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Monday, October 31, 2016

MiMi's Birthday Cake (French Butter Cake with Fudge Icing)


     I've been on a roll with recipes from my great-grandma Peggy.  First there was her German Chocolate Cake with Broiled Coconut Frosting that was out of this world good.  I mean broiled frosting!!  You have to check it out if you haven't already.  Then there was her Apple Crisp.  I mean really, it is hard to go wrong with an apple crisp, especially this time of year.  The funny thing this cake was the one I made first out of the three of them. This is MiMi's favorite birthday cake.  The one from her grandma's recipe that was made for her as a little girl.  The one she remembers, enjoys and still wants to have to this very day.  So, of course I had to make her one for her birthday at the beginning of the month.  I have gone back and forth a hundred times as to whether or not to share it.  But I have decided to go ahead and give you the goods.

Friday, October 28, 2016

Great-Grandma Peggy's Apple Crisp

This simple apple crisp recipe comes straight from my great-grandma, so you know it has to be good! Celebrate fall with a easy treat! 


      I know #appleweek is over, but I just couldn't help but to make one more apple dish to share with you this fall.  I actually got this recipe from MiMi during apple week, but it was too late to get it added.  So, I am sharing it with you now.  This recipe comes from my great-grandma Peggy via my Maw-Maw and then through MiMi.  Maw-Maw (my maternal grandmother) has been going through her recipes and passing some along to MiMi (my mom).  Of course, MiMi is passing them to me too.  You may remember that my great-grandma Peggy is also the one who gave us the German Chocolate Cake with Broiled Coconut Frosting that was met with such rave reviews.  Yeah... so you know it is going to be good!

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Turkey Tamale Pie


     I have some news that I haven't told you yet... I got a new job!  Of course a new job means lots to learn and a different schedule.  I will be spending a lot less time on the interstate, which is a relief.  However everything feels a little extra hectic right now.  Full disclosure... it's not just the job, there's also an upcoming move for my parents which involves a big remodel my husband is spearheading, we're hosting a chili cookoff, there's a wedding (and shower etc.) for my little sister, and a little dude that lives in my house that is so superdy duper excited about all of the upcoming holidays.  The last thing I want to do is shortchange him on something he is so looking forward to while we are in the most magical years.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Pizza Tuscana #SundaySupper


      It's pizza day!  It's pizza day!  The Sunday Supper tastemakers are celebrating pizza today and I just had to join in.  The problem with sharing pizza recipes is I always just throw whatever I have on there.  There is not measuring, just adding a bit of this and a bit of that.  I love the traditional combinations, we tend to go with ham, green peppers and mushrooms a lot  We also love the different, BBQ, white, bacon and eggs, and of course buffalo chicken.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Sourdough Pizza Crust


     I have been wanting to share this recipe with you for quite some time... but our pizzas always disappear so quickly and I never measure what goes on top... so it is hard to post.  But it is high time I tell you how we love to make our dough.  Afterall, pizza is pizza and we need to be able to make lots of it!

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Whole Wheat Banana Bread


      It is the end of the Cake Slice Year.  So this  is the last bake from Maida Heatter's Cakes.  I say that with really mixed feelings.  I have really enjoyed almost every single thing I've made from the book.  I have really enjoyed seeing what everyone else made as well.  As much as I love a cookbook with pictures, I have enjoyed the creativity not having something to model you cake after has given us all.  But I am REALLLLLLLLLLY looking forward to the new book.  I am actually baking my first cake from it as I am typing this. How's that for multi-tasking?! I can't wait to tell you all about it, but I am not allowed to reveal the book until next month.  So hold on to your seats!

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

French Silk Brownies #Choctoberfest

I received product in exchange for writing this post, but all opinions are my own.


     It seemed like it was about time I make something unabashedly rich and chocolaty for Chocotoberfest.  Don't you agree?  I wanted something that really shows my love for all things chocolate.  Something that really scream me.  Something dangerously good.  But I just couldn't decide weather to make something dark, gooey and fudgy or creamy, whipped and delicious. So I incorporated both!

You're welcome!

Monday, October 17, 2016

Great Grandma's German Chocolate Cake with Broiled Coconut Frosting #Choctoberfest

       I never had the pleasure of knowing my Great-Grandma Peggy.  But all of the stories I have heard about her make her seem like a spunky yet classy lady.  I know my Great-Grandpa Buchsbaum was head over heals for her and it seems like they had quite the life together.  My Maw-Maw, her daughter and my maternal grandmother, recently sent a few more family recipes for me to try.  Of course I couldn't wait to give this cake a go!

