Avocado Brownies

That’s right.  You heard me.  Avocado BROWNIES. My initial reaction was, “gross… I have to try these!” And when I did, they were surprisingly fudgy and delicious! I have mentioned before how I have an addiction to chocolate.  I’m not kidding… chocolate addiction is very real and very serious, kids.  Indulge responsibly.   I’m on the … Read more

Take the Cake

Christmas is quickly approaching!  And you know what that means!?  Party time!  Christmas parties and potlucks are some of my favorite get-togethers of the whole year, but there’s always the question of what to bring.  No one wants to be the person whose dish doesn’t get eaten. So how do you know what will be … Read more

Candy Corn Popcorn Cake

  It’s that time of year when all things turn orange, and I am not just saying that because I live in the very orange state of Tennessee! Recently we had some little-people visitors and I wanted to give them a treat before they left for home.  I was thinking of something not-too-sugary but still fun to … Read more

Southern Living’s Skillet Caramel Apple Pie

Every once in a while I get out of the kitchen and make way for my Sous-chef dishwashing mom to create something wonderful! That is exactly what happened recently after she was leafing through the fall Southern Living magazine and came upon this recipe. The minute she saw it she knew it was meant for … Read more

Family, Friends, & Heritage Food: Pecan Puffs, Peanut Clusters, Fudge, Scotch-a-roos

Last week I was given the gift of spending time with my niece Crystal and her family.  After 6 years of classes, while raising three children and still working part of that time, Crystal realized a life-long dream of becoming a registered nurse.  We attended her graduation and then the pinning ceremony later that day. … Read more

Grandma’s Sweets Shared By Her Grandsons

My Grandma Paulsen was a lovely, gentle, funny lady. No matter who or when someone stopped by her home there were always cookies.  And sandwiches and treats.  And so much more.  My Grandfather was a Nebraska farmer and some of my best childhood memories took place romping wildly with my cousins through the barn, the … Read more

Apple Bread Pudding With Luscious Vanilla Sauce

When my sous chef dish-washing mom made Overnight Egg and Cheese Casserole for her Bible study group, we had a half loaf of white bread left over.  We are not big white bread eaters but we are big lovers of bread pudding.  I also had a few whole wheat hot dog buns also leftover from a … Read more

Ice Cream Sandwich Super Sundae Dessert

When the Brown Eyed Baker posted this dessert recipe I was totally captivated by her pictures.   It was the first of August and I had children and grandchildren arriving in just a few days.  I was in meal planning mode. What I didn’t know was …

Aunt Jamie’s Cookies from the Home of P. Allen Smith

Recently my friend Charlene was traveling through Arkansas with girlfriends. I didn’t realize this, but the home of P. Allen Smith is located just 30 minutes outside of Little Rock.  The Garden Home at Moss Mountain Farm sits on top of a ridge overlooking the Arkansas River Valley.    Paul Allen Smith is a television … Read more