Caramel Apple Cooking

As we get further into this Autumn season and closer to Halloween, I thought we’d take a look at some recipes inspired by an autumn and Halloween classic: the caramel apple. 

Cakes, Crisps, Tarts and Pies:

Caramel apple cake

Caramel apple pie

Caramel apple oatmeal crisp

Caramel apple tart

Caramel apple upside down cake

Caramel apple crisp

Caramel apple pie

Salted caramel apple slab pie

Salted caramel apple cheesecake crisp

Caramel apple cheesecake

Dark chocolate caramel apple crisp

Caramel apple sheet cake

Caramel apple cream pie

Caramel apple cheesecake dip

Gluten free caramel apple crisp

Biscuits, Breads, Buns, Donuts and Breakfasts:

Caramel apple biscuits

Caramel apple cinnamon buns

Salted caramel apple doughnuts

Bread machine caramel apple and pecan bread

Caramel apple flatbread

Sweet Treats:

Caramel apple bread pudding

Apple cider caramels

Caramel apple bars

Caramel apple lush

Caramel apple nut bars

Apple crostata with caramel sauce

Salted caramel apple s’more bars

Baked apples with rum caramel sauce

Apple turnovers with caramel sauce and ice cream

Gooey caramel apple hand pies

Caramel apple egg rolls

Caramel apple soft pretzels


Cinnamon caramel apple martini

Caramel apple cider

What are your favorite caramel apple inspired recipes?

Creepy Cookies and Cupcakes

To start off our Halloween month I thought we’d take a look at some creepy cookies and cupcakes.


Mermaid cupcakes

Candy corn surprise

Chartreuse witches

Almost buried graveyard

Eye spy cupcakes

Spooky eyes

Bloody knife

Spider web

Monster with a mouthful

Mini eyeballs

Spider webs

Wicked witch

Brain cupcakes

Triple treat

Broken glass cupcakes

Witch hats

Red velvet vampires

S’more monsters

Witch crash 

Red velvet spiders

Candy corn hi-hats

Jack-o-lantern cupcakes

Monster cupcakes

Monster cupcakes with cotton candy hair

Bat cupcakes

Witch hat cupcakes

Witch’s cauldron cupcakes

Black cupcakes with cherry filling


Monster eyeballs

Jumbo Halloween inspired sandwich cookies

Monster cookies

Manicure fingers


Werewolf paws

Dulce-de-leche bats

Meringue bones

Chocolate cinnamon skeletons

Peanut butter spiders

Screaming spice cookies

Ghostly meringues

Dracula’s dentures sandwich cookies

Super soft candy corn sugar cookies

Coffin sandwich cookies

Potion bottles

Candy corn swirl

Chocolate chip spider cookies

Frankenstein cookies

Cookies and Cupcakes:

Ghost cookie in spooky green frosted cupcake

What are your favorite Halloween inspired cookies and cupcakes?

Going Gluten Free

I love food and not just because it gives us the fuel to function, but because it’s fun and brings people together and tastes good too.  I have my own struggles with certain foods, just like most people do.  I’m thankful that over the years we’ve been able to develop lots of recipes and products that allow everyone to enjoy the recipes they’ve loved in the past but aren’t able to eat the traditional versions, as well as recipes and products that make it seem like less of a sacrifice or burden to eat in ways that your body agrees with.  With that in mind today I thought I’d share a bunch of gluten free recipes.

Breads and Breakfast:

Sandwich bread

Banana muffins

Pumpkin muffins

Cinnamon rolls

Spinach mushroom quiche

Apple and oat muffins

Snacks and Dinners:

Almond flour crackers

Crispy apple oat fritters

Brazilian cheese bread

Seedy cherry quinoa bars

Taco pie

Chicken pot pie

Cheeseburger pie

Mashed potato stuffed meatloaf squares

Chicken and dumplings

Pizza crust


Almond flour shortbread cookies


Chocolate chip cookies

Vanilla coconut flour cupcakes

Pie crust

Peanut butter cookie candy bars

Apple streusel cheesecake bars

Turtle brownies

Coconut pie

Sticky pecan caramel fig cakes

Jam filled almond cupcakes

Brown butter polenta cake with maple caramel

What are your favorite gluten free products and recipes?

Made with Mushrooms

Today I thought we’d take a look at some recipes featuring another of my favorite ingredients: mushrooms.

Breakfast and Appetizers: 

Mushroom cheddar quiche

Mushroom cheddar tarts

Mushroom scallop skewers

Ham and mushroom egg casserole

Wild mushroom crackers

Vegetarian French onion soup with mushrooms

Goat cheese stuffed mushrooms

Mushroom and bacon dip

Grilled polenta and balsamic mushrooms

Portobellos with leeks and spinach

Marinated mushrooms

Stuffed mushrooms

Sausage stuffed mushrooms

Lunch and Dinner:

Wild mushroom tart

Mushroom strudel

Mushroom manicotti

Mushroom stroganoff

Mushroom, kale and quinoa enchiladas

Mushroom and wild rice pilaf

Cheesy Mexican mushroom skillet

Mushroom and ground beef skillet

Wild mushroom stock

Mushroom ragu

Mushroom, dill and chicken with dumplings

Mushroom wellington cups

Chicken and mushrooms

Mushroom pasta with ricotta

White bean and mushroom stew

Slow cooker mushroom barley risotto

Mushroom barley

Sesame noodles with mushrooms

What are your favorite recipes featuring mushrooms?

Cooking with Clams

To celebrate and honor the end the summer I thought we’d take a look at some tasty clam recipes.  Of course there are a bunch of chowder variations, and there are some other good recipes too.


