Paula Deen’s Pumpkin Bars

This fall treat is super moist and easy to make. Heavier than cake but not quite like brownies, just a small bite with a dollop of cream cheese icing makes a perfect afternoon coffee break  companion. 4 eggs 1 2/3 cups granulated sugar 1 cup vegetable oil 15-ounce can pumpkin 2 cups sifted all-purpose flour…

Plain Old Pecan Pie

Jeff likes plain old pecan pie. Not chocolate, not maple, not even Bourbon Pecan Pie.  Just plain old. However, you can sneak a tablespoon or two of bourbon in this pie and most people would just wonder what made it extra special. (Shh… I did!) 1 cup light corn syrup (or dark) 3 eggs 1…

Apple Cake

A perfect fall day requires the scent of apple or pumpkin from the oven. Today was apple day. 3  (about 1 1/2 pounds) Granny Smith apples, halved and cut into 1/2-inch-thick wedges 2 cups (about 1 pound) Macintosh apples, halved and cut into 1/2-inch-thick wedges 1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice 3 cups all-purpose flour 1 1/2 teaspoons baking…

Rustic Apple Pie

Granny Smith apples usually go fast at my house. When they don’t, I make pie. 1 9-inch pie crust rolled to 10 inches. 5 medium-size apples – Granny Smith or Golden Delicious work great 1/2 cup brown sugar. White sugar will also work 1 1/2 tablespoons flour 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/8 teaspoon…

Buttercream Icing

For cookies, cakes or graham crackers, if you have any extra! 1 cup butter — or 1/2 butter, softened and 1/2 cup shortening 4 cups powdered sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 2-3 tablespoons milk Cream butter /shortening in a large mixing bowl. Gradually add remaining ingredients and beat at medium-high speed with an electric mixer…

Warm Winter Cake

Dessert or Breakfast? Pick one or both. This delight from the Kraft Family Food line up is one of our family’s favorites and perfect for a cold winter day like today. Serve warm. Yum. (Harrison likes it for breakfast) 1 package Yellow Cake Mix 2 small packages instant lemon pudding 1/3 cup sugar 2 cups…

Apples in Phyllo

What do you do when you have too many apples and not enough time to eat them all? And an old partial pack of phyllo in the refrigerator? This! What a great way to use your extra apples. 6 apples of your choice 1/4 cup butter 1/4 cup sugar 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon ginger…

Pumpkin Pie

Things I know about pumpkin pie: Always use Libby canned pumpkin Its tastes better with freshly whipped cream rather than cool whip Don’t drop it on the way to Grandma’s house I discovered that my recipe, stolen from the Libby’s can except for the nutmeg,  is almost identical to the Barefoot Contessa’s recipe except that…

Bourbon Pecan Pie

Oh Bourbon. How do I love thee? Let me the count the ways. Here’s #1 Pie crust for a 9-inch pie – unbaked. 1/2 cup butter 1 cup sugar 1 cup light corn syrup 4 eggs, lightly beaten 1 tsp. vanilla 3 1/2 Tbsp. bourbon 1/4 tsp. salt 1 cup chopped pecans 3/4 cup semi-sweet…