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Chocolate Dipped Apricots and Trail Mix Bark

Holiday chocolate treats. They are everywhere.  Although I love chocolate and cookies, I also make these chocolate dipped apricots and trail mix bark as a healthier option. Because they’re sturdy and keep well, they’re perfect for snacking or as edible gifts. Above all, there is no baking required, no added sugar, and it’s super easy to make. So all it…

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Pumpkin Pecan Ice Cream with Chocolate Chunks

In honor of Thanksgiving season, I’ve created this pumpkin pecan ice cream for dessert.  I had so much fun using my ice cream maker last summer that I think I will be making more.  And why not pumpkin when it’s the classic flavor of the season? By itself pumpkin is quite bland so it needs spices like cinnamon, ginger and…

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Mixed Nut Brittle

For Halloween I thought I’ll make this mixed nut brittle as a treat for the adults.  Some of us don’t really enjoy eating all the candy from the store.  I’ll wrap it in clear bags, then tie it with a pretty bow and my guests can take it home.  Somehow we all feel less guilty in eating this sweet treat…

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Mango Ice Cream

Since mangoes are one of my favorite fruits, I thought I’ll try making mango ice cream. Flavored with fresh ripe mangoes, this ice cream is soft, creamy and just so delicious! Using Fresh Mangoes When picking mangoes, it needs to be perfectly ripe, not too soft and mushy.  Cut the mangoes lengthwise from the stem side avoiding the pit.  This…

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Easy Mini Tarts with Peach, Plum and Apricot

When life gives you peaches, make pie and tarts.  Our little peach tree which we just planted last fall surprised us with fruit this summer. So some of them are going in these rustic easy dessert with plums and apricots. Easy and Quick Tarts What makes this recipe easy is the puff pastry  I used is store-bought and they come in…

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Mixed Berry Yogurt Cake

‘Tis the season for berries and what better time to make this delicious mixed berry yogurt cake.  The flavor of this cake reminds me of a shortcake topped with fresh berries and whipped cream. With tea or coffee I enjoy it plain, and sometimes with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream. What’s in the Mixed Berry Yogurt Cake Shaving the…

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Sweet Berry Crepes with Mascarpone Cream

One of the most delicious sweet crepes to make are these strawberry and raspberry crepes.  It can be served for breakfast or dessert. Italian mascarpone cream cheese makes for a yummy creamy filling. Once assembled it is a show-stopper and will please anyone.  Best of all, it tastes so good.  What’s not to love? What’s Inside the Crepes Berries and…

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Fruit Crisp with Apple, Pear and Cranberries

Making a fruit crisp with apples. pears and cranberries is a great way to use winter fruit.  It’s so easy because you don’t have to worry about making a pie crust.  All you need to do here is mix and dump.  The sweet aroma when it’s baking fills up the house.  When it’s done, the result is so delicious. Different…

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Ginger Molasses Cookies – A Christmas Classic

One of my favorite Christmas classic cookies are the Ginger Molasses Cookies.  There’s just something about them that is so endearing and comforting.  Maybe it’s the spices in it or the chewy texture when you bite into it.  To me, Christmas won’t be complete without baking these delicious cookies. When I bake these cookies, I do it five different ways…

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Christmas Blondies with Fruit, Nuts, and Chocolate

The Holidays won’t be complete without baking the ultimate fun cookies and desserts like this buttery Christmas blondies. It is loaded with dried cranberries, apricots, walnuts and chocolate.  You can feed a crowd with a batch of this sweet treat.  Wrap it with a pretty bow and it’s perfect to give to friends and neighbors, or as hostess gift. All…

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Heat a tablespoon of butter and a tablespoon of olive oil in a large pan. Wait until the pan is hot and the butter has fully melted.

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