Apr 14, 2014

Healthy Gummy Candy-Organic, Two Ingredients!

Gummy candy–gummy bears, gummy worms, and in my case bunnies and duckies–holds a fascination for kids that I will never understand.  But since my kids do love them, I have decided to make them healthier.  Easter is coming up after all!  Healthy gummy candy–who would have thought!  My inspiration came from blogger Rachel whose cute treats which were cut with … Continue reading

Organic Homemade Peanut Butter Cups, up close

Apr 12, 2014

(Organic) Homemade Peanut Butter Cups

The past week has been busy with new recipes.  When I made a commitment to eat from my pantry this month… for better or for worse, I included my kids’ Easter Baskets.  After all I made organic homemade peeps last year!  This year’s first new Easter Basket treat is homemade peanut butter cups–also organic, though that of course is optional. … Continue reading

Crepes with lemon curd and mascarpone, served

Mar 4, 2014

Crepes with Lemon Curd and Mascarpone

This recipe was a complete afterthought.  I woke up this morning to the news that it was National Pancake Day (aka Fat Tuesday) and was taken aback. Right now it looks more like Christmas!  But didn’t I say last year that I wasn’t going to miss it again?  So I pulled myself together and at the last minute, made Crepes … Continue reading

Chocolate transfer sheet decoration topped dessert

Feb 11, 2014

Chocolate Transfer Sheets for Professional Desserts (Easy How To)

I am the original kitchen klutz.  First, I lack patience.  Then to make matters worse I have a slight tremor in my hands.  It runs in the family and isn’t dangerous but it can be an annoyance.  So I console myself that even if I had the coordination to draw a nice line of icing, I’d probably damage it hurrying. … Continue reading

Pot de creme, served

Feb 4, 2014

One Pot, Chocolate Pot de Crème–4 Ingredients!

I feel like a schizophrenic blogger.  Healthy theme, recent Facebook post on endocrine disruptors, then  a seriously decadent Valentine’s Day dessert–a chocolate pot de crème.  Lots of cream, chocolate and egg yolks–would it seem any better if I told you I used organic ingredients? Also in its favor, is the small serving size. This year I bought shot glasses for … Continue reading

Coconut Orange Tart

Jan 21, 2014

Easy Coconut Orange Tart

It was summer when I bookmarked the recipe that inspired my Orange Coconut Tart.  I figured I would try it when the oranges came in this winter.    My version is simpler to make than the original and uses a coconut “custard” instead of vanilla.  Paired with sliced oranges, the coconut had a tropical feeling that almost transported us away … Continue reading

Orange Scones with Tea

Jan 18, 2014

Sunshine Orange Scones

When I posted my recipe for Candied Orange Peels, I promised recipes for using them. With my scone-making daughter headed back to school next week, I decided I’d better make hay (or scones) while the sun shines.  This is a variation on an old currant scone recipe from daughter #1, so I set her to work on these.  It was … Continue reading

Sea foam candy closeup

Jan 9, 2014

Grandma’s Sea Foam Candy (Divinity)–No Corn Syrup

After mentioning that I planned to eat (and write about) healthier foods this year, here I am posting a candy recipe.  Now how did that happen?  This is a dearly loved old family recipe for something we called “sea foam”– candy that my grandmother was famous for (at least to us)!   If it makes you feel any better, this candy … Continue reading

Chocolate Dipped Oreos with Milk

Dec 30, 2013

A Chocolate Dipped Oreo Tutorial

Every year, between Christmas and New Year’s, we deliver a thank you gift to one of our neighbors.  They keep an eye on our house when we aren’t there, recommend plumbers, advise on various things… and are generally great people. A bottle of champagne and something homemade–chocolate dipped Oreo cookies this year!  Of course I was going to make these … Continue reading

Homemade Salted Caramels

Dec 12, 2013

Salted Caramels Don’t Have to Come from the Sweet Shop

Who doesn’t like a taste of something sweet, especially during the holidays?  Salted caramels anyone?  Besides longing for sweet treats, I had another motivation.  Every year of age seems to add to the challenge of maintaining a healthy weight, and I have found that a small taste of something sweet–like a chocolate truffle or a small salted caramel, can help … Continue reading