• I need this Chocolate Pie…NOW

    I think I could eat pie everyday, given the opportunity.  I love a good creamy filling topped with more yumminess all wrapped in a flaky crust.  Doesn’t it just sound so good?  Well, if you love pie too you have to try this Chocolate Cream Pie…it is a must make for sure!! Chocolate, please… My favorite pie of all time is definitely a chocolate cream pie.  I just love the deep dark chocolate filling paired with a fully whipped cream topping, making each bite  OH SO GOOD! For this pie I used bittersweet chocolate.  The sis-in-law and I prefer a dark more bitter taste. If you wanted a lighter chocolate you…

  • Easy Peasy Pie Crust

    Do you make your own pie crust?  Did you just look at me (thru the computer) like I am a crazy person?  I know, I know, why make your own crust when you can buy it?  Well, the short answer is…it is so much better and its easy!! It’s easy? YES!!  You throw everything into a food processor and voila your done.  I mean you still have to roll it out but pretty much it’s done. I love this because you don’t really have to worry about over working the dough and it has come out perfect each time I have made this version.  Plus I am little crazy and anytime…

  • Oreo Lasagna

    There are certain foods I CANNOT have in my house because I will eat all of it and  this dessert is full of one of those sinful treats…OREOS!  I love all Oreo’s and yes I think I have tried most of the varieties….but my favorite is the original.  There is just something about the chocolate wafers and that delicious creamy middle…I just love them. A surprise…. The Hubby loves Oreo’s as well, so when I told him about this dessert he was so excited and asked me to fix it right away, & has asked me to make it several times since, so it is definitely Hubby approved.  The last…

  • sweet & spicy…oh so good pineapple!

    It is no secret that we love to grill here in Texas.  I mean c’mon we kinda live on grilled everything in the spring & summer.  We will grill anything that will sit still on the grill (or not fall through the grates)….fruits such as pineapple. The obvious favorites are of course, steak (like this steakhouse steak), chicken, pork anything, veggies…but another big favorite is fruit!  Yes, I said fruit.  There is just something so yummy about fruits that have been charred a little…it really brings out the sweetness of the fruit while intensifying the flavor immensely.   I love grilled peaches for sure but my favorite grilled fruit is pineapple.  It’s so funny, I…

  • bringing crunch to the bars

    I can’t believe Valentines Day is just around the corner.  I just got all my Christmas down (yes, it took me a little while) and now it is time to think red & pink with hearts everywhere…but first lets talk about bars. Valentines Day has always been a special holiday for me, it is my Mammaw’s birthday!  This year she will be 89 and we are making sure it is a super special day for her and these bars a favorite of hers (& mine) so they will definitely be on the birthday menu.  To be honest pecan pie is her favorite but I love turning a pie into a…

  • cocoa a new way

    I still can’t believe Christmas is later this week.  I don’t know about you but I still have a ton to do and one of the things on my list is to make this fudge one more time.  There is just something so special about fudge around the Holidays…and especially this cocoa inspired version. Growing-up we always had tons of treats around our house especially sweet treats, especially FUDGE!  This fudge is so easy to make and it is so cute it is perfect for this Holiday season.  To start with the bottom layer is a rich dark chocolate layer topped with a white chocolate fudge layer and then to make it…

  • a new Holiday treat…yes it’s fudge

    Do you have a favorite treat that you only have at Christmas?  For me family it was always my MeeMaw’s sugar cookies and english toffee, for my mom is is white chocolate peppermint candy, for The Hubby it is a broccoli & cheese casserole that his mom makes and for my dad it is fudge.  Now I am pretty good in the kitchen and can handle most everyones favorites but fudge has always been a little intimidating.  There is just something about candy thermometers that scare me just a little bit…but this year I was determined to find a fudge that he would love and that did not require any…

  • dreams are made of this new pumpkin love…

    Obviously pumpkin is on everyone’s brain this week…and my brain is defiantly no exception.  Really to be honest pumpkin is all I can think about…I just love pumpkin everything.  Now the traditional pumpkin desserts are perfect for your Thanksgiving table but this year I wanted to change things up a bit and create a lighter dessert but with all the best it had to offer.  The first layer is a delicious graham cracker crust, it is buttery and a little crunchy.  Next there is a cheesecake layer that is light with the added whipped cream but still very rich.  Next comes the pumpkin layer that is a wonderful pudding like layer loaded…

  • whipped cream for days

    I LOVE HOMEMADE WHIPPED CREAM!!  Ok there I admit it…I LOVE homemade whipped cream.  The first step is admitting it right??  Well there you go…I admit it…I not only love it but I am kinda obsessed with it a little bit.   My mom would always make homemade whipped cream for special occasions and I was always so excited.  The problem was she would always have to leave the gathering and pull out the mixer and whip it up while her guests were enjoying their drinks because it would deflate if she made it before they arrived…so over the years I have been experimenting with several different stabilizing options to…

  • a little punkin butter fun

    OK it is no secret that I LOVE pumpkin anything and everything…I love pumpkin pie, pumpkin muffins, pumpkin cookies, pumpkin pasta, but I especially LOVE pumpkin butter.   My obsession with pumpkin butter started several years ago on a quick trip to Williams Sonoma to pick-up some kitchen towels (they are he only towels I use) and I was asked to try their pumpkin butter.  I, of course, agreed immediately and gobbled up (yes it was like a gobble…it was pumpkin people) and I was instantly in love.  It was so pumpkiny (that is is a word in my world) with a perfect hint of spice and then the bite…