Chocolate Champagne Frosting

Chocolate Champagne Frosting – The festive pop of the cork, bubbles racing to the top of your glass, nothing says “celebration” like Champagne. If Champagne brought a date to a party it would have to be chocolate. They are the perfect pair!   They are also the perfect way to celebrate a pair of special occasions in […]

The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies

The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies –  Cancel that trip to the specialty bakery. You can now make big, chewy, bakery-style cookies in your own kitchen. My husband requests these for special occasions. He would choose these sprinkled bites of bliss over a four star gourmet dessert buffet.  Preheat your oven to 325 degrees. The slightly […]

Coconut Milk Truffles

Coconut Milk Truffles – Put the kids to bed, grab a glass of wine, and share a moment with this indulgence made for grown ups. Coconut milk adds subtle fruity notes to the deep bittersweet chocolate flavor. A roll in sweetened coconut provides a welcome texture to the melt-in-your mouth combination. We start with bittersweet chocolate. If you’re like me, you […]

Chocolate Ganache

Chocolate Ganache – Ganache. I love that word. Say it with me slowly, “Guh-nahsh.” Don’t you just feel fancy? Even though it sounds very “pastry chef,” basic ganache is an easy way to add some sophistication to your desserts. It has just two ingredients, chocolate and heavy cream. If you can make macaroni and cheese from a box, […]

Candy Cane Garland

Candy Cane Garland – Here’s a twist on traditional edible garland, a peppermint twist. You’ve probably seen trees trimmed with popcorn and cranberries. They get stale and soggy. This tasty candy cane garland stays beautiful all season long.  This idea came to me when I was making easy candy cane shapes. The garland requires more patience and focus […]

Peppermint Mocha Latte Frosting

Peppermint Mocha Latte Frosting – I pulled into the coffee shop drive through and saw the sign. It called to me, “Peppermint Mocha Lattes here now!” People may have stared at the happy dance I did behind the wheel but I don’t care. When that sign arrives it is indeed the “most wonderful time of the year.” As I sipped my […]

Recipe for a Life Full of Love

My Grandma Jane would have been 74 years old today. She would have told you she was 73. Grandma always shaved a year off of her age. I don’t know why. She lived with the spirit and energy of a teenager. I wrote this recipe in Grandma’s honor for a cookbook called “Give a Soul a […]

Fun Candy Cane Shapes and Swizzle Sticks

Easy Candy Cane Shapes – If you’re like me, the holidays just aren’t the same without watching “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” These easy candy cane shapes add that wonderful Seussical touch to your table. I can picture little Cindy Lou Who sipping her teeny tiny cocoa garnished with one of these. These take just a few minutes […]

Pumpkin Pie Frosting

Pumpkin Pie Frosting

Pumpkin Pie Frosting – You’ve already had your fill of turkey, stuffing, potatoes, and the rest of the holiday spread. But you must make room for some dessert. Do you choose cake? Or pie? I say, both. You can enjoy two desserts in one with Pumpkin Pie frosting. It’s not some pumpkin flavored concoction. It […]

Homemade Whipped Cream

Vanilla Whipped Cream – Whipped cream makes friends easily. It gets along with cake, pie, and ice cream. Even fruit and cookies enjoy whipped cream dip.     It is an important base for many airy frostings and a basic topping that we should all know how to whip together. That’s why I’m making it my […]

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