Oreo Graveyard Cheesecake

Monday, October 31, 2016
Probably the spookiest cheesecake you will ever eat. Hot Fudge and Oreo Graveyard Cheesecake a delicious addition to your Haunting Halloween menu.

this is a scary looking Halloween grave yard cheesecake with crushed oreo cookies on top, bones, eyes and pumpkins on top along with grave yard milano cookies with tombstone messages on them a ghoulish treat for Halloween party fun thats delicious the cheesecake is a homemade recipe from scratch from my hometown Utica New York


Halloween Italian Meatball Pumpkin Recipe

Sunday, October 30, 2016

If you want a great Halloween Meatloaf using a meatball mixture, this is it! It's fun, delicious and pumpkin looking, not scary! The kids will love it!

Remember to try this Halloween meatball Meatloaf, it's delicious and perfect for the eve of Halloween dinners!

Your favorite meatball recipe or use mine click here
Sunday sauce store bought or use mine click here
Fingerling carrots you will need two one for the stem and half for the nose
Pitted  black olive slices any kind
1 Bell pepper cut into the mouth and outer ridges of the meatball

Mix the meatball mixture. Shape into a pie plate to mound into a large ball. Add the sauce to the top of the meatball mixture. Add the stem, cut out the teeth from the pepper ring. Use some for the eyes.

Bake at 350 until the meatball is cook all the way through around an hour or more.

Happy Halloween


One big pumpkin meatball to share with the gang for the Halloween get together. Isn't he festive?

Pumpkin Pistachio Biscotti
Pumpkin Whip Dip Recipe
Glazed Pumpkin Spiced Breakfast Scones
Pumpkin Spice  Rum Cookies
Pumpkin Mini Turnovers
Baked Mini Pumpkin Donuts
French Pumpkin Mini Muffin Puffs
 Italian Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
Pumpkin Smoothie
Pumpkin Cake Mix Cookies
Pumpkin Soup
Tex Mex Pumpkin Corn Muffins
Pumpkin  and Sausage Bow Tie Pasta
Pumpkin Rum Shortcake with Caramel
Pumpkin Drop Cookies
Pumpkin Bread Pudding
Crockpot Pumpkin Spiced Latte
Pumpkin Whoopie Pies
Amaretto Pumpkin Cheesecake
Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars
Roasted Pumpkin Puree
Savory Pumpkin Cheddar Scones
Pumpkin Pie
Easy Pumpkin Cheese Pie
Best Ever Pumpkin Spice Ice Cream
Pumpkin Fritters

Baked Pumpkin Pecan Donuts


Stovetop or Slow Cooker Beer Stew Recipe

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Most of the stews I make have wine. This one I used beer and the meat just melted apart. Great tenderizer and the taste was awesome. I was pleasantly surprised on this drunken stew. Get the best crusty bread ready to dip this amazing sauce in!

all in one pan beer stew with beans, meat, potatoes in a rich tomato sauce

Beer Stew Recipe

3 pounds boneless pork, beef or chicken or venison stew meat
4 cubed potatoes
3 medium zucchini cut in cubes
2 teaspoons granulated garlic powder
salt pepper to taste
Optional: cayenne pepper for heat
2 plum tomatoes cubed or use a small can of diced tomatoes
1 cup peas
1 cup sliced or finger carrots
1 stalk celery
1 pound mushrooms
1 pound green beans cut
2 sliced bell peppers
1 teaspoon each Italian seasoning
1 - 28 ounce can crushed tomatoes 
1 - 12-ounce cans beer ( I prefer Guinness Beer)
water if needed if too thick

Saute the meat in 2 tablespoons of oil if using the stovetop method.
Brown and add everything to the pot and simmer on low for 2 hours to 3 hours or until meat falls apart.

2 tablespoons cornstarch mixed into a thin paste with water for thickening at the end ( this is for the slow cooker version)

You can use any other vegetables you like in this stew anything goes in the pot!

For the Slow Cooker Method:

Dump everything into a 5 quart or larger slow cooker.
( See note below). 

NOTE: If using a slow cooker place on high for 4 to 6 hours or low 6 to 8 hours. I also add the cornstarch to thicken it the last 30 minutes of cooking for a thicker stew.


Pumpkin Cream Dessert Recipe

Tuesday, October 25, 2016
This is the perfect dessert for a crowd. Either using a big trifle bowl or making individual dessert cups, this dessert will feed the whole gang! Creamy cheesecake filling and one the of easiest and festive desserts you will make for the season


Spice cake mix (1 package 18.25 ounce size of any brand) you can use other flavors also if you like

1 small package instant vanilla pudding
1 cup pumpkin puree
1/2 cup oil
1/2 cup water
3 eggs
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice or cinnamon

Mix all in a mixing bowl. Pour into a greased 13x9 sheet cake pan. Bake on 350 degree preheated oven to package instructions. Completely cool. Cut cake into 1 inch cubes.


