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Persimmon Muffins with Lemon and Cardamom (Falling for Fun)

Persimmons

Know what these are? These flat, orange globes have been plaguing my produce box for the last three years. Usually, I just pawn them off on my friend Sharon. But, this year she left town — for three weeks — during persimmon season. So, I’m stuck with a lot of persimmons. I found a taker […]

Banana Pecan Coffeecake

Banana Coffeecake with Pecanas

Bananas and pecans add flavor, sweetness, and crunch to your standard crumb-topped coffeecake. We go through a lot of bananas around here. I enjoy Monkey Salad fairly often as it’s one of my favorite healthy sweet treats. FishBoy15 works out on a regular basis and bananas are a great post-workout snack for him. The rest […]

Fish-Shaped Calzone

fish calzone

Bake a calzone in the shape of a fish! It’s easy; it’s fun; it’s tasty! Remember last week when I shared my pizza dough origami from Friday night? I confess, I was pretty pleased with myself. I didn’t think it would work, but it did! Of course, now I’m on a mission to find more […]

3.14 = A Good Excuse for Pie

Chocolate cream pie

March 14th is also known as Pi Day. You, know, 3.14? I think it’s a great excuse to eat pie. I love pie. I would much rather eat pie than almost any other dessert in the world. I think part of my affection for the pie is thanks to the wonderful memories I have of […]

Easy Homebaked Goodies

Homebaked goodies can be healthy and wholesome, especially with a little whole grain and fresh fruit mixed in. I know, the holiday baking season is over. You might be sugared out from all the candy canes and sugarplums. I’ve found, though, that homebaked goodies satisfy the sweet tooth, but with a few whole grains, fresh […]

DIY on a Dime: Make a Cookie Kit

Make a cookie kit with dough, sprinkles, frosting, and cookie cutters. It’s an experience and it’s tangible — all at the same time! My mom has always been a great one to help parents enjoy more quality time with their kids. I remember about thirty years ago driving around town with her delivering Christmas gifts. […]

6 Great Recipes to Make with Berries (Ultimate Recipe Swap)

Spring and summer are ideal times to enjoy fresh berries. Check out this round-up of great berry recipes. It’s been years since I took the kids berry picking, but it was a highlight of our spring back when we lived in Paso Robles. Then, it was olallieberries that we were after, specialty berries that grow […]

Bake Cookies with Your Kids (12 Days of Christmas Family Fun)

We love to have a big variety of Christmas cookies on the plate.Last year the kiddos and I made a dozen different kinds!¬†We baked them the weekend of Thanksgiving and then froze them to enjoy through New Year’s. It was great fun. I was chatting with my friend Shaina the other day, and she mentioned […]