Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Our family has a real sweet tooth; everyday we need at least one sweet thing. I don’t go overboard with sugar, however. I like to make our sweets a bit more healthy than other people might, as I add less sugar and add nuts, fruits, or even veggies.

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Blackberry Cobbler

I can’t believe summer is slipping away. This summer we got a lot of fresh blackberries from our garden, courtesy of a wild Himalayan blackberry plant that really took off when I watered the vegetables around it. Picking the berries was tricky because there were lots of thorns, but it was well worth it! I was able to harvest maybe $100 worth of berries from a plant that it considered a weed by many in our area. We ate most of the berries by themselves, but I had so many that I ended up making lots of blackberry cobbler.

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Strawberry Cream Cheese Pound Cake

We recently got back from a week’s vacation to Illinois to visit wonderful family there. While we were gone I was worried my garden wouldn’t survive the dry hot weather that Oregon gets this time of year. To my surprise my garden did well except for some strawberry plants. Nonetheless I was able to harvest some ripe strawberries when we got home, and I set about figuring out how to use them.

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Fudge-Stuffed Peanut Butter Cookies

I am so excited for this recipe because I think I’ve hit upon something truly new. Although I love to cook from scratch, sometimes it pays to “cheat” a little and use a premade ingredient from the store. The secret ingredient of these awesome cookies is Hersey’s hot fudge topping. This comes only in a glass jar and somehow seems much better than any other hot fudge topping that I’ve tried. Just to be clear, don’t buy the type in a plastic bottle — it is not nearly as good.

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Brownie Bites with Peanut Frosting

My house has a pretty decent sized pantry. It’s both a curse and a blessing. I buy lots of stuff and usually forget about them. I’ve decided to organize it once a month. I don’t want things to expire on me! Since it was that time of the month, I was rummaging around my pantry and found a box of brownie mix.

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Brownie Cups with Mocha Glaze

My happy place is the kitchen. I can let myself go whenever I’m there. Whatever pops into my head, I can cook. What should I make today? What would be interesting?

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Molten Chocolate Cakes

Some time ago a friend gave me a cookbook with recipes written by people from a town in Wisconsin where I used to live. I love this cook book! It’s pretty humble but there are so many great ideas. One of my favorites is this simple yet sophisticated chocolate dessert. With just 6-7 ingredients you can have wonderful treat in no time that is classy and downright yummy.

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Chocolate and Macadamia Cookie Bars

I don’t make sweets at home that often, as I don’t really eat them. My family however, likes cookies, cakes, pies, and — you get the idea — any types of sweets. Since Christmas is just around the corner, I got really excited about baking. An added benefit is that my son likes to help when cookies are involved, so it makes it a family experience.

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Apple Tart

Once a year some of my lady friends and I get together for a Christmas outing. Each year we try to do something fun and new. Last Christmas we went to a cooking class hosted by the Culinary Center in Lincoln City, Oregon. Since this was pre-Covid we got an awesome hands-on cooking class and afterwards got to sit down and enjoy our feast. The dessert course was a pear tart that is the inspiration for today’s recipe.

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Pecan Cheese Cake Pie

Do you have pies on your mind, like I do? I think about pies and other baked goods in the weeks before any holiday. Even though I try to think of something very new, I often end up making the same stand-bys again and again. There is nothing wrong with making an old favorite, but I finally got around to making something entirely new this week.

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