Perfectly Perfect Pumpkin Cheesecake


OK I must tell you the truth.  I messed up this recipe but it still tasted wonderful!  I really liked it and hope to make it again one day.  If you like Pumpkin Pie and Cheesecake, you'll love this.  Don't let the recipe fool you, it is very simple as long as you actually turn the oven on when you go to bake it. I had made cornbread for the dressing then apparently turned the oven . . . Continue Reading

Thanksgiving Hangover


I can't believe the last 5 days.  I cooked, and cooked, and cooked some more.  Two days of cooking.  You would have thought we were having an army for dinner.  Then for the first time EVER, my son Patrick wanted me to get up and go shopping with him on black Friday at 5:30 a.m.  Honestly it was pretty great and I got a ton of shopping finished.  Yeah!  . . . Continue Reading

Pumpkin Roll with Cream Cheese Filling

Well I seem to be having a week of technical difficulties.  Last night while posting this Pumpkin Roll I was informed that I couldn't add any more photos to the blog.  It took 24 hours to expand my storage space so hopefully this will not be an issue again for a very long time.  Sincere apologies if you needed this recipe sooner!I made a pumpkin roll (click . . . Continue Reading

Brownies & Firemen


Better-than-crack brownies (I didn't name 'em, I just baked 'em!)What can you add to brownies to send them over-the-top?  Peanuts?  Check.  Reese's Cups?  Check.  Milk chocolate chips, Rice Krispies and Peanut Butter?  Check, check ... and check.  Good golly.  These are very sweet.  They looked too interesting to pass up but I should . . . Continue Reading

Random Friday


As mentioned on Day 1 of my blogging adventure, dessert to me means more than just eating something sweet.  It means ALL the things in my life that bring me joy.  Being with family, doing projects with my husband (we excel at working together), walking in the Battlefields on pretty days, saving time for myself (oh yeah … selfish is good from time to time) walking the dogs, . . . Continue Reading

Waste not, want not – Pumpkin Puree


We bought a new macro lens and I think I'm going to love it!  I've been shooting some stuff to get a little practice.  These flowers have been around for several weeks and are still pretty.  I love the Fall colors. This lens is really fun!  I love my little happy kitchen rooster :) Every day when I come home from work I see pumpkins on the front porch.  My daughter Allie and I . . . Continue Reading

Abby – the adventure continues


No cooking tonight!  I still have leftovers so into the microwave they go.  As I mentioned in the post yesterday, this pasta is as good or better warmed up the next day.  Yum!I'm trying to hurry and fold clothes and get all the other chores done so I can watch Ree Drummond The Pioneer Woman on the Food Network tonight at 9:00.  Ree is the queen of . . . Continue Reading

Pasta Fagioli


Hope you had a good day - it has rained and rained all day here in Virginia.  It's been a while since we had any rain so I really can't complain!  It's a nice cozy evening for a warm and filling dinner like Pasta Fagioli.  I found this recipe on A Better Bag of Groceries.  Melissa always has interesting helpful information on her blog.  If you haven't checked it out yet, be sure to read . . . Continue Reading

Roasted potatoes, asparagus and salmon


Tonight was quick and easy dinner night!  We had a few potatoes that were coming of age and asparagus purchased on sale at Wegman's last night for $1.99 a pound - yeah!  I pulled out the Mr. Misto and sprayed on a little olive oil and seasoned everything with sea salt and freshly ground pepper. I set the oven to 425 degrees and put the potatoes in first.  I added a couple of . . . Continue Reading

Saving room for kayaking


Sometimes it's OK to get out of the house and out of the kitchen.  Actually it's more than OK, it's awesome!  An indoor girl I'm not.  No princess here!  I do love the outdoors, camping, hiking, backpacking, and today was kayaking.  We try to get out at least a few hours every other weekend or so.  So with the weather forecast calling . . . Continue Reading