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Showing posts from October, 2011

Dorie's All-In-One Holiday Bundt Cake

"Autumn on a fork" That's the best way to describe this yummylicious bundt cake that's packed with pumpkin, spices, apple chunks, pecans and cranberries.  It was really hard not to drool while this cake was baking in the oven.  It made my entire house smell quite heavenly, so I couldn't wait to try a slice!  This cake would also make a beautiful addition to your holiday table this year. I took Dorie's advice and added a maple glaze, but I used The Pioneer's Woman's recipe from her sinful Cinnamon Rolls (which are a Christmas morning tradition at our house!).  Her recipe incorporates fresh coffee, which made an amazing pairing with the flavors of this cake. Like Dorie mentions in her cookbook, this cake isn't conducive to tiny little slices...You just better go ahead and commit to a big chunk of a piece.  There are so many chunks of goodness sporadically baked into the cake, so it's hard to cut little bitty pieces. However... I can't

Butternut Squash Casserole

Here in Alabama, the days are getting shorter, the air is becoming cooler, and the leaves are starting to turn beautiful shades of red, orange and yellow...Fall is in the air!  What better way to welcome the new season than with a deliciously comforting Butternut Squash Casserole? I found some beautiful butternut squash at James' produce stand near my house a few weeks ago.   James told me about the delicious Butternut Squash Casserole that his wife had made a few nights earlier.  That sounded like an amazing idea to me, so I started looking up recipes online.  I came across the following recipe over at Ezra Pound Cake , which sounded awesome.  I had most of what I needed on-hand, and I improvised the rest.  I've marked my changes in bold type below...There were really only a few of them. I must say that this has earned a spot in the " Home for the Holidays " tab, because it tastes just like Thanksgiving to me!  It would be the perfect substitute for Sweet Potato

Scrumptious Strawberry Pancakes

Our little ritual of Sunday morning pancakes has to be one of my favorite parts of the week.  It's hard to beat sleeping in a little bit and enjoying a homemade breakfast consisting of a tall stack of mouth-watering pancakes, bacon and scrambled eggs.  You know that any day that starts like that is bound to be a pretty fantastic day! Last Friday was my birthday, and what a great day it was!  I got to see my family, and my sisters got to come stay with us all weekend.  When they are in town, I don't think we slow down the entire time....we just go, go, go!  Needless to say, this weekend was filled with a beautiful hike at Ruffner Mountain , meandering the booths at Homestead Hollow , pumpkin AND mum picking, and lots of shopping!  What fun! On Sunday morning, I got up and made these pancakes for everyone.  I was thrilled with the way they tasted.  They were super easy and all the fresh strawberries were amazing.  One of my sisters isn't really crazy about pancakes and eve