Mango Dark Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies


Why is this so hard?  I feel as if I'm very unprepared for a piano recital, and all my favorite friends are there to watch:)  It's been a while since I've posted.  Like months, and months, and months and I'm having a  hard time getting back.  But this recipe is a good one!!  So......I love Ruby Snap Cookies!  I love them!  Great cookie bakery in Salt Lake City.  The flavors, the frosting, the toppings, the names of the cookies, the packaging, the ... ...continue reading

Just Beet It Juice

Beet It

I loved Michael Jackson as a kid.  Actually I still do, I just don't have pictures of him plastered to my bedroom wall.  I don't think James would approve:)  Therefore I love the name of this juice!  And as I've posted before we love juicing.  I own both a juicer and a Vitamix and if I had to chose between the two, my Hurom Juicer would be the winner.  I have used it almost daily for the last 3 years.  True story!  James and I have a Green ... ...continue reading

Black Forest Trifle


I made this lovely trifle on year for James' birthday.  He loves cherries, and so I knew he'd love this trifle.  I followed a recipe that was in a great cookbook that my Grams and her sister made 20 years ago.  It's one of my prized possessions.  It is full of gems!  And maybe a few typos:)  The recipe called for a little almond extract added to the cherry pie filling.  Like 2 TABLESPOONS.  It should have been 1/2 t of almond extract.  That would ... ...continue reading

Gingerbread Trifle


What kind of dessert do you make for Christmas?  I had this little conversation with my sister not to long ago.  She was having a luncheon with a huge group of friends and she was in charge of dessert.  She wanted to impress, and do something special for a Christmas party.  What to do!?  I've found I come up with the best recipes and ideas if I bounce them off my sister.  Sometimes just the act of talking the idea through out loud is all it ... ...continue reading

Chocolate Babka


It really was as good as it looked.  I don't think I've ever made a bread quite like this.  There's a ton of butter in the dough.  I mean, I've made some doughs enriched with butter and eggs, but nothing like this.  And you know what?  It was a beautiful dough.  Super tender and delicious.  We loved it!   I was hoping to make a bread pudding with the second loaf, but it never made it that far.  We ate it.  Slice by slice with lots of yummy sounds ... ...continue reading

Chocolate Cheesecake


We have birthday traditions at our house that may not be your typical ones.  You know my mom started it years ago.  She probably thought, "Hey it's your birthday, have it your way!" and that's how it all started.  Birthday's don't necessarily mean cake.  I think I had a Raspberry Trifle as my birthday cake of choice for most of my life.  My mom still to this day usually finds a day to fix MY favorite meal for me around my birthday.  And if you're ... ...continue reading

Coconut Crusted Sweet Potato Pie


Thanksgiving!!!  My FAVORITE holiday all year long!  I do admit to having my Christmas tree up, and all the trimmings and decorations that are associated with Christmas, but for me it just adds to the Thanksgiving spirit.  It brings in more light to my home.  It creates a buzz in all the kids.  An excitement that you can feel.  And for me it feels good to have the Christmas and Thanksgiving Season all start with being Thankful.  Tons of great ... ...continue reading

Razzleberry Pie 2014


Razzleberry Pie. Need I say more? I post this recipe every year around Thanksgiving because it is such a winner!! It's just the best pie, and it makes 5 at a time. Now you may not think that you need to make 5 pies and that it is overkill, but I promise you will be so glad you did. They sit in your freezer and anytime you need a quick dessert, it's there for you. A neighbor has a baby, you've got dessert made. Someone you love is sick- you bake ... ...continue reading

Black Bean Soup

Black Bean Soup

Ever since I was little soup has been my favorite food.  In first grade I remember cutting pictures out of my mom's Good Housekeeping magazine, that I used in a collage to represent ME for my class.  The biggest picture of the bunch was a big red can of Campbell's Soup.  I put it right in the middle of the collage.  That's what I liked to eat.  My mom always had a supply of Bean with Bacon, and Split Pea, but Campbell's Chicken Gumbo was my ... ...continue reading

Perfect Coconut Pound Cake

Coconut Pound Cake

This is one of my favorite recipes of all time!  And it's one of those recipes that is so simple, yet so perfect for so many different occasions.  It was almost 15 years ago one of my favorite sister in law's (Remember, I have  9 favorite sister in laws!) brought this cake over after I had just delivered baby #3.  There's nothing really fancy about it, and it looks a little plain to tell you the truth, but my oh my is is delicious.  I remember ... ...continue reading