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Paleo Maple Cacao Macaroons #Choctoberfest

I received product in exchange for writing this post, but all opinions are my own. 

     Just when I thought I was done making treats for #choctoberfest, I had to make one more!  You see, I had 6 egg whites left from another recipe and we all know I can't just let them go to waste.  Plus there was this business of having a bag of cacao butter laying around and I couldn't wait to play with it.  So, of course I had to get baking.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Dark and Delicious Mocha Cookies #Choctoberfest

I received product for review purposes, but all opinions are my own.


       So what is a girl to do when some delicious Caveman Coffee Co Sabertooth Roast shows up at her house?   Well take a few big whiff of the wonderful aroma and smile from ear to ear, of course!  But at some point you have to actually do something with those beautiful beans.  Of course I will be drinking most of it and can't wait to try some with the cacao butter they also sent.  Caveman Mocha, here I come!  But, in the spirit of #choctoberfest I couldn't help but to do a little baking with it as well.  I mean, hello, I am me after-all!

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Delicious and Nutritious Chocolate Smoothie Bowl #Choctoberfest

I received product for review purposes, but all opinions are my own.



     Starting the day off with a healthy breakfast is so important.  Starting the day off with a delicious breakfast is even better.  Starting the day off with a delicious chocolate breakfast that you can feel good about is the BEST!  I mean what's not to love about something creamy, chocolate, delicious and healthy?

Monday, October 10, 2016

Welcome to #Choctoberfest 2016 and a #Giveaway



   Now I know I've been holding out on you... and that really isn't like me.  I get WAY to excited to keep a secret like this normally.  But with #appleweek and #pumpkinweek, I just haven't had the time to fully prepare you for what is about to come.  That is right... it's time to celebrate all things chocolate.  First we are going to have this giveaway of all sorts of delicious things that could arrive at your door just in time for all of your holiday baking.  Do yourself a favor and scroll down and just look at the prize.  The delivery man is going to have to get out his heavy duty dolly to get it all to your door!!  I mean we are talking HUUUUUUUUGE!

Friday, October 7, 2016

Pumpkin Cheesecake Cream Puffs #PumpkinWeek


       Cream puffs have been on my mind for a while now.  They have come up in various conversations and I just knew I needed to make a batch sooner rather than later.  The problem is what to fill them with?  There are so many options; delicious sweet filling, beautiful savory fillings.  I mean the possibilities go on forever!  Plus they seem like they should be made for an event of some sort, not just because it's cloudy and I feel like it.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Family Favorite Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread #PumpkinWeek


      Hasn't pumpkin week been delicious so far?  Have you had a chance to click around and check out some of the recipes?  I just love the change of season (unless that change is into winter!)  I love how after wanting to hibernate for months, all of the sudden things get warm and green in the spring.  I love all of the fresh fruits and veggies.  But by the time mid-September comes around there is always a part of me that is ready to move on.  By then the novelty of shorts has left and the feeling of taking a steam bath every time you open the door has worn on your last nerve.  Those tomatoes that we were anxiously awaiting in the first weeks of July have turned into more of a chore than a treasure.  That's when it happens.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Maple Pumpkin Butter #PumpkinWeek


     Do you love apple butter?  And you love all things pumpkin?  Then this is for you!  Pumpkin puree is concentrated down into a thick and delicious butter with a hint of maple sweetness.  It is perfect for spreading on toast, english muffins, waffles and more and it is perfect for mixing into other recipes.  If you are patient, you may just see one such case later in the week.  You should definitely come back to check that out!

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Pumpkin Ooey Gooey Cake #PumpkinWeek


      Are ooey gooey cakes a thing where you live?  We are just a couple hours outside of St. Louis and if St. Louis is known for anything (outside of baseball and the arch of course) it is ooey gooey cake.  For the un-ooeyed of you out there, ooey gooey butter cake is part buttery, cakey crust and part ooey gooey cheesecakey topping.  You usually dust it in powdered sugar and go to town.  It's just how it's done.

Monday, October 3, 2016

Lisa's Pumpkin Soup #PumpkinWeek

This savory pumpkin soup is perfect for fall! It is creamy and kissed with yogurt and whipped up with fun spices as well.  It will warm you from the inside out! 


     I'm sorry.  No, truly.  I'm so sorry.  I feel like I didn't prepare you for all of this fun.  I was so busy telling you about #appleweek that I didn't have time to properly prepare you for what was coming behind it.  That's right, batten down the hatches because #pumpkinweek is blowing into town!  I really want to tell you there is something super fun coming behind that to (because there totally is!! EEEEEK!)  But right now we need to focus on the matter at hand, pumpkins and lots of them!