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Blueberry Jar Trifles

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: August 1, 2019 | Categories: Desserts, Recipes
Blueberry jar trifle #recipe via Blog by Donna

Summer is a great time to make fresh fruit desserts like blueberry jar trifles. I love making pretty individual desserts. They seem so personal and gives the impression that someone took the time to make something special just for you (me). I like trifles and they are perfect to individualize by making them in a […]

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Vanilla Cappuccino Cupcakes Not Just for Coffee Lovers

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: March 7, 2019 | Categories: Desserts, Recipes
Vanilla Cappuccino Cupcakes for Easter

Who doesn’t love big, fluffy cupcakes? Well, who doesn’t love cupcakes? Period. And if you are a coffee lover or drinker like me, you’ll go crazy over these Vanilla Cappuccino cupcakes I made on Easter. They’re the perfect cupcake for any time of the year. In fact, I think they would be perfect for Valentine’s […]

Halloween Treats – Spooky, Easy, and Delicious Recipe

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: October 28, 2018 | Categories: Desserts, Holidays and Observances

For Halloween, as part of a sponsored post for Collective Bias®, I made these delicious chocolate cupcakes with a Butterfinger frosting and some spooky eyeballs, using Nestle Crunch bars for dessert to go along with a spooky Tombstone pizza. One of our favorite times of year is Halloween. Yes, I said times, not a holiday. […]

Lemon Lavender Butter Cookies Recipe

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: June 26, 2018 | Categories: Baking and Cooking, Desserts
butter cookies

I love butter cookies! For an irresistible flavor combination, blend lemon and lavender together in a tender butter cookie. They’re dainty enough for a tea or luncheon, yet are also satisfying as a snack or simple dessert. Culinary lavender can be found in specialty grocery stores or online. If you have never baked with lavender […]

Lemon Raspberry Parfait Dessert Recipe

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: | Categories: Desserts, Recipes
Lemon Raspberry Parfait recipe. Perfect dessert for Easter, spring, or summer!

Ready for summer? I sure am! This delicious Lemon Raspberry Parfait is the perfect dessert get me out of the winter doldrums. It would make a great Easter dessert as well. I love lemon desserts, so this parfait is perfect anytime for me. I love individual desserts, it always makes, not just kids, but even […]

Pumpkin Ice Cream Chocolate Pudding Trifle

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: November 30, 2017 | Categories: Desserts, Recipes
Pumpkin ice cream chocolate pudding trifle with toasted marshmallows Christmas holiday season dessert recipe...

I love so many things about fall and winter — the beautiful fall colors, pumpkins, the food, my son’s birthday, the holidays, the decorations, family gatherings, and the food. Oh, I think I already said food…. but it’s true, I love colder weather food. Especially foods and drinks with pumpkin in them.   And one […]

Chocolate Covered Cherries Recipe

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: November 5, 2017 | Categories: Desserts, Food, Recipes
cherry bombs recipe with healthy cherries candy snack

For a sweet treat that’s as decorative as it is delicious, make a batch (or two) of Cherry Bombs. They’re very simple to make and fun to eat. A twist on the chocolate covered cherries recipe you may be used to… Each bomb has a maraschino cherry center wrapped in chewy chocolate candy and enrobed […]

Bloody Bones Sugar Cookies Recipe

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: October 1, 2016 | Categories: Desserts, Recipes
Bloody bones sugar cookies recipe for Halloween or The Walking Dead Season 7 premiere on October 23rd

Here’s another Halloween dessert recipe that the kids will be sure to love. Adults will too, of course, because who doesn’t love sugar cookies? If you’ve been following my blog lately, you’ll notice that I’ve been following a theme… zombie and/or bones type recipes that will go great for a Halloween party or for the […]

Bloody Bones Cupcakes – Recipe for Halloween

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: | Categories: Desserts, Recipes
Bloody bones cupcakes recipe for Halloween or The Walking Dead

Halloween will be here in just a month. It’s one of our favorite holidays, just because it’s so much fun. Halloween costumes, parties, trick-or-treating to Halloween decorations, crafts, desserts, and food, it’s a great month for creativity… like Bloody Bones cupcakes. October is one of my favorite months of the year not just because of […]

How to Make Cake Pop Sun Pops

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: July 19, 2016 | Categories: Desserts, DIY, Food, Home and Garden
How to Make Cake Pops

If you’re looking for fun, edible DIY projects during the summer break, here is a easy delicious cake pop idea… Sun pops! The kids will have fun helping you make them and they are awfully darn cute. And what a great way to celebrate a sunny summer than with sun pop cake pops?! How to […]