Poached Pears w/ Condensed Milk & Chocolate Ganache ~ Yum!



This easy, elegant looking dessert recipe is another example of how to create something delicious to eat with whatever ingredients you already have on hand.

We both wanted dessert. There were three local pears in a bowl that had to be used, like, now. Bruce said “I can poach them in simple syrup.” That sounded good. I said, “I have an open can of sweetened condensed milk, a new bag of chocolate chips, and a little heavy cream left. I have an idea!” ***

Poached Pears with Condensed Milk

& Chocolate Ganache


He peeled the pears, then poached them in boiling sugar and water. Then we cooled the poached pears in the freezer for 10 minutes. Just before serving, Bruce heated the heavy cream over a double boiler, and folded an equal amount of chocolate chips into it. He drizzled the cooled pears with sweetened condensed milk, and then the ganache. I sprinkled a small amount of raw sugar over it, just to make it glisten.


That’s It! It couldn’t be easier!

We just threw this together with what we had, and it was FABULOUS!

I mean, lick the bowl fabulous. :p

Remember – You CAN go into the kitchen with no ideas, and still come up with something great. You will never know how good you are at it until you try!

All it takes is to Be Creative!

Please feel free to share your photos, recipes or ideas with us.

If it worked and looks good – we’ll post it here

giving YOU full Photo or Recipe Credit! 🙂


*** For our CHOCOLATE GANACHE RECIPE, click here!

Apple & Yam Oat Crisp! ~ A Modern twist on a Classic Recipe


Delicious Apple & Yam Oat Crisp

When I moved out of my parents house at age 19, one of the best things anyone gave me was a ring binder style Betty Crocker Cookbook. That was many, many years ago. I still have that cookbook, and there are still a few tried and true recipes I refer to as loose bases for my own recipes. The original Betty Crocker Warm Apple Crisp is one of those recipes. It was as yummy when I was 19 as it is now.

1980s Edition

Flash forward to this past Tuesday. We were at our Brand New Local Natural Food Co-op. As we walk in, I take note of some beautiful, gnarly little yams on a painted hutch. A few feet away are some big, firm perfect yellow-blush apples. Pennsylvania isn’t great at many things, but we do grow some awesome apples. I grabbed six of those right away – half for our son to eat;  the other half for us to cook with. Over in the organic bulk bins, I saw some great smelling rolled oats. It hit me all at once. Brown Sugar, Oat, Apple & Yam Crisp! Oh, Yummy!! I told Bruce my idea and he was all in! 🙂

You can eat this hearty, delicious crisp as a dessert, as a side dish with pork, or even for breakfast.

Are you ready? Let’s get cooking!

Apple & Yam Brown Sugar & Oat Crisp

* Ingredients: 

2 cups sliced Apples

2 cups sliced Yams


Crunchy Oat Topping

1 cup of Water

3/4 cup packed brown sugar

1/2 cup all-purpose or whole wheat flour

3/4 cup quick-cooking or old-fashioned rolled oat

1/3 cup butter, softened

2 Tablespoons granulated sugar

1 rounded teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/8 teaspoon ground allspice

healthy pinch of cloves

– 9 x 12 baking dish [I like glass or Corningware best]

* Method:

  • Heat oven to 375º F. [190 c] Grease bottom and sides of baking pan with butter. (or coconut oil spray)
  • Arrange apples and yams alternately and evenly in pan. Do not worry about design – it will be covered. Carefully pour water into pan so it runs to the bottom. Set aside.
  • In medium bowl, cut in and stir remaining ingredients until well mixed; sprinkle evenly over apples and yams. Try to cover the yams and apples completely.
  • Bake about 45-50 minutes, or until topping is golden brown and the fruit is bubbling slightly through. The apples and yams should be tender when pierced with a fork.


You can serve this right away, cool to room temperature, or make ahead and reheat.

It is amazing topped with fresh whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.


Apple & Yam Crisp with Cranberry Orange Sauce

Bruce served ours warm with home made Cranberry Orange Sauce. Y-U-M!

We hope you give this easy and tasty dish a try. We love it!

Cheers, and Happy Eating!

Spiced Apple Raisin Compote & Pie Filling

Spiced Apple Raisin Filling

Spiced Apple Raisin Filling

There are fresh apples, golden yellow raisins, and an array of aromatic spices in the kitchen,

simply begging to become something scrumptious together.

“Hmm. What can we make?” I asked. The little light bulb went on. 🙂

“I bet a raisin & spice variation of our Warm Apple Compote could be very goooooood!”

Bruce wholeheartedly agreed… So, we tried it!

Cooking the Apples

Cooking the Apples, Sugar & Spices

It came out so yummy, we are sharing this delicious version with you!

Spiced Apple Raisin Filling & Compote

Total Prep & Cook Time: 15 Minutes * Yield: 2 Cups of Filling

* Ingredients: 

All Natural Ingredients

All Natural Ingredients

4 apples, peeled, cored and sliced thin

1/2 cup yellow raisins,

1/4 cup sugar (or stevia)

2 Tblsp unsalted butter

3/4 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp cloves

1/8 tsp nutmeg

2-4 star anise (optional)

Apples, Raisins & Spices

Spiced Apples & Raisins

1/2 tsp vanilla

Pinch salt


* Method:

  1. Saute sliced apples in butter until apples start to wilt (do not burn)
  2. Add sugar, and cook until sugar melts and starts to form bubbles
  3. Add raisins, salt, vanilla and spices. Cook until all boils, reduces and thickens. Turn off flame and remove from heat.

