Rosemary-Garlic Cream Cheese Spread

Years ago, I bought a little rosemary plant during the holiday season. It was pruned to look like a miniature Christmas tree. Not only was it a cute little plant, it was so nice to have the scent of fresh rosemary in the house! When spring came, I planted it in a sunny spot by the front porch. It grew from a small little plant into a huge, huge bush. It even started getting pretty deep purple blossoms on it—I didn’t know rosemary blooms, so that was a nice bonus!

I learned that rosemary helps keeps bugs away, so it was great to have it right next to the front porch. The bush stayed green all year long; it would stop growing in the winter months and then it would flourish with new growth in the spring. The nicest thing about having the bush was that I could pick fresh rosemary for cooking and baking anytime I needed it, year-round.

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Farmhouse Buttermilk Cake

You could describe this delicious Farmhouse Buttermilk Cake, topped with a wonderful brown sugar topping, as a snack cake or even a coffee cake. It’s a casual kind of cake—not too fancy, but full of sweet down-home goodness! It’s exactly the kind of cake that’s right at home served in a farmhouse kitchen or enjoyed on a large farmhouse porch. I adapted my version of this cake from a recipe I found at King Arthur Baking, and they describe it as an “old-fashioned brown sugar cake.”

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Apple, Walnut, and Stilton Cheese Salad

If you’re craving a good salad, this is a great one for fall! The crisp, chopped fresh apples and lightly-toasted chopped walnuts give this Apple, Walnut, and Stilton Cheese Salad a delicious autumn taste. It’s tossed in a dressing of raspberry balsamic vinegar, lemon juice, and walnut oil, but if you don’t have those ingredients, there are some substitutions noted in the recipe—you can even make it super easy and use your favorite raspberry vinaigrette from a bottle!

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Banana Spice Loaf

This Banana Spice Loaf is a great recipe to make as summer turns into autumn—it’s a sweet, moist banana bread spiced with nutmeg, allspice, and cloves! And it’s topped not only with a glaze, but a sprinkling of cinnamon sugar and walnuts, too. So there’s lots to love about this banana bread! 🙂

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Peach Streusel Muffins

Since peaches are one of my favorite fruits, I always look forward to peach season and making all kinds of peachy treats—like these Peach Streusel Muffins! This recipe is adapted from one I found at A Few Short Cuts. I changed it up by using canola oil instead of vegetable oil, unbleached flour instead of white flour, and a little less butter in the streusel mixture to make the streusel more crumbly. Also, I used a little more chopped peaches in the batter, because you can never go wrong with that! 🙂

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