Kale, Sweet Potato, Black Bean Quesadillas

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We’ll talk about these yummy and healthy Kale, Sweet Potato, Black Bean Quesadillas in a minute.

Kale, Sweet Potato, Black Bean Quesadillas are chock full of veggies and are paired with an unexpected, but delicious light and creamy barbeque dip.

But first, I have to say that the first week or so of this year has started off with a bang. It’s been non-stop appointments, meetings, running around…Remember when I said, “everything in moderation,” and that I was going to “ease” into the new year? Well, the universe had different plans for me. And cooking? Well, of course, right after I preached my norm of cooking three squares a day, my schedule went haywire and suddenly, just making sure everyone actually had something to eat was a daily challenge.

I have friends who often… Continue reading

Classic Banana Bread

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It’s a new year and I’ve got a new post for you…Classic Banana Bread.

Classic Banana Bread. This classic quick bread is chock full of banana flavor and updated with whole grains and Greek yogurt.

I know it’s not the most likely first of the year posts, being that this is the time of year that everyone is embarking on healthy resolutions. But hey, I’ve lightened up this recipe a bit and it’s whole grain, so it’s not like I’m offering up a hot fudge brownie sundae in the first week of January. (Yeah, sorry about conjuring up that visual, especially if you’re munching on carrot sticks while reading this ;)

At the risk of sounding cliche, I’m starting the year with my on going philosophy…everything in moderation. Hopefully, that’s… Continue reading

Happy Holidays 2016

As we near the end 2016, I want to thank all of my readers, both old and new, for sharing this blogging journey with me. Wherever you may be… however you plan to celebrate your holidays…I hope that you have time to slow down and enjoy good food, friends and family. I’ll be taking a little blogging break to spend Christmas and New Year’s with those I… Continue reading

Egg Nog Scones with White Chocolate Egg Nog Ganache

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Today’s recipe is dedicated to my avid scone fans and of course, all of those readers who love egg nog.

Egg Nog Scones with White Chocolate Egg Nog Ganache. Rich, buttery egg nog scones are drizzled with a creamy ganache & spiced with freshly grated nutmeg!

We’re still thinking about breakfast choices over here and clearly I’ve got egg nog on the brain having just posted Egg Nog Crumb Muffins. Today, I’ve got some Egg Nog Scones drizzled with White Chocolate Egg Nog Ganache for you. Yes…all the yummy words right in a row…Egg Nog! Yum! Scones! Hearts forever! Egg Nog Ganache?!? But of course!

I’ve wanted to make scones with egg nog for a while now. It seems like a natural choice. After all, my typical scone recipe includes cream. Egg nog is rich,… Continue reading

Egg Nog Crumb Muffins

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Let’s start planning a holiday breakfast with these Egg Nog Crumb Muffins!

Egg Nog Crumb Muffins, rich with egg nog, topped with big chunks of sweet buttery crumbs, then graced with a dusting of confectioner's sugar.

I’m kind of done talking about cookies. Okay, maybe not done, but I finally finished all of my cookie baking, or at least I think I have. It’s always such a big feat to get through baking a ton of cookies. It seems like a giant mountain to climb each year. It’s a fun climb, but a climb none the less. Just as I finish, though, I start wanting to bake more, because now I’m only thinking about the latest new recipe I want to develop. One more recipe seems like “nothing” after conquering a long… Continue reading

Soft Gingerbread Cookies

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These Soft Gingerbread Cookies transported me from a take ’em or leave ’em attitude to a complete convert on loving gingerbread cookies.

Soft Gingerbread Cookies. Soft, sink your teeth into it cookie with a nice balance of warm spices. Orange icing complements this delicious holiday treat!

This story isn’t quite like my Orange Chocolate Chip Shortbread story, where an accomplished baker bestowed upon me treats that would make that orange chocolate flavor combo a new favorite…no, that didn’t happen here.

Nope…what happened here is that I had children. And as they got old enough to enjoy the whole cookie baking and decorating process, I started to feel like we were missing out on the whole gingerbread cookie thing. We already had established our cookie decorating at Halloween with our Peanut Butter Cut Out Cookies… Continue reading

Orange Chocolate Chip Shortbread

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There are simply too many cookie opportunities and not enough time to make and share them all…

Orange Chocolate Chip Shortbread. Rolled thicker for a softer bite. Flavored with fresh orange and chocolate. Delicious plain or drizzled with orange icing.

However, this little number, Orange Chocolate Chip Shortbread, was made right after I made Spiced Shortbread. You might say I’m on a bit of a shortbread kick. Why? Because it’s such an easy cookie to whip up.

Orange Chocolate Chip Shortbread. Rolled thicker for a softer bite. Flavored with fresh orange and chocolate. Delicious plain or drizzled with orange icing.

I mentioned in the Spiced Shortbread post that I don’t usually make a lot of shortbread, even though I love it. I broke the seal on that with the spiced version and was so pleased with the ease of making it and the delicious outcome, I am now on that aforementioned “kick.” I want to… Continue reading

Slice and Bake Cheesecake Cookies

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I have been planning to share these Slice and Bake Cheesecake Cookies with you for 2 years now…

Slice and Bake Cheesecake Cookies. Cream cheese, fresh citrus and a nutty graham coating make these cookies reminiscent of a slice of cheesecake.

What took so long? Well, I have to say the blog is to blame. I hate to say it, but it’s true. Yep, baking for a blog gets in the way of normal personal baking activities, which in turn gets in the way of blog baking. It’s a vicious cycle. I’ve mentioned, many times, the boatloads of cookies I bake each year. The first blogging Christmas I had was a challenge to say the least. Trying to schedule in my own baking around a blog baking schedule was new and different; it… Continue reading

Spiced Shortbread

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We’re going to ease into cookie baking this year with some Spiced Shortbread.

Spiced Shortbread mixes up in one bowl and bakes up to a lovely buttery, crisp but tender cookie that has the added warmth of cinnamon, ginger and cloves.

The truth is…there’s a million things that I want to make for you and only a very short time to share them and, of course, make them. So, I’ve had to edit. This is the problem I have every year when making my list for Christmas baking. By the time I get to 16 choices, my husband is advising me to shorten the list. Many of them I’ve blogged about, but every year there are other cookies that I want to make, like shortbread. I think I’ve only made it a couple of times for my… Continue reading

Holiday Baking 2016

Hey! How was your Thanksgiving? We had a lovely break, spent with family and friends.

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I could go for one more week “off” just to catch up from all of the stuff I’m now behind on because I really took a break. Of course that break didn’t come until Saturday…after the craziness of the week had died down. I don’t do Black Friday. It might be due to a long career in retail, or this year, it might be because I was throwing a birthday party. (Yep, it was the birthday party.)

Sometimes we actually do go out on Black Friday, not to shop, necessarily, but just to witness the… Continue reading

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