Chicken Black Bean and Rice Soup

This hearty soup is sure to keep you warm and fill you up. I really enjoyed this Chicken Black Bean and Rice Soup.

Chicken Black Bean & Rice Soup

Usually, I write my post the night that I share them, but tomorrow is the night before Thanksgiving and I will be staying at my mom’s house. I will be too busy visiting to think about my blog, oh I am sure that it will enter my thoughts. Especially think about the fact that will be publishing when I set up to go live. One can only cross your finger and hope that it publishes on time.  [Read more…]

Pear Cranberry Crumble

Pear cranberry crumble the perfect dessert for Thanksgiving or maybe even Christmas.

Pear Cranberry Crumble


We had our first snowfall of the winter season. Well, I really don’t know if you can call it all that. There was a light dusting of snow when we woke up a few days ago. We were so lucky because south of where I live they had inches and more inches. I am oh so not ready for this weather. Ugh…

But you know what I am ready for?  Yep, that’s right…  Thanksgiving. It will be here in a couple of days. Which means family, food and more along with time off from work.

Pear Cranberry Crumble

Which brings me to my post today. I love pie and I am a big fan of the pie crust. I never leave a bite of it behind when I am eating a piece of pie, but let’s face it, sometimes it is just nice to have the filling and the topping. Such as this crumble, easy peasy, but so yummy.

Pear Cranberry Crumble

I love mixing up flavors when I am baking or even cooking, but I love mixing up different fruits together. I was trying to decide what to combine with some cranberries that I have sitting in the freezer, I was thinking about apples, but then pears came to mind. As you know I have been enjoying baking with pears this fall.

I absolutely love the sweetness of the pears with the tart tanginess of the cranberries. The sweet crumble made this one tasty dessert.

Pear Cranberry Crumble

Pear Cranberry Crumble
  • 3 cups pears finely sliced
  • 2 cup fresh or frozen cranberries
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoon flour
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • Topping-
  • ¼ cup butter, softened
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup flour
  • ½ cup oats
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Butter a 9-inch baking dish.
  2. Slice the pears. Wash and dry the cranberries
  3. In a large bowl combine the sliced pears, cranberries, sugar, flour, cinnamon, and orange juice. Toss together until well combined. Pour the combined ingredients into the prepared baking dish and set aside.
  4. For the topping combine the sugar, flour and oats, mix until well combined. Add the softened butter and by fork or by hand mix until well combined. Sprinkle the topping over the fruit mixture. Place in the preheat oven for 35 to 40 minutes or until mixture is bubbling and the topping is golden brown.
  5. Serve while warm with or without vanilla ice cream


Pear Cranberry Crumble



Spaghetti Squash with Garlic and Parmesan cheese

Add a healthy side dish to any dinner with this spaghetti squash with garlic and Parmesan cheese.

Spaghetti Squash


This is my first experience with spaghetti squash. Mike and I were grocery shopping a couple of weeks ago; the store that we were shopping at had a display of squash. There was a large variety, I wasn’t sure what kind of squash some of them were. I wanted to purchase one, but I wanted to get one that I had not tried before.  [Read more…]

Baked Pumpkin Donut Holes

Woohoo, this is pumpkin at it’s yummiest… baked pumpkin donut holes.

Baked Pumpkin Donut Holes

I am sure there are a few of you out there that have pumpkin, turkey, and all of the fixing on your mind, with Thanksgiving a week away from tomorrow.  I am actually not making Thanksgiving dinner; it is always at my mom’s house. But I will be going out the night before so that I can get up with her and help her in the kitchen. [Read more…]

Cranberry Cheesecake

Thanksgiving will be here before we know it. Do you know what desserts you will be serving for the big day? How about this cranberry cheesecake?!!

Cranberry cheesecake

Can you believe it Thanksgiving will be here next week? Also, in our house today marks the end of the birthdays for the year. Our daughter Krista has a birthday. It will start all over again next year, starting in February and I sure that will be here in a blink of an eye. But now I am gearing up for the holidays. [Read more…]