Banana pudding has been served many times in my family as long as I can remember. It was my dad’s favorite dessert. Recently, I was visiting my daughter, Cristen, and her family and she asked me to make banana pudding for an Apartment Life event she was attending. Cristen is a Program Director for Apartment Life, a unique culture that is all about caring for your neighbor. During the Christmas holiday season, I was asked to volunteer at an Apartment Life festivity by serving food. It was a joy to mingle with the CARES Teams and leaders and to get a glimpse of their love forRead More →

Strawberry Souffle for National Dessert Day

Hey, y’all! It’s National Dessert Day! One of the kitchen joys I like the most is preparing a dessert because I love sweets and enjoy making them for family and friends. Lately, I’ve strived to be more mindful of my daily nutritional intake – including desserts. Call it food for comfort, reward, or whatever you think best fits, sweets just simply taste good. That doesn’t mean I don’t like eating meat or vegetables. The bottom line is that I prefer the main meal – and the dessert. Who says I can’t have the cake and eat it, too? Since using MyFitnessPal, an easy-to-use IOS calorieRead More →

 Apricots, Berries, and Dessert   Back on July 4th holiday weekend, I visited with a neighbor over a cup of coffee and a mini croissant, treats offered by my neighbor. She showed me her apricot tree full with ripe fruit ready for the picking. She filled a large bowl with the apricots and said I could have as many as I wanted. I took half of the amount home and made my first apricot cobbler. I had made peach cobblers before but never an apricot cobbler. Since the holiday weekend, my neighbor made apricot jam and brought me a jar of it. I made anotherRead More →

Fill your house with the aroma of a freshly baked apricot cobbler. Delicious! Serve the apricot cobbler with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and a glass of iced orange cream soda. This apricot cobbler recipe was made with fresh apricots that I helped pick from a neighbor’s tree. Picking the ripe apricots reminded me of visiting my paternal grandmother, Momo, who had an apricot tree. Momo had a knack for adding apricot baby food to her cake. The cake was moist and tasted scrumptious. My job on visits to Momo’s was to pick the fruit from the trees, gather vegetables from the garden, andRead More →

It’s strawberry season! Fresh organic strawberries taste amazing. Today I’m going to share two new recipes I tried last week. Before I share them with you, let me tell you about my foodie blogger friend from PattyCakesPantry.com. Like me, Patty Cakes grew up around southern cooking and home-grown vegetables and fruit. She stopped by a side-of-the-road fruit stand and picked up a flat of the gorgeous berry beauties. Knowing how I love fresh strawberries, she brought them by and split the flat in half with me. It was perfect timing because I had used the last ones in the two new recipes I’m going toRead More →

Have you ever woke up one day craving strawberries? One recent morning I decided I was going to make something different with the huge package of strawberries in the frig. Since trying diligently to record my daily food intake on the very cool MyFitnessPal app, I’ve been eating more fruit. Strawberries in their fresh raw form are totally delicious. Let’s look at the nutrition facts. One cup of halved raw strawberries is: 49 calories (cal. from fat=4) 0.5 g fat 0 cholesterol 2 mg sodium 232.56 mg potassium 3 g fiber 7.4 g sugars 1 g protein Eating raw fruit without added sugar or otherRead More →