Sauce

A little patience and lots of sugar, that's what the Very Best Caramel Sauce is made of. Sugar is melted down until it becomes a deep amber color then combined with butter, heavy cream and a hint of vanilla to create the ultimate treat topper on the planet. Who visited their local farm stand this weekend?  (Me...I'm raising my hand.) Did you notice what's happening there?  The transition has begun...that time of year when we straddle summer and fall with all the glorious bounty that … [Read more...]

Hot Fudge Brownie Sundae Bites

Creamy vanilla ice cream tops a fudge brownie base then is topped with warm hot fudge sauce, whipped cream and a cherry creating a fun mini dessert.  Easy to make, Hot Fudge Brownie Sundae Bites are perfect for a crowd and are little bits of heaven. I have a confession.  I did something that I never, ever, ever do and it ended up consuming my entire day.  The WHOLE from 11:00 AM until 10:00 PM.  It was a complete accident and's a bit of an addiction.  I binge watched … [Read more...]

The Very Best Hot Fudge Sauce

Thick, rich and sinfully delicious, the Very Best Hot Fudge Sauce is so easy to make you'll never buy it at the store again.  The perfect topping for a sundae but so versatile you'll find hundreds of other uses too.  My very favorite is straight from the jar with a spoon. I hope everyone had a fabulous weekend.  Mine was filled with work...lots of work.  That's what happens when you take two weeks off to frolic in the sand and surf neglecting the world around me.  It was so relaxing and I … [Read more...]