Persimmon Muffins with Lemon and Cardamom (Falling for Fun)

Persimmon Muffins

Bake up those prolific persimmons your neighbor pawned off on you into these delicious muffins, scented with lemon and cardamom. 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 […]

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 […]

Garlic Herb Pretzels

pretzels boiled and seeded

Make homemade garlic herb pretzels. They are inexpensive at less than a dollar a dozen and so very tasty! Oh my word. I make pretzels a few times a year. With each bite, I think to myself, “Why don’t I make these more often?” These are so delicious, fun to make, and make you feel […]

Cinnamon Apple Oat Cakes (URS: Grains)

apple oat cakes

Apples, oats, and a little bit of spice join forces in a portable baked oatmeal cake. Delicious in a bowl of cream or just eaten out of hand. Let me just say how much I love, love, LOVE it that you come by each week to swap recipes. I think having a themed catalog of […]

Chocolate Cheesecake Muffins (Ultimate Recipe Swap: Chocolate)

Chocolate Cheesecake Muffins platter

A homemade baking mix gets jazzed up with two forms of chocolate and a cheesecake like topping. Delicious and easy to pull together! As you may know, we’re in the midst of a Pantry Challenge over here. While I’ve not completely sworn off grocery shopping this month, I am “shopping my closet” as it were […]

Cranberry Christmas Bread or Wanna Be Panettone (URS: Christmas)

christmas cranberry bread

Homemade Christmas bread, full of cranberries and baked in a paper pan is reminiscent of store bought panettone, but the dough features whole wheat pastry flour and is prepared in a bread machine. I was first introduced to panettone the year I lived in France almost twenty years ago. My French family lived in the […]

10 Frugal Fall Snacks for Hungry Kids (Recipe: Spiced Pear Cake)

Cheddar Coins 2

It would seem that kids are always hungry: breakfast, 2nd breakfast, elevensies, luncheon…. Oh wait! Is that hobbits or kids? Same thing, really. While three (or more) good meals are a great base, a healthy afternoon snack can be just the ticket to help kids — and adults — make it through the 3:00 slump. […]

Braided Cinnamon Sugar Rounds (Ultimate Recipe Swap: Breads)

braided round complete

Maybe it’s the fast paced society we live in. Maybe it’s that I like to get the biggest bang for my buck. Maybe it’s that I’m just lazy. But, I love things that are multi-purpose. I love a gadget that can serve lots of purposes, like the Night Vision Spy Goggles that I got for […]