Strawberry Apple Pie🍓🍏🥧

This is such a light, delicious pie. It is so easy and you can make it year round. Strawberry season in Florida is from November to April. It would be great to pick some fresh strawberries and use them for the pie. 😋 It reminds me of spring because it’s so light and refreshing. This would be a perfect desert for Easter or Mother’s Day. I got the recipe from my sister, who got the recipe from her friend. I believe she got it from Taste of Home. So now I’m passing it on to all of you. It tastes amazing paired with cinnamon whipped cream. It’s a must.

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Strawberry Apple Pie

Ingredients

  • 3 1/2 cups of thinly sliced peeled tart apples(I used Granny Smith this time which I think are more sweet than tart, but it tasted yummy)
  • 1 1/4 cups of sliced fresh strawberries
  • 1 tablespoon of lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 3 tablespoons of all purpose flour
  • Pillsbury pie crust(you will need one for bottom and one for top)
  • Cinnamon sugar for sprinkling on top

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to bake 450.
  2. In a large bowl combine the apples and strawberries.
  3. Drizzle with lemon juice.
  4. Combine sugar and flour. Sprinkle over fruit and toss lightly.
  5. Line a 9 inch pie plate with bottom pastry. Trim it even with the edge of the plate.
  6. Add the filling.
  7. Roll out remaining pastry to fit top of pie. Place over filling.
  8. Trim, seal, and flute edges.
  9. Cut slits in the top.
  10. Sprinkle the cinnamon sugar over the pastry. I put a generous amount.
  11. Cover the edges loosely with foil or even better a pie crust shield.
  12. Bake at 450 degrees for 10 minutes. Reduce heat to 350; remove foil and bake an additional 35-40 minutes. It is done when the crust is golden brown and the filling is bubbly.
  13. Cool and top with cinnamon whipped cream!

Enjoy!

If you like this recipe you will love:

Annie’s Crumb Cake

“Crowd Pleasing” Rice Pudding

Apple Cake🍎

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Irish Soda Bread

Every year when St. Patrick’s Day comes around my husband (he’s mostly Irish, 83% to be exact based on his 23 & Me results) says we better celebrate. We are not big drinkers, so cheers to one beer🍻. And green is not my color, so you won’t see me wearing a green shirt. I did make corned beef and cabbage a couple of times and no one really enjoyed it but me! A couple of years ago I mentioned that my mom used to buy Irish Soda Bread every year from the bakery when St. Patrick’s Day came around. That was how we celebrated; of course with food. My husband casually mentioned how his mom and Grandma make it every year. And it’s a recipe of his Great Grandma’s in Ireland! 🙀So we got to baking. And we sat and ate a loaf of bread. Be prepared! Make this your carb day for sure!

This is best hot out of the oven with salted butter. You can heat it in the oven or toaster the next day for breakfast with a cup of coffee☕️.

Enjoy! And Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!

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Irish Soda Bread

Ingredients

  • 4 cups of flour
  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 2 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 cup of buttermilk
  • 1 cup of sour cream
  • 1 egg
  • 1 stick of unsalted butter(1/2 cup), softened
  • 3/4 cup of raisins
  • 1 more egg to brush on the top before you bake

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to bake 375(use convection if you have it)
  2. In a large bowl mix the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  3. Add the buttermilk, sour cream, 1 egg, and butter.
  4. Mix well until combined.
  5. Add the raisins(use more if you like it sweeter)and mix them in.
  6. Place all the ingredients in a greased loaf pan.
  7. Make an X on the top with a knife.
  8. Beat the remaining egg with a drop of water.
  9. Brush it on the top.
  10. The original recipe says to bake for one hour. This will vary depending on the size of the pan you cook it in and your oven. It should be brown on the top when it is done. Check it after 40 minutes to see how it looks.

If you like this recipe, you will love…

“Crowd Pleasing” Rice Pudding

Annie’s Crumb Cake

 

 

 

Cheesecake Bites

Happy Valentine’s Day!

This is the perfect dessert to make for that special someone in your life. They will appreciate it and your love will shine through. I got this recipe from my mom’s recipe book. She used to make these when she entertained. I loved them as a kid and I love them now. This is one of those simple recipes that looks like you spent hours preparing.

