Chocolate Covered Fruit

fruit covered in chocolate

Dessert | January 15, 2020 | By

Chocolate Covered Fruit ~ fresh fruit dipped in dark chocolate. This healthy dessert tastes amazing and looks fancy, but is incredibly easy to make!

Valentine’s Day . . . game day . . . pretty much any day ending in Y is the right time to make these little beauties because fruit dipped in chocolate just tastes better. Can I get a high five on that one?

Chocolate Covered Fruit is not only delicious and impressive looking, but healthier than many other dessert options and takes just minutes to make.

I published a healthy fruit dip a while back but dipping fruit in chocolate takes fruit to a whole new level. Tangy-sweet fruit covered in dark chocolate ~ who can resist?


Cake Mix Cookies

red and green sprinkled cookies stacked on a white board

Dessert | December 7, 2019 | By

Cake Mix Cookies ~ easy, fun to make soft cookies with just 4 ingredients! This basic recipe shows you how ~ just customize for any holiday!

These Cake Mix Cookies couldn’t be any simpler. Three grocery store ingredients plus a bonus ingredient of your choosing.

Keep a box of cake mix in your pantry and the variety of cookies you can bake will be endless!


3 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies

plate of peanut butter cookies drizzle with chocolate and crushed nuts

Dessert | December 4, 2019 | By

3 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies with an optional chocolate glaze. Quick and easy old fashioned peanut butter cookies. Flourless  and naturally gluten-free and oh – did I mention just THREE ingredients?

Hand high if you can use another simple recipe that doesn’t taste like one. They’re like the friend in the kitchen we didn’t know we needed.

3 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies ~ delicious on their own or jazzed up for the holidays with chocolate drizzle and a few crushed cocktail nuts.  

These old fashioned, naturally gluten free peanut butter cookies are lightly crisp on the bottom, chewy inside and loaded with peanut butter flavor.


Chewy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

white plate of cookies with jar of raisins in the background

Dessert | November 14, 2019 | By

Chewy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies ~ soft, chewy loaded with oats and raisins and just the right about of sweetness. Lightly crisp bottoms perfect for dunking. An easy, classic recipe.

It’s about 17 degrees outside today with 8″ of snow on the ground. Translation: stay inside and bake instead of running the errands on my list. 

Days with temps in the teens are meant for indoor activities – especially baking! It warms the house, makes it smell better than any candle and as an added bonus, you’ll end up with a tasty snack. 

Chewy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies for the win.


Apple Cobbler

Apple Cobbler recipe ~ easy, traditional from scratch. Loaded with fresh apples bursting with fall flavor and covered with a simple cake topping.

Dessert | September 16, 2019 | By

Apple Cobbler recipe ~ easy deep dish dessert, loaded with fresh apples bursting with fall flavor baked with a simple cake topping.

Contrary to the flavor of my coffee this morning, it’s not only pumpkin season but apple, too. Of course, apples are available year round, but they reach their peak season and their best flavor in the fall.

So ~ dare I say it ~ let’s shelve the pumpkin at least for today and make Apple Cobbler. Less work and fuss than pie and very bit as delicious.

Deep dish, loaded with fresh tangy and sweet apples bursting with all the flavors of fall (except pumpkin!) and covered with a simple cake topping. Serve it up with a scoop of ice cream and even a little caramel topping. Pumpkin who?


Blueberry Nectarine Cobbler

scoop of cobbler topped with ice cream in a white bowl

Dessert | August 1, 2019 | By

Blueberry Nectarine Cobbler ~ deep dish dessert, loaded with fresh tangy blueberries and sweet nectarines bursting with flavor and covered with a simple cake topping.

Is it just me or is summer flying by? It was such a rainy spring and early summer here so most of the crops were delayed. As a result, I’m taking full advantage of every tasty one of them now! 

