Homemade Strawberry Sauce

Homemade Strawberry Sauce: easy homemade sauce made with fresh strawberries + just a few other ingredients. Use over ice cream, waffles or cheesecake.

Dessert | July 2, 2017 | By

This delicious Homemade Strawberry Sauce post and the following scrumptious recipe was written by my daughter, Lauren Dezenski who was in Cuba in this photo. Lauren works in advertising, loves good food and wine and is always on the lookout for her next travel adventure!

Homemade Strawberry Sauce: easy homemade sauce made with fresh strawberries + just a few other ingredients. Use over ice cream, waffles or cheesecake.

I love ice cream. Love. Ice cream. While it’s popularity spikes during the warm months, we don’t have a seasonal relationship and I don’t discriminate on flavor. I do, however have a slight obsession with strawberry sundaes – something my dad and I have in common. When it comes to food my dad has a very traditional palate. I on the other hand tend be much more adventurous. Strawberry sundaes with Homemade Strawberry Sauce are one dish that continues to bond us.

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Cranberry Chocolate Chip Cookies

Cranberry Chocolate Chip Cookies~soft inside, slightly crisp bottom. A perfect blend of the sweet fall flavor of cranberries and semi sweet chocolate.

Dessert | November 14, 2016 | By

Cranberry Chocolate Chip Cookies ~ slightly crisp bottom, soft inside with a delicious blend of semi sweet chocolate and tangy dried cranberries.

I was literally like a kid turned loose in the candy store today on the hunt for baking supplies for a virtual cookie swap I was invited to join. A virtual cookie swap is collection of cookie recipes from some amazing bloggers. What’s not to like, right? I was flattered that a non-baker like myself would be asked so I jumped ~ with both feet and accepted ~ then stressed because the cookie bar was set high!

I almost wore out the tile floor in the baking aisle of the local grocery store, but finally decided on Cranberry Chocolate Chip Cookies ~ a classic, with a twist. One bite of the raw dough convinced me I made the right decision.

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Key Lime Pie

I kid you not, this is the best Key Lime Pie, thanks to a secret ingredient that enhances the flavors. It whips up quickly and is a proven winner.

Dessert | September 26, 2016 | By

Some of the best Key Lime Pie I’ve ever eaten is from Publix in Florida. Seriously. It’s made in their bakery and it’s smooth and creamy with just the right amount of tangy lime flavor, real whipped cream and slivered almonds around the edge. We escape to Florida every winter to relax with family, soak up some sun, swim in the Gulf and probably eat more Key Lime Pie  than should be legal. Unfortunately, I don’t have a Publix within several states of me, but whenever I get the chance to have a slice, it reminds me of warm breezes, swaying palm trees, Jimmy Buffett music, salty air and the sun on my face.

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Fruit Tart Recipe

Dessert | April 6, 2016 | By

Fruit Tart Recipe ~ sugar cookie crust topped with both a cheesecake-like and nutella layer then fresh, seasonal fruit.

If you’ve been following, you may remember the zero calorie Fruit Tart I made for Easter dinner. This Fruit Tart Recipe is actually it, but it only became zero calorie when the entire thing slid off the cake platter onto the floor face down and no one was able to eat it = zero calories.

 

I can no longer make the zero calorie claim ~ unless yours ends up on the floor too, which I don’t recommend because this Fruit Tart is worth every caloric bite. 

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Pumpkin Monkey Bread Muffins

Pumpkin Monkey Bread Muffins

Breakfast, Dessert | October 6, 2015 | By

I don’t necessarily rely on a calendar tell me when it’s fall. Oh no. . .I lie in wait for my local grocery store to stock Nestle´ Coffee-mate Pumpkin Spice coffee creamer. Now that may sound a little totally crazy to you, but when that yummy pumpkin creamer shows its gorgeous face I just know it won’t be long before I bust out snuggly warm sweaters, tall leather boots and scarves and eat warm donuts dipped in tangy cider at one of several nearby cider mills. I am only slightly ashamed of my behavior one day last fall when I couldn’t find the pumpkin creamer at my local market. It was only October — they couldn’t be phasing into Christmastime peppermint yet!! Hopefully that stock boy is no longer in therapy. But this whole pumpkin thing got me thinking — what else can I pumpkinize? Hmmm. . .how about. . .Pumpkin Monkey Bread Muffins? Hello? Can we really put two amaaaaazing fall flavors together — pumpkin AND monkey bread?

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