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Believe it or not, the only kitchen essentials you will need to get started with this recipe are:

A simple hand mixer And A mini muffin pan

 Mini Muffin Pan

Cheesecake Bites

  • Servings: 12
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients

  • Mini cupcake liners
  • 2 (8 oz. packages of cream cheese), leave out to soften
  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 1 tsp. of vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • Nabisco MINI Nilla Wafers
  • Optional Toppings: mini chocolate chips, blueberries, strawberries, etc…

I whipped up a batch of homemade whipped cream, without the cinnamon, vanilla and sugar. Just plain whipped cream. I added a dollop to the top of each cheesecake bite. My favorite topping is a can of cherry pie filling. I scooped out one cherry and placed it on top of the whipped cream. It presents beautifully for Valentines’s Day. 

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Fill the mini cupcake pan with the cupcake liners.
  3. Put one MINI Nilla Wafer in the bottom of each cupcake liner.
  4. Add the cream cheese, sugar, vanilla extract and eggs to a large mixing bowl.
  5. Mix until all the ingredients are fully combined.
  6. Carefully top each wafer with a spoonful of cream cheese mixture.
  7. Bake for 15 minutes.
  8. Allow to cool completely.
  9. Top with your favorite toppings!

Enjoy!

My favorite dinner to serve on Valentine’s Day is Ravioli with Crushed Tomato Sauce.

 

 

 

Aunt June’s Cream Cheese Cookies

My Aunt June has been making these cream cheese cookies for years. She is a pro. They are so delicious and the perfect size that you can just keep popping them in your mouth! I guess that’s really not a good thing, but it really is! You can triple the recipe and store them in the freezer.

Warning: They taste even better right out of the freezer and that can be a dangerous thing!

I know there are so many cookie recipes out there around the holidays, but these are the ones I’d choose to make over and over again.

Happy Baking!

 

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When my mom and I made these we had a few obstacles, but with the right baking tools that could have been avoided. I would recommend the following before you begin on your baking journey…

Stand Mixer OR Hand Mixer

Cookie Sheets

Cookie Press

Aunt June's Cream Cheese Cookies

  • Servings: 6
  • Difficulty: Intermediate
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Ingredients

  • 1 cup of salted butter, softened
  • 3 oz. of Philadelphia Cream Cheese, softened
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tsp. of vanilla extract
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 2 1/2 cups of flour
  • 1/2 tsp. of salt
  • 1/4 tsp. of ground cinnamon
  • Optional toppings: Mini chocolate chips, sprinkles, preserves

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix the softened butter and cream cheese together.
  3. Add the egg yolk and vanilla. Mix until combined.
  4. Add the flour, sugar, salt and cinnamon. Mix until combined. (If you feel the batter is too hard, add a little more cream cheese. If you feel the batter is too loose, add a little flour)
  5. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  6. Fill your cookie press with the cookie dough and press out your favorite shapes.
  7. Top with the topping you prefer.
  8. Bake for 12 minutes. (This is the tricky part, since everyone’s ovens are different. Keep your eye on them. They should not brown. The second they start to brown on the edges you can take them out.)
  9. Cool, if you can wait and enjoy!


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Pretzel Bark

“Crowd Pleasing” Rice Pudding

 

Pretzel Bark

I had some items in the pantry and was itching to make a quick holiday treat. I had vanilla flavored almond bark and thought what is easier than that? Really nothing. It’s so fun and such a nice treat to give to others around the holidays. We made it with some hot cocoa and enjoyed it on our visit to a holiday light show.

While taste testing our holiday bark, we realized that in every bite we wanted pretzels. The salty crunch with the bite of the sweet was so yummy. We picked each piece apart to get a bite with pretzel. So the recipe below will be adjusted to how we like it, full of pretzels! It’s an easier version of the chocolate covered pretzel! Keep in mind, you can add anything you’d like that you have in your pantry. Almonds, chocolate chips, sprinkles, etc…

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Pretzel Bark

Ingredients

  • 1 package of vanilla flavored almond bark
  • 1 bag of salted pretzels 🥨

Directions

  1. Line a baking sheet with wax paper.
  2. Put a good amount of pretzels in a sealed storage bag. Smash the pretzels with a wooden spoon to get little pieces.
  3. Spread a layer of the crushed pretzels onto the wax paper.
  4. Heat the almond bark in a saucepan over low heat until it is melted.
  5. Pour the melted almond bark over the layer of pretzels.
  6. Pour another layer of crushed pretzels over the melted almond bark.
  7. Store in the fridge until the almond bark is hardened.
  8. Break off pieces and enjoy!


