Sunday, November 27

Grandma Coy's Caramel Chocolate Bars

This recipe came from my mother-in-law Coy. She cut it out of a magazine years and years ago and had been making them for holidays and her grandkids ever since. My son Daniel especially loved these delicious cookies and Coy always made sure to bring him a special container of his own.

Sadly, Coy recently passed away, so I wanted to share her cookie legacy and recipe.

An easier version of this recipe uses a 12-ounce jar of caramel ice cream topping mixed with flour in place of the 42 caramels, but I haven't tried it yet.
I for one like an easier version of a recipe as long as it doesn't compromise the taste.

Friday, November 18

Salted Caramel Pumpkin Cheesecake

I had a request to do a blog post on this cheesecake (yea, it's that good). 

I found the original recipe for this decadent cheesecake in a Paula Dean Cookbook , but for time and convenience sake, I made a few small changes to make it a little easier.
For one, I use a pre-made graham cracker crust and I use a bottled caramel sauce. I also add a little vanilla.  We love our Homemade Vanilla.
And I'm sure using real caramels would taste better but I usually just don't have the time to spend an hour melting them!
But even with the changes, this has become one of our favorite desserts for Thanksgiving! Everyone just loves it and there's usually none left over.

Thursday, November 3

Maple Leaf Quilt Block

I'm in the middle of sewing a Farm Quilt, using patterns from Lori Holt's quilt book, Farm Girl Vintage.  I'm making the quilt blocks that relate to my own little farm, like a bee, black cat, chicken, strawberry, pumpkin, tractor, etc.

I have multiple sugar maple trees and in late winter I tap those trees to make real maple syrup. So, of course, I want a maple leaf block in my Farm Quilt.

There are many patterns out there to make a maple leaf  and I almost used the one from Farm Girl Vintage.  By the way, I love Lori Holt's books!!
But although her maple leaf is super cute and really easy to make, it's missing the top part of the maple leaf. Here is the scrappy leaf by Lori Holt (Bee in my Bonnet).