Carrot Beet Cupcakes (gluten-free)

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Yes, I know…it’s been awhile.  You can thank Judy at Savoring Today for this special treat in reaching out to me to guest post.  I was both flattered and grateful to be contacted by Judy, presenting me an opportunity to pick myself back up and help a friend while she is going through her surgery, resting and healing.

The timing could not have been any better as I have finally accepted the perfect job.  Yep, I’m excited to be once again, a working gal, grateful for Monday mornings!   It took a good six months, not always feeling positive, but hanging on with faith and hope.   It is said we learn and grow through our trials; I can attest to that for sure.  Spring begins my new year, renewal of self, gratitude and blessings.  This Easter was a very special holiday for my family and I wish you all had a blessed Easter.

You can read more about these cupcakes and find the recipe at Savoring Today!

Easy Peanut Butter Chocolate Fudge

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I’m resting easy this evening.  My holiday menus are planned, Christmas greetings sent and a few pretty presents nestled under the tree.  My daughter is on her way home; the merriest Christmas is about to begin.

Tonight we will sit and catch up; not that we don’t chat daily, at a minimum twice a day.  But tonight I will see her pretty face, the pups will lick her all over and all will be perfect as the beauty of life is not in the grand events but in the small, everyday moments we cherish.

Peanut butter chocolate fudge

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Pumpkin Granola

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On the positive side of all my recent relocations, I’ve definitely downsized, including my pantry.  Over the last year and a half, my pantry stores the basics for healthy Mediterranean style cooking and baking.  I prepare meals mostly from scratch so having good quality basic ingredients on hand; I can easily pull together a simple and delicious meal. Continue reading “Pumpkin Granola”

Pumpkin Ginger Biscotti

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Hey Ginger, this one’s for you!

Life is interesting.  Come, sit down.  I’ve made a fresh pot of coffee, I’ll pour you a cup.  Grab a biscotti and we will chat and catch up.  Time to slow down and truly savor every bite.  Just as my blog was named, I strive to live my life savoring every moment, every person, every meal set before me.  Blessings, forgiveness and gratefulness.  I am blessed and grateful to be back home.  Home is where your heart is, wherever it is, you just know it, deep inside.

Enough about me for now, it’s the pumpkin ginger biscotti we’re sharing here.  Fresh from the oven, my kitchen cannot smell any better!  Baking and the Fall season warmly wed together in the most happiest way.  Why do I love biscotti so??  In addition to their being not an overly indulgent, over-filling dessert with just  touch of sweetness and minimal fat, it’s that biscotti requires savoring.  A perfect ending to a meal or afternoon break.  Now I have seen some people grab a biscotti and just crunch and go…oh, for the love of life, no! no! Continue reading “Pumpkin Ginger Biscotti”

Strawberry Coeur a la Creme

Food and love are meant to be shared.  And if you are a passionate person like me, you take them both very seriously!

With family and friends, I openly share my home, my food, my love.  But in intimate settings sharing food becomes more of a sensual dining experience.   Candlelight, soft music.. how romantic sharing a meal that you have prepped ahead or plan to make together!  And as the evening wraps up, the most luxurious, creamy dessert is presented, in the shape of a heart, made with love.

Even if your plans are for dining out, offering a sweet ending at home, two spoons and a kiss….simple pleasures, that’s what I love. Continue reading “Strawberry Coeur a la Creme”

Red Velvet Biscotti

Talk about one sexy biscotti!!  With its deep, lusty red and teasing drizzle of white chocolate, these biscotti are just begging to be dipping into champagne or a morning after espresso.  Dare I say anything more??

To my surprise I found this recipe from Paula Deen and adapted it to my way of making biscotti – just a tablespoon of coconut oil, white/wheat flour and less sugar.  I felt that the drizzle of chocolate gave it just enough sweetness, as I always feel I’m sweet enough 🙂 but if you prefer sweeter desserts than adding another half cup should do the trick. Continue reading “Red Velvet Biscotti”

Pumpkin Roulade with Ginger Buttercream

When shopping for a house, a car or finding a special outfit on salt, ”as is” makes me cautious.  It means not perfect.  It means I’ll have to make alot of repairs and changes.

But there are times when “as is” is actually very good.  As in people…. love me as I am and I will love you as you are 🙂   And as in this pumpkin roll recipe by Ina Garten, as it is written is absolutely perfect, I would not change a thing! Continue reading “Pumpkin Roulade with Ginger Buttercream”

By Request: Caramelized Apple New York Cheesecake

Savoring Every Bite has become more than just the saying I’ve used to express how passionately I enjoy every moment of my life.  Its become the haven that stores my memories; where I can browse and revisit special moments, places and events I’ve shared with family and friends.

As my path has been taking a few unexpected turns lately, its been comforting to return to my special little place in SEB.  Equally comforting is seeing familiar faces or Gravatars leaving me a note or comment 🙂

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Apple and Fresh Fig Crostada

Pies really can be done pretty much year round, but I always find myself baking pies more often through the fall and winter months.  Apple, pumpkin, cranberry, pecan; those are the ones that remind me of my favorite season and fill my kitchen with sweet aromas of warm and comforting spices.

I became inspired to create this apple and fig crostada after seeing Kristy combine peaches and figs for her french toast.  She mentioned that fresh figs were difficult to find in her area but I’ve not had that problem, in fact, my problem is in finding ways to use up all the figs I’ve been buying! Continue reading “Apple and Fresh Fig Crostada”