Madeleines

When it rains I think of bakeries, hot Mochas, and favorite books. As I drove down the 101fwy in heavy rain I could smell fresh baked goods.  The first thing I do when I get home is open up my baking books.  My first attempt at this recipe was awful.  I had to find another…

Mango Tart with Bourbon Vanilla Bean Pastry Cream

It’s been awhile since I last posted, too busy off adventuring on campsites and scooping out islands.:)  I’m constantly changing my focus on things I drift in different directions frequently from writing short stories, pinning on Pinterest ideas for upcoming stories, finding new hiking trails, taking some swings with my racket at that beautiful little yellow ball……. to…

White Chocolate Cherry Cheesecake

My niece requested a cheesecake so I had to make a special one for her and for those of you pondering the idea of what to make for Christmas I think this would be a perfect choice.    I had made a White Chocolate Cheesecake last Christmas with Raspberry swirl in it- though it tasted…

Bourbon Pumpkin Tart with Pecan Streusel

Happy Thanksgiving! I decided to get creative again and take this pumpkin pie to a new level by adding Bourbon to the pumpkin mixture and a Pecan Streusel topping.   It calls for Walnuts but I had Pecans on hand.  This is another awesome Fine Cooking magazine find.  I love using my tart pie pan…

Bourbon-Caramel Pumpkin Pie Tart

It’s time to start getting playful with the Thanksgiving desserts and what an awesome idea Fine Cooking came up with on this Bourbon Caramel Pumpkin Pie twist.   There are strong notes of the Bourbon in the Caramel and I used the exact amount indicated.  So it may be a bit much for the little…

Pumpkin-Cranberry Muffins

It’s been awhile since I posted but I”m back from my Summer time fade.  Fall is my favorite season with the warm comfort foods to the most exciting playful use of the pumpkin flavors.  I have found the most incredible moist and creamy pumpkin muffin recipe with dried cranberries.  What flavor combination!  The sweet tart…

Strawberry Yogurt Bundt

I found this recipe on Pinterest!  I decided to do individual bundt’s, the only little change I made was add 1 TB of strawberry/pear Preserve to the icing.   Soft, tart, sweet and creamy with the yogurt addition.  I used Vanilla/Honey Greek Yogurt.   This recipe came from Baking With Blondie.   Fresh Strawberry Yogurt…

Valrohna Chocolate Caramel Brownies- simply divine… :)

I had made chocolate Caramel brownies for Christmas Eve as well but never got my finished picture of it.  So I decided to remake them again.  I used mixed Lindt Sea Salt Dark Chocolate and Valrhona which made the taste of these brownies fantastic.  Last time I made Caramel brownies I made a mess trying…

Layered Turtle Cheesecake- Merry Chirstmas Everyone

Christmas Eve is when we celebrate with the entire family -my mom & dad, two sisters and their husbands, all my nieces and nephews and with my cousin, her husband and kids this year too which I’m excited about.  This being a Mexican tradition from my Dad’s side of the family and how I’ve always…

Greek Yogurt With Warm Blueberry and Blackberry Sauce

Have a sweet tooth but really don’t want to crash your diet?  Okay so maybe my blog wasn’t helping this last week with the whole brownie post …..  I have the perfect cheat dessert for those of you dieting and want something that isn’t going to make you gain so much weight the next day….

Sea Salted Caramel Brownies….AKA “Oh My God Brownies”

My sweet tooth dared me to….. 🙂   I’m calling these the “Oh My God Brownies.”  They had me at first bite. 🙂   Here is another sweet idea  for anyone up for trying something new for the Holidays.   The Sea Salt really pulls through in the Caramel and I’m listing this recipe as one of…