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Whole Wheat Persimmon Bread

Sliced Persimmon Bread

Like most places around the country, autumn in California’s San Joaquin Valley is a beautiful time of year.  While we might not have as many vibrant colored leaves as other places, we do have fruit trees.  Pomegranates, persimmons, lemons – these are our fall colors.  Take a drive through the country or just about any older neighborhood and you’re bound to run across some of these beautiful trees with their red, orange, and yellow fruit.  Persimmon trees are my fall favorite.  The trees drop their leaves as the fruit ripens, leaving nothing but the spectacular glowing orange orbs – it’s quite a beautiful sight. Continue reading →

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Praline Pumpkin Cake with Whipped Cream Frosting

Praline Pumpkin Cake

You won’t believe how easy this cake is.  Delicious, too!

I usually have a couple of boxes of yellow cake mix in my pantry in case I need to whip up one of Nana’s Lemon Jello Cakes – it’s just good to be prepared.   But last night I was craving pumpkin cake.  I had planned on throwing together a quick pumpkin spice cake from scratch until a Google search led me to this Praline-Pumpkin Cake from Betty Crocker. Continue reading →

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Ghirardelli Hot Fudge Blondie Sundae and a Giveaway!

Ghirardelli Hot Fudge Blondie Sundae

Yes, I ate this.

If you want to read about this decadent sundae and learn about my experience using Ghirardelli chocolate in my favorite recipe for hot fudge, head over to my Pinch My Salt Reviews now.  You’ll be rewarded with delicious recipes plus a chance to win a $100 Visa gift card provided by BlogHer!  Read more here.

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Silent Sunday: Quince Season

Three Quinces Continue reading →

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Butternut Squash Pudding

Butternut Squash Pudding with Whipped Cream and Pecan

I love pudding.  Chocolate pudding, vanilla pudding, tapioca pudding, rice pudding, butterscotch pudding… you name it, I love it.  I love pudding made from scratch.  I love pudding that comes from a little cardboard box.  And when I was a kid, I loved the pudding on my school lunch tray.  So it should come as no surprise that I love this rich and creamy homemade butternut squash pudding – it’s pudding!  Plus, it’s amazing. Continue reading →

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Fall Fest: Sour Cream Pear Cake with Pecan Streusel

Sour Cream Pear Cake with Pecan Streusel

Welcome back to Fall Fest!  I missed pumpkin party last week, but I really think this simple and delicious pear cake will make up for it.  This rich and spicy cake is filled with fresh pear chunks and topped with a buttery, crunchy pecan streusel. Continue reading →

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Oatmeal Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies

Oatmeal Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies and Milk

Sometimes you just have to bake cookies.

It’s been a busy summer.  I’m going through some pretty serious life changes – stressful life changes.  But as we all know, life never slows down to let us deal with tough situations.  The world doesn’t stop spinning just because you need a break.  So sometimes, in the middle of everything, you’re the one that has to stop.  Yesterday, in the middle of an afternoon filled with a million other things I was supposed to be doing, that’s just what I did. Continue reading →

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Food Blog Friday: Lemon Buttermilk Pound Cake

Lemon Buttermilk Pound Cake with Fresh Raspberries

It’s Food Blog Friday and here I am writing about yet another lemon-infused recipe.  I can’t help it.  I love lemon.  I love this Lemon Buttermilk Pound Cake.  And I love Baking Bites, today’s featured food blog.

Nicole Weston has been writing Baking Bites since 2004 – way before I knew anything about food or baking blogs.  She updates the blog almost daily with recipes, baking tips, product reviews, recommendations, and what she calls “bites from other blogs” – links to interesting recipes and ideas from other blogs.  I just ordered a new ice cream scoop based on Nicole’s recent review of her Zyliss scoop. I love learning about great products from other bloggers!

I’ve been reading Baking Bites since I first discovered food blogs and I’ve tried several recipes over the years.  They’ve all been great!  When I was craving lemon cake this week, I knew I could trust Nicole’s Lemon Buttermilk Pound Cake even though I had never made it before.  I was right to trust the recipe.  This cake was perfect. Continue reading →

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