Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

One of my favorite breads to make is banana bread.  My teens have been inhaling this bread since the time they were toddlers. It is the prefect Saturday morning accompaniment to a warm plate of eggs and bacon, or as an afternoon snack with a cup of tea!  Or a sneaky late night snack that…

Lavender & Lemon Shortbread

I love the taste of lemon and lavender.  They just seem to have an infinity for one another, at least I think so.  I wanted to make a nice light dessert for the kids, since I have been bombarding them with rich heavy desserts lately.  I think this is the perfect dessert for a luncheon,  with…

Smoky Eggplant “Bacon”

  Recently a friend posted a recipe for Eggplant Bacon.  Now being the bacon snob that I am, my initial reaction was yeah right, nothing could take the place of heavenly pork bacon, not even turkey bacon which I begrudgingly eat from time to time, to be healthyish!  Lets face it, some things you just cannot replicate…

Spiced French Toast

  Ever since I was a little girl this recipe has been my very most favorite French Toast recipe.  I have only slightly deviated from this recipe, in that I add in orange zest instead of orange juice like Daddy, and I use fresh grated nutmeg instead of ground.   I have been making this since I was…

Pumpkin Spice Muffin with Cream Cheese Frosting

Finally feels like fall, and nothing says fall like pumpkin spice muffins.  I love the way the house smells from the mix of spices so fragrant, and the touch of sweetness that the sugar coating gives them along with the velvety smooth frosting is the perfect Sunday brunch treat! These muffins are so good you’ll…

Blackberry and Lavender Muffins with Lemon Glaze

We have been blessed with an abundance of fresh fruit on our property in Upstate NY, we have blueberry, raspberry, blackberry, bushes and apple trees.  I went there expecting a surplus of blueberries only to find that Upstate NY in our area in Preston, NY had received so much rain in August that it pretty…

Sausage Biscuits and Gravy

     On Saturday and Sundays I love nothing more than to get up early, yes I said get up early, yes, the same girl who curses her alarm clock at 6:00 am Monday thru Friday.  The house is quiet, I can meditate, then enjoy a cup of coffee without any agenda, unless it’s Varsity Wrestling season, then…