Blackberry Brownie Cheesecake Pie

Blackberry Brownie Cheesecake Pie

    I was feeling creative and had this idea in my mind.  I wanted to create a pie with a brownie layer and cheesecake layer from scratch (no boxes), and came up with this idea.  Milk chocolate chips and dark chocolate chips would work as well.  This is a mildly sweet pie, so if you’re the kind of person who takes frosting off a cake, you’ll enjoy this.  If you hate making pie crusts, then purchase one frozen.  The pie isn’t a significant riser, so you’ll have enough room…

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Bugging Out with Bugs and Slugs – A Halloween Treat

Bugging Out with Bugs and Slugs – A Halloween Treat

So, I bugged  out with an easy dessert using a recipe from Taste of Home’s September/October issue!  The recipe is called Frosted Pistachio Bars.  They kind of taste like a cookie/cake combination…but more like a soft cookie than anything.  I can see a lot of variations could be done with this bar, but here’s one I came up with for Halloween.  Then again, my kids (who aren’t THAT young) loved this, so maybe it’s good for crazy kids who like candy bugs and slugs on their food. The dessert is…

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Valentine’s Day Dinner on the Grill – by Barry Martin

Valentine’s Day Dinner on the Grill – by Barry Martin

Donna (AKA the Hudson Valley Handymom) – I’ve been fortunate to meet some world class people in my lifetime.  Barry (CB) Martin is one of those people.  He has a star quality presence and sense of humor while demonstrating his craft to those of us who aren’t so talented.  I noticed that most of my recipes seem to be on the baked goods side.  I have a major sweet tooth, what can I say?  Despite the presence of all the baked goods on my site, one of my passions is…

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From Freezer to Slow Cooker – How to Make Easy Meals

From Freezer to Slow Cooker – How to Make Easy Meals

There are things you may not know about me.  In the past, I haven’t brought it up to my readers because I’ve actually lost out on opportunities due to this, but I’m going to say it now.  Here’s my confession:  I’m bionic.  I’m not the kind of bionic that can run miles in a flash, lift heavy objects, or be hired out for amazing feats that no one else can accomplish.  In fact, the exact opposite is true.  Being bionic can be limiting, but the biggest limitations are the ones…

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Donna’s Coconut Almond Cookies – EGGLESS!

Donna’s Coconut Almond Cookies – EGGLESS!

I don’t normally put my name in front of a recipe, but I had put this recipe I created on a couple of cooking websites, and it was renamed for me with my name placed in front of it, so I just left it. I love the taste of coconut and almonds, and if you like it too, you’ll love the taste of these cookies.  I hope you enjoy! Donna’s Coconut Almond Cookies   Serves: 22 Prep Time: 20 Min Cook Time: 10 Min Ingredients 1/2 c butter, softened get…

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The BEST and Most Moist, Succulent Turkey without Breaking the Bank

The BEST and Most Moist, Succulent Turkey without Breaking the Bank

Everyone has their own special dishes and holiday traditions that take place during Thanksgiving.  For many cooks in the home, the day can become overwhelming.  Being a first time Thanksgiving cook can also present stress with the need for perfection. Fortunately, for many, the Internet provides a lot of answers to how to make the perfect turkey.  I learned by making mistakes.  Then, I learned to cook a turkey the way I like it, and maybe NOT the way most professionals would advise. Let’s have a side note for a…

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Awesome Gingersnaps!

Awesome Gingersnaps!

Shortly after my husband and I were first married, he bought a bag of gingersnaps and professed his love for them.  At that time, I never believed in buying a bag of cookies.  My thoughts were that I could make a batch of cookies for a lot less money, get more cookies, and know what was in them. My love for baking cookies first started as a kid.  It’s where my fascination for cooking started – with the almighty cookie.  My mother bought a cookie book for me when I…

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Splendid Recipes with SPLENDA® Sweetener

Splendid Recipes with SPLENDA® Sweetener

Every morning, I wake up, go into the kitchen, and press the on button to the coffee maker.  As my coffee is brewing, I pull out two things:  coffee creamer and Splenda® packets.  I prefer using Splenda® for a couple of reasons.  One reason is because it dissolves so easily into my beverages.  The other reason is because I like the fact that Splenda® is low in calories. When I discovered Splenda® was going to be a sponsor this month and that I was one of the chosen Allrecipes Brand…

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