How Amazing are these Adorable Mini Gingerbread Houses?

I am obsessed with the mini gingerbread houses I have been seeing all over Pinterest.  I can’t say I have had much success with our sons making gingerbread houses, or even eating our efforts, but we have gotten the kits in years past and made a huge mess putting them together.  They end up sitting on our kitchen table through the Holiday and then getting tossed.  Sadly, they have never lived up to the flavor and taste that I crave when I think of gingerbread.  Maybe that is because they were store bought kits??!  It is time, way past the time, that I made my own gingerbread houses. I think the mini ones are right up my alley. I love the idea of making them Gluten Free so that our son with Celiac can give them a try (I know he probably won’t, but it will make me happy that I tried to make something he could eat).  I found this lovely site Windsor B who is a gal after my own heart.  She has beautiful photographs, Gluten and Dairy Free recipes, and she took a few shortcuts to make her mini houses.  If you are looking for a non-gluten free option and directions here is another option for you.  Not in the mood to make them, you could always buy them here.  I love that they are such a festive and, hopefully, delicious treat!  I will report back after I try making them myself and, likewise, let me know if you give them a go.

How Amazing are these Adorable Mini Gingerbread Houses by Windsor B?

How Amazing are these Adorable Mini Gingerbread Houses by Windsor B

How Amazing are these Adorable Mini Gingerbread Houses by Windsor B

for the recipe please go to: Mini Gluten Free Gingerbread Houses by Windsor B

Sweet Salty Sundae

This is one of the most delicious desserts EVER!  I have to give all the credit to my husband because he is the one who came up with it and I would never have made it unless he suggested it.  A few weeks ago we went to a dinner party and were in charge of dessert.  I had visions of making an elaborate cake.. icing and all.  Unfortunately, the day started to get away from me and I realized a cake was not going to happen. My husband, seeing that I was torn between producing a masterpiece to eat and share on the blog, stepped in and saved the day.  We rounded up three ingredients, yes, that is all…just three…really good vanilla ice cream, hot fudge sauce (we used  Smucker’s Hot Fudge) and  Werther’s Caramel Corn. OMG!!!! The puffy, salty caramel corn explodes alongside the dark chocolate and then mixed with vanilla ice cream… it’s an awesome combination!!!  I wanted seconds and thirds…it is that good and that easy.  You have to make this sweet salty sundae. If you don’t believe me, give it it a try and come back to let me know what you think…

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Smucker’s Hot Fudge  /  Werther’s Caramel Corn  /  Glass Ice Cream Cups  (Similar ones here  and here)

Spiced Apple Walnut Bundt Cake

With Easter fast approaching, and then Mother’s Day in the not so distant future, Lisa and I wanted to come up with an alternative dessert, that was not chocolate, to serve. Lisa had been saving this Spiced Apple Walnut Bundt Cake for just the right occasion and we thought this might be just what we had been looking for.  It is a really delicious blend of spices, apple and the soft texture of the walnuts.  I liked that the cream cheese frosting is dribbled rather than completely covering the cake, not only is it pretty but it doesn’t overwhelm the cake. Lisa served it as a dessert after dinner, but I think it would also be a nice addition to a breakfast or brunch. If you are looking for other cake ideas here are a few favorites we have featured: New York Style Crumb CakeBishop’s Cake, Olive Oil Cake and Chocolate Angel Food Cake. And don’t miss these bundt pans, it might be fun to add another pattern to your kitchen.

