Easy Pumpkin Spice Sheet Cake with Mom's Cream Cheese Frosting

Easy Pumpkin Spice Sheet Cake

Happy Halloween, ya’ll!! I made you a cake! Tis the season, isn’t it for everything and anything Pumpkin Spice. Ummmm, Guilty! Sometimes Pumpkin Spice can get a little old, but not this cake. This Easy Pumpkin Spice Sheet Cake has a special blend of warm fall spices with just a bit of a kick from a touch of black pepper.

Easy Pumpkin Spice Sheet Cake

Easy Pumpkin Spice Sheet Cake

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Oven Baked Apple Chips

Oven Baked Apple Chips

You might think I’ve been living under a rock. I didn’t know about Oven Baked Apple Chips. Please tell me I’m not the only one? I thought that they were like the leathery, dehydrated apples and were just renamed as a gimmick. I thought, “What’s the big deal?”

Oven Baked Apple Chips

Oven Baked Apple Chips

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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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Blueberry Cobbler with Sugar Cookie Topping

Blueberry Cobbler with Sugar Cookie Topping

Summer is just about over, folks. I am finding myself feeling like I do every year that I somehow missed out. That I didn’t get enough of our fresh fruit to fortify myself against the pending cold, bleak winter. Ugg. Did I just say Winter? The summer fruit just seems to come in so fast and furious that I just about feel like I have A.D.D. trying to choose! Peaches, Apricots, no, maybe Watermelon! Well, today, it’s Blueberries. My Blueberry Cobbler with Sugar Cookie Topping.

Blueberry Cobbler with Sugar Cookie Topping

Blueberry Cobbler with Sugar Cookie Topping

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How to make German Rumtopf

How to Make German Rumtopf

So have you guys ever heard of German Rumtopf? This post is all about How to Make German Rumtopf. The name means Rum Pot and it’s basically a fruity alcoholic dessert made in a crock. Successive fruits are layered in with sugar and rum, starting in the spring with strawberries.

How to make German Rumtopf

My Rumtopf Pot

As the summer progresses and each fruit comes into season, it’s added to the pot, and the contents just get better and better. Once fall comes, and summer is over, the pot is closed up and left to mature until the Christmas season where it is traditionally first sampled for the first time in December on the first evening of Advent. We’ve been getting such good fruit this year that I don’t think there’d be an issue with starting a Rumtopf, now, even if it is a bit late in the summer.

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Fresh Strawberry Compote

Fresh Strawberry Compote

Our Strawberry season is just ending up Nord, here, in Minnesota. So before it’s too late, I’ve been taking advantage and using strawberries, a lot! One is this Fresh Strawberry Compote. It’s just a simple, little sauce but it’s infused with fresh strawberry flavor.

Fresh Strawberry Compote

Fresh Strawberry Compote

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Cherry Cheesecake Bars

Cherry Cheesecake Bars

Cherry Cheesecake Bars: Make with a home-made Cherry Filling or shortcut with canned. These will be a repeat every summer!

Ok guys, its time for true confessions, here. Do you have any fears? See, I do. I’m afraid of anything wriggly other than puppies & kitties. I have a thing about going too fast in cars, especially around drop-offs after rolling a car down a cliff. And. Most. Of. All. Wait for it: I’m afraid of cherry pie filling. Ummhmm.  You heard it right. Cherry Pie Filling.

cherry cheesecake bars

cherry cheesecake bars

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Cherry Crisp with Dark Chocolate

Desserts with Fruit

Many of my favorite desserts are made with fruit (the rest are usually chocolate!) Here you’ll find fruit-based desserts, desserts with fresh fruit or dried or those that have a fruit sauce. Enjoy!

any fruit (just about)

 

apples & applesauce

 

apricots

 

bananas

 

blackberries

 

blueberries

 

cherries

 

coconut

 

cranberries

 

dates

 

figs

 

honeydew

 

lemon

 

mixed berries

 

nectarines & peaches

 

pears

 

plums

 

pumpkin

 

raspberries

 

raisins

 

rhubarb

 

strawberries

 

back to the main dessert menu


Apricot Tart

I can’t tell you how excited I was to see apricots at the store last week. While they may not be my all time favorite to die for fruit, I was like, “Well, hello old friend!” Seriously, I spotted a lady carrying some to her cart and went back to produce to find them.

Apricot Tart

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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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Rhubarb Pistachio Cake

Rhubarb Pistachio Cake

Rhubarb Pistachio Cake. came about because there’s a “perfect storm” of ingredients! A neighbor volunteered some rhubarb, I had just picked up a new carton of yogurt and I knew I had a stash of pistachios in the freezer. Then I happened to open up the April Martha Stewart magazine.

Rhubarb Pistachio Cake

Rhubarb Pistachio Cake

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Grandma's Applesauce Cupcakes with Ermine Buttercream

Grandmas Applesauce Cupcakes

Do you have old family recipes that just take you back to childhood? Maybe it’s a photo, maybe it’s the first whiff of them baking in the oven, or maybe it’s that first bite? This is one of those for me…my Grandma’s Applesauce Cupcakes.

Grandma's Applesauce Cupcakes with Ermine Buttercream

Grandma’s Applesauce Cupcakes with Ermine Buttercream

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Irish Apple Pie Cake with Custard Sauce - Creme Anglaise

Irish Apple Pie Cake

Irish Apple Pie Cake – there are many names for this part cake, part pie dessert, and just as many recipes. I’ve usually see it as some variation of Irish Apple Pie Cake or Irish Apple Cake and sometimes it’s called a Kerry Cake. And the recipes vary just a bit, too, although they all contain chunks of apple and are made with what is really more of a wet pastry dough than a cake dough.

Irish Apple Pie Cake with Custard Sauce – Creme Anglaise

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