Category Archives: Desserts

Valentine dessert!

I have several new, healthy and delicious recipe ideas to share….but first, let me tell you about this awesome dessert!  It’s all about balance right? 😉 

I decided to make this for my valentines last week and we all loved it!  I tried the strawberry version once before and it’s also really good but this orange one is even better!  Plan ahead, each layer must set up for awhile, start early to have it ready to go by dinner dessert time!  

http://bellyfull.net/2015/07/22/mandarin-orange-pretzel-dessert/

There’s nothing more special than sitting around the dessert table with your valentines 💗💗

Christmas desserts

Over the next few weeks, I hope to share several holiday recipes that we tried this year!  The first three are yummy desserts and snacks.  They are not new ideas but they are great recipes worth saving.  

http://omgchocolatedesserts.com/red-velvet-truffles/
These little red velvet cake balls are rolled in white chocolate and then drizzled with dark chocolate! Just make sure to allow plenty of time to chill before dipping or they will fall apart.  These are easy to make and perfect to make ahead and keep in fridge.  

https://www.google.com/amp/www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/chocolate-peanut-drops/amp?client=safari
I hesitated to make these because I knew the ingredients would be a little expensive.  Fortunately, it makes SO much that I kept them in the fridge and served them at 2 parties.  I had 5 rotating cookie sheets full while making this recipe!   It was easy, quick and fun to make these in the crock pot.  It seemed so strange and I couldn’t wait to try it!  You just layer the ingredients, do not stir and let it slow cook/melt together for a short time.  Store in fridge when done and then set out a couple hours before serving.  This TOH recipe could easily be divided in half and it will still make so much.  


https://www.google.com/amp/www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/peanut-butter-snowballs/amp?client=safari
These peanut butter balls are just amazing!  It is definitely a new holiday favorite!  Double the recipe though because it really doesn’t make 24 unless they are very tiny.  

I’m filing these recipes under Holidays so it will be easy to find in the future.  

PB Fudge!

http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/easy-peanut-butter-fudge

This is my go to recipe for pb fudge.  My worn out copy is dated 2010 and I’m pretty sure I’ve never used another recipe since I found this one!  It’s easy to make, delicious and it never fails!  It always sets up just perfectly and is so creamy.  This is also a great make ahead dessert.  I have made it a couple days in advance, store it in the fridge and then just pull it out when needed.  It’s perfect for cookie trays and parties because one batch makes so much!

The good and the bad

I bought this magazine back in August to take camping with me while at the county fair for a week.    It was a fun but full week and the magazine just laid on the camper table until I packed to come back home. While camping; Adam was recovering from surgery, I was nursing my sick little dog, 4H parade, fair activities and events, friends and family stopping by, Adam’s birthday, 2 doctor appointments and helping Lacey take care of her horse…no time to sit and read magazines.   But lately I have tried 2 recipes so far in this book.  I’m a big fan of Taste of Home and that’s sorta why I was so disappointed with the sweet bread.  I can usually count on their recipes being accurate and delicious!

Wasted ingredients and wasted time on this one….

http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/yummy-apricot-pecan-bread
I planned to have it for breakfast for a couple days with some fruit and freeze the second loaf for later.  It was so dry and had a very strange flavor.  And, I’m still not sure why it would have 8 oz cheddar cheese in it.  Both loaves went in the trash, so disappointing!

On to the good news….I finally made a great pumpkin roll using the recipe in this book!  There are so many recipes for this dessert but this one works, is super yummy and it’s a keeper!  I had one little pie pumpkin left and decided to make this dessert.


I only remember trying to make this recipe one other time years ago and it turned out bad.  I couldn’t get it rolled up and it was just a big mess.  It wasn’t fun and I never tried again, until now!  Plan ahead, it takes awhile to make and it still isn’t that fun in my opinion but it is delicious!   I love to bake but for some reason this recipe isn’t enjoyable….but the results are worth it!

http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/walnut-pumpkin-cake-roll

Magic Pumpkin Cake

Here’s the dessert I tried last week with a fresh pumpkin from our garden.  It really is delicious, very moist and tasty!


 It made a 9 x 13 cake so there is plenty to share.  Adam had a couple friends here that evening so they got a piece and we also shared with my parents.  I love to try new dessert recipes once in awhile but I don’t like leftovers sitting around calling my name and testing my willpower! lol

Garbanzo Bean Chocolate Cake


This is probably the strangest recipe I have ever made!  Lacey went to a sleepover at a friend’s house awhile back and came home the next day telling me about this awesome bean cake they had for dessert after dinner.  What in the world is a bean cake?!  My friend is a great cook so I was anxious to check out the recipe.

Even though I had never tried them, I just knew that I didn’t like chickpeas.  I knew they were healthy and full of protein but I wasn’t trying them….until now!  I was still skeptical and reluctant but my curiousity won.  This recipe is gluten free, contains no flour, oil or butter.  

I will admit that the whole time I made this recipe I was convinced it would end up in the trash and I was wasting my time and money.  Once Adam gained his appetite back after surgery, I decided one evening to make this special dessert.  It contains very few ingredients and is quick and easy to make.  The results was a very rich, moist and chocolate brownie type cake that was delicious!  It makes a small 9 inch cake and we topped it with vanilla bean ice cream and chocolate syrup.  Very weird but very yummy!  Please let me know if you give it a try.

http://allrecipes.com/recipe/149550/garbanzo-bean-chocolate-cake-gluten-free/