No. 44 – Pumpkin Pie


I had the most wonderful, busy weekend with my husband, daughter, son and our future daughter-in law. We shopped for a wedding dress, went on an engagement photo shoot (I got to hold the flash, tripod and reflectors), we carved pumpkins, made a GIANT pot of chili (recipe on Wednesday), and I made a pumpkin pie! The only thing I didn’t get done was my Monday morning pie post ... and some . . . Continue Reading

Everything you’ll ever need …


Libby's Famous Pumpkin Pie That's a pretty loaded title!  I'm changing it up a bit today and thought I'd do a post for my young bakers about "everything you will ever need to make homemade pie crust."  Pie crusts are an ancient concept.  Historians have dated pie crust as far back as 9500 BC.  The first crust was used as a bowl or vessel to hold food.  They were often inedible which . . . Continue Reading

Maple-Oatmeal Scones


Brew the coffee and pull up a chair!  These are way up there on the yummy chart!  Are you looking for something easy and special for a nice weekend treat?  Scones just may be the perfect choice.  Sometimes on the cool fall mornings a hot cup of coffee and a slightly sweet scone really hits home.This was adapted from a 1999 recipe by the Barefoot . . . Continue Reading

No. 43 – Tiramisu Pie

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I have always wanted to try Tiramisu but never have ordered it in a restaurant.  When I saw this recipe in Michele Stuart's Perfect Pies cookbook I thought this was my chance to try the famous Italian dessert made with ladyfingers, coffee, mascarpone cheese, eggs and sugar.  It appears that the crust is the only real difference between traditional Tiramisu and Tiramisu . . . Continue Reading

Zucchini Cupcakes


Happy Birthday Patrick!  My oldest is 25 years old today.  The years are just flying by!  Did you know young adults don't have a fully formed brain until they reach 25?  I'm sure it's not a magical aha moment - hey I'm 25 and my brain is done growing.  But 25 is a time in your life that you start to realize you're no longer the teenager, or the little . . . Continue Reading

Pumpkin Roll with Cream Cheese Filling – Redux

Pumpkin Roll with cream cheese filling

OK you're right.  I posted this recipe almost a year ago!  But I've been working soooo hard on a "special project" (not food related) and haven't been able to get in the kitchen.  This recipe is worth revisiting because it's so easy and makes a pretty presentation.  People won't believe you did it yourself! This recipe includes many items already in your kitchen pantry.  Doesn't . . . Continue Reading

No. 42 – S’Mores Delight Pie


I bought a new cookbook titled Perfect Pies by Michele Stuart.  Michele is without a doubt, America's Pie-Baking Champion.  I was thrilled to choose a couple of pies to make and the first one on my list was the S'Mores Delight Pie.  We just bought a camper last weekend and I'm in the mood for fall camping with a camp fire, cool evenings and s'mores!  I didn't even give it a second . . . Continue Reading

Healthy Homemade Granola


Naturally sweet honey, nuts, almond extract, cinnamon, nutmeg, and oatmeal!  Oh my!  This granola rocks.  You know what I'm eating this weekend on my fruit, with almond milk, and on Greek yogurt, pancakes - whatever!  Mix, bake and eat.  Repeat :) You'll need raw almonds, unsalted, dry-roasted peanuts, and unsalted mixed nuts.  I found these in the bulk bins at our local Wegman's . . . Continue Reading

Spaghetti Squash Medley


This was the first time I substituted Spaghetti Squash for pasta and it won't be the last!  Wow.  Why didn't I do this before?  I know ... Sarah tried to tell me and tempted me with her lovely squash recipes.  I ran across other recipes from time to time and thought they sounded interesting.  But until I ran into a bin of beautiful Spaghetti Squash at . . . Continue Reading

No. 41 Chocolate Chess Pie


I'm running a little late today so I'll get down to business.    Using to select the number, the winner of the beautiful bamboo bowl is commenter No. 2 - Tanna @ The Brick Street Bungalow!  Congratulations Tanna ~ please send an email to with your address and I'll put your new bowl in the mail.  Thanks to everyone who commented!  Liz - thanks for the . . . Continue Reading