Butter Pecan Pound Cake

Topped with toasted pecans and a simple glaze, this Butter Pecan Pound Cake is a delicious sweet treat for a cool Autumn evening!

Topped with a toasted pecans and a delicious glaze, this Butter Pecan Pound Cake is the perfect sweet treat for a cool Autumn evening! #IDelightEvery since I was a little kid, I’ve always loved pound cake. I’d actually venture so far as to say that pound cake is my favorite dessert. My mom makes a mean pound cake, and it was one of the first recipes that I asked her to teach me after I moved out on my own. Over the years, I’ve made that classic pound cake a number of times, but I’ve also experimented with it a good bit, too. Continue Reading »

Honey Lavender Scones

I’ve partnered with Socialstars by Crowdtap and Millstone Coffee to create these Honey Lavender Scones.  These scones are a tasty treat to serve alongside a cup of hot coffee!

Lightly spiced with lavender, honey and citrus, these Honey Lavender Scones are a delicious treat alongside a cup of coffee! #MillstoneCoffeeI’m a morning person.  I love getting up early while the world is still quiet…even on the weekends.  I’ll usually try to sneak out of bed and let my wife and the pups sleep for a little bit longer.  (Of course, they usually hear me and make their way downstairs shortly thereafter…but at least I try!)  As soon as I get downstairs, I make myself a cup of coffee.  It might seem so simple, but I get really excited about a good cup of coffee in the morning.  If the weather is nice, I might sit out on the back porch, but I usually just flip on the news or sports to get caught up.  Continue Reading »

Kalamata Olive and Sea Salt Grissini

These Kalamata Olive and Sea Salt Grissini (i.e. breadsticks)
are the perfect pre-dinner appetizer!

These Kalamata Olive and Sea Salt Grissini (i.e. breadsticks) are the perfect pre-dinner appetizer!“A bottle of white, a bottle of red, perhaps a bottle of rose instead…”  Have I ever mentioned that I love me some Billy Joel?  I mean it takes a special artist to have top hits in the 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s.  Think about that for a second.  The music of each of those decades couldn’t be any more different, yet Billy dominated throughout.  That’s quite a feat!  The song above (“Scenes from an Italian Restaurant”) is one of my favorites, and for me it cues up the visual image of a small Italian cafe.  Continue Reading »

Baked Pumpkin Spice Donut Holes

Celebrate Autumn with these quick and easy Baked Pumpkin Spice Donut Holes!

Celebrate Autumn with these quick and easy Baked Pumpkin Spice Donut Holes!I have a slight obsession with donut holes.  Seriously.  I mean bite-sized anything is just awesome to begin with, but bite-sized donuts?  Yes, please.  (And I’m not really sure where the spelling donut vs. doughnut came from…so let’s just go with it.)

When I was a kid, I always stared in wide-eyed wonderment at the donut holes in the local bakery.  As a special treat, my sister and I would occasionally get to stop by the bakery and pick out some donuts for breakfast the next day.  Continue Reading »