Category Archives: Winter/Christmas

Sweet Potato Cinnamon Cake

I’m a big fan of potatoes, whether they’re baked, scalloped, fried, roasted, mashed…you name it! But what about potatoes for dessert…sweet potatoes, that is! That’s where this Sweet Potato Cinnamon Cake comes in, which I found in a cookbook called 300 Best Potato Recipes: A Complete Cook’s GuideIt has lots of different tasty potato recipes in it, from appetizers and soups to main dishes, sides, and desserts. This isn’t a new book—I actually reviewed it a few years ago, and I really loved this recipe from it!

If you like carrot cake, you’ll enjoy this cake. A friend of mine tasted it and said she actually liked it better than carrot cake! It’s wonderfully moist and the cream cheese icing is very yummy. The original recipe says to frost the top and sides of the cake, but I just frosted the top so I Continue reading

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Bean and Barley Soup

Bean and Barley Soup @ NancyCI’ve been seeing lots of fall recipes just about everywhere lately, and this Bean and Barley Soup is a great recipe for the summer-into-fall time of year and all winter long, for that matter! Not only does this soup have healthy beans and barley in it, it also has lots of veggies and it’s cooked in a veggie broth. So if you make it in the fall, you can use veggies from your garden or the Farmer’s Market. Or make it in the winter when it’s cold outside—there’s nothing like a hot bowl of soup on a winter day! Continue reading

A Basketful of Fun!

Basket of Fun @ NancyCI received review samples of the toy products shown above; all opinions are mine.

Want to make your child’s Easter basket extra fun? Or maybe you have grandchildren or nieces and nephews you’re shopping for. Consider these super-fun toys that make a great addition to an Easter basket, and also make wonderful gifts for birthdays or other special events or holidays throughout the year. These toys encourage play activity as well as help develop learning skills. There’s a great selection of toys shown here for children of all ages, and I’ll tell you a little more about them! Continue reading

Red Velvet Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

I’m a big banana bread fan and I like making different variations of it. So I thought I would try a Red Velvet version! I usually make Red Velvet goodies around Valentine’s Day and Christmas, so this is a perfect treat for this time of year. Continue reading

Yummy Good Chili

My friend Ann was telling me about a good chili recipe that she got from her daughter Emily. Emily was wanting to make some really yummy chili for a meal one day, but didn’t have a favorite chili recipe. So she just googled “yummy good chili” and found a recipe Continue reading