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S’mores Cheesecake with Homemade Hot Fudge Sauce

On Wednesday, while Grace was taking a nap (she’s been quite sick), Allie and I made a s’mores cheesecake to bring some of our favorite flavors together. I had a new cheesecake recipe to try out, and we haven’t had a campfire in a while to get our s’mores fix, so it seemed like a good combination. Was it ever a good combination! That is the understatement of the year. Every bite of this rich cheesecake was loaded with the sticky goodness of marshmallows and the rich sweetness of my homemade hot fudge, and it was – dare I say … Read more

Toasted S’mores Bars

Toasted S'mores Bars

Toasted, gooey marshmallows on top of melted chocolate on top of graham cracker-laced cookies – what’s not to love? This is an old recipe that I published in 2011, long before the Ziegmont family was hit by the backyard campfire, hot dogs and s’mores for dinner, eating outside with the bugs bug. Back then, since we weren’t having real s’mores like ever, we made s’mores bars instead. S’mores bars have everything we loved about the original. Everything, that is, except for the campfire, which we now realize we love. So if you and yours don’t love campfires as much as we do, … Read more

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

Peppermint Hot Chocolate

peppermint hot chocolate

This is one of those recipes that I’m ashamed to post. It’s too easy to count as a recipe. Last week, I traveled to Utah to participate in some staff meetings for AboutOne. While I was there, I learned of my coworkers’ affinity for a certain flavor of non-dairy creamer. Not a coffee drinker, I would never have tried the creamer. Working remotely, I would never have become aware of my friends’ obsession for the stuff. I laughed as a local coworker shuttled a visiting coworker around Bountiful, Utah, in search of the magical flavor. I could not find any … Read more

Toasted S’mores Bars

Toasted S'mores Bars

A few weeks ago, I was Stumbling (that means, pressing the Stumble! button on my toolbar and perusing sites from StumbleUpon, in case you didn’t know already), and I landed on this recipe. Actually, I landed on a photo of the recipe. A photo of toasted, gooey marshmallows on top of melted chocolate on top of graham cracker-laced cookies. It was so tempting that I went upstairs with Grace and made the bars. Right then! She’s always up for baking with Momma. They were every bit as good as I imagined. Once they cooled off, they were not quite so … Read more

Easy Thanksgiving Recipes – Candied Sweet Potatoes

Originally posted on November 17, 2008 In my opinion, the best Thanksgiving recipes are easy, and they tolerate being made a day or two ahead of time with no loss of flavor or texture. This is one of those recipes. Depending on how things are going with cleaning (and how much room there is in my refrigerator), I will either pre-cut the sweet potatoes the night before or cook the whole dish the night before. It reheats beautifully, so it really doesn’t make any difference to the finished dish. I like sweets. A lot. And so, I use a bag … Read more