New England

Outer Banks

Manhattan clam chowder

Rhode Island

Potato clam chowder

Chowder with artichokes

Caribbean clam chowder

East Hampton

Low fat clam chowder

Even more recipes:

Spanish clam soup

Crab and oyster bisque

Linguine with clams in pepper broth

Clams oreganata

Clam pan roast with sausage and fennel

Baked clam dip

Creamy clam dip

Spinach gnocchi and clams


Clams in cartoccio

Shrimp and clams la plancha

Linguine, clams and lime

White wine steamed clams

What are your favorite clam recipes?

Savory Sausage

Today I thought we’d dive into one of those guilty pleasures: sausage.  Whether you’re into traditional sausage or one of the other varieties, it tasty all by itself as well as added to some delicious recipes like these:


Sausage and cheese grits casserole

Skinny Italian sausage egg bake

Stuffed breakfast crescent

Sausage and cheese biscuits

Sausage and Swiss chard strata

Lunch and appetizers:

Minestrone and Italian sausage

Italian sausage and tortellini soup

Sausage stuffed mushrooms

Sausage lasagna soup

Slow cooker bourbon cocktail sausages

Stovepipe savory pastries

Sausage cheese balls

Spicy sausage, bean and cheese nachos

Sausage stuffed zucchini boats

Lentil sausage soup

Sausage and clam soup


Italian sausage and orzo skillet

Sausage and potatoes Italiano

Cheesy sausage and penne casserole

Pumpkin and sausage manicotti

Chicago style deep dish pizza

Chile sausage pasta

Cajun sausage and peppers foil packs

Italian sausage lasagna

Baked polenta, sausage and artichoke hearts

Rigatoni with sausage and fennel

Sausage and broccolini risotto

Spanish style noodles with chicken and sausage

Special Orders: 

Turkey sausage quiche

Paleo sausage and spinach quiche

What are your favorite sausage recipes?

Fun with Felt

Today I thought I’d share some fun that can be had with a very simple and classic item: felt.  Felt is awesome because it can be used for so many purposes, including games, crafts, decorations and more.


Give a puppy a treat

Feed a shark

Go fishing

Crafts and Costumes:

Felt patches

Superhero cape

Felt campfire

Ice cream keychain charm

E-reader case

Laptop sleeve

Multi-pocket tote bag

Cozy for hot water bottles

Unicorn barrette

Sugar skull masks

Robot mask


Fall leaf wreath

Grapevine wreath with flowers

Christmas tree skirt

Flower bouquet

Pointsettias on a wood star

Holiday flower garland

Caroling birds

Falling hearts wall hanging

Animal mobile

Heart ornament

(Pet) advent calendar

Gingerbread house

Llama garland

Woodland gnome

What fun things have you made with felt?

Tie Dye Fun

Today I thought we’d look at an iconic summer activity, tie-dying!  It’s a lot of fun for all ages, filled with creative potential and there’s no limit to what you can create. It can be a bit messy, but that’s part of the fun with summer!  There are lots of techniques to try out and while tie dye is traditionally done with fabric and clothing, there are some other fun ideas too.

Tie die socks

Heart technique

Bulls eye technique

Reverse technique

Tie dye tote

Tie dye furniture

Maxi dress

Dog bed

Striped technique

Luau spiral technique

Patriotic swirl technique

Ice dyed tablecloth

Tissue paper butterflies

Spider web technique

Tie dye clutch

Triple heart technique

Tie dye scarf

Spin spiral technique

Tie dye sundress

Tie dye bandana

Mermaid heart technique

Woodstock tie dye spiral

What have you tried doing tie dye?

No Bake Sweet Treats

The reports are that this weekend is going to be hot, but heat should never be a hindrance to having a sweet treat that’s not from the freezer.  So today I’ve got some no bake sweets for you to make with your family or friends.

Bars and treats:

Energy bites

Peanut butter chocolate squares

Peanut butter cereal bars

Oatmeal bars

Chocolate mint bars

Apple breakfast bars

Strawberry cheesecake bars

Peanut butter cheesecake bars

Blueberry ricotta tartlets

Rocky road bars

Pies and cakes:

Lemon icebox pie

Key lime yogurt pie

Triple berry pie

Creamy strawberry pie

Peanut butter cheesecake

French silk

Lemon chiffon

Limoncello cheesecake

Avocado cheesecake

Reeses Peanut Butter Cup ice box pie

Ricotta espresso cheesecake

Mocha chocolate icebox cake

Angel food cake and berry trifle

Key lime pies

Peanut butter fluff pie

Banana pudding pie

Even more treats:

Chocolate pots de creme

Banana cream pudding

What are your no bake treat suggestions?

Pecan Pie Paradise

It doesn’t matter if it’s the middle of winter or in the heat of the summer, it’s always a good time to have a sweet treat.  Today we’re going to take a look at some different pecan pie recipes.

Bourbon ginger pecan pie

Old fashioned pecan pie

Golden pecan pie

Chocolate chunk pecan pie

Pecan pie dump cobbler

Toffee pecan pie lush

Pecan pie upside down cake 

Pecan pie stuffed cupcakes

Brown sugar pecan cheesecake

Pecan pie bars

Kentucky pecan pie

Pecan pie cookies

Pecan pie supreme brownies

Chocolate silk pecan pie

Maple pecan pie

Lighter Kentucky pecan pie

Pecan pie muffins

English toffee pecan pie

Pecan squares

Upside down pecan pie

Layered pecan pie

Pecan pie pockets

Gluten free pecan pie

Mystery pecan pie

Pecan pie cheesecake

Pecan pie monkey bread

Vanilla pecan pie

Salted caramel pecan pie

Are you a fan of pecan pie?