A Light Peach Cobbler Treat Feel like eating something sweet but can’t have the sugar? Try out this Southern-Style Peach Cobbler light dessert made in a slow cooker. Pattycakespantry.com published Canned Fruit Cobbler this month, and it is a fantastic recipe. I’ve actually been craving peach cobbler for weeks, so I enjoyed every bite of Patty Cakes’ cobbler. Lighter Version of Canned Fruit Cobbler I decided to make Patty Cakes’ recipe but with a variation. Southern-Style Light Peach Cobbler is a lighter version and cooked in the slow cooker. The texture is a little different, and it isn’t as sweet as the Canned Fruit Cobbler. ButRead 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 →

Hot summer days inspire chilled recipes. Summer heat waves make you want to stay inside where it’s cool. On days when the temperatures go into triple digits, you need central air. All water coolers do by that time is blow hot air inside. Such hot days make me want to eat recipes for chilled fruit or veggies. Appetites lessen somewhat on a scorching day. Here are a number of recipes to cool you down while weathering the heat: Beet (with the beet greens) and berry smoothie! Start your day with this appetizing drink. Who needs coffee when you can enjoy a breakfast blender meal thatRead 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 →

Last weekend I attended a mini retreat for writers and bloggers. It was held at a desert ranch, a quiet place to think, take photos, listen to birds, and write.What is your description of a retreat? Quiet place, a chance to do things you don’t usually have time for, or what comes to your mind? The three-day event inspired us to write. We grilled. Ate. Wrote. Three of us were food bloggers. But we didn’t blog. No wifi – no blogging. Instead, we had fun with words, poetry, allowing nature to inspire us. A retreat away from deadlines and computers. I guess you can tell,Read 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 →