Category Archives: Food and Recipes

Pumpkin Pie Latte

I was ready for a nice coffee break last weekend and decided to treat myself to a Pumpkin Pie Latte. No, I didn’t go to a coffee shop for my latte—I made it right at home, and it was really good! I substituted honey for sugar and made it slightly differently from the original recipe. If you’ve always wanted to try making your own coffee-shop style coffee drink, you’ll need to try this, especially if you are fond of pumpkin-flavored things! Continue reading

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Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Blondies

It’s that time of year where we all are thinking about pumpkin-flavored goodies, right?  These Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Blondies are definitely a treat! This recipe makes This makes a nice big 9 x 13″ pan full of blondies, and they’re just the thing if you’re looking for an easy dessert to make. They’re moist, chewy, and chocolatey with a yummy cinnamon spicy flavor. These blondies are actually kind of cakey too–a little more cakey than your typical blondie. Continue reading

Monster Cookies

Monster Cookies are great any time of the year, but these thick, chewy cookies seem especially tasty on a cold autumn day…especially when they’re warm from the oven! They’re really yummy and have lots of oatmeal in them, along with peanut butter and raisins. So that makes these cookies kind of healthy, right? 🙂 They also have some M&M’s and chocolate chips…I used dark Continue reading

Candy Corn-Peanut Popcorn Balls

Candy Corn-Peanut Popcorn Balls @ NancyCOctober will soon be over, and I almost forgot that this is National Popcorn Poppin’ Month! So what better treat to make than some popcorn balls? I found this recipe at About.com and tried it with peanuts added in, since they had tasted so good in the Candy Corn “PayDay” Mix I had made awhile ago. Yum! These Candy Corn-Peanut Popcorn Balls are very easy to make, so this is a great recipe to start out with if you’ve never made popcorn balls before. It’s a great treat for kids and adults—who wouldn’t like munching on a fun popcorn ball like this? Continue reading

Chocolate Pecan Tassie Galette

The Giveaway is now closed. I’m reviewing a new cookbook, When Pies Fly, and I’m also having a giveaway for two copies—2 winners will each receive a copy! Continue reading below for details on how to enter the giveaway! 

I’ve mentioned before that I don’t make pies often (especially with homemade crust) but I do want to get better at it! Which is why I was happy to review a new cookbook called When Pies Fly: Handmade Pastries from Strudels to Stromboli, Empanadas to Knishes by food writer Cathy Barrow. It’s a book for both novice and experienced pie-makers, with sweet and savory recipes ranging from free-form galettes to pretty tarts, hand pies, and more.

This is a book that can come in handy at the holidays, when more people probably make pies and other special treats than at any other time of the year. After all, what would Thanksgiving be without pumpkin, pecan, or apple pie, right? But this book helps you create a fresh take on classic favorites. Discover Chocolate Pecan Tassie GalettePear, Sweet Potato, and Pistachio Strudel…savory Thanksgiving-in-a-Bite Pie PoppersOld-Fashioned Apple Dumplings...savory Spinach, Cranberry, Pecan, and Blue Cheese Hand Pies. Continue reading