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Just in time for Halloween: Death by Chocolate Trifle

Death by Chocolate is a simple, decadent recipe that my friend Crista shared with me twelve years ago after she brought it to a care group meeting one Sunday night at a friend’s home. My whole family fell in love with it, so I asked her how she did it. I still have her email… Continue reading Just in time for Halloween: Death by Chocolate Trifle

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Say goodbye to summer’s heat with Frozen Mint Brownie Dessert

I’m so excited today; our  meteorologists here at KLTV are telling us that today is the last day of summer-like temperatures in East Texas.  I don’t know how hot it is where you live, but in Tyler we will reach 99 degrees this afternoon. Tomorrow, though, our high will be around 85, and by Sunday, a… Continue reading Say goodbye to summer’s heat with Frozen Mint Brownie Dessert

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Cheesecake Brownies So Good I Just Wanted To Eat The Batter (but I Stopped Myself)

I learned something interesting today; brownies, those fudgy, chewy cake-like confections that we all love, were invented at the request of a woman and FOR women at the Columbian Exposition in Chicago in the year 1893, according to Wikipedia and other sources.  The original recipe was requested so that there would be a small dessert… Continue reading Cheesecake Brownies So Good I Just Wanted To Eat The Batter (but I Stopped Myself)

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A Scrumptious Cinco de Mayo Treat: Dulce de Leche Brownies

Until  my family moved to Texas in 1998, I had never heard of a celebration called “Cinco de Mayo.” I didn’t know about the Mexican victory over the French in 1862, or even what dulce de leche is!  When we drove to Texas from Florida, I noticed that in Texas there were many lovely people… Continue reading A Scrumptious Cinco de Mayo Treat: Dulce de Leche Brownies

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Chunky Valentine Blondies on KLTV

Happy (almost) Valentine’s Day, friends!  I had the blessing of being invited by Grant Dade, morning meteorologist at KLTV7 in Tyler and who is a great cook, too, to join him on his weekly “Cooking Up a Storm” segment today.  I gladly accepted the invitation, and decided to make something fun for Valentine’s Day to… Continue reading Chunky Valentine Blondies on KLTV

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Back to Basics: Simple Chocolate-Chippy Brownies

I was minding my own business this evening, working on editing pictures from Christmas, when my curly-headed 15 year old son plopped down beside me on the couch and said, “Mama, couldn’t you make me some warm brownies tonight?”  They can really be influentially sweet when they need to be, these kids. I love that. … Continue reading Back to Basics: Simple Chocolate-Chippy Brownies

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Everyone’s home, so mama cooks!

It was an unusual occurrence, brought about by the beautiful and much-needed rain falling on East Texas: all five of us in the family were going to be home ALL DAY.  It was so nice to sleep in, then get up and go to a local used bookstore by myself to browse around (found a… Continue reading Everyone’s home, so mama cooks!