MAPLE BANANA & WALNUT COFFEE CAKE
With a name like "Snowflakes & Coffeecakes", you probably have a pretty good idea where this idea came from! If ever there was perfection in a coffee cake, we have found it! My family goes absolutely nuts for banana bread. Whenever I have a bag full of ripe bananas, it's always a serious discussion about whether to make traditional Banana Bread, Chocolate Chip Banana Bread, Dark Chocolate & Raspberry Banana Bread, or do something wild like Banana Bars or Banana Cake.
But this Maple Banana & Walnut Coffee Cake? It leaves all of the rest of them as a distant memory. Beyond words, this tender coffee cake is perfectly wonderful!
My family loves Banana Bread – plain, simple, every day! With a super-moist texture, buttery banana flavor, and incredibly soft crumb, this is our family-favorite banana bread recipe. This has been our go-to recipe for generations, tried and true, tender and flavorful – in a word, PERFECT!
Most folks have problems because they have too many over-ripe bananas - around here, it's just the opposite - we never have enough! From the time my kids were little, right after they learned to mix muffins, they immediately graduated to helping make Banana Bread. This is our absolutely favorite family recipe for the best banana bread ever!
With all of the craziness going on right now, everyone around here has just been feeling blue...so I thought I'd try to make the best of the situation! It's time for some comfort food...something retro...something that will make your both your eyes and your tummy happy!
The fresh blueberries have been UNBELIEVABLY big and sweet this season - don't know if it is the warmer winter or what, but we've had a bumper crop of fabulous berries to work with, and I'm taking advantage of every opportunity! And there's nothing better than a plateful of thick and warm Fresh Blueberry Buttermilk Pancakes - just busting with fresh blueberries!
PERFECT PEACH BELLINI
Ahhhh sweet fresh peaches, nectar from heaven! And the only thing that could be better than sweet fresh peach juice dribbling down your chin, is a tall chilled flute of bubbly Peach Bellini...
On a cold winter day, I'm dreaming about spring break and warm sunny days, but I'm especially wishing for a perfect Peach Bellini!
Chewy Triple Chocolate Brownies are the richest, most decadent homemade brownies you’ll ever try. This single bowl recipe is so simple to make and the fudgy taste will wow you! I usually use Ghirardelli cocoa, unsweetened chocolate and semi-sweet chocolate chips for this recipe – my family lovingly refers to them as my “Ghirardelli Brownies” for good reason!
VALENTINE BREAKFAST BOARD
When I first started putting together a Valentine Breakfast Board, I was thinking about my little ones…but it turned out to be a huge hit with EVERYONE. There’s no way better to start the day than with all your breakfast favorites heart-shaped and fresh from the griddle! Savory meats on the side, warm muffins and pastries, and lots of fresh fruit kick of a relaxing and wonderful day! Nothing is more easy, fun and relaxing than a sweet Valentine Breakfast Board with your Valentines!
These Chocolate Waffles are everything you love in a waffle – light, buttery and crisp on the outside, fluffy on the inside, and filled with warm and melty chocolate chips! Perfect dusted with powdered sugar, sweetened whipped cream or ice cream, and served with fresh strawberries and raspberries. Our favorite way to start the day – and especially wonderful for a Valentine’s day breakfast!
Fresh Strawberry Cream Cheese Pastries are a simple and perfectly wonderful pastry recipe! Made with a flaky layer of puff pastry, a creamy and tangy sweetened cream cheese filling, topped with fresh strawberries and sprinkled with powdered sugar. Who wouldn’t love these? Perfect for a Valentine's breakfast in bed or lazy morning at home!
For a romantic evening with your love, nothing is more fun and relaxing than a romantic Be My Valentine Charcuterie Board, personalized with all of your favorites. Perfect for picnics or quiet evenings in front of a roaring fireplace, or a quiet romantic weekend in a cabin tucked away in the north woods. A bottle of good wine, glowing candles, and we’re all set for a special night of relaxing and snacking!
STRAWBERRY HOT CHOCOLATE
Yup, Strawberry Hot Chocolate is real! This is so rich and creamy - it doesn't even compare to chocolate cocoa. Strawberry milk, white chocolate and strawberry puree are blended with a secret ingredient – strawberry ice cream – to create a warm, rich and creamy, velvety Strawberry Hot chocolate that is loaded with strawberry flavor and perfect for a cold night!
The recipe is also simple to multiply and you can make this ahead of time in a slow cooker for serving to a crowd. Top with a mountain of marshmallows or sweetened whipped cream, and you’ve got an instant hit! For an adult WOW version, add Bailey’s Strawberries & Cream Liqueur to each steaming cup - SO GOOD!
VALENTINE MOVIE MUNCHIES BOARD
For watching Valentine’s Day movies with your little ones, romantic movies with your sweetie, or rom-com movies with your sweet girls, a Valentine Movie Munchie Board is the perfect thing to serve! Filled with your favorite cupcakes & cookies, fresh fruits, popcorn & pretzels, jelly hearts and chocolate treats, this is a Valentine’s treat board to remember. Nothing is more easy, fun and relaxing than a Valentine movie and sweet treats with your Valentines!
As the summer starts to wind down, we are still enjoying fresh Sockeye Salmon. One of our favorite ways to make this is on the grill, with Basil Pesto Butter - so savory and good! Salmon Milano with Basil Pesto Butter is also a favorite for a romantic dinner.
With fresh green beans and garden fresh tomatoes, this is the perfect dinner, and one that you can have on the table in less than 20 minutes. Gotta love fast and delicious!
The Basil Pesto Butter is so good drizzled on top of the vegetables, and also perfect on warm bread or rolls.
VALENTINE'S DAY HEART BOARD
When I first started putting together a Valentine’s Day Heart Board, I was thinking about my little ones…but it turned out to be a huge hit with EVERYONE! Layers of red and white, filled with heart-shaped cookies, candy, fruit, and all things sweet, nothing is more easy, fun and relaxing than a sweet treat with your Valentines!
These Valentine Cupcakes are almost too cute to eat! I use my Simply Perfect Vanilla Cupcake and Simply Perfect Chocolate Cupcake recipes as the base recipes, and my Vanilla Buttercream Frosting swirled on top, and sprinkled with sweet little valentine sprinkles for a perfect little cupcake – perfect for Valentine parties and celebrations! For a pink version, you can also top these with my simple and sweet Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting.
On a cold winter morning, there is nothing more warm and wonderful than tiny Snowflake Pancakes! I've always been told that the best way to know if a pancake recipe is good is if it tastes good all by itself - no syrup, no fruit, and warm from the griddle. Simply sprinkled with powdered sugar, these tiny and tender buttermilk pancakes are both magical and delicious!
My little ones just love it when we have a "backward day" - which basically means that I'm making them breakfast for dinner tonight. And when I tell them that it's okay to eat their dinner with their little hands? LOTS of smiles! Even better!
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