Autumn Apple Goodness


It’s Catie!

Yesterday,to celebrate Veteran’s Day, my family and I decided to go All-American with our dinner. We had hamburgers with chips and dip (though hamburgers are not original to America, they are a staple!) It was all very yummy and Daddy grilled — Bonus! My role did not come in until dessert! (It’s the best part of the meal anyway!)

Keeping with the All-American theme, I was looking for something warm and filled with the flavors of Fall since the temperature outside started dropping. Thus, I turned to the humble apple crumble.

Turning to my favorite go-to cookbook, SkinnyTaste by Gina Homolka, I found the perfect recipe. This dessert turned out to be delicious and healthy!

apple pie

One hour later, we were all sitting around the TV watching Agents of Shield enjoying our warm bowls of autumn apple goodness!

Until next time,


The Laws of Physics: Cooking Challenge 2


To recap: I am, Catie, blogging in the place of my Mom this month as she completes some of her own projects. I am currently attempting a cooking challenge to help bolster my repertoire of recipes and learn some basic cooking skills. I am using the cookbook, Skinny Taste by Gina Homolka. Day one was a successfully delicious Grilled Vegetable Sandwich with Pesto Mayo.

One of my all time favorite Date Night places to go eat is the Bonefish Grill in Madison,MS. And without fail, though I may browse the menu FOR-EV-ER, I will always inevitably order the Bang Bang Shrimp.  Now that my husband and I are both in school, such Date Nights happen less frequently, but my love for this dish does not waiver.  So when I saw in my trusty cookbook, Skinny Taste, a knockoff for this very beloved meal, I knew what I must cook! Also, since this meal is particularly spicy, (hence the name “Bang Bang!”)  I thought a dessert of Watermelon Lime Granita would be just the ending we would need.

Unfortunately, there are no pictures of this delicious meal. (Yep, it was That good.)

But here is the picture from her blogsite, and I promise, cross my heart, mine looked the exact same (cough, cough).


The Bang Bang Shrimp was quick to whip together. Mix up the sauce, (mayo, hot sauce, and sweet chilli sauce) coat the shrimp in corn starch (not corn syrup–I had an almost whoopsy with that one!), cook the shrimp, mix the sauce with the shrimp, and then layer over a bowl of shredded iceberg lettuce, and red cabbage.

I’m feeling like a pro….

Until the Watermelon Lime Granita ….

Now this dessert takes 5 hours prep time. No biggie, no sweat, I got this! I blended those fruits up, I poured them into a pan, popped them into the freezer and walked away. Well, I have a suggestion to make for all the novices out there like me: if your freezer is not empty, don’t pour your blended fruit juice into a pan and then, place it into the freezer like she instructs. Instead, cover that pan with a lid, before all laws of physics break loose. I came back 2 hours later, opened the freezer and before I had opened the door an inch, WHOOSH! Watermelon-Lime-Slushy everywhere! It was all over me, all over the floor, all over the walls, every nook and cranny was coated in that pink sticky stuff! Needless to say, I became my own clean up crew for this little incident.  All that was able to be salvaged of my cooling dessert was about 1 cup full left in the pan.  My mom and I can attest to the fact that it was very tasty, but I’m not sure it outweighed the mess. (yes, I’m still a tad frosty about it! ) However, lesson learned: Items in freezer will shift when liquids are involved!

Until next time,



Friday Finds #4


I have some fun finds for you today.  Just click on the picture to visit the sites.  Happy Friday!

This peach walnut dump cake looks yummy and easy from Mostly Homemade Mom. The other recipes look really good too!

These pumpkin designs are cool from Alisa Burke.

Halloween and Fall graphics from The Graphic Fairy and don’t you love that they’re free?!

50 Fantastic Halloween and Fall Graphics  //  The Graphics FairyAwesome and inexpensive Halloween crafts from Better Homes and Gardens — I think this wreath looks really easy to make.

Sophisticated Swarm Wreath

I think this idea from My Soulful Home is really clever.

Pumpkins from Scrubbing pads a repurpose http://mysoulfulhome.comBlessings,


“Then I was the craftsman at his side.  I was filled with delight day after day, rejoicing always in his presence,”  Proverbs 8:30  NIV Bible

Vicky’s Chocolate Sheet Cake Recipe


In addition to the many sweet benefits I’ve received from having a daughter-in-law, I’ve also received an unexpected one: a wonderful chocolate sheet cake recipe from her mother.  I don’t have a great track record with making cakes and I was in need of a recipe.  Vicky came to my rescue.  Along with the recipe, she sent this note; “It is a very easy cake and everybody loves it!”  She is absolutely right.  The cake is devoured at my house.  Enjoy!

chocolate cake 1

Vicky’s Chocolate Sheet