Mmmm, That’s It!

Ours became a filling for Spiced French Apple Tarts, baked in basic pie dough.

Spiced French Apple Tarts

French Spiced Apple Tarts

You can use your  Fresh, Delicious, Warm, Home Made

Spiced Apple & Raisin Filling

to stuff crepes, fill turnovers & pies,

as a topping for pancakes & waffles, or try it over vanilla ice cream!

This is easy to make, and totally yummy. We hope you give it a try!

Cheers, and Happy Eating!


Spiced Apple Spring Rolls (recipe below)

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Dark Chocolate Avocado Pudding ~ A Delicious “No Cook” Recipe!


Dark Chocolate Avocado Pudding

This dessert always starts the same way:

“I had one avocado sitting on the counter, that had to go.”

When I first saw a recipe for chocolate pudding using avocado, it sounded pretty weird. But all the comments and reviews were glowing. Everyone loved it. THAT intrigued me. I filed it away in the back of my head, and life went on. The next time I found myself with that “avocado that had to go”, I looked it up on the web, and decided to give it a try it.

It is super easy, and tastes FANTASTIC!


Mmm! Creamy & Decadent!

I’ve now made this creamy, rich pudding a few times, and it was delicious each go around. I made it again last week (yep, still delicious!) , so I thought I’d post the recipe again, but with all new photos. 🙂 Are you ready? Let’s Get Cooking!

~~ Dark Chocolate Avocado Pudding ~~

Healthy Ingredients

Healthy Ingredients

 * Ingredients
1 Avocado, peeled & cut
1/4 cup quality Cocoa Powder (unsweetened)
1/4 cup Honey or Agave Syrup (I like Honey)
1/4 cup Almond Milk (Soy or Dairy Milk is fine)
1/4 tsp Almond or Vanilla Extract
* Method:
Mix all ingredients in processor until smooth.
It is dairy free, gluten free, sugar free, raw,
contains essential amino acids, and is full of vitamins & antioxidants.
But don’t make it for those reasons. Make it because…
It is totally delicious and decadent!
Your friends & family will never know it has avocado!!
Score skin & peel the Avocado

Score skin & peel the Avocado

This recipe could not be easier ~ You have no excuse not to try it!
If you do, please check back and let us know what you think!
“Buh-Bye, Delicious Chocolate Avocado Pudding!”
  • Recipe Adapted from Fearlesshomemaker.com: Click Here
  • For  Our Original Creamy Chocolate Avocado Pudding RecipeCLICK HERE


Chocolate Ganache ~ So Easy You’ll Wish You’d Made It Sooner!



It is no secret to anyone that I loooove Chocolate, in almost any form! But there is just something about smooth, creamy Ganache. Years ago, I would buy almost anything, if it was covered in Ganache. When I met Bruce, and told him of my addiction  adoration, he said “Ganache is easy to make. Didn’t you know?” Truth was, I didn’t, Ever since, it is a regular visitor around our house. 🙂 So, enough about that –  Let’s Get Cookin’!

* Chocolate Ganache Glaze*


1 cup dark chocolate (semi sweet chips work fine)

1 cup half & half

Pinch cinnamon

* Method:

Place the chocolate and the half & half in a metal mixing bowl. Place the bowl over a sauce pot of simmering water. Mix the chocolate, cinnamon and cream with a clean wooden spoon until the chocolate just starts to melt. Turn off heat.


That’s It! Luscious, Decadent Chocolate Ganache, ready to spread on cupcakes, eclairs, donuts, or to dip strawberries in!

Sometimes, when no one is looking I just eat it plain, right out of the bowl! 😀

You can add a little powdered sugar  or more chocolate to this to make a frosting, truffles, to pipe it, or use as a dip!

This is so easy and versatile, once you try it the first time, you will wonder why you didn’t start making it sooner! It may just become a regular visitor at your house too!

Cheers, and Happy Eating!

Spiced Apple Spring Rolls with Vanilla Sauce!


Scrumptious Pan Fried Spiced Apple Chinese Blintzes

Mmm! Lookie what we made for dessert tonight! Yum!

So about an hour ago, Bruce said “I want Dessert”. I said “We don’t really have anything.”

He said there’s two apples left. I saw spring roll wrappers in the freezer,


Prepared Spring Roll Wrappers

a can of condensed milk…we looked at each other, and then… this happened:
“Spiced Apple Spring Rolls” with Vanilla Sauce!

Three Words this time: Oh. Em. Gee!


Spices: Sugar, Cinnamon, Mace,Vanilla, Cloves & Sea Salt

These only took 30 minutes start to finish.

Made with our own Easy Apple Compote Recipe and packaged Spring Roll Wrappers, these babies are sweet, warm and juicy.


Warm Spiced Apple Compote Filling

I just “winged” the Vanilla Sauce using a little sweetened condensed milk, almond milk, a liberal amount of vanilla extract, and sifted powdered sugar, warmed over a double boiler.


Tah-Dah! Dessert from nothing in 30 minutes!

Cheers, and Happy Eating!

For Our own Apple, Raisin & Spice  Filling Recipe: Click Here