Okay boys and girls - you are in for a real treat!
One of our family favorites are fresh Banana Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting - but for such a sunshine-filled day I wanted something even fresher and lighter! This is a new take on my fabulous Banana Bars - delicious and simple, topped with incredible homemade creamy vanilla pudding, fresh sliced bananas, and topped with sweet whipped cream.
If you love banana cream pie, you will absolutely LOVE these!
Fresh cherries are in! I was so excited when I saw them at the grocery store that I picked up a pre-packaged bag - priced at $6.79 - but for the first fresh cherries of the season, well worth it! Imagine my surprise when I discovered that it was $6.79 per POUND, not package!
So that meant 1/3 of the bag for a fresh Cherry & Almond Crisp, 1/3 of the bag for photography, and the remainder just for enjoying! Also had the fun of trying to explain to a three-year-old what a cherry pit is and why we don't eat them! He was VERY intrigued by it all, and "could we please plant some of the cherry pits in the garden?"
Cherry & Almond Brown Sugar Crisp is one of the first crisps of the year, and so wonderful! Just like a cherry pie, but without all the fuss.
I am the luckiest girl in the world!
I have a wonderful guy that loves me to death, and the best kiddos on the planet! They know that one of my favorite pastimes is cooking and baking wonderful things for them - and we love fresh and organic homegrown vegies and fruits more than anything!
Our last home in suburban Minneapolis was built on rich and fertile farmland - dark, loamy soil that was deeper than we could dig! Our garden was magnificent and a hobby that we all enjoyed - from planting seeds when the kids were little, to finding big juicy worms for fishing, to harvesting gorgeous vegetables and fruits for our table, and sharing what seemed like never-ending garden produce with family and neighbors.
Fast forward to northeast Ohio - land of clay. Digging down six inches is a painful experience, and we have broken more shovels that I can count. Even large trees are not planted deep in this part of the country - and landscaping and trees require yards of mulch every year. We may have gained several months of mild weather and growing time, but every year it has been a painful and protracted period of getting the garden ready.
And the deep and thick woods around our subdivision offer wildlife in numbers that continue to grow - we have a herd of deer that have a daily trek that takes them thru our yard munching on my flowers and garden plants as they go. They hang out in the grassy fields behind our house - and the group just keeps getting bigger each year!
Every time I make these Caramel Pecan Monkey Bread rolls, my family goes NUTS, and I always wonder why I don't make them more often - they are one of the easiest, quickest recipes out there, and ALWAYS a big hit!
Through the years I have perfected the smooth and creamy caramel sauce to our liking. When I have the time, I still like to make traditional Caramel Monkey Bread - the homemade dough really sets it apart....but for those times when you are in a hurry, this is the perfect short-cut recipe to feed and impress a crowd with!
Home is where you Mom is....and this is the perfect treat to make for Mother's Day!
A wonderful base of oreo cookie crumbs, topped with a whipped and creamy peanut butter layer, and topped with the smoothest dark chocolate ganache you have ever had. So, so easy to make, and when topped with some beautiful edible flowers, almost too pretty to eat!