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Apple Spice Cupcakes with Caramel Sauce

Apple Spice Cupcakes with Caramel Sauce – These tasty cupcakes are apple flavored topped with cream cheese cinnamon frosting & drizzled with gooey caramel sauce

Delicious Apple Desserts

apple desserts - delicious desserts for fall

One of the best things about fall is apples! We have two apple trees in our yard and love to pick the apples and turn them into tasty treats.  Last year we had more apples than we could use, but this year we have a smaller harvest.

A bowl with mango and radishes in it.

Radish Mango Salsa

Radishes mango salsa with radishes and radishes.

In the summer time my family enjoys quick and easy meals that use lots of seasonal produce! This recipe for Radish Mango Salsa is a perfect fresh accompaniment  to a summer meal.

A bowl of mango and radishes in a wooden bowl.

The crisp and spicy taste of the radishes combines with the sweet mangoes to create an excellent combination of sweet and spicy.

No-bake Oreo Cheesecake Cups with Cherries Recipe

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A few weeks ago my husband and I were out for dinner, and the restaurant had Oreo Cheesecake on the menu.  We were too full for dessert, but I decided I had to make Oreo Cheesecake for the family.  Since it has been so hot I didn’t want to run the oven, and decided to create No Bake Oreo Cheesecake Cups for the family to enjoy.

No bake oreo cheesecake cups recipe.

Quinoa with Chorizo and Chayote Squash Recipe

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This is a delicious main dish using quinoa and spicy chorizo sausage.  I love chorizo, but it isn’t exactly low fat, so I wanted to use just a little for the taste, and have most of the dish be more healthy ingredients.

quinoa with chorizo and squash

Beet and Blueberry Salad

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For the 4th of July this year I wanted to make a red, white and blue dish, and I came up with this Beet and Blueberry Salad with Blueberry Vinaigrette.

Beet and blueberry salad.

 

I got a huge bunch of beets in my CSA share this week, so I figured it made sense to roast them and combine them with blueberries.  So I had red and blue covered, but wasn’t sure what to use for the white. I also received a bunch of salad turnips, and they turned out to be perfect for the salad, both for adding the white color and for taste.

Easy Seafood Pasta Recipe

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A purse with sunglasses, a cell phone, and other items.

This past summer my husband and I planned a special anniversary cruise. We went on a cruise once before, on our honeymoon, and had talked for years about how much we would like to cruise again. Finally our kids were old enough that we could leave them behind without (too much) worrying, and enjoy a relaxing vacation by ourselves! I spent hours planning out excursions, planning special dinners and getting advice from experienced cruisers about all the best shows and events, to make this a vacation to remember.

Blueberry cookies with lemon icing on a wooden cutting board.

Lemon Blueberry Shortbread Cookies

Lemon blueberry shortbread cookies.

These Lemon Blueberry Shortbread cookies are tasty shortbread treats with a hint of fruit.

Blueberry lemon cookies on a wooden cutting board.

To get the fruity taste I made a basic shortbread recipe and added some dried blueberries to the dough.

10 Green Shakes and Smoothies for St. Patrick’s Day

For St. Patrick’s Day it is traditional to make everything green, and that includes beverages!  Here is a collection of 10 Green Shakes and Smoothies for the holiday.

Looking for a delicious treat this St. Patrick's Day? Check out these delicious green shake and smoothie recipes and treat yourself.

Some of the drinks are healthy, and some are more desserts.  But they would all make a delicious snack for St. Patrick’s Day this year.

Double Chocolate Mint Cupcakes for St. Patrick’s Day

Double Chocolate Mint Cupcakes for St. Patrick's Day

My 16 year old daughter, Eleanor, is obsessed with making cupcakes and cakes lately!  For Christmas she got a cake decorating kit and lessons, and she has been making sweets constantly ever since.  Last week she made these Double Chocolate Mint cupcakes, which are perfect for St. Patrick’s Day.  The are chocolate cupcakes filled with chocolate mousse and topped with mint flavored whipped cream frosting, and they tasted amazing.

Valentine’s Day Sugar Cookies

These Valentine’s sugar cookies are an easy dessert for the holiday!

Easy Heart Shaped Cookies for Valentine's Day - Heart sandwich cookies with pink frosting and powdered sugar

I made the cookies by using two sizes of heart shaped cookie cutters, and cutting out a heart shaped window in half the cookies.

A trifle with whipped cream and raspberries in a glass.

Chocolate Raspberry Ho Ho Trifle

Chocolate raspberry ho ho trifle.

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This Chocolate Raspberry Ho Ho Trifle is easy to make and looks and tastes amazing!

Chocolate raspberry ho ho trifle.

Sometimes you just want to make a festive dessert without a ton of effort! This trifle is very visually appealing, but it takes only a few minutes to make.

Ho Hos are a snack that is a guilty pleasure for me. I don’t eat them often, but they were my Dad’s favorite, so they always remind me of him. And something about the layers of chocolate and cream just make them special. Of course a trifle is just a layers of cake and cream, so it seemed like a perfect fit for these snacks.

Chocolate raspberry tarts with chocolate ganache and raspberries on a white plate.

Mini Chocolate Cheesecake with Raspberries

pinterest collage chocolate cheesecake

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It is the time of year when everyone is trying to lose weight and eat more healthy foods! But it is so hard to resist tasty desserts, which is why I made these Mini Chocolate Cheesecake. These bite sized desserts are pretty and delicious – and at the same time they are low calorie, because they were made with Splenda, not with sugar.mini cheesecake with raspberries

Too Much Sugar

Most Americans eat far too much sugar, so using a sugar substitute makes a lot of sense.

The 22 teaspoons of sugar eaten daily by the average American is more than triple the recommended amount for women, and more than double the recommended amount for men.  Small, easy changes like using sugar substitutes can really add up over time, while still allowing you to enjoy delicious desserts like these Mini Chocolate Cheesecake!