Loaded Oatmeal Cookies

These cookies are really good and do not require many ingredients outside the ones that are normally kept around the house.   For the cookies 1 stick salted butter, softened 1/2 cup vegetable shortening 1 1/2 cups packed light brown sugar 2 large eggs 1/2 cup buttermilk 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon ground ginger 1 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice 2 1/2 cups quick-cooking oatmeal 1 cup raisins 1 1/2 cups chopped walnuts 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
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Nibbles & Bites: Apple Dumplings

I’ve been thinking a lot about apples, lately, and with the weather cooling off, the cinnamon brooms showing up in the supermarkets and the idea that the holidays are right around the corner, I think of Mom making Apple Dumplings. This is her recipe, updated a little by me. They are especially good on cool Fall and Winter nights and actually travel fairly well for pot-lucks. Apple Dumplings serves 4* 1 sheet Puff Pastry Dough, thawed 4 medium apples, peeled and cored* Cinnamon Brown Sugar 4 Tbsp unsalted butter Dried fruit (raisins, cherries, cranberries or blueberries all would go well)
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National Chocolate Cupcake Day-Oct. 18

I received a press release with some really beautiful and yummy photos for National Chocolate Cupcake Day.  Here’s the store in New Jersey that is happy to celebrate the holiday. It got me thinking about all these different national food days and what it takes to have a national food day and I found this blog with a delightful explanation which I will gladly share. So now if you must have some chocolate cupcakes, you can try making  portion-controlled (if you only eat one) mini lowfat chocolate cupcakes.
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Nibbles & Bites: Blueberry Dumplings

It’s (technically) Fall now, and that means various group pot-lucks or company get-togethers will be starting, soon. Maybe it’s school fundraisers or church socials, but at some point you’re going to be asked or expected to bring something yummy to share somewhere. Even if it’s not expected, this is a quickly put-together dish that will delight your office, your civic group or just your family one nip-in-the-air morning. Blueberry Dumplings serves 16 (or less–depends on how hungry they are!) 1 c boiling water 1 c brown sugar 2 sticks (8 oz) unsalted butter, divided 2 cans crescent roll dough (the
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Pacchia Express Restaurant Review – Dayton Ohio

My husband, Jim, and I stopped in for a treat at trendy Pacchia Express in the historic Oregon District in Dayton Ohio after a routine power walk around the city seeing the sites.  We were just wearing shorts and were a little sweaty, but it did not matter — we did not feel out-of-place. Pacchia Express is like a coffee shop annex to their more upscale and trendy Pacchia Restaurant connected to it. We were impressed by the variety of offerings in the dessert case — all freshly made by their pastry chef.  I chose their “summer berry stacker” and “ginger molasses
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Cupcake Recipe!

Originally uploaded by The Bleeding Heart Bakery I love baking but seem to never have enough time to bake between school, homework, and my organizations on campus. So when I need to bake something, I usually use boxed goods simply because it is quicker. This weekend, I am baking cupcakes for my sorority. I am going to use Pillsbury Classic White cupcake and cake mix. This makes things very easy and keeps it at a low cost. The basic recipe on the box calls for water, oil and eggs. Once this is prepared with all the ingredients suggested, 1/12 of
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Coldstone Creamery Ice Cream

Originally uploaded by szlea “I Scream for Ice Cream!”… A popular slogan said by many kids growing up. I love ice cream, most people do, but what ice cream can I afford to eat without loads of fat, sugar, and calories. Looking at recent Coldstone Creamery Ice Cream nutrition information on a pamphlet, I read the facts and was shocked. For example, one of the popular flavors, Cake Batter, in the gotta love it size, has 980 CALORIES, AND 54 FAT GRAMS. And that is before kids put in additional “mix-ins”, like m&m’s and sprinkles. Based on a normal 2000
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Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies

I recently tried a new cookie recipe and I think it is very tasty. Not only is this recipe wonderful, but the cookies are low fat so you can enjoy a dessert without feeling bad about yourself. Here is the link for the cookies… http://www.allhomemadecookies.com/recipes/healthy/lowfatpumpkinoatmealcookies.htm The only thing I would be careful of is to take the cookies out a little early because they taste better soft and get harder after sitting out and cooling down. Enjoy and let me know if anyone likes these?
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X mAs CoOkIeS

I walk into my house and I smell an aroma coming from the kitchen. It is slowly creeping up my nose, and I begin to smell the freshly baked sugar cookies. I then continue walking and see the masterpieces. Not only do they look amazing, but they smell wonderful. I can not resist them…. Cookies! I love them! Who doesn’t? Cookies are tasty, come in almost any variety and can be made during the holidays with family and friends. But how do you control desserts during the holidays? This has seemed to be one of my problems during the holidays.
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