October 22nd, 2017

Halloween: Ready or Not!

Once again, the Bewitching Hour is right around the corner.  If you’re still looking for last minute inspiration, we thought we’d help you brew up something special to be ready for the season- whether it’s a treat to take to the little goblins at school or grub for your ghoulish guests, you’re sure to find some spooktacular ideas from our fendish files to make this Halloween a real treat! Here’s an roundup of our Halloween Favorites!

First, free printables for gifting:  school parties, hostess gifts, party favors, and to add to all your tempting treats.

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September 28th, 2017

Autumn Crunch Salad with Chicken & Pasta

We love salad for dinner.  One of our favorites is this Summer Fruit Salad with Marinated Chicken.  Recently I saw this Autumn Crunch Pasta Salad on Pinterest and knew instantly we would love it.  I added the same marinated grilled chicken from the summer salad and tweaked it to our taste. Just add some french or whole grain and you have a perfect fall salad meal!

Autumn Crunch Salad with Chicken and Pasta


1 head Romain lettuce, washed and torn
2 cups fresh baby spinach
1 1/2 cups small orecchiette or bow tie pasta, cooked
3  chicken breasts,

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August 30th, 2017

Peach Dumplings

Several years ago, Jocelyn posted this amazingly good Apple Dumpling Recipe which rapidly became a family favorite for Sunday evening dessert.  Since then I’ve seen several variations using peaches so we decided to try the update. Sure enough, the peach version is every bit as good as the apple.

These dumplings are as easy as it gets – who knew that you could get such goodness out of store-bought crescent rolls and a can of soda!  Eat them warm out of the oven with a scoop of ice cream!

Peach Dumplings


2 fresh peaches or 16 frozen slices

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August 18th, 2017

Buttermilk Pancakes

There’s something wonderful about a hot breakfast and pancakes are usually right up there at the top of the most requested list.  Of course you can use a box mix which comes in handy at times, but if you want a delicious and memorable breakfast whip up a batch of these buttermilk pancakes.  They are almost as easy as the box mix, but so much better.  In addition to maple syrup, try them with Cinnamon Peach Syrup,  Fresh Blueberry Sauce, Apple Cider Syrup. or Buttermilk Syrup for an extra-special morning.

Buttermilk Pancakes


2 cups flour
3 tablespoons

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July 12th, 2017

Triple Chocolate Swirl Brownies

Triple Chocolate Swirl Brownies

It’s hard to beat fresh baked brownies.  These Triple Chocolate Swirl Brownies are loaded with three kinds of chocolate to make them ridiculously good to share with friends and family, or just  to hoard for yourself if you choose!

Triple Chocolate Swirl Brownies


1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup light brown sugar
1/4 tsp. salt
2 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons water
1 bag (11.5 ounce) milk chocolate chips
2 eggs
1/4 tsp. vanilla extract
2/3 cup flour
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1/2 cup extra bitter chocolate chips
1 cup white chocolate


1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.  Generously

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Caramel Potatoes

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