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Baked Applesauce & More Sides!

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Baked Applesauce

Everyone has their favorites for Thanksgiving and I’m no exception. I actually don’t love turkey, but love all the side dishes.

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Easy Chocolate Mousse

Chocolate, Desserts, General, Holiday | February 10, 2013 | By

Mousse and Hearts

To me, Valentine’s Day is chocolate. This simple mousse is oh heavenly chocolate, but now a word about the white chocolate hearts…be warned about white chocolate chips! White chocolate is a bit difficult to work with:  it gets lumpy and seizes very easily. If you’re planning on making cute white chocolate decorations to embellish a dessert, cocktail, etc. I would use white chocolate melts which are much easier to work with. Craft stores that sell cake supplies carry them.

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A Truck, A Tree & Alton’s Hot Cocoa

Beverages, Chocolate, General, Holiday | December 13, 2011 | By

Truck & Tree

Our truck is one of my favorite things ever. We just returned from getting our Christmas tree (9 feet-YAY!), with the four of us crammed in the cab, and it is so proud. It should be. This truck has assisted in numerous landscaping and home improvement projects and this past Summer we fit one whole above ground pool in it (minus water, but still…). We not only lived to tell, but actually enjoyed swimming the rest of the Summer. The truck is also our magic carpet for joyrides in the countryside and who knows what yard sale or cool stuff you might see when you’re out and about? So, thank you Truck, we love you.

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Pecan Pie Bars

Baking, Cookies, Desserts, General, Holiday | December 4, 2011 | By

Pecan Pie Bars

Cookies are a sentimental journey and my favorite thing to bake for the Holidays. There was a great variety of homemade cookies when I was growing up and they were bright spots on the visiting map – Phyllis’ Butter Cookie Press Cookies, Donna’s Jam Thumbprints, Aunt Anna’s Italian Wedding Cookies (for Christmas AND Easter!) and Grandma’s Pepper Cookies. I had one aunt who made Rice Krispies Treats for the kids and the grownups got all the other cookies! I remember being offended by that. Even though I loved the treats, I didn’t understand the distinction being made, but never said a word. I might be over it 40 years later!

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Key Lime Mousse Cake

Cakes, Desserts, General, Holiday | November 20, 2011 | By

 

Key Lime Mousse Pie

We celebrated a special birthday this weekend – our puppy Max turned 3. In what seemed like 3 seconds he went from this

Max and Mommy

to this.

Max and Fence

<sigh>They grow up so fast. For his birthday celebration I tried a new dessert recipe (for the human-types) that I will make again for Thanksgiving because it’s fast and easy and looks wonderful. It’s a cross between a cheesecake and frozen pie because a) it’s made in a springform pan and has cream cheese in it and b) there’s no baking involved. Did you hear that? The result is a rich, creamy lime-cheesecake-type dessert. I did make the candied lime peel seen in the photo, but next time I think I will just sliver the lime peel and sprinkle on top with the white chocolate – easier and greener. Oh, I made extra whipped cream for Max. He loved every last drop.

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