Saturday, Oct 20, 2018

Category: Desserts

Chocolate Chunk Pumpkin Bread

Today is the 1st day we turned on our furnace!  Personally,  I just love the cool air that lasts all day now and the smell of fall foods cooking  in my kitchen.   To celebrate the first day of Fall my girls and I whipped out 2 loaves of Chocolate Chunk Pumpkin Bread.  I can’t even tell you how good our house smells!  Smells of cinnamon, nutmeg and pumpkin pie.  The Chocolate Chunk Pumpkin bread was so good that all we have  left of the two loaves is about four slices.  I’m going to have to make some more tomorrow!  It is so delicious.  Happy Fall!

Cinnamon Rolls for Now and Later.


It is a warm cinnamon roll  kind of a day. The snow is 4 feet deep outside and it has been around for a very long time. I am 8 months pregnant and my two youngest girls are home with me painting and watching old Mickey Mouse cartoons. Fortunately two weeks ago I made cinnamon rolls and popped half in the freezer unbaked to save for a best friends weekend I hosted at my house on Thursday-Saturday.  Unfortunately with all the excitement of having all the guests (11 little kids and 5 adults) I spaced pulling out of the frozen cinnamon rolls to bake for my best friends.   Today I am glad I forgot though, because we could have fresh baked cinnamon rolls without all the work. This recipe is better then any recipe I have ever tried. I didn’t include it in my book “Fabulous Freezer Meals” because at the time I was assembling recipes, I was anti-shortening and anti-white flour. Now that I am big and pregnant and it is so cold outside, I am embracing shortening and white flour recipes…they just taste the best. Hope you enjoy.  This is one of my very favorite comfort food recipes.

My favorite Ice Cream Cake

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This is my all time favorite ice cream cake recipe.  It is easy to mix and match with different ice creams, garnish with any flavor cookie or candy bar around the edges and a sinch to make.  Also, it will last 2 months in your freezer (if you can wait that long to eat it) so you can make it a week before your party.  Enjoy!  I do not have  a picture of the Grasshopper Ice Cream Cake, but it looks similar to the one above.  Only my ice cream cake is surrounded by cookies (or candy bars) and I use mint ice cream on top and cookies and cream on the bottom.  Enjoy!

Grasshopper Ice Cream Cake

Yield: 10 servings

Maddox Ranch House Cream Pie Recipe

I am teaching a cream pie class at my house next week and I wanted to share this recipe with you. This has been a favorite for years.   It is the same recipe as the Maddox Ranch House cream pies as well as the Lion House cream pies, only the two restaraunts use two different crusts (Lion House uses pastry and Maddox uses a cookie / graham cracker crust).

Good news, cream pies freeze well!  You can freeze any cream pie…

Pumpkin Pie (the easy way)

My mom has been making this pumpkin dessert for years and it is SO good.  This is the recipe I make when I am craving pumpkin pie, but I don’t feel like making a pie crust.  It is so easy to put together and so delicious.   I attended the Witches Night Out at Gardner Village last night and was pleased to see it was the indulgent dessert of choice all over the village.