July 23, 2016


I love going to the Farmer's Markets!  And we are totally blessed to have some great ones.  

Molly goes with us on Saturday mornings.  There are lots of other dogs there, and they have a great time greeting each other.

Besides fresh fruits and vegetables, there are many different vendors:  Some selling fresh flowers, floral arrangements, sweet treats, homemade breads, and homemade dog treats (which Molly and Gracie got a dozen, and they really like them).

It was hard work walking around in the heat and greeting other dogs and lots of people, too!!

Peaches are in season, and we bought some and had some given to us!  I paid it forward by giving some away, and I made this awesome Peach Pie.

I adapted my favorite Peach Cobbler recipe to make a pie.  

These peaches were so juicy that they soaked the crust, and this is what a close-up of a piece of the pie looked like:

My motto is it doesn't have to be beautiful to taste delicious, and this great pie really delivered a heaping helping of deliciousness!!

I usually only bake once a week because, well, we eat it -- all.   And we don't need to!

As we are all well aware, it only takes one little search on the internet to find a bunch of recipes for any pie that your heart desires.  

So you can do just that.  I always say a recipe is just a guide, and I often tailor it to my taste and to what ingredients I have available.

So, if fresh peaches are in in your neck of the woods, may this post be an inspiration for you to make a delicious Peach Pie!


July 15, 2016


Wow!  This is yummy!  And perfect for these sizzling hot summer days that we're experiencing.

I made this ice cream cake this morning.  It is quick and easy.  I stuck it in the freezer while we played golf, and when I got home, it was ready.

I took lots of pictures.  For some reason, they were all blurry.  I finally figured out the problem.  Add to that the fact that I was rushing because, nevertheless, this is an ice cream cake, and it was starting to melt.

And Cudjoe was waiting on his piece of cake!

This is made with a layer of crushed cookies, vanilla ice cream, hot fudge sauce, and another layer of the same.  I sprinkled crushed bakery cookies that I had on hand on top of the cake.  You could use crushed candy bars, sprinkles, or whatever your heart desires!

I made this cake in a Springform pan.

You should try it.  You will love it!!

Oreo Ice Cream Cake

1 package of Oreo Cookies
1/2 gallon of vanilla ice cream
1 jar of Chocolate Fudge Sauce
Cookies, candy bars, or sprinkles for top

1.  Place 1/3 of cookies in a food processor and process until cookies are crumbs.

2.  Pour cookie crumbs in the bottom of a Springform pan that has been sprayed with canola oil spray.

3.  Spread 1/2 of vanilla ice cream on top of cookie layer.  

4.  Spread 1/2 jar of chocolate fudge sauce on top of ice cream.

5.  Process rest of the cookies and place on top of chocolate fudge sauce layer.

6.  Layer other 1/2 of vanilla ice cream on top of this cookie layer.

7.  Spread the other 1/2 jar of chocolate fudge sauce on top of ice cream.

8.  Sprinkle with crushed cookies, candy bars, or sprinkles.

9.  Freeze.

10.  Using a butter knife dipped in hot water, go around the edge of the cake and release the buckle on the Springform Pan.

11.  Serve to Family and Friends!!


July 8, 2016


It's blueberry season in southern Illinois.  I bought these blueberries at the Carbondale Farmer's Market, which was voted third best in the Midwest by Midwest Traveler Magazine.  Congratulations to all the local farmers and crafters who contribute to this Farmer's Market!!

As will happen sometimes with baking, things don't always turn out as planned, and this was one of those occasions.  This galette leaked all over the baking sheet. 

I'm not sure what caused it, but I wasn't going to miss an opportunity to post about this dessert because it tastes divine.

When I transferred the galette from the baking sheet to a plate, to my great consternation, it fell apart!

And when I uploaded my photos to my computer, my photo app stopped responding, and I had to reboot, and, I wasn't finished taking pictures, and the ice-cream was melting.

The struggle is real!

I will make this great little dessert again, and share the recipe at that time.  Since it fell apart, I will have to tweak it a bit.

But in the meantime, you can always do an internet search.  As all food bloggers know, there is a recipe for almost everything!

Until next time, Happy Baking!!