Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes with Pumpkin Cream Cheese Frosting

Yes, the pumpkin obsession continues.  Inspired by Skinnytaste.com, I was on a mission to create a decadent-tasting cupcake with minimal calories.  In spirit of the season, I opted for spice cake mix instead of golden yellow (and with that choice, this recipe is now what I call a “shortcut” dish…) This recipe is incredibly easy to prepare and pleases any crowd; my friends devoured the batch in … Continue reading Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes with Pumpkin Cream Cheese Frosting

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Banana Bread

This is my favorite time of year; the leaves are turning, blushing the landscape with crimson, ochre and sienna.  The days are warm and sunny; the evenings have a certain briskness that hints at the cold winter to come.  The best part?  Pumpkin! There are very few things that I love more than pumpkin.  Add chocolate to the mix, and all my willpower goes out … Continue reading Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Banana Bread

Shortcut Strawberry Banana Bread

Short on time?  This recipe is similar to my Strawberry Banana Bread recipe, but uses boxed banana bread mix for a shortcut.  I’ve found that Trader Joe’s Banana Bread Mix has the best flavor. Fear not:  this bread is equally addicting as the homemade version.  No one will know that you took this clever shortcut.  Be mindful of how much stirring takes place when the … Continue reading Shortcut Strawberry Banana Bread

Strawberry Banana Bread

Inspiration to add strawberries to traditional banana bread comes from Averie Cooks.  Her food blog is absolutely stunning; I can spend hours scrolling through her beautiful photos and inventive recipes.   Family members were the guinea pigs during a springtime visit to Denver; it was devoured within 24 hours after pulling it from the oven.  I adjusted the volume of sugars and omitted the oil; I wasn’t sure that … Continue reading Strawberry Banana Bread

Ultimate Bread Pudding

I decided that bread pudding would be a nice addition to our Thanksgiving dessert selection.  Pumpkin pie had NOTHING on this rich, decadent and sinful treat.  Try it a la mode–the mix of cold vanilla ice cream and warm, gooey bread pudding is heavenly! Ingredients: 12 Croissants 3 Eggs 1 cup Raisins 1 cup Whipping Cream 2 cups Milk 1 cup Sugar 1/2 cup Honey … Continue reading Ultimate Bread Pudding