Category Archives: holiday

mommies mummy muffin pizzas

What better way to celebrate Halloween than with this childhood favorite? I can remember making English muffin pizzas as a little girl standing on a stool in my grandparents kitchen. They’re a simple, no frill dinner that everyone loves! Add this spooky twist and you dinner is sure to be ghoulishly gobbled up! Here is Mommies Mummy Muffin Pizzas.

A childhood classic with a spooky twist!

A childhood classic with a spooky twist!

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mini apple pumpkin pies with blueberry swirl

Pumpkin pie has always been one of my favorite autumn treats. The sweet spices mixed with hearty pumpkin flavor make for the perfect filling. This is a quick and tantalizing for the taste buds recipe. It combines my son’s favorite fruit, blueberries, with the fall favorite. And because they’re bite sized, you can pack them for little ones lunches 🙂 Check out my Mini Apple Pumpkin Pies with Blueberry Swirl.

Classic Pumpkin with a twist

Classic Pumpkin with a twist

Bite sized pumpkin pies

Bite sized pumpkin pies

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pumpkin spiced french toast bake

Ah, ’tis the season for pumpkin spice. From lattes to linguini, the options are endless. This year I attempted homemade pumpkin spice so I always have some on hand! And odds are, you already have the ingredients in your pantry.

The first recipe? A twist on our family favorite french toast. The original recipe came from an inn in Cape Cod years ago but with a few small changes is transformed into an autumn masterpiece. It’s such a prefect brunch bake since you make it the night before and just pop it in the oven in the morning! 30 minutes later you have this Pumpkin Spiced French Toast Bake.

Homemade pumpkin spice is twice as nice!

Homemade pumpkin spice is twice as nice!

My little guy loves the whisking!

My little guy loves the whisking!

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pizza fritta with powdered sugar…bringing the San Gennaro home

It’s my favorite time of year again…the San Gennaro festival in NYC’s little Italy! It’s a tradition for my husband and I to go every year. Last year was Luca’s first visit and while he slept through most of it, his dad and I had a blast! This year with a newborn and a newly walking toddler however, it was a bit harder to get down to Mulberry Street so I decided to bring the festival to us! Since sausage and peppers, braciole, and seafood salads are already staples in our house, I decided to try something a little different…and deep fried! Here’s a fun recipe that takes some time to rise but involves very little work. Check out my Pizza Fritta with Powdered Sugar!

Perfection!

Perfection!

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grandma zam’s banana jelly muffins

There are some nights when I’ve got a big pot of sauce on the stove, meatballs in the oven, and am tossing a salad in catalina dressing when I think about my great grandmother. She left us a few years ago but I think about her often, especially as I share my time in the kitchen with my son. In honor of my Gramps birthday yesterday, here is a recipe that I have tried to perfect to taste like her’s and I’ve gotten it fairly close. It’s a great breakfast treat or afternoon snack, and it always reminds me of her 🙂 Here is Grandma Zam’s Banana Jelly Muffins.

These sweet treats pack a tasty surprise in the center that the kids (big and little!) in your house will love!

These sweet treats pack a tasty surprise in the center that the kids (big and little!) in your house will love!

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tri-berry lattice pie

“Snozzberries? Who ever heard of a snozzberry?” That’s how I actually felt when I acted cool and calm purchasing a pint of gooseberries from a local farm this past weekend. While I looked like I was on a mission for them, I’ve actually never encountered a gooseberry in my life! But here’s the thing…they were packing purchases in these great reusable grocery bags that I just had to have! (I know, I know!) So here’s what I found…

These small green berries pack a sweet bite and are often used in pies, tarts, or jams. Since I’d only bought a pint, I decided to mix them with some more traditional fruit fillings like strawberries or blueberries and bake (eek!) a pie. The addition of a squeeze of lemon juice brightened the flavors and a little whipped cream never hurt! If you can’t find gooseberries, just replace them with an extra 2 cups of one of the others. Here’s my Tri-Berry Lattice Pie.

Strawberry, Blueberry, Gooseberry Lattice Pie

Strawberry, Blueberry, Gooseberry Lattice Pie

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sunny days, a recipe to sweep those clouds away!

My son recently turned one and oh what an extravaganza it turned out to be! Our simple backyard barbecue quickly spiraled into an event that made you feel as though you were talking a walk down the actual Sesame Street set. After months of planning every detail, down to the “Rubber Ducky Punch,” it was a great time had by all and other than my handsome little guy, the star of the show was my Sesame themed cupcake/cake tower. Yes, it would have been easier to buy a cake, but I saved a ton of money by doing them myself and I absolutely loved the way they came out! Anyone who has read my blog before knows I am NOT a baker, but follow a few step-by-step directions and you’ll be sweeping the clouds away with these sweet treats in no time at all!

Sesame Street Cupcakes

Sesame Street Cupcakes

The second *sweetest* thing of the day!

The second *sweetest* thing of the day!

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