No Bake Layered Lemon Pie

Sometimes I just make myself so mad!  I made this luscious, creamy, sweet and tart pie in March when our friends Maribeth and John came to dinner. (Note: St. Patrick's Day celebration tablecloth!)   But did I take time to share it with you?   😳  Uh, no.  Fast forward 2 months.  I can blame my sharing…

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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…

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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…

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Candy Corn Popcorn Cake
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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…

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Award-Winning Pralines and Cream Banana Pudding

If you enter the National Banana Pudding contest and win third place instead of first place ... is it still "Award-Winning" banana pudding? It all started a long time ago when I moved from Nebraska to Tennessee.  Whenever talking food I would often hear ...  "oh! Banana Pudding!  Yum!"  Then I tasted it in a…

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White Chocolate Cheese Ball

My sous-chef dish-washing mom came home from Community Bible Study all excited with a recipe in hand!  "You've just got to make this" she said. Our friend Barbara made this dessert cheese ball for a fellowship lunch.  Everyone went wild over the surprised rich white chocolate liberally mixed together with a fine vanilla extract.  Cream…

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Holiday Sweet Potato Pie
Homemade Sweet Potato Pie

Holiday Sweet Potato Pie

We buy a 40-pound box of sweet potatoes from a local farmer every fall. I cannot tell you the exact science behind why sweet potatoes direct from the farm tastes so much better than sweet potatoes from the grocery store ... but trust me, they do! We dine on sweet potatoes all winter long.  When…

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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…

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Vanilla Cheesecake Pecan Pie

When the words vanilla, cheesecake and pecan are all run together ending in pie I cannot help myself.  I cannot resist.  I head to the kitchen, sort out the ingredients and begin the fun of mixing and blending while imaging just how good this is going to taste! This recipe came from Facebook. And like many Facebook recipes…

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Caramel Apple Dumplings

We've got apples! Do you?  I've got caramel apple dumplings, want some? My super Chief apple-picking  husband recently helped friends pick apples from their ample apple orchard.  Twice he went to their orchard and helped them pick clean the hundreds of apples ready for the farmer's market.  When arriving home the second time I could…

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