baking · desserts

Five sweet ideas for Mother’s Day treats

So, you don’t know exactly what to get your mom for Mother’s Day? I can tell you. Unless she’s told you something specific that she would like to have (you’ve been paying attention, haven’t you?) I can tell you right now what she wants. First, she wants to be told that she is loved. Not… Continue reading Five sweet ideas for Mother’s Day treats

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desserts · Farmers Market recipes

Tangy Springtime Lemon Squares

There’s no dessert that seems more like springtime to me than lemon squares. They’re so bright, fresh, and old-fashioned.  They’re the kind of dessert I picture Aunt Bee in Mayberry taking to church dinner on Easter. They’re cool and bright, which is just what I want in a warm-weather dessert. The lemon curd filling is… Continue reading Tangy Springtime Lemon Squares

comfort food · desserts

Moist lemon bundt cake

Lemons are simple. They’re bright, tart, happy, sunny. They make me think of a Sicilian housewife in white apron and her hair piled up on her head, stepping out of her kitchen door on a sunny day, out to the lemon tree to pluck a juicy citrus orb from the tree. They bring a sunny… Continue reading Moist lemon bundt cake

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Share your zucchini! Blueberry-zucchini cake with lemon-cream cheese frosting

Zucchini. Every year, everyone plants it in their gardens, and they water and feed and weed around the plants. Then the plants produce and produce and then produce some more, and what do we all do?     We complain about having too much zucchini. Then we try our best to find folks to share… Continue reading Share your zucchini! Blueberry-zucchini cake with lemon-cream cheese frosting

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“Grandma, Is That You?” (Lemon Icebox Dessert)

Some desserts are so reminiscent of  “the good ol’ days” that they are skipped over when some bakers are skimming through cook books because they’re considered  passé.  They’re the forte of the Aunt Bees and grandmas of the world, not the stylish baker of today. However, I am of the opinion that old things are still… Continue reading “Grandma, Is That You?” (Lemon Icebox Dessert)

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Berry Week Recipes: Day Two~ Lemon-Raspberry “Brownies”

I’m having so much fun with “Berry Week” this week on the blog and on In the Kitchen with Mama Steph on KLTV7.  I love fruit, and berries are so good for you and are easy to use in baking and cooking.  Yesterday’s Blueberry Crumb bars were well-received  and delicious, and today the folks at the station gave… Continue reading Berry Week Recipes: Day Two~ Lemon-Raspberry “Brownies”

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Fresh and Simple Fruity Punch, Fit for a Queen

Before I “punch” you,  😉 I want to say thank you to so many of you who have joined me on Facebook.   I have a new page there for my cooking segment series on Good Morning East Texas; I’ll be posting recipes and videos and pictures along the way as I work for KLTV7.  If… Continue reading Fresh and Simple Fruity Punch, Fit for a Queen

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A Bit Of Sweet Sunshine In Your Mouth~ Lemon Sour Cream Cake with Strawberry Sauce

Do you ever buy a bunch of fruit and use what you needed and then wonder, “What am I going to do with the rest of these _(insert fruit here)__?”   Or maybe you just forget about them and they sit there in the produce drawer, quietly waiting for you to take them out and… Continue reading A Bit Of Sweet Sunshine In Your Mouth~ Lemon Sour Cream Cake with Strawberry Sauce

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When Life Gives You Lemons….

There are so many silly “when life gives you lemons…” sayings, all spin-offs of the original saying, “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade,” which is attributed to Dale Carnegie, among others.  I like the sentiment; when difficult things happen in life, try to turn them into something good.  But I differ with Mr. Carnegie… Continue reading When Life Gives You Lemons….