Pretty Pink Pies Please!

Everyone had great ideas for Valentines Day. Here’s what I’ll be making!

1/2 cup strawberries, coarsely chopped

1/4 cup raspberries, chopped

1/4 cup lemon juice

mini graham cracker pie shells (you can get these in the baking aisle) 

whipped cream (either whip a half pint of heavy cream with confectioners sugar to taste or use a container of Cool Whip)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Combine fruit in bowl with lemon juice.

Blend in food processor or blender.

Fold the fruit/lemn mixture into the whipped cream, reserving about a quarter of the whipped cream for decoration.

Put the fluffy pink mixture in the mini pie shells and garnish with a dollop of whipped cream. Decorate with pink sprinkles or other festive looking decoration.



Did you ever have one of those days

where you’re hungry and there’s not much in the kitchen?

That happened to me the other day! Luckily, I found a jar of peanut butterAND a jar of Nutella. Either one would have made an OK sandwich, but I decided to use both, and guess what–it was delicious!

The winner and some thoughts about cookbooks!

We hav e a winner–Liz (Isaac’s mom), two great cookbooks are coming your way: Candy Construction by Sharon Bowers and Cookie Swap by Sharon’s friend Lauren Chattman! Enjoy!!

Sometimes the best cookbooks aren’t found in bookstores! Our family friend Paula Klein visited a few weeks ago, and I was very honored that she brought me a copy of the cookbook she compiled for her loved ones. She’s an awesome baker, and the book is full of her tried-and-true recipes!

This one is so good that her husband, Roy, says he’s mentioning it on her tombstone. (I think he’s joking!!)

Paula’s Banana Bread (A recipe good enough to be carved in stone!)

1 stick margerine

1 cup sugar

2 eggs

3/4 cup mashed ripe banana

1 tsp. baking soda

1/4 tsp. salt

1 1/4 cup flour

Mix the ingredients in the order they are listed. Put in a greased loaf pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes.

A new year and a new contest!!

I hope everyone had a great holiday season full of wonderful things to eat!

One of my best holiday surprises is that I heard from cookbook author Sharon Bowers!! She not only wrote me, but she sent me a gift of cookbooks, and I’m going to share the love with my readers, which means I have cookbooks up for grabs!

To enter the random drawing, simply enter a comment below describing your favorite Valentine’s Day treat or recipe–it’s coming up pretty soon, you know!