• Chocolate Cherry Muffins
    Breakfast,  Holidays

    A Valentine’s Day Breakfast Treat

    A few days ago one of my colleagues gave me some overly ripe bananas so they wouldn’t go to waste. I was about to make a loaf of old fashioned banana bread when my creative instincts took over. All of a sudden I found myself melting chocolate, and chopping dried cherries and walnuts. As I worked I started thinking this might just make a delicious Valentine’s Day breakfast! No, it’s not fancy, but since Valentine’s Day falls on a Friday this year, breakfast is going to be grab-and-go. These cute little muffins will get the day off to a delicious start though. A little chocolate with a little cherry dresses…

  • Holiday Cranberry Crostini
    Featured Recipes,  Holidays

    Holiday Cranberry Crostini

    It’s the most wonderful time of the year! I was reminded of that last night as we went to dinner with friends and toured one of Pittsburgh’s treasures, Phipp’s Conservatory and their winter flower show. It was so nice to be able to take a break and just enjoy spending time with our friends! I normally love the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. Finding the perfect gifts, baking, entertaining and spending time with family and friends. But, it can be exhausting too, so having quick and easy recipes for entertaining is a lifesaver. That is why this little appetizer, my Holiday Cranberry Crostini, is a favorite of mine.…

  • Homemade Cinnamon Applesauce in a pretty container
    Dessert,  Fruit,  Holidays

    Homemade Cinnamon Applesauce

    There is something about the smell of apples and cinnamon cooking. The house just smells cozy and on a dreary fall day, that is just the smell I was looking for! Homemade cinnamon applesauce is easy to make and your house will smell wonderful all day long! I used Honeycrisp apples for this batch. They are naturally sweet so you don’t need to add any sugar but there are so many varieties of apples to choose from. If you can’t find Honeycrisp, Macintosh or Ambrosia will work nicely. The US Apple Organization and Washington Apple Commission both have good resources about the different varieties of apples that are commercially available…

  • Cranberry Orange Breakfast Muffins
    Breads,  Breakfast,  Featured Recipes,  Holidays

    Cranberry Orange Muffins

    One of my favorite things about fall is cranberries. The slightly bitter flavor works nicely in both sweet and savory dishes so I tend to use them a lot this time of year. But, my favorite way to use them is in baked goods, like these Cranberry Orange Muffins. I think they are just perfect on a cool, crisp fall morning! I remember my Mom making a cranberry orange nut bread that we would have Thanksgiving morning. She could make it ahead and then have an easy but delicious breakfast that was perfect for Thanksgiving. I still make that bread, but since there are just 2 of us, muffins work…

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