Some other sweet treats…

“Crowd Pleasing” Rice Pudding

Annie’s Crumb Cake

Cinnamon Whipped Cream

Sweet Cherry 🍒 Pie 🥧

 

Cherries are one of my favorite fruits. Right now they are in season and so good. We are having Sunday dinner at my parent’s place and I said I’d bring dessert. I instantly thought of cherry pie.

Sweet Cherry 🍒 Pie 🥧! I kind of sing that in my head every time I say cherry pie. Sorry if I got that song stuck in your head now. 🙉

Baking isn’t really my thing, but I love simple recipes or semi-homemade recipes that make it look like I was baking for days without doing too much. Pies are so easy when you don’t make the dough. And I tell my self they are healthy because it’s filled with fruit…

This recipe is so easy and so delicious. It goes perfect with homemade whipped cream!-I would keep the whipped cream simple for cherry pie and leave out the cinnamon.

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Cherry Pie

Ingredients

  • 1 box of Pillsbury refrigerated pie crusts
  • 2 cans (21 oz each) of cherry pie filling (This time I used Duncan Hines Original Country cherry pie filling. But you can use any you prefer. One year I found a big jar of delicious cherry pie filling at Trader Joe’s, but I haven’t seen it since. That was really GOOD!)
  • 1 egg white beaten
  • 1 tsp of sugar

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to bake 425 degrees.
  2. Line a 9 inch pie plate with crust per directions on the box.
  3. Brush the bottom and sides with egg white.
  4. Pour the filling into the pie crust.
  5. Cover with 2nd pie crust per directions on the box.
  6. Seal the edges and flute.
  7. Cut slits in the top crust.
  8. Brush with egg white.
  9. Sprinkle with sugar.
  10. Cover the edges of the crust with aluminum foil or even better a pie crust shield.
  11. Put the pie plate on a baking sheet in case any pie filling spills over when baking.
  12. Bake for 20 minutes.
  13. Remove the foil or pie crust shield and put back in for another 15-20 minutes or until crust is golden brown and the cherries are bubbling.
  14. Cool completely before serving. I make this the day before and chill in the fridge overnight. It tastes amazing with vanilla ice cream or homemade whipped cream.

Enjoy!

Other desserts that will make you look like you’ve been baking for days, but are easy as pie…  

Annie’s Crumb Cake

Strawberry Apple Pie🍓🍏🥧

 

Acai Bowl

It is a new year and we all are trying to shed some pounds from enjoying sweet treats like Aunt June’s Cream Cheese Cookies. These Acai bowls are perfect for breakfast, lunch, or dessert! They are filling, refreshing and healthy!

I tried it at a new Acai Bar that opened up near my house and copied what they did. The only difference is their acai is more frozen like ice cream. If you like your acai frozen you can put the acai, frozen banana, chia seeds and almond milk in your blender and freeze until ready to eat. Otherwise follow the recipe below to enjoy right away.

 

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Acai Bowl

Ingredients

  • about 2 tablespoons of peanut butter (you can use almond butter, soy butter or whatever you prefer)
  • 1/4 of a cup of your favorite granola (I try and buy one that is lower in sugar and on the healthier side. Some can be loaded with junk)
  • 1 packet of frozen unsweetened acai (found in the freezer section at any grocery store)
  • 1/2 of a frozen banana (I keep bananas that are a little too ripe in the freezer in a storage bag peeled and cut in half for smoothies)
  • 1 teaspoon of Chia Seeds
  • 1/4 cup of almond milk or any milk you prefer (I use Califia Farms coconut almond milk. There is no sugar and it is healthy and delicious)
  • 1/2 of a banana, sliced
  • Fresh berries for the top of your bowl

Directions

  1. Spread a layer of the peanut butter at the bottom of your bowl.
  2. Sprinkle granola on top of peanut butter (The best part is the peanut butter and granola at the bottom!)
  3. Put the acai, frozen banana, chia seeds and almond milk in your blender.
  4. Blend until combined.
  5. Pour the acai mixture over the granola in your bowl.
  6. Top with sliced banana and fresh berries of your choice.

Enjoy!

Other healthy breakfast options…

Triple Berry Smoothie

Whole Wheat Banana Muffins

Tropical Delight Smoothie