• A new way to sundae

    Confession time…I never once had a traditional strawberry shortcake until I was in my 20’s.  Growing up my mom and grandmothers made their own version of “shortcake” with pie crust.  Yep you read that right…pie crust. It is all about the crust My dad’s most favorite dessert is crust and strawberries.  It is really as simple as it sounds….it is pie crust topped with chopped strawberries.    The key is the super flaky and very tender pie crust, and how we cut it.  Trust me this will change how you think about pie crust! Double duty crust recipe My MeeMaw and Mom have been using this recipe for both these…

  • The ULTIMATE Rice Krispies

    My brother, James, is a HUGE fan if Rice Krispie treats.  So much so that that is all he asks for when his birthday rolls around.  I am, of course, more than happy to make them because he has to be one the hardest people in the world to buy for.  If rice krispie treats make him happy I am in. Family Affair My brother has now got my nephew loving rice krispie treats as well.  Truth be told I love to make Wesley just about anything so rice krispie treats are becoming quite the regular treat around our houses. Taking it to the next level Me being me I…

  • Homemade Ice Cream has never been so good (& easy)

    Summer is officially here and it is ICE CREAM TIME!!  Honestly it is always ice cream time in my world, but especially in the summer.  I mean just look how refreshing it looks…it is the perfect summertime treat!! Homemade and OH SO EASY! Growing up my dad would always make homemade ice cream for every get together we had in the summer.  Way back then he used one of those old fashioned ice cream makers where you had to sue rock salt and it seemed to take FOREVER (at least to a kid it seemed like forever)!   Now I use a much smaller machine and it is done in…

  • some cinco de mayo flan fun

    Cinco de Mayo is just around the corner…in my world that means tons of food, margaritas and some delicious sweets…and this Espresso Flan Cake is definately going to be on the menu. Flan & Cake…really? Ok, I know what some of you are thinking…flan and cake together?  YES…flan and cake together is a perfect treat.  There is something so decadent about a rich chocolate base topped with a creamy flan and a little caramel flowing over the top. Oh yeah…it is also really pretty. Espresso….yes please. Now if you follow me much at all you know I love espresso with chocolate.  In almost all my brownies, chocolate cakes and cupcakes…

  • Pistachio fluff?? Yes, please

    Growing up there is one side dish that I always remember being on almost every Holiday table…Pistachio Fluff Salad.  I also remember that I was never a big fan of it (I didn’t like anything green as a kid) but I knew that everyone else LOVED it).   Fluff…yes please!! As I was thinking about our family Easter dinner this year I kept thinking about that green stuff that everyone seemed to love, (& my brother asked for it) so I decided it was time to make it.  Now as I am sure you have realized a lot of childhood memories are a little distorted being that they are from…

  • hippity hopping & some bunny bait

    Easter is just a hippy hop away (get it…a bunny hops) & that means it is time to break out some of those fun Easter treats and this bunny bait is definitely one of my favorites.  This super quick treat is perfect for all your Easter baskets, teacher treats, neighbor treats or just a fun yummy for the kids. A treat for everyone The beauty of this little Easter bunny bait treat is that you can use almost any combo of candy that you like.  This time I used robins eggs, plain M&M’s and sprinkles with popcorn and pretzels…but you could use chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, mini chocolate caramels, mini peanut…

  • my favorite bread pudding

    My dad and I are HUGE fans of bread pudding.  Since I was a little girl I have always loved bread pudding.  I have tried many over the years but there is one that is my favorite.  I love the White Chocolate Bread Pudding from Ruggles Green here in Houston.  If you ever make it here…you have to go there!! It starts with the bread For a bread pudding to be AMAZING it starts with the bread.  For this recipe I went with a brioche.  It is a rich and buttery bread that absorbs the custard while not falling apart. I was not planning on making this bread pudding but I…

  • Red, White & Hearts for Valentines

    Valentines Day is just around the corner and that means it is time to break out all the red velvet recipes and celebrate with the one you love.    These whoopie pies will be a favorite Valentines Day treat for sure!! It’s time for a little whoopie…whoopie pie that is I’m sorry I just can’t resist.  It is just too easy.  Ok…I know enough, lets move on. I love red velvet anything.  Red Velvet cake, red velvet cupcakes and especially red velvet whoopie pies.  Whoopie pies are just about the best invention ever.  They are a perfect cross between a cupcake & a cake that can all be held in your hand.…

  • Brown Sugar + Buttermilk = YUMMY Pie

    Thanksgiving is in 4 days.  YES, only 4 more days until it is TURKEY time.  Now I know you probably already have your menu set, but you might want to rethink the dessert table for this super simple, but AMAZING Brown Sugar Buttermilk Chess Pie. Pie like no other Do you have a favorite pie from childhood?  You know that one pie that someone special made, or one that you always got a particular restaurant if you were “good”.  For my mom that pie is Buttermilk Chess Pie from Furr’s Cafeteria. My mom grew up in Brownfield, Texas.  It is a small town in West Texas not too far from…

  • Like no Brownie (Pie) I have ever had

    Brownies are a favorite in our house.  I have made almost every brownie version imaginable.  One of our favorites are these Oreo Caramel Brownies and these Pumpkin Caramel Brownies are a perfect option for this Thanksgiving.  Oh but wait there is so much more to brownies now. It is Pie time… Pie is a must have at our Thanksgiving celebrations.  Do you have pie for Thanksgiving?  What kind are a must?  Pumpkin, sweet potato, apple? In our family there is always a fruit pie of some sort, a pumpkin pie, and normally a pecan pie (I never said we were very exciting).  This year though I wanted to shake things up a…