Fudgy Brownies

Last week, Baby J and I were invited to a mini retreat in our nearby mountains. My friend, Jan, won a beautiful vacation rental in Big Bear City in a silent auction and decided to treat a few of her friends to a getaway. I am so glad I got to be part of the…

Berry-licious Chocolate Chip Cobbler

The mornings are starting to have that crisp feel here in the high desert of California. Our home is in the foothills on the dry side of the San Gabriel Mountains. The beauty of living where we do is the cool, ocean breeze that finds its way up and over the mountain, making our temperatures…

Thumbprint Cookies

I love when I am cooking up something yummy for my friends and family. There is a certain satisfaction in it all. In years past, I have baked dozens of cookies to share with my husband’s co-workers. They were not just any cookie. They were one of the best cookies I’ve ever tasted and have become my go-to when a gift of food is called for. I have had people casually mention that Christmas was coming as a reminder they hoped so were the cookies.

Oh My, Let’s Eat Pie!

I have been at some Thanksgiving gatherings that had almost enough pie that each person could have their very own. Pumpkin, Apple, and Coconut Cream were always on my family’s menu while growing up. There are really so many to choose from, but as of late, a new one has made its way to our table.

Applesauce Cake

Applesauce has almost magical properties when it comes to baking. Fat, eggs, and sugar can be reduced or even, replaced with the addition of applesauce to a recipe. Add it to a few other basic staples from your pantry and you have cake! It is my go-to when a quick sweet treat is required. and…