Nuts For Banana Bread We wanted something extra nice with our morning coffee. Patti noticed we had some really ripe bananas and had an “aha” moment. While Ken slept in Patti whipped up a quick banana bread filled and topped with lots of pecans. To make it a little lighter she used applesauce instead of […]

Kitchen Sink Brownies Patti was having some of her Ladies’ Group coming over for lunch. They wanted a cool, crisp healthy salad…followed by a decadent, very chocolaty dessert. To make it easy Patti used a package brownie mix with lots of mix-ins. The girls just wanted a sliver of the browning, huge slivers. LOL! It […]

Pot Luck Brownies We had friends on the way over and we needed a dessert recipe…fast. There is a list of things we always have in our pantry for emergency drop ins. Chocolate brownie mix is one in case of a chocolate emergency. To make it extra special we borrowed an idea from our Facebook […]

Pineapple Noodle Pudding Patti’s little German Grammy used to call this noodle kugel, which means pudding. She remembers arguments around the table whether it should be made with chopped apples or pineapple, with raisins or Patti’s favorite dried cranberries and chopped walnuts. Well, it was an easy decision for us because Ken isn’t thrilled with […]

Apple Cranberry Tart It’s apple season at the Murrieta Farmer’s Market. This tart is extra easy to make, the hard part is deciding what kind of apples you want to use. We went to the apple professionals aka Jaime & Lee of Lim’s Produce. We chose Pink Lady’s because they were crisp and tart, plus […]


Chocolate Maple Pecan Pie Ken’s not a dessert person, but he went nuts for this. Maybe it was the two kinds of pecans, plus the chocolate chips. It was rich, delicious and not overly sweet, but definitely overly yummy. Especially with the holidays, though we use it all the time, having the Pacific Living Outdoor […]

Summer Fruit Galette It’s time for wonderful, juicy, fresh summer fruit. We get the organic best at the Murrieta Farmer’s Market thanks to Jaime of Valley View Farms. The fresh peaches and nectarines were sweet, ripe and “run down your arm” juicy. Patti couldn’t decide between peach pie and nectarine tart, so she combined both […]

German Chocolate Earthquake Cake   Patti and I have set one night a week just for us. It’s our date night. We usually put something special on our Pacific Living Outdoor Oven but sometimes we cook inside. We always eat outside on our patio where it is very comfortable with a rainforest theme. Wood burning […]

This is a perfect dessert for those of us with a major sweet tooth. This bread pudding features the tartness of cranberries and pecans plus a sweet, crunchy topping with a mellow brandy sauce with the smoky kiss of pecan. All made even better on our Green Mountain Davy Crockett Tailgater.   Cranberry Pecan Bread […]

These were made with fat free milk and fat free Greek yogurt with no extra sugar. Plus, it’s berry season at our Murrieta Farmer’s Market and a great place to get all natural fresh nuts. These scones were moist and full of fresh tart blueberries and crunchy chopped walnuts. And we got to try out […]