Cooking a Slow Cooker Dessert for Two is Easy with this Mango Bread Pudding If you like mango, try this quick and easy bread pudding dessert in a slow cooker. Enjoy the richness of a southern sweetness without all the loaded calories and carbs. It’s a creamy¬†delight and only takes two hours to cook. People who are careful about eating healthy food but who like dessert might hesitate at making a bread pudding dessert because bread: has a lot of carbohydrates makes you feel bloated can cause weight gain, if too much is consumed when it’s a dessert, only makes you want more Some peopleRead More →

Pears for a Nutritious Dessert Do you love fruit, or do you have to think to include enough of it in your eating plan? Pears are often overlooked for their health benefits. Consider including them as a nutritious dessert with a special treat of grated cheese on top (see recipe below). You can purchase pears in their own juice (the¬†best kind that’s canned), or buy the raw fruit. Pears contain great health benefits: improving insulin sensitivity decreased risk of type 2 diabetes containing phytonutrients which contain antioxidant, anti-inflammatory flavonoids good source of fiber Leave the skins on to get the best nutrients from the pears.Read More →

How can you satisfy dessert cravings on hot summer days? Make sugar free. Puddings make wonderful summer desserts. Preparing them in jars ahead of time makes them handy to serve. Can’t find the lids? Not a problem. Just cover the top with Glad Press’n Seal. It is possible, however, to pack lid-less jars for a picnic with the Press’n Seal. The box indicates that this wrap is leak-proof and airtight. That will work great in a cooler. My daughter uses clear, purple, and blue jars for drinking glasses. I used the clear ones to make pudding in a jar. She may have the lids, butRead More →

An Easy Way to Bake a German Chocolate Cake This week I’ve got chocolate, German Chocolate and Texas Chocolate Sheet Cake, on my mind and woke up today wanting to bake one of them. What did you think about the Texas Sheet Cake I posted about this week? You’ve gotta try it. Make it and share with family and friends. Otherwise, you’ll want to eat it all yourself. 😀 The thing about German chocolate is that you have to like coconut or it’s not for you. But if you like chocolate AND coconut, you’ll love this cake. Remember I told you I’d be sharing anRead More →

Best Texas Chocolate Cakes The two best chocolate cakes ever that were made happen to be the Chocolate Sheet Cake and German Chocolate Cake, both popular Texas cakes. They’ve been a southern thing but their popularity has spread beyond the South. History of German Chocolate Cake Sam German created a chocolate bar in 1852 that would bring joy to a multitude of chocolate lovers. The first “German’s Chocolate Cake” recipe, as it was originally called, was first published in 1957 by a Texas homemaker. My mother must have read that Dallas newspaper because, from the time I was a little girl, she made German ChocolateRead More →

Recently, I was trying to think of a fruity dessert to bring to my writers’ critique group. At first, I thought about strawberries. It must be that pre-summer heat that made me want a dessert with fruit. However, I didn’t have any berries on hand. I looked at what I had in the kitchen pantry and noticed a large box of instant vanilla pudding mix. Hmmm. That sounded good. Then I remembered that I had put a carton of no-sugar mandarin orange packs in the fridge. Ah-ha! I knew what I would bring to share with the writers. A pudding with mandarin oranges. Yum. CreatingRead More →

Good Friday weekend I went to a cousin’s wedding with my daughter, Chrissie. That meant I also got to visit a couple of weeks with Chrissie, my son-in-law, and two little sweet granddaughters. During this time, I started my 30 Days of Slow Cooker Recipes for the month of April. Cooking in my slow cooker at home is different than using Chrissie’s large quantity cooker. Hers is larger than mine. But there are more people to cook for at her house, so it’s all good. Even the baby is eating now from the table food – and she loves my “flop” rice and pasta recipes.Read More →