Spiced Apple Walnut Bundt Cake | Ridgely's Radar

Spiced Apple Walnut Bundt Cake | Ridgely's Radar

Spiced Apple Walnut Bundt Cake | Ridgely's Radar

Spiced Apple Walnut Bundt Cake | Ridgely's Radar

Spiced Apple Walnut Bundt Cake | Ridgely's Radar

Spiced Apple Walnut Bundt Cake | Ridgely's Radar

Spiced Apple Walnut Bundt Cake | Ridgely's Radar

Spiced Apple Walnut Bundt Cake | Ridgely's Radar

RECIPE: Spiced Apple Walnut Bundt Cake

Looking for more ideas for Easter?  Follow my Easter Board on Pinterest

 

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Setting the Table: Halloween

I have been a fan of See’s Candies since I was a very little girl.  Every year, I would get a box for Christmas from great friends of my Grandparents who lived in Los Angeles and I would eat the entire box by myself.. almost before Christmas Day ended. Since then I order them for holidays or have someone pick me up a box (or two) when they are traveling to the West Coast.  My favorite are the Dark Chocolates and my husband and sons love the Lollypops.  I thought for Halloween it would be fun to give out our favorite treats at the table and even serve them for dessert.  When else can you just eat candy for dessert?  I am a creature of habit and only get what I(we) like, but they have so many delicious Halloween Gifts and Treats, next time I am going to break out and get the Peanut Brittle and maybe the Sour Bats…I know anything I order will be delicious. You have to give them a try, you will not be disappointed!!!

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to buy: See’s CandiesJuliska Berry & Thread Dinner plate   /  Juliska Berry & Threas Cake Platter

Thank you to See’s Candies for sponsoring this post.

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Apple Crunch

I love chocolate and it is my first choice for dessert, but there are those rare times that I want something different.  This weekend was one of those times, I wanted to channel Fall with a warm apple dessert.  I decided to make a variation of apple crumble and made apple crunch.  By cooking the apples first with whole cloves and sticks of cinnamon, then chilling it while preparing the topping, the apples soak in the flavors and you can really taste them.  It is a delicious dessert and we enjoyed it with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream! It was so good.. I did not miss my chocolate..

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Apple Crunch
 
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Recipe type: Dessert
Ingredients
  • 3 lbs. cooking apples (pink lady, honeycrisp or mutsu) peeled, cored and sliced
  • ⅔ cup plus ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup water
  • 6 whole cloves
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 stick (4 oz) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 ½ cups flour, sifted
  • pinch baking soda
  • 2 tablespoons ground ginger
  • ¼ cup light brown sugar
Instructions
  1. place apple slices, ⅔ cup sugar, water, cloves and cinnamon in a saute pan. Cook over medium heat until the apples are soft. Remove from heat. Cool, cover and refrigerate.
  2. Combine flour, baking soda, and ground ginger in a bowl. Cut the butter into 1 inch slices and mix into flour mixture. Combine with your fingers to resemble cornmeal. Add the ¼ cup granulated sugar and ¼ cup light brown sugar.
  3. Preheat oven to 350℉
  4. Remove apples from the refrigerator and take out the cloves and cinnamon stick. Layer the apples into the bottom of a 1 ½ quart ovenproof dish. Pour any liquid from the apples over them. Smooth gently but do not pack tight. Spread the topping evenly over the apples. Do not press it down.
  5. Bake for 30-40 minutes until bubbly and the top has browned.
  6. Serve at room temperature with a side of vanilla ice cream.

 

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Thin Chocolate Chocolate White Chocolate Chip Cookies

I love a good chocolate chip cookie and I have posted my fair share in the past, but I have been looking for a really good white chocolate chip recipe.  The reason being that our accountant, who  loves cookies as much as I do, prefers white chocolate chips and I like to send homemade cookies to him during tax season and then again when quarterly payments are due. He is happy to try and share any cookies I send his way and was particularly pleased to receive the recent batch of chocolate chocolate white chocolate chip cookies .  I found the recipe on The Pioneer Woman and, while I did not follow her step by step pictures, I did follow the recipe.  For some reason my cookies came out thin, and slightly crispy on the edges and chewy in the middle.  A very yummy cookie that to my taste needs a little tweaking.  I am going to make a few changes to the ingredients and see if I can see what is missing.  Give them a try and see what you think.. maybe it is just that I am not a white chocolate chip lover…

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