This deep dish cobbler is a delicious blend of slightly tangy blueberries and sweet bites of nectarine covered with a simple cake-like topping. Naturally, we added a big scoop of ice cream ~ it is summer after all. Whipped cream would be really good, too. Such big decisions . . . 


3 Ingredient Fruit Dip

overhead view of dip in a bowl

3 Ingredient Fruit Dip ~ plain Greek yogurt, peanut butter and honey blended to make this delicious healthy fruit dip that takes just 5 minutes to make. Serve with your favorite seasonal fruit for a crowd-pleasing party appetizer or light dessert.

May I ask a personal question? How do you feel about skinny dipping?

Not THAT kind! I’m talking about dipping seasonal fruits into the most delicious, healthy skinny dip ever.

Skinny dipping. Now that that’s behind us you’ve probably noticed I probably toss the word ‘easy’ around quite a bit, but this recipe takes the cake . . . er, dip.

One bowl, one spoon, three ingredients. Boom. You’ve made 3 Ingredient Fruit Dip.

Plus there’s a good chance you already have all the ingredients on hand. Of course, since it’s a fruit dip you’ll need fruit as well, but the dip . . .  just three ingredients.

Do you want to know what they are?


10 Minute Summer Berry Galette

Close up of baked galette showing browned crust with coarse sugar

Dessert | July 2, 2019 | By

10 Minute Summer Berry Galette ~ easy, rustic pie with fresh blueberries, raspberries and strawberries baked in a single free-form crust sprinkled with coarse sugar.

In full disclosure, the name of this 10 Minute Summer Berry Galette is a little misleading. It definitely takes just 10 minutes to assemble, but the baking time adds about 25 minutes. 10 minutes hands on; 25 minutes relaxing time to pour a glass of  dessert wine you’ll pair it with, grab plates and forks and take out the ice cream to soften.

This impressive Summer Berry Galette makes an ideal entertaining dessert. It’s (A) simple and (B) practically foolproof ~ oh and did I mention the aroma? You can’t beat it. Serve it alone or topped with a scoop of ice cream because really, isn’t everything is better with ice cream?


Smores Cookies

smores cookies cups baked with toasted marshmallow

Dessert | June 26, 2019 | By

Smores Cookies ~ bite size graham cracker cups filled with toasted mini marshmallows and Hershey’s chocolate. The ultimate, easy summertime dessert treat.

For many of us summertime means going up North, swimming in icy cold lakes and toasting marshmallows in a blazing bonfire.

A batch of Smores Cookies means you can enjoy this nostalgic treat anytime ~ but make extra because they’ll almost disappear on sight. 

Classic Smores are toasted (or burnt in my case) marshmallows and a piece of Hershey’s chocolate sandwiched between two graham crackers. Gooey, sticky marshmallow, sweet milk chocolate and crispy graham crackers. Mmmm. 

Smores Cookies are a simple version of a campfire smore in a bite size cookie cup. This all American treat travels well making it the ultimate dessert for picnics, barbeques or any pot luck gathering.


Easy Key Lime Pie with Raspberry Sauce

sliced of pie drizzled with red raspberry sauce on white plate

Dessert | May 10, 2019 | By

Easy Key Lime Pie ~ the best, authentic recipe starts with fresh squeezed lime juice blended with a few other ingredients and baked in a simple graham cracker crust. Tangy-sweet with a little texture from slivered almonds. It doesn’t get much better . . . until a simple raspberry sauce is drizzled over the top.

Some of the best Key Lime Pie I’ve ever eaten is from Publix grocery store in Florida. No joke. We escape to Florida every winter to relax with family and soak up some sun. Publix pie is one of the first things we buy. Smooth and creamy ~ slightly sweet with just the right amount of tangy lime flavor.

Here in the Midwest, there isn’t a Publix within several states so when I get a craving for Key Lime Pie, I make this one. It reminds me of warm breezes, swaying palm trees, Jimmy Buffett music and the sun on my face. The raspberry sauce is my own spin that takes an already delicious pie to the next level.