1 container whipped topping to equal 2 cups or whipping cream whipped

2 packages  instant pudding cheesecake flavored (instant pudding mix)
2 cup cold milk
2 tablespoons whipped cream cheese
Beat together the pudding, cream cheese and milk till set, then fold in the whipped cream. Set aside.


1 cup crushed cinnamon graham crackers

Optional: 1/2 cup chopped pecans and 1/2 cup crushed toffee bits

Using either a huge glass trifle bowl or individual dessert cups, layer cake, pudding, cake then ending with a garnish of crushed graham crackers, pecans and toffee bits on top.


Pumpkin Spiced Caramel Latte Recipe

Sunday, October 23, 2016
Here is a soothing to say the least cup of wonderful pumpkin spiced caramel latte. So easy to make. Just blend the ingredients and microwave till hot. What more can you ask for?


Halloween Ghoulish Meatloaf Italian Style

Friday, October 21, 2016
I love making Halloween foods for the kids and young at heart and this Ghoulish Meatloaf is the perfect setting to get this party started.

Here's what I am serving up on Halloween night!

Getting the kids to eat meat sometimes isn't easy and who would have thought fun scary character food would do the trick!

This is a fun way to prepare meatloaf, especially around Halloween.

Try the recipe in individual cupcake tins also for individual servings at parties!

Fun to make and delicious to eat. Italian style of course!

This is a meatloaf decorated for Halloween to look like a scary pumpkin wiht olives and peppers for teeth for Halloween.


Hurricane Tips and Preparation

Sunday, October 9, 2016
Amazing what can be in store when a storm is coming your way.

Being prepared is key. If you are in an area that has tropical storms, this post will give you some of the important tips to follow.

From the time we moved here in 1994 until the present time, we have been through several hurricanes and seen many tornadoes, tropical storms and experienced in preparing.

Irma pounded us for more than 15 hours on 9/12/2017. Frances for 36 hours in 2004.

We experienced 20 tornado activity in Brevard county. Lots of floods, mobile homes ripped to sheds. Fish thrown from the rivers and alligators walking across the street in downtown Melbourne.

We just got our power back on and very grateful for minimal damages. God Bless Florida and pray for all with the devastation throughout the entire state.

Prepare by adding frozen plastic water bottles and containers, condensing food in our freezer to keep cold cuts, cheeses safe during the almost always counted on outages is a must.

Take them off the warmest part of the refrigerator door and freezers, add them to grocery bags and stick everything in the freezer that can spoil.

Some outages have lasted more than 12 hours and others for days.

If you are lucky to have a generator, remember to get this ready with new oil and sparks plugs before the storm hits!

I also had bread dough made ahead of time to use outside on the grill to make pizza in cast iron skillet, fried dough and the old fashioned coffee pot didn't fail me.

Perfect must-haves with no power. This was the first time we had plenty of days to prepare using the tips below.

We are all big fans of meteorologist Jim Cantore and follow him step by step.

When we see him show up in Florida, that's a telltale sure sign we are on total alert for a bad hurricane coming and we certainly do not ignore any of the advice given and take nothing lightly.

He always shows up and chases the biggest badest storms out there, we all admire his dedication and appreciate his knowledge to keep us up to date on these storms.

Anyone reading this I pray to keep us all safe and out of harm's way.

This is the house we live in before a hurricane


Blueberry Almond Scones

Sunday, October 2, 2016

I love Blueberry Almond Scones , I have made all kinds that make me smile. These were another one of those combinations I had to try. I like the ease making them, not a cake, not a bread, not really a biscuit but close. A perfect biscuit/scone to start your day or mid morning snack with a good cup of Joe.

these are a delicious homemade buttery flavored baked biscuits called scones. These have blueberries in them with a drizzle of thin frosting over the top with slivered almonds. They are usually eaten at breakfast time in European pastry shops


Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Cranberries and Balsamic

Saturday, October 1, 2016
I was so excited to serve and taste these brussels sprouts.

Did you ever make something so easy that wowed everyone?

Well, these brussels sprouts with cranberries and balsamic vinegar did just that.

First of all, besides being a totally easy recipe, I was over the moon that they were featured in "Taste of Home Magazine!"

That was a huge compliment, tried and true and was featured in their Holiday issue.

If you love brussels sprouts, just have to try these.

A little sweetness compliments these little cabbages perfectly!

One of my very favorite ways to serve brussels sprouts, a vegetable that really doesn't get enough attention.

these are mini cabbages roasted in a hot oven with spices then tossed with cranberries and balsamic for a pretty holiday colored table side dish