Holiday Pear Bread

If you are a fan of banana bread, you may love this too! It’s as a new twist on an old recipe.  It may come in handy especially at this time of year when many get holiday fruit baskets and you often do not know what to do with the beautiful pears you may receive. This holiday pear bread became a quick new favorite in my house.  It is moist and full of flavor. 

Yummy with morning coffee and tea!!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups grated fresh pears
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • Dash of lemon juice

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly use cooking spray in a loaf pan.
  2. Combine oil, sugar, dash of lemon juice and eggs in a mixing bowl. Beat well. Stir in grated pears, pecans and vanilla.
  3. In another bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg.
  4. Stir dry ingredients into pear mixture.
  5. Pour into loaf pan.
  6. Bake for 55-60 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  7. Allow bread to cool for about 10 minutes

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Lemon Garlic Broccoli

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, I wanted to share a side dish that I love. 

The lemon and garlic combination are such delicious flavors. This dish is vegan and only take a few ingredients to make.   

Ingredients

  • 1 medium bunch of broccoli
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped or crushed
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 F.
  2. Divide broccoli into individual florets, keeping stems on if you would like. Rinse under cold water and drain well. Once drained place in a medium bowl.
  3. Combine broccoli florets, garlic, lemon juice and salt and pepper.
  4. Place on a baking sheet and bake for 30 minutes until fork tender.

Wishing you all a wonderful Thanksgiving.

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Spooky Ice Cream Float

With Halloween in just a few days, we all need a little something to help us get in the spooky Halloween spirit.

This sweet treat is sure to be a hit for the young and old. It’s time to treat yourself to something delicious!

Happy Halloween!!!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup red soda of choice
  • 2 cups Vanilla Ice Cream
  • 1/2 cup strawberry syrup
  • 1 Can Whipped Cream
  • Spooky Halloween candy of choice, such as spiders, eye ball gum or vampire teeth

Instructions

  1. Fill a cup 3/4 full of vanilla ice cream.
  2. Slowly pour red soda over your ice cream.
  3. Top with whipped cream and drizzle with strawberry syrup.
  4. Add Halloween candy garnish.

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Cinnamon Apples

What a perfect side dish to make in September!  Maybe you could even go apple picking.

These Cinnamon Apples are a quick and a terrific way to add a fruit to your table this fall season. Great to top on ice cream, waffles, and granola.

Ingredients

  • 2 Tablespoons of butter
  • 5 Medium apples peeled and diced
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons ground cinnamon

Instructions

  1. In a large skillet melt butter.
  2. Add in medium apples and coat with butter.
  3. Sprinkle in the sugar and cinnamon and stir.

Cook on medium heat for 10 minutes until the apples become soft.

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Pumpkin Coffee Cake

I love fall baking. This cake is made with pumpkin puree and lots of spices. I also added in sour cream to add a bit more flavor and moistness to the coffee cake.

Adding streusel kicks it up a notch and tastes so delicious. This recipe will satisfy your cravings for fall while also making your kitchen smell amazing. Hands down scrumptious!

Ingredients

For the streusel:

  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped pecans
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

For the cake:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 ounces sour cream, at room temperature
  • ¼ cup applesauce
  • 2 large eggs

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Spray the bottom of an 8-inch square pan with nonstick cooking spray.

Make the streusel:

  1. In a small bowl, combine all the streusel ingredients with a fork until crumbly.

Make the cake:

  1. In a large bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, brown sugar, and granulated sugar.
  2. In a small bowl, stir together the pumpkin puree, oil, sour cream, applesauce, and eggs. Mix well.
  3. Spoon half of the batter into the prepared pan. Sprinkle with half of the streusel. Spread the remaining batter over the top. Sprinkle with the remaining streusel.
  4. Bake for 45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Happy Baking

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Baked Parmesan Zucchini Rounds

Baked Parmesan Zucchini Rounds are a great way to use delicious summer zucchini! I have a gardening plot in my hometown community garden and my zucchini are thriving. 

This simple side dish is quick and easy and requires only 2 ingredients!

Ingredients

  • 2 medium-sized zucchinis.
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • Garlic salt and freshly ground black pepper, optional.

Instructions

  1. Place oven rack in center position of oven. Preheat to 425°F. Line a baking sheet with foil and lightly spray with cooking spray like PAM.
  2. Wash and dry zucchini and cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices. Arrange zucchini rounds on prepared pan, with little to no space between them. If desired, lightly sprinkle zucchini with garlic salt and freshly ground black pepper. Use a small spoon to spread a thin layer of Parmesan cheese on each slice of zucchini.
  3. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until Parmesan turns a light golden brown.   Serve immediately.
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7-Up Cake Recipe

This 7-Up cake recipe is a moist lemon flavored cake that is made with a simple yellow boxed cake mix and topped with a delicious lemon icing.  I think this classic, vintage cake recipe is a summer favorite and is sure to please.

Ingredients

  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 1 4 oz small box instant lemon pudding
  • 1 cup 7-Up soda or lemon lime soda
  • 4 eggs
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp milk

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325F degrees. Spray 10-inch bundt pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine all the cake ingredients (cake mix, pudding, 7up, eggs and oil).
  3. Mix until combined.
  4. Pour batter into bundt pan.
  5. Bake for about 40 minutes.  Allow to cool completely, then remove from bundt pan.

Icing:

  1.  In a small bowl combine confectioner’s sugar, lemon juice.
  2.  Add milk in slowly until you have reached desired consistency.
  3. Pour icing over cooled cake and serve.

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Broccoli Salad with Bacon and Cheddar

I am excited to spend Spring preparing delicious salads for my family. I serve salads as a side dish most of the time but have been known to eat this salad as my main meal. It can last up to 4 days in the refrigerator but never lasts that long in my house. 

Ingredients

  • 6 cups fresh broccoli florets
  • 1 cup bacon cooked and crumbled.
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds.
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup red onion, chopped.

For the dressing

  • 1 cup mayonnaise.
  • 1/4 cup sweetener of choice.
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar.
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. Add the broccoli, bacon, almonds, cheddar, and onion to a large mixing bowl.
  2. In a separate small bowl, mix the mayonnaise, sweetener, white vinegar, salt and pepper together.
  3. Add the mayonnaise salad dressing mixture to the broccoli salad and toss to combine. Coat evenly.
  4. Refrigerate for 1 hour, and then serve.

Enjoy.

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Lemon Blueberry Bread

Hello Spring! And hello delicious Lemon Blueberry Bread! Blueberries are in season and are easy to find these days at your local grocery store or farmers’ market. This healthier option bread is simple to make and is packed with flavor. Perfect for a warm and sunny day.

Ingredients

  • 1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup maple syrup or honey
  • ¼ cup Greek yogurt
  • ¼ cup coconut oil melted
  • 2 large eggs
  • ¼ cup lemon juice plus zest of one lemon
  • ¾ cup blueberries fresh or frozen
  • 1 tablespoon flour for coating blueberries
  • 2 tablespoons grated lemon zest

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to oven to 350°F. Grease a loaf pan.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the flour, baking powder and salt.
  3. In a separate bowl add Greek yogurt, honey, coconut oil, eggs and lemon juice and mix well.
  4. Stir the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and whisk until mixed through.
  5. In a small bowl, toss the blueberries with flour to prevent them from sinking into the loaf. Gently fold into the batter along with the lemon zest.
  6. Transfer to greased loaf pan and bake in the preheated oven for 45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  7.  Cool for 15 minutes before removing from pan.
Lemon Blueberry Bread
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Garlic Butter Mushrooms

I was never a fan of mushrooms until I started making this recipe.  I can tell you honestly, I pop them in my mouth like candy. 

These sauteed mushrooms only need a handful of ingredients and are easy to make.  If you are looking for a flavorful side dish to impress your taste buds, this recipe is for you.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound button mushrooms
  • 3 tbsp salted butter
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped fresh parsley
  • 4 garlic cloves crushed/minced
  • Dash of salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. In a large frying pan, heat butter and olive oil over medium high heat.
  2. Add mushrooms to pan and mix to coat them in the butter/oil mixture.
  3. Cook mushrooms for about to 8 minutes without moving.
  4. Flip the mushrooms over one by one and then let them cook for another 8 minutes.
  5. Add crushed garlic and parsley to pan, mix to coat and cook for 2 minutes.
  6. Add salt and pepper to taste and serve immediately.
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