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?

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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.

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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.

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Strawberry Bread Recipe

glazed sliced strawberry bread with whole strawberry garnish

Breakfast, Dessert | April 19, 2019 | By

Strawberry Bread recipe ~ moist, lightly sweet bread loaded with fresh strawberries and topped with a simple cream cheese glaze.

This Strawberry Bread is a simple to make quick bread, meaning no yeast or kneading and it takes full advantage of the abundant crop of Florida strawberries coming north this time of year.

Keep the recipe on hand in early June too when bright red, sun-sweetened homegrown berries can’t be beat. Because the bread isn’t overly sweet, a thick slice is delicious with morning coffee and equally good for dessert in the evening. Bonus: it whips up in less than 10 minutes.

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Carrot Cake Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

carrot cake cupcakes ~ easy recipe from scratch shows cream cheese frosted cupcakes sprinkled with finely chopped pecans.

Dessert | March 15, 2019 | By

Carrot Cake Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting ~ easy Easter dessert recipe from scratch! Freshly grated carrots and applesauce make these cupcakes moist and delicious. Top with homemade cream cheese frosting and finely chopped pecans.

I’m not sure if it’s a blessing or a curse when you learn to make your favorite dessert at home. The only thing I can say about these Carrot Cake Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting right now is that latest batch is gone. Completely and totally gone because I didn’t trust myself to have so many of them in the house.

I sent some home with my daughter and donated the rest to the YMCA.  After my workout, the only thing left was an empty container and I haven’t gotten them off my mind since. 

They’re cupcakes that act like a muffin (at least in my book) because they contain fresh carrots. That gives us license to have one with our morning coffee without judgement. Boom. 

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Easy Chocolate Raspberry Tart

easy chocolate raspberry tart ~ light rustic chocolate raspberry tart ~ golden puffed pastry topped with Nutella, homemade raspberry sauce, fresh raspberries dusted with confectioner’s sugar.

Dessert | February 12, 2019 | By

Easy Chocolate Raspberry Tart ~ simple, deliciously light rustic chocolate raspberry tart. Golden puffed pastry topped with Nutella, homemade raspberry sauce, fresh raspberries dusted with confectioner’s sugar.

Today I’m here with a Public Service Announcement: Do not make reservations this Valentine’s Day. For the record, I’m coming from experience(s) that include rushed meals, lost reservations, limited menus and a less than stellar meal.

Let’s shake things up this year and make dinner (heart-shaped pizza excluded) along with this luscious, decadent easy dessert for afterward. Or before . . . no judgement here. Because you’re guaranteed to have room for dessert if you start with it.

I’m not anti-Valentine’s Day. Or even Galentine’s Day. Celebrate to your heart’s content . . . with a dinner at home. Why you ask? Because it’s just a damn good idea. Granted you’ll have cleanup, but the meal will be infinitely better.

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Grinch Cookies Recipe

grinch cookies recipe ~ green crinkle cookie with red heart held by toddler hand and a bite taken out of it.

Dessert | November 29, 2018 | By

This Grinch Cookies Recipe starts with a boxed cake mix. They’re simple to make and deliciously hard to resist. Bright green crinkle cookies with a heart two sizes too small. Perfect for kids of all ages.

The Grinch. Cuddly as a cactus. . .charming as an eel whose heart was two sizes too small. The story is a Dr. Seuss classic and these fun cookies are a great time to get the kids in the kitchen. So . . . is cooking or baking with kids: 

  1. Fun!
  2. Somewhat messy.
  3. A confidence booster.
  4. A useful life skill.
  5. All of the above.

I’d say 5, but the biggest bonus ~ other than getting to eat the cookies is that spending time with the little ones in your life leaves your heart full. 

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Mini Baklava Cups

Dessert | November 15, 2018 | By

Easy Mini Baklava Cups ~ easy, delicious no fail, 1-2 bite dessert ~ finely chopped almonds, pistachios and pecans blended with honey, butter and cinnamon, baked in mini store-made phyllo dough cups.

This post has been recently updated. The recipe remains the same.

I originally created Mini Baklava Cups for Easter but they’re actually a treat all year.

In my family we typically have several desserts at any gathering. Why be restricted to just one ~ and besides who wants to make that decision?

So there are usually several and that’s one reason one bite desserts like this Mini Baklava Cups recipe are the perfect addition to your Thanksgiving dessert table.

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Rum Caramel Banana Bread Sundae

Rum Caramel Banana Bread Sundae ~ homemade banana bread topped with rum caramel pecan sauce, ice cream and caramelized bananas.

Dessert | November 6, 2018 | By

Rum Caramel Banana Bread Sundae ~ sliced banana bread topped with warm rum-caramel pecan sauce, a scoop of vanilla ice cream and caramelized bananas.

Judging by the dessert-to-savory ratio on this site, you may think I don’t have a sweet tooth. The fact is, I love all sweets ~ in the way that Oprah professed to love bread. I even scope out the dessert menu before I order the entrée.

Last week we met for girls’ dinner at a local restaurant where we swapped and shared leaving room for dessert. We ordered two split between six of us. This Rum Caramel Banana Bread Sundae was one I wish I didn’t have to share . . .

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Boozy Brownies

Salted Caramel Boozy Brownies ~ fudgy boozy brownies drizzled with salted caramel. Starts with a box mix, ready for the oven in 5 minutes.

Dessert | October 13, 2018 | By

boozy brownies

This Boozy Brownies recipe was written by my daughter, Lauren Dezenski who was on her way to Peru in this photo. Lauren works in advertising, loves good food and wine and is always on the lookout for her next travel adventure!

Be sure to check out the video near the recipe card!

Summer is my season, but I welcome fall and all that it brings: boots and scarves, all things pumpkin and tailgate season for those of us more interested in the social aspect of football. Which brings me to Boozy Brownies.

I’ll be the first to admit that I can get a little competitive when it comes to bringing food to a party. Let’s be honest…Pinterest has me and the rest of the world in a frenzy about bringing THE best dish.

Now everyone has access to everything from cutting edge fashion to must-see travel destinations, ways to get fit and of course a recipe for every occasion.

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