Gaea’s Creamy Pumpkin Soup

“August rain: the best of the summer gone, and the new fall not yet born. The odd uneven time.” ― Sylvia Plath, The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath With autumn on the horizon, we begin to change colors and scents inside our homes to coordinate with Mother Nature’s canvas outdoors. Warmer colors, spicier scents and rougher textures dominate our décor choices and our selection in foods follow … Continue reading Gaea’s Creamy Pumpkin Soup

Pumpkin Bread

A pumpkin is a cultivar of a squash plant, most commonly of Cucurbita pepo, that is round, with smooth, slightly ribbed skin, and deep yellow to orange coloration. The thick shell contains the seeds and pulp. ~Wikipedia The entire year seems to be a waiting game for fall harvest. As leaves turn and the autumn chill settles into mornings, pumpkins are ripening on the vine. … Continue reading Pumpkin Bread

Dazzling Holiday Desserts: Slow Cooker Pumpkin Cake with Caramel Sauce

Finish your holiday feast with the grand finale of all desserts – a moist, pumpkin cake base, studded with chocolate chips and topped with a sticky caramel sauce. It all comes together in your slow cooker, saving time, effort and oven space. Scoop baked cake into individual ramekins and top with whipped cream for a fancy, single-serving of indulgence. This week, McCormick Kitchens sent a … Continue reading Dazzling Holiday Desserts: Slow Cooker Pumpkin Cake with Caramel Sauce

The sweet flavors and aromas of fall: Delicious apple butter

Cinnamon, cloves, ginger, nutmeg and cooked apple aromas waft through the neighborhood on the afternoons that apple butter is being prepared and put up.  These autumnal flavors are just one of the gifts Mother Nature gives us this time of year and with all of the choices at my fingertips to whip up for the dessert table, it’s always difficult to choose just one. Apple … Continue reading The sweet flavors and aromas of fall: Delicious apple butter

Juicy and sweet, the first apples of fall

I have officially come down with “Seasonal Madness“.  It isn’t enough to scent the home with maple and cinnamon aromas, or place a few autumn accents here and there, I have the urge to can, cook and bake every apple, berry and pumpkin recipe known to man, all at one time.  There will not be enough meals in a day to serve all I am … Continue reading Juicy and sweet, the first apples of fall