breakfast, Desserts, Traditions

Pear and Ricotta cheese Danish with puffed pastry

Simple puffed pastry dough from the freezer makes this an easy so tasty desert.

My dear friend gave me fresh pears but any fruit works well in this recipe. I made a delicious fresh raspberry before and the fruit cooked so bright in color.


Boxed puffed pastry dough thawed

Fresh fruit of choice pictured I used three peeled halved and sliced pear

Tbl jam (I used orange marmalade)

Lemon zest 1 heap Tbs

1 cup ricotta

1 egg

Two Tbs sugar ( add more to sweet taste)

tsp ground cardamon

Pinch salt

Tsp vanilla

Egg white- for egg wash

Mix cheese, egg , cardamom, zest, vanilla and salt in small bowl. Set aside

Take peeled and moon shaped sliced pear mix with marmalade in separate bowl. Set aside

Roll out dough on floured surface to just smooth edges and creases. Spread 1/2 cheese mixture down center of pastry. Assemble half fruit and gently fold together overlapping top.

Carefully slice diagonal top for venting. Crimp ends with fork to seal cheese in.

Assemble second roll. Assemble on baking sheet with parchment paper.

Egg wash tops and lightly sprinkle w sugar.

Preheated 400 degree oven. Bake 15 min- turn even to 375 bake addition 10 min or until golden brown.

Serve warm w vanilla ice-cream or whipped cream.

Desserts, Traditions

The Famous DUMP Cake


If you like chocolate.  I mean really like chocolate this is a decatant dark chocolate cake that is always moist and never has left overs.  Trust me. The recipe came from the famous Chocolate factory Ann AKA Grandma Ann.  My husbands mother was a certified chocolatier that had trained in Belgium to make those fabulous treats you see in candy stores.  she had a factory in the basement of the family home and was well known in the Northwest Coffee shops and foodie gift shops.  Ill never forget when I was recruited to help her and her elves in the factory to make a huge deadline with Harry and David.  We had to make 20,000 solid chocolate foil wrapped pears for the big holiday basket season.  That might be another story…for another time.  well-  here is her chocolate dump cake that is not only the family favorite but everybody that has ever tried it.  yes- its that good.  and Easy… and mouthwatering.


  • One big bowl.
  • bundt cake pan
  • nonstick spray/flour
  • three eggs
  • 1 box dark chocolate cake mix
  • small box dark chocolate pudding mix
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup veg oil
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • 1/4 cup Amaretto Liquor
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350. Oil and flour bunt pan.

Mix all ingredients in the one bowl until full incorporated. DO NOT HAND MIX.

Spread evenly in bunt pan. bake for 50 minutes at 350 degree oven.


remove- allow to cool for 10 minutes then flip out on a cooling rack or cake plate.  dust w powder sugar.


I love to serve with fresh berries and whipped cream.  My kids love it for breakfast cold.  you are welcome—- I know you will thank me. so easy- so good.




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Sunday Morning Banana nut bread pudding.

So easy and so delicious. An easy fast replacement for french toast that pleases many.

  • 6 eggs
  • 1/4 cup cream or milk
  • Tsp vanilla
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 loaf bread slices. French or white best.
  • 1 banana diced
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans – optional
  • 1 Tbs brown sugar for top

Preheat oven to 375 degrees

Beat eggs the add milk and all spices.

Cube bread and mix into egg batter not to break up cubs but soak up badder.

Fold in banana sprinkle top w nuts and brown sugar.

Bake in8x8 glass dish 30 minutes

Serve hot w maple syrup.

Creative dish you can add all types of fruits. Blueberry is really good in place of banana nut.,


Salted Caramel Pear and Green Apple Tart

Ive started a new job-that has taken all my time the past two weeks so apologies Ive been MIA for some time. Boys have been living on take out.

This was a yummy treat I threw together that really needs to be shared. I should call it “sorry mommas been busy” treat! So easy and mouthwatering good! The crust is simple bought raw pie crust. If you have time whip up a basic 1 shell butter crust but in the pinch this worked fabulous. Use a torte pan- its worth treating your kitchen to one. They can be so versatile.

  • Boxed pie crust you only need 1 of the two that come to a box
  • 4 pears(sm) and firm
  • 4 granny smiths
  • 1 tbs flour
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tbl white sugar(for green apple slicestopping)
  • Dash of salt
  • tsp vanilla
  • 2tsp cinnamon
  • Sea-salt Caramel topping

Preheat oven 375

Press crust into pan pushing corners up the edges of the torte pan coming just shy the top. Take a-fork and tap out vents along base of crust. You don’t want the edges to burn.

Peal and slice pear and green apple. ( reserve 1 apple) don’t peel just thin slice for top.

Mix all ingredients in a bowl and assort on crust. Arrange the peel on green apple for design and lightly sprinkle slices with the white sugar.

Bake 45 minutes until fruit is cook thru.

Serve hot with drizzled caramel topping and vanilla icecream. We had ours with caramel toffee icecream.

The fruit takes on a chewy sweet goodness that is so satisfying!