Savoring the Seasons: Sticky Toffee Date Cake with Bourbon Glaze

"Dear Self, this going to be your year. So dust off your sh*tkickers and let's get started" ~ All my love, Me We are not big fans of the New Year's Eve hype and I don't know about you, but I certainly don't feel renewed on the first of January.  Still January 1 is the … Continue reading Savoring the Seasons: Sticky Toffee Date Cake with Bourbon Glaze

All That…And A No Bake Peanut Butter Pie Too

"To be outstanding get comfortable with being uncomfortable" ~ UnknownIf you have been to North Carolina there is no disagreement, its a beautiful state from its bustling cities, expansive farmland, to the mountain landscape of southern Appalachia.Getting off the beaten path and taking the road a little less traveled results in the adventure, more often … Continue reading All That…And A No Bake Peanut Butter Pie Too

Savoring the Season: Cranberry Lemon Muffins

The holiday season brings an abundance of Meyer lemons from my backyard tree and fresh leftover cranberries from Thanksgiving's relish that adorns the table every year.  Cranberries and lemons are a natural flavor pairing and each year, I find a way to combine them.This year, the simplicity of muffins bring a burst of lemons and … Continue reading Savoring the Season: Cranberry Lemon Muffins

Savoring the Season: Peach and Vanilla Cream Panna Cotta

The doors of peach season are on the brink of being thrown wide open.  Florida peaches have already made their debut but the Georgia and South Carolina peaches in May will be when the party really starts.There is no better way to showcase summer peaches than to prepare this absolutely delightfulpanna cotta- literally translated is … Continue reading Savoring the Season: Peach and Vanilla Cream Panna Cotta

Ultimate Double Chocolate Cookies

Wine and chocolate can be an incredible pairing, together competing for immediate attention.  Eating these cookies is like eating "fudge, a brownie, and a cookie at the same time" and paired with a cabernet or zinfandel is cause for swooning, and an intense in your face experience.Saturday evening was reserved for Wine Club and Cabernet … Continue reading Ultimate Double Chocolate Cookies

Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins and Reflections on Turning Fifty

They tell me that 50 is the new fabulous…..Do I believe them?  Maybe.   I know that I am closer to death than I am to birth.  A reminder that life has a finite span.  This thought both sobers me and liberates me.  Makes me stop and think often of what's important, what's not.I used … Continue reading Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins and Reflections on Turning Fifty

Dark Chocolate Black Bean Brownies

I would have probably raised my eyebrow had it been mentioned that black beans would be a healthy alternative ingredient to flour in brownies. It would have been difficult to imagine.  Obviously I am behind in the baking times…Not anymore. I am a believer. With the rise in sensitivity to gluten it has become known … Continue reading Dark Chocolate Black Bean Brownies

Easy Lemon Cookies

One bowl,  five ingredients,  a roll in confectioners sugar, what is not to love. Easy Lemon CookiesMakes 15-18 Recipe from allrecipes.com Ingredients:1 box (16-18 ounces) package lemon cake mix2 eggs1/3 cup vegetable oil1 teaspoon lemon extract1/3 cup confectioners sugarDirections:1.  Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).2.  Pour cake mix into a large bowl.  Add eggs, oil, and … Continue reading Easy Lemon Cookies