Mouthwatering Sweet and Salty Cookies

These no bake cookies are so much fun to make. Transform them into any theme for any occasion depending on toppings! The Barney Butter almond butter is super creamy and delicious. For added sweetness add a layer of marshmallow fluff!

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Barney Butter Sweet and Salty Cookies

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Simple DIY Dog Treats

Not only do I enjoy baking cookies, cakes and pies but, I also love baking my own dog treats. With the holidays coming up, the best gift for that dog lover on your list is homemade dog treats. These really simple dog treats drive them wild and leave them barking for more! Let’s keep our four legged friends happy and healthy with this almond butter dog treat recipe.

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Five Delicious Ways to Enjoy those Summer Berries

Say it isn’t so but, the countdown to apple crisp and cider has begun. While my thoughts are fleeting off to Fall, Summer fruits are still in their prime.

Having an abundance of fresh berries around means its time to get creative. I’ve made the pies, ice creams and salads so it’s time to serve up berries and keep them guessing.

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Delicious Berry Recipes for the End of Summer

1. Sugar Cookie Berry Bites

No real recipe needed here. Just sugar cookie mix baked in a mini muffin tin topped with a teaspoon of lemon curd a few berries. Bake per directions of the cookie recipe. Sprinkle with powdered sugar to serve.




2. Berries with Creme Fraishe

Instead of serving berries with whipped cream or on top of a sponge cake, fill a small bowl with berries and pour on Creme Fraishe. Creme Fraishe can be purchased at most grocers. I add a couple of teaspoons of sugar and stir it up before serving. You will want to do the finger taste to bring it to the desired sweetness before serving. I like this because not many have had berries this way.




3. Grilled Strawberries

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This is so delicious for those end of summer parties. Just put the strawberries in a grill basket on a grill thats about 400 °. You will have to stand there and turn them so they cook about 2 minutes on each side. You will see the berries become translucent. You are not looking to char the berries, just activate the natural sugars. Serve them warm over icecream or I usually do brownies! Soo good!

4. Blackberry Ricotta Flatbread


This piccollage pretty sums up this flatbread. You need blackberries, flatbread, ricotta, mozzarella, gorgonzola or blue cheese and fresh basil. First, smash the blueberries with a fork for the base; add to the flat bread. Place drops of ricotta on the flatbread and fill inbetweeen with mozzarella. Bake at 375 for 10 – 12 minutes. Just enough to heat and melt the cheese. Remove, sprinkle with gorgonzola and fresh basil to serve.

5. Mixed Berry Smoothie


Enjoy the end of summer berries as much as we do!

Are You a Box-Gourmet?

I see no problem using a box cake or cookie mix especially when you can dress it up so the results are amazing. I mean as long as it’s delicious, no harm done. There is a time and place to bake from scratch and I rarely have the time or place. So to survive I have adapted to being a Box-Gourmet.

The cookie cups in the photo below were made from a Betty Crocker Sugar Cookie Mix. I doctored it up a bit with vanilla extract; you can also use a small amount of lemon extract for added flavor.

Just follow the package instructions. Put a small amount (about 3/4″ deep) of cookie dough in a mini-muffin cup; make small imprint with index finger, spoon in 1 teaspoon lemon curd, top with a sliced strawberry and a couple of blueberries. Bake at 375 F for 11-13 minutes. Let cool. Sprinkle with powdered sugar and enjoy! #beinspired

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