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Campfire Banana Boats Sundaes

Campfire Banana Boats

When I was a little girl, we had a lot of cookouts. Someone was always building a fire and cooking something over open flames. My favorite things to cook in the fire were banana boats. They’re quite easy: Wrap a banana, peel attached, loosely in aluminum foil. Slit the banana open to form a boat. Stuff the opening with chocolate chips and marshmallows. Seal the aluminum foil and place the package in the campfire, down in the coals. Wait 5 or 10 minutes, carefully remove the package from the coals, let it cool (which takes forever), and eat with a spoon. … Read more

Triple Chocolate Cake with Homemade Chocolate Butter Cream Frosting

triple chocolate cake with homemade chocolate buttercream frosting

Is your mouth watering? It should be. I turned a plain old cake mix and a few humble add-ins into a moist and decadent chocolate masterpiece for my dad’s birthday. I felt like Jesus, feeding the masses with a couple of loaves. Well, except that this cake didn’t feed the masses. It was so good that everyone wanted a second slice, and every crumb was gone before the sun set on my dad’s birthday. So I guess it wasn’t much like Jesus after all. You’ll love it anyway. This is the right amount of frosting for a bundt cake. If you decide … Read more

Chocolate Cherry Cheesecake

Chocolate Cherry Cheesecake

Imagine a layer cake with cherries in the center and rich, chocolate ganache covering the top and pouring down over the sides. Sounds decadent, doesn’t it? Now imagine the layers are made of cheesecake. That’s what this is – an Oreo cookie crust topped with a layer of cheesecake, then a layer of cherries, then another layer of cheesecake, and the whole thing is topped with chocolate ganache. I took this cheesecake to my church’s Thanksgiving service, and there was nary a morsel left to bring home. It was sliced and resliced because everyone wanted a morsel. I said to … Read more

Pumpkin Pie Pancakes

Fall and pumpkins are synonymous, aren’t they? If you add football and colored leaves to the mix, I’d say you have my perfect fall day. This time of year, we see pumpkins everywhere – pumpkin muffins, pumpkin ice cream, pumpkin cookies. Yesterday morning, Joe ordered pumpkin pancakes topped with whipped cream are our favorite breakfast spot. At the time, I thought, “I should figure out how to make those at home” because they were considerably more expensive than regular pancakes. And they were fabulous. The same day, in the afternoon, my dear friend Allie, said on Twitter that she was … Read more

Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls Recipe

chocolate peanut butter balls

Before Christmas, I found this chocolate peanut butter balls recipe pictured in my Family Fun magazine. Anna Hammari sent it in, and I think she won some kind of prize for it. I have never been able to make chocolate covered peanut butter anything come out quite right, so I tried this recipe with skepticism. I didn’t mess them up. Anna’s chocolate peanut butter balls are creamy, diet-grieving, bites of heaven. You can’t eat just one. Especially in the season of chocolate peanut butter eggs, I long for some chocolate peanut butter goodness. Actually, I think I have a Reece’s egg … Read more