Red Raspberry Pavlova

Red Raspberry Pavlova

It’s the time again! Welcome to the blog hop featuring 10 of our favorite creative bloggers. This month’s theme is RED. There are so many fun projects to choose from- recipes, decor, and so much more! We’d love for you to pin the collage below, and then go see all the other fabulous projects created by some of our friends. Be sure and check out all the awesome RED projects from my blogger friends! 1. ‘Or so she says…‘ sharing Chocolate Cherry Cream Pie 2. Lolly Jane sharing Rustic Love Wood Barn Sign 3. Your [Continue Reading…]

How to Make French Macarons

french macarons

Today’s recipe is another Food Bucket List item. One of the items on my list is to eat macarons in Paris from Laudree Bakery.  I have actually had a Laudree macaroon when my next door neighbor carried a box home with him from a trip to Paris and kindly shared with me.  But I want to eat one in Paris.  I am so excited to tell you that I am going to be able to cross that item off my bucket list next week.  Yes, I am going to Paris.  [Continue Reading…]

Lemon Angel Pie

lemon angel pie

Today’s recipe is another Recipe Redo.  I have found that I shared some of my all time favorite recipes in the beginning days of the blog and the photos aren’t as great as I would like so I am gradually revisiting some of those recipes and redoing the post so you have better photos. It’s fun to dig through the archives too and reacquaint you with them. Today’s recipe for Lemon Angel Pie has been a favorite of mine for over 25 years – it has definitely stood the test [Continue Reading…]

Lemon Meringue Pie, Family Stories and Meringue Tutorial

lemon meringue pie

For Christmas this year my mother gave me a cookbook.  This wasn’t one of the newest cookbooks on the bookstore shelves.  This cookbook was over 60 years old.  It was given to my mother when she was 20 years old by her grandmother –  my Great Grandmother Mary Calista Welles Schenck  (I love the fact that she spelled my mother’s name wrong.  There is an E on her Anne!) My memories of my Great Grandmother are faint and few.  She passed away when I was eight years old.  But I [Continue Reading…]

Chocolate Meringue Torte

Chocolate Mousse Meringue Dessert

Welcome to Sweet Week here on the blog! In preparation for Valentine’s Day I am going to be sharing some recipes that would be perfect for your sweetie! Of course they will all involve sugar and many of them will also have chocolate!  So get that sweet tooth ready for a sweet week! Don’t be afraid of today’s recipe.  It involves meringue.  I know meringue scares a lot of people away but if I can make a good meringue here in damp Oregon you can make one.  It really is [Continue Reading…]

Chocolate Peppermint Drops


It is cookie time! I love meringue, in any shape or form.  Light, sugary, melt in your mouth meringue.  That is exactly what today’s cookies do – they melt in your mouth leaving a light peppermint and chocolate taste behind. If you have never made meringue before this is a great way to start. Meringue is basically a combination of egg whites, sugar, cream of tarter with a little vanilla thrown in. You beat the egg whites to a soft peak and then add in the other ingredients and beat [Continue Reading…]

Pavlova with Whip Cream, Strawberries and Lemon Curd


This weekend we made our first trip of the season to the farmer’s market in Beaverton.  It was a lovely Saturday morning – warm and sunny! We brought home some of these beauties!! As soon as I saw them I knew exactly what I was going to do with – make pavlova – a meringue based dessert with strawberries and whip cream.  It is definitely one of our family’s favorite desserts. Pavlova is named after the Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova and was created in her honor as she toured through [Continue Reading…]

Boccone Dolce – Sweet Mouthful


When Jim asked me what I wanted for Mother’s Day dinner I tried to keep the menu as easy as possible since his culinary skills are limited to breakfast and what he can throw on the grill.  I told him I would be in charge of dessert.  I had been planning for weeks to make my ALL TIME favorite dessert – Boccone Dolce or “Sweet Mouthful” in Italian. A local restaurant, Papa Haydens, that is famous for their desserts, serves this amazing dessert.  I order it EVERY time I go there [Continue Reading…]