Cranberry Nut Bread

cranberry nut breadCranberry bread in spring?  I know.  I am a little unconventional, but this bread is so good that it should be enjoyed more often than Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Unlike some families, fresh cranberries and cranberry sauce were never an important, holiday food at our house. My grandma served a canned of cranberry sauce at Christmas one year when I was a kid.  I remember trying it–because I thought it was jello.  Expecting it to be sweet strawberry jello, I was completely shocked and disgusted.  Continue reading

Apple Pie

Sweetened only with apple juice concentrate, this apple pie recipe is perfect for celebrating Pi day, 3.14, and every other day of the year.

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The ultimate way to celebrate pi day would be a dairy-free Quiche for breakfast, Walla Walla Sweet Onion pie for lunch, chicken pot pie for dinner, and several fruit pies to fill in the gaps.

Yes–We love pie! Continue reading

Easy Moist Cake (Using a Cake Mix)

The secret ingredient of these moist cakes isn’t pudding mixes or dairy. The secret ingredient is grated zucchini.  The zucchini melts away into the cake so you can’t even tell it is in there.

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My five-year-old has a summer birthday.  I thought he wanted a chocolate cake and started grating zucchini for a chocolate zucchini cake, but he picked out a boxed spice cake mix.  Since I already grated zucchini, I decided it was time to experiment. Continue reading

Adventures with Cherries

Sweet cherries are in season.  Here are some of my cherry dessert attempts and winner.

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Sweet Bing Cherries

The first summer my husband and I were married, we knew someone who knew someone who had sweet cherry trees.  That someone had more cherries than they wanted, and since we loved cherries, we were invited to come and pick cherries from their tree.  We were having fun, and ended up picking gallons of cherries. Continue reading