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easy overnight sticky buns for Christmas morning

Every season I try to come up with an easy treat to whip up for the family on Christmas morning. A few years ago I tried already prepared frozen treats that thaw overnight and you bake in the morning. Another year I made Belgium yeast waffles that had to be started the night before. I started this yummy confection last night and this morning just popped it in oven to bake at 350 degrees F (175 C for the rest […]


sour cream pumpkin bread with chocolate chips

Oh my! This sour cream pumpkin bread with chocolate chips is over the top delicious! What an unusual yet heavenly combination with the earthy pumpkin and tangy sour cream. And then the chocolate chips take this bread to the whole next level! It’s almost too sweet to be a bread, but not quite sweet enough to qualify as a cake I’d say. It’s perfect in the morning with a hot cup of coffee or with your afternoon tea—forget about it. Just […]


three bean and sausage chili

Hola! It seems everyone around here has a chili recipe. And come fall my honey samples pot after pot and raves for days about this lady’s spicy chili and that lady’s beefy chili. I’ve never been much of a chili chef, but after watching my honey savor bowl after bowl I’m sure it’s obvious what had to happen. I needed a chili recipe! I like the idea of having a big pot of chili simmering on the stove on a […]


fresh lemon layer cake

Salutations!  I brought home some cute little lemons last week mostly for decoration for our kitchen table. I also wanted to make a lemony something or other out of them too, but I just wasn’t sure what. I whirled around some ideas in my head — lemon chicken or lemon pasta maybe — something on the healthy side.  But instead of something leaning towards the healthy side I went with a cake, a fresh lemon layer cake from scratch. The recipe is […]


peanut butter and banana smoothie

If you’re in the mood for something rich and creamy, like I happen to be almost all of the time, have I got a treat for you. Instead of eating the peanut butter right out of the jar, for a change I decided to make a nutritious and somewhat healthy snack loaded with banana and peanut butter goodness.  And “oh mama!” was I pleasantly surprised with the rich flavor. It could easily satisfy a sweet craving for something decadent and delicious. […]


a Spring pasta dish with ham and spinach, yum!

Could I really still be carrying on about my spinach from the garden? Yes, I’m afraid it’s looking that way. An odd obsession with spinach from the garden — check!! I’ve been trying to come up with a dish to use up some of my garden spinach. Pasta is what came to mind, although pasta twirls around in my mind on a daily basis. This easy dish is filled with fresh Spring flavors. The sauce is rich and creamy, and […]


berry smoothie for two

berry smoothie recipe

We’ve been on a bit of a health kick these days. What that means to me is more fruit, vegetables, fresh air, and exercise, although I’m not sure if that counts as an official full blown health kick. But hey, it’s one step closer to fitting into a pair of skinny jeans! A bikini beach babe is just around the corner! Grin! At first I decided to cut way back on sugar — I inherited a major sweet tooth from […]


hot chocolate

enjoying hot chocolate by the fire

On a chilly winter day what is better than snuggling up by the fire with a cup of hot chocolate?  This recipe is rich, if not completely decadent, and whats even better is that it only takes three ingredients! It’s almost as easy as opening up the packet of hot coco powder mix, which I also enjoy.  We’ve been on a bit of a hot chocolate kick lately.  It’s not every year that winter in Virginia gets so bitterly cold […]