Mini Pumpkin Cheesecakes

Okay, kids… While we’re being creative here. Did you know that the recipe I shared for Pumpkin Cheesecake a few days ago ALSO makes awesome mini-pumpkin cheesecakes? (These would be perfect to munch on while reading a good book, by the way) Same ingredients, just spoon a bit of the yummy graham cracker crust in…

Beef Stew

INGREDIENTS: 2 pounds stew beef 2 tablespoons vegetable oil 2 cups strong brewed coffee 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce 1 clove garlic, peeled 1 or 2 bay leaves 1 medium onion, sliced 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon sugar 1/2 teaspoon pepper 1/2 teaspoon paprika Dash ground allspice or ground cloves 3 large carrots, sliced 1 potato,…

Slow Cooker Apple Butter

INGREDIENTS: 6 1/2 pounds apples – peeled, cored and sliced 1 cup granulated sugar 1 cup light brown sugar, lightly packed 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves 2 tablespoons molasses 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract DIRECTIONS: 1. Place the apples in a slow cooker. In…

Pumpkin Cheesecake

Creamy, yummy, delicious – you’ll wonder why you haven’t been adding pumpkin to your cheesecake all this time. And, may I suggest rewarding yourself with a spellbinding book while you’re enjoying this magical dessert? INGREDIENTS: Crust: 1 cup graham cracker crumbs 1 1/2 tablespoons light brown sugar 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/4 cup melted salted…

Nog of the Egg

Wintertime. Holidays. In my hacienda – that calls for…Egg Nog! At the risk of sounding egotistical, this is the best EVER egg nog recipe. Try it. You’ll like it. INGREDIENTS: 6 large eggs, separated. 2 cups milk 1 cup Bourbon 1 cup whipping cream 3/4 cup granulated sugar 1/2 tsp. cinnamon 1/2 cup Dark Rum…

Butterscotch Pudding

Is there anything yummier than a bowl of butterscotch pudding on a crisp autumn evening? I think not. Here’s what you need for your own little bit of deliciousness. INGREDIENTS: 1-1/2 cups brown sugar, light or dark (Note: dark brown sugar will yield a more golden appearance for the cooked pudding) 1/4 cup cornstarch 1/2…

The cutest little chocolate turkeys – ever!

These are too gosh darned cute, y’all. INGREDIENTS: 1 pkg. (8 oz.) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, softened 36 OREO Cookies, finely crushed (about 3 cups) 4 pkg. (4 oz. each) BAKER’S Semi-Sweet Chocolate, broken into pieces, melted DIRECTIONS: MIX cream cheese and cookie crumbs until blended. SHAPE into 16 – 18 (1-1/2 inch) balls. Freeze 10…