Category: Desserts

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2 cups non-fat vanilla yogurt
1/2 cup fresh blackberries
1/2 cup fresh strawberries (sliced)
2 tbs. granola
1. In a bowl, place yogurt.
2. Top with berries and granola.
*Serve cold.


Christmas Day Cheesecake


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Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
4 (8oz.) bars of cream cheese (softened)
5 eggs
1 1/2 pints sour cream
4 tsp. vanilla extract
1. Mix all ingredients together. Mix well.
Ingredients for Crust:
1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
3/4 stick margarine
3 tbs. sugar
1.Mix all ingredients together.
2. In a 9 inch spring pan, layer graham cracker filling on the bottom of the pan. Make sure crumbs are spread evenly.
3. Pour cream cheese mixture on top of crumbs.
4. Bake for 1 hour. Turn off oven and let cake stay in oven until oven is cool.
*Important: Don’t open oven while baking. Only open when oven has completely cooled down.
5. You can use canned cherries, blueberries or pineapples on top. You can also leave it plain.
Keep refrigerated.

Open Apple Pie




9-inch pie crust, refrigerated dough or make you own dough. (unbaked)
2/3 cup brown sugar, packed
1/3 cup flour
Apple pie spice, a good sprinkle
4 medium apples, peeled, cored, sliced
1 tbsp. butter, cut into bits
Granulated sugar for topping


Reheat oven to 400 degrees.

1. Place pie crust onto prepared baking sheet.

2. Rinse apples and remove stems. Peel, core and slice apples.

3. In a large mixing bowl, add brown sugar, flour and a sprinkle of apple pie spice. . Mix well to combine.

4. Add sliced apples to the bowl and mix gently.

5. Turn out apple mixture onto the pie crust leaving a 3-inch border around the pastry edge.
Dot butter bits on top of the sliced apples.

6. Fold the pastry to partially cover the apple slices. You will need to fold the pastry

7. Sprinkle granulated sugar over pie.

8. Bake pie 35 to 40 minutes or until golden brown.


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Pie Crust:
2 cups flour
1 cup Crisco
1 tsp. salt
1/2 cup iced water
Pie Filling:
4 cups of fresh blueberries (washed and dried)
1 cup of sugar
2 1/2 tbs. of corn starch
1 tbs. margarine
Preheat oven to 425 degrees
1. In a bowl, mix flour and salt. With a mixer, add Crisco and iced water. With hands, shape dough into a ball. Roll half of the dough and fit to a 9 inch pie plate. Roll the other half of the dough and place to the side.
2. In another bowl, mix blueberries, sugar, corn starch and margarine.
3. Pour blueberries into pie plate. Take remaining rolled out dough and cut in strips. Make criss cross shapes on top.  Pinch dough all around the pie plate. (see photo)
3. Bake for 40 minutes. Pie should look golden brown.
Serve at room temperature or refrigerate.

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Caramel Apples

6 apples
1 (14 ounce) package individually wrapped caramels, unwrapped
2 tablespoons milk
2 cups chopped peanuts
1. Remove the stem from each apple and press a craft stick into the top.
2. Place caramels and milk in a microwave safe bowl, and microwave 2 minutes, stirring once.
3. Allow to cool briefly.
4. Roll each apple quickly in caramel sauce until well coated. Then roll into chopped peanuts.
5. Place on a buttered baking pan. (It’s easier to lift off when it hardens than the usual wax paper.)


Pumpkin Raisin Bread


1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup butter (softened)
1 1/2 cups pumpkin puree
2 large eggs
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 cup raisins
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
1. In a large bowl, add flour, sugar, nutmeg and baking soda.
2. In another bowl, mix pumpkin puree, butter, eggs, and vanilla.
3. Continue to mix pumpkin while slowly adding flour to it.
4. Slowly add raisins and mix in.
5. Grease a loaf pan with a little butter. Pour batter into loaf pan.
6. Bake for about 50-55 minutes. Test with a toothpick. Toothpick should be dry when taking it out of the bread.
7. Cool for 5 minutes and remove from loaf pan. Let cool on a wire rack.
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Sunflower Seed Muffins



1/2 cup freshly squeezed orange juice

1/3 cup butter (for greasing muffin tin)

1/3 cup honey

Grated zest of 1 orange

2 cups whole grain flour (spelt, kamut, or whole wheat)

1 cup rolled oats

1 tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. baking soda

1/2 tsp. sea salt

pumpkin seeds


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

1. Lightly butter a 12-cup muffin pan.

2. Put the orange juice, oil, honey, and orange zest into a medium bowl and mix well.

3. Mix the flour, oats, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together in a large bowl.

4. Add the orange juice mixture and combine, using as few strokes as possible so you do not over mix the batter.

5. Spoon the batter into prepared muffin pans. Fill about 3/4 full.

6. Sprinkle with sunflower seeds on top.

7. Bake for about 20-25 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean when tested.

8. Let the muffins cool before removing them from the pan.
Suggestion: Serve with a blueberry preserves.


Pumpkin Whoopie Pies



1 1/2 sticks (6 ounces) unsalted butter, 1 stick melted, 1/2 stick softened

1 cup packed light brown sugar

2 eggs ( beaten)

1 cup canned pumpkin puree

1 tbs. pumpkin pie spice

1 tsp. vanilla extract

1 tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. baking soda

1  2/3 cups flour

4 ounces cold cream cheese

1 cup confectioners’ sugar


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees .

1. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

2. In a large bowl, mix 1 tsp. vanilla, melted butter and brown sugar until smooth. Add eggs, pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice, vanilla, baking powder and baking soda. Use a rubber spatula, and add flour. Mix in gently.

3. Using a tablespoon, drop 12 tbs. of batter, spaced evenly, onto each baking sheet. Bake for about 10 minutes. Put on a rack to cool.

4. Meanwhile, use an electric mixer, cream the softened butter with the cream cheese. Add confectioners’ sugar, 1/2 tsp. vanilla and mix on low speed until blended. Beat until fluffy.

5. Spread cream cheese on one half and put other half top.

Keep refrigerated. Take out 15 minutes for serving.








Homemade Blondies



1-1/2 cups packed brown sugar

1/2 cup butter, melted

2 eggs, lightly beaten

1 tsp.  vanilla extract

1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 tsp. baking powder

1 cup  semisweet chocolate chips

1 cup white chocolate chips


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

1. In a large bowl, combine the brown sugar, butter, eggs and vanilla just until blended.

2. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt; add to brown sugar mixture.

3. Stir in vanilla and chocolate chips.

4. Spread into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.

5. Cool on a wire rack. Cut into bars.


Chocolate Covered Figs



12 fresh figs

1 cup of semi sweet chocolate morsels

Sprinkles of various colors


  1. Rinse figs in cold water and dry on paper towels.
  2. In a microwave dish, melt chocolate.
  3. Dip figs into chocolate and then into sprinkles.
  4. Let dry on wax paper.

*You can keep refrigerated.

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