Pear Almond Granola French Toast with Pear Brown Sugar Caramel Syrup

Epic Pear Almond Granola French Toast

I don’t think it would come as a surprise to any of you guys that I love food! And I love sharing food in real life and on my site, here. And I get excited about it. And I’m really excited about this Epic Pear Almond Granola French Toast. I know I’ve been talking about it with the recipes leading up to this French Toast. The Autumn Almond Pear Granola and the Pear Brown Sugar Caramel Syrup. And I don’t normally post twice in the same day, but the Pear Brown Sugar Caramel Syrup is kind of a sister recipe to this one and I couldn’t wait to share this French Toast.

Epic Pear Almond Granola French Toast

Epic Pear Almond Granola French Toast

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Creamy Apple & Cider Pork Chops

Creamy Apple & Cider Pork Chops

I really am not ready for summer to end – but I was a little consoled with this dish, Creamy Apple & Cider Pork Chops. Ya gotta love a recipe that tastes divine, looks great and is perfect for company but quick & easy enough to pull off on any old weeknight for family dinner! And it’s even better when it’s a dinner that’s so good you’ll want to lick your plate clean!

Apple & Cider Pork Chops with Perfect Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes & Simply Steamed Broccoli

Apple & Cider Pork Chops with Perfect Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes & Simply Steamed Broccoli

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Perfect Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes

Perfect Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes

So how many of you have a “Deserted Island” food? I almost said, “dessert island” that would be even better, huh? So a Deserted Island food is a food you would pick if you had to live on a deserted island but the catch is It can be only one food. Mine is potatoes. Specifically mashed potatoes and if I could bring my Instant Pot along, it would be these Perfect Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes.

Perfect Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes

Perfect Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes

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Strawberry Dream Cake

Strawberry Dream Cake

I kept hoping September would be hot and I’d get to do a little more swimming in the lake, especially since I got some wild swim shoes or water shoes or whatever they’re called! I waited and waited for them and now it’s cool. There’s no denying fall is in the air, and right on time this year and I’m already thinking about pears and apples. In the meantime, though, I’m pulling out one last summer hurrah. I’m breaking out with this Strawberry Dream Cake.

Strawberry Dream Cake

Strawberry Dream Cake

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Make Ahead Pumpkin Trifles. Layers of pumpkin mousse,whipped cream, crushed gingersnaps & chocolate covered almonds.

Make Ahead Pumpkin Cheesecake Parfaits

Make Ahead Pumpkin Parfaits - pumpkin spiced cream cheese mousse layered with whipped cream - and nestled in those layers are crushed gingersnaps and crushed chocolate covered almonds

You know what’s kinda cool? When you’re putting on a fancy dinner or a feast like Thanksgiving and you can knock off a showstopper of a dessert ahead of time. Even better? When it’s an easy, no-cook, and very fun dessert like these Pumpkin Parfaits.

Make Ahead Pumpkin Parfaits. Layers of pumpkin mousse,whipped cream, crushed gingersnaps & chocolate covered almonds.

Make Ahead Pumpkin Parfaits. Layers of pumpkin mousse, whipped cream, crushed gingersnaps & chocolate covered almonds.

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Banoffee Pie

Banoffee Pie

Banoffee Pie - such caramelly deliciousness - and super easy, too!

I remember hearing about Banoffee Pie decades ago – but what I didn’t know then was just how EASY this is to make. And it’s soooo Caramelly Toffee Banana goodness. A shortbread crust, a good thick layer of Dulce de Leche, bananas and whipping cream touched with coffee. All those wasted years…

Banoffee Pie

Banoffee Pie

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Caramel Cream Pumpkin Pie

Caramel Cream Pumpkin Pie

Caramel Custard on the bottom, Cinnamony Pumpkin Mousse on top, then it's all topped off with Toasted Meringue. It's an extravaganza!

This year I was looking for something a bit different to round out the Thanksgiving dessert table – and here it is. A two layer pumpkin pie, On the bottom, a rich caramel custard, and on the top a cinnamony pumpkin mousse. And it’s all topped off with an extravagant layer of toasted meringue.

Caramel Cream Pumpkin Pie

Caramel Cream Pumpkin Pie

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Cream Puffs with Mascarpone Filling and Blueberry Compote

Cream Puffs with Mascarpone Filling & Blueberry Compote

If there was ever a frugal “cheat” of a dessert, Profiteroles, or Cream Puffs, as they are often called, have to be it. Easy to make, requiring no special equipment, although a piping bag & tip is nice, inexpensive, and make ahead. And once made, they can be filled & topped with all kinds of deliciousness. What more could one want?

Cream Puffs with Mascarpone Filling and Blueberry Compote

A home-made Mascarpone Cheese filling is in the center; they’re just waiting to be topped with Blueberry Compote

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