Valentine Strawberry Pastry Dessert

My Valentine’s Day theme is all about the heart.  Keeping this in mind I wanted to create a heart shaped dessert.  Since I don’t really enjoy baking (all about savory)  my recipe needed to be easy, yet, an elegant dessert.   Valentine Strawberry Pastry Dessert is a perfect recipe for Valentine’s Day. The recipe is very easy, quick and delicious.  It’s… Read More

Homemade Lemon Curd Berry Trifle

You might not know I love to cook . . . and did so professionally for 20 years. Once I retired  my business my love for cooking re-ignited, all the pressure was gone, the food industry is a high stress and demanding business. With all the available fresh berries I wanted to make Homemade Lemon Curd Berry Trifle. You might… Read More

Valentine Healthy Brownie With Coconut Whipped Cream

Hello everyone, Hope you all had a great weekend and the weather didn’t stop you any! We had 4″ of more snow Saturday for a total of 60″ here in the windy city.  Boy has it ever been windy!!!! Mr. Charmer is a big chocolate lover but he’s not a guy who likes “fancy” desserts.  Just give him a good… Read More

Pumpkin Seed Brittle

Last week while reading my new issue of Country Living Magazine a recipe caught my eye – Pumpkin Seed Brittle.  I love peanut brittle, but lately peanuts don’t agree with me, and this was a good option to still have brittle. It’s a quick and easy brittle too. Pumpkin Seed Brittle It tasted so good with a hot cup of… Read More

Peppermint Cheesecake

I’m hoping all of you had a great holiday with your family, we did!  We were able to stay up all day!!!! I ran out of time before I could share our Christmas dinner dessert…Peppermint Cheesecake. The Peppermint Cheesecake is a lighter version, but with full flavor.  I’ve always made these as squares, but  this year turned in to a… Read More

Spiced Apple Cake with Maple Glaze

  I’ve never really had a sweet tooth…I’m a salt.a.holic! But there is one candy bar I cannot refuse – Snickers.  Every Halloween I ask Mr. Charmer not to buy Snickers, and every year he does. He always hides them in the buffet and is surprised when I find them??? In 4 days I ate the whole bag of miniature… Read More