Spider Web Cupcakes

HAPPY HALLOWEEN! I hope everyone had a fun and safe weekend dressed up in your most creative costumes. To celebrate one of the best holidays of the year, I made these cupcakes for our neighbors. I saw the idea for spider webs on Pinterest and I thought it would be even creepier to add little…

A Happy Birthday Post: Dark Chocolate Cake with Brown Sugar Frosting

Tomorrow is my father-in-law’s, Robert Sr’s,Β  51st birthday. Last year was a big celebration complete with a surprise party to ring in the big 5-0. However, this year was much more low key, which is right up his alley To help wish Robert a very happy birthday, I made him a chocolate cake with brown…

Chocolate Skeleton Cookies

Continuing with the week before Halloween celebration, I made these chocolate skeleton cookies. I first saw them about 4 years ago in a Taste of Home magazine and I’ve been meaning to make them ever since. It’s a bit of a morbid twist on the classic gingerbread man, but it’s a perfectly appropriate way to…

Spooky Marshmallow Ghosts

Awwwww yeah. It’s that time of year again- the week leading up to Halloween. Every time trick or treating came around while I was growing up, I would get so excited I could barely function. A holiday dedicated to dressing up in costumes and collected candy from door to door? My chubby-cheeked, 8 year old…

Food Memory Friday: Wedding Lobster Bisque

Four years ago on a beautiful day in June, Robert and I were married (don’t worry I won’t make this sappy). The ceremony was short and sweet-much to the delight of several of my catholic relatives- and the reception was held at an Inn nearby. When planning a wedding, the bride and groom often select…

Pumpkin Apple Cranberry Baked Oatmeal

I go through breakfast food phases. My past favorites have included smoothies, cereal, peanut butter and banana toast, and scrambled eggs. Lately, though, I’ve been on a serious steel-cut oatmeal kick. From what I’ve read, steel-cut oats are different than typical rolled oats in the way they are processed. Rolled oats are steamed and flattened;…

Homemade Applesauce

In an effort to use up all of the delicious apples we have collected this season, I made a pot of fresh applesauce. My mom made and canned applesauce all the time while my siblings and I were growing up, but I never realized how many apples it takes to make a substantial amount. I…

Whole Wheat Penne with Spicy Red Sauce

I make some sort of pasta dish about once every two weeks. It’s easy, fast, and doesn’t require a lot of expensive or unique ingredients. I’ve experimented with different red sauces over the past couple of years and I finally found a flavor combination that fits both my and Robert’s taste preferences. That’s what I…

Apple Crostata with Cinnamon Whipped Cream

While picking apples a few weekends ago, I purchased a bag of Empire apples. Normally I am drawn to the honeycrisp and golden delicious variety, but I’ve read that Empires are very good for baking. A few days later, I decided to make this apple crostata. A crostata is a very rustic, Italian form of…

Pumpkin Coffee Cake

I’ve been cleaning canned pumpkin off of the shelves at the grocery store. Each year it feels as though there is always an inevitable pumpkin shortage and I break out into a cold sweat just thinking of what Autumn would be like without a plentiful supply of canned pumpkin in our basement. I think I…

Food Memory Friday: Amish Peanut Butter

I grew up in the heart of Amish country in northeastern Ohio. When I tell people this after they ask me where I’m from, I usually get the question, “are you Amish?” The answer- no, I’m not.Β  In fact, my parents moved into the area almost 30 years ago after they graduated dental school and…

Cinnamon Apple Muffins

Honeycrisp apples are one of my favorite fruits. As soon as this delicious variety comes into season at our local orchard back home, we hoard as many apples as we can. So it wasn’t surprising when my mom and my mother-in-law both generously gave Robert and meΒ  two large bags of honeycrisps a few weeks…