Frozen Virgin Strawberry Margarita

A non-alcholic frozen sweet, tart drink made with fresh strawberries, fresh orange and lime juices, served in a beautiful wide rim glass rimmed with coarse sugar and decorated with a fresh strawberry.  For this month’s virtual progressive dinner, I chose to bring the drinks. I’m pretty much a water drinker; I prefer to save my calories… 

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Moravian Kolaches – Double Filling Kolaches

Moravian Kolaches are double filling kolaches – a creamy quark (cheesecake-like) filling hiding on the inside and a sweet plum jam and crunchy streusel on top. Be sure and sign up for my email to receive new recipes in your inbox. The September Daring Bakers’ challenge was brought to us by Lucie from ChezLucie. She challenged… 

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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Bars

These Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Bars are rich and decadent. A fudgy pumpkin chocolate chip base is topped with a creamy cheesecake layer studded with more chocolate chips. When I’m craving a brownie and no one’s home to help me eat them, I go through the drive through at Kneaders Bakery and buy just one… 

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Funeral Potatoes – A Cheesy Hash Brown Casserole

Funeral potatoes are the perfect comfort food – a hot,  creamy, cheesy, delicious, hash brown casserole with a crispy, salty topping that feeds a crowd.  I was recently asked to bring funeral potatoes to a luncheon for a sweet family in my neighborhood after a beautiful service for their loved one. A few days after the luncheon… 

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Rotini Pasta in a Creamy Butternut Sauce with Chicken Sausage and Baby Spinach

Curly Rotini pasta in a lower-in-fat, higher-in-nutrition creamy pasta sauce made with butternut squash sauce instead of cream. I was messaging with Lori, Recipe Girl, about low calorie recipes and she recommended that I visit Skinnytaste. On Skinnytaste, Gina shares lower calorie, healthy, low fat, family-friendly recipes. Her Pasta with Butternut Squash recipe caught my… 

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$100 Cake – Chocolate Mayonnaise Bundt Cake

A rich, chocolaty, moist, easy-to-make, one bowl chocolate cake made with mayonnaise instead of butter and eggs.  My grandma was a sweet, quiet lady, who loved to collect recipes. She passed away decades ago, but we still have her recipe collection, and tucked in with her other favorite saved recipes was a recipe for a $100 cake…. 

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Fall iPad Mini Giveaway

One of my favorite tools in the kitchen is my iPad. I put my iPad on a stand and use it to pull up my recipes from Barbara Bakes and Pressure Cooking Today to make dinner or dessert for my family. That way, I don’t have to worry about remembering the recipes, and I don’t have to print… 

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Baked Nutella Turnovers

Layers and layers of phyllo dough wrapped around a sweet, creamy, chocolaty Nutella cream cheese filling baked until it’s crispy, flaky, and golden brown then served with sliced strawberries and bananas, drizzled with chocolate and sprinkled with powdered sugar.  Last year I attend the Texas State Fair as a guest of the Texas State Tourism… 

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Perfect Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

A perfect oatmeal cookie with a soft, chewy middle and a crisp golden brown bottom and edges. For the raisin haters out there, I added chocolate chips, but feel free to substitute raisins if you think a perfect oatmeal cookie should have raisins. I recently attended a wonderful tasting dinner at the new Brass Tag restaurant… 

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The Science Behind Baking

I’ve always been fascinated by the science behind baking. So when Shari’s Berries sent me a link to their Science of Baking Infographic, I couldn’t resist checking it out, and decided it would be fun to share it with you. The graphic is a little bit long, but be sure and make it all the way down… 

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