Desserts

APPLE BAKLAVA

Traditional American Dessert? Most would think of Apple Pie. Traditional Middle Eastern/Greek Dessert? Most would think of Baklava/Baklawa. So, why not combine both fabulous desserts into one! Apple Baklava, or Baklawa as I would prefer since I am of Syrian heritage, but most people only know of Baklava, so… Apple […]

TEA AND COOKIES

Simple Pleasures these days. I’ve been writing 🤫 Two hours a day I make myself stop the busyness of the day, make tea and a nibble, and go sit where I can hear birds, smell earth, and write. Many of you have encouraged me to write stories I’ve never been […]

CARROT CAKE

Easter of 2020 I was a Brat! I let this damn Covid-19 rob me of a beautiful day. First time IN MY LIFE I wore Black on Easter Sunday. NOPE! No more ‘kick-the-can’ attitude for me! Today I took a long drive to where I grew up. Remembered so many […]

APPLE PIE SURVIVAL

These strange and uncertain times have put my emotions in a blender and turned it on puree! I woke this morning with a bad attitude. One of those ‘kick the can’ kinda attitudes, so I decided the only thing that might snap me out of it, is APPLE PIE. I […]

CHOCOLATE FREAKIN CAKE!

Do I feel guilty when I indulge in the most scrumptious bite of Chocolate Cake ever? Nope! Not when I make them into tiny little, harmless size, petite ‘cakettes’! “What harm could one, oh… say, two delicate little bites be”? My thoughts, exactly! Just standing over the slight sized iron […]

FAMILY REMNANTS

My niece, Lauren Upton, prepared this table. It’s her birthday party. Turning 29 on the 29th of the last days of 2019. She chose the theme for her birthday party, Middle Eastern. Why? because we are a proud remnant family of Safita Syria and everything we do and cook, when […]

WINTER FRUIT PIE

A winter pie calls for something dark, heavy in flavor and of course, a splash of booze! I have just the pie for you. It has only a touch of guilt in it while the rest is lots of dried fruits, nuts and apples, Yum! While you can use a […]

CHRISTMAS CAKE: A WINTER WONDERLAND CENTERPIECE

Cakes, Cookies, Pies, Snow, Horse-drawn carriage fairytales bring a special magic to the holiday season. It brings out the little kid in all of us. And so, I couldn’t let the magic of this season pass without creating my very own Winter Wonderland Cakes, which are now the centerpiece for […]

ORANGE BLOSSOM OAT COOKIES

Cookies! Summer or Winter they are always a welcome dessert or afternoon treat with tea, coffee, or milk. What makes these cookies extra special is that they are light, airy, crisp. Yes, and they are gluten-free. Oat flour and powdered pecans are the unique ingredients here. Flavor? Ahhhhh my most favored […]

STRAWBERRY LEMONADE POPSICLES

POPSICLES!!! Oh My Gosh I have newly discovered them! Growing up, there was nothing like an ice cold popsicle on a hot summer day. They made your lips freeze, your tongue turn colors (lots of dye:( and summer seem all the sweeter because of them. Then, the 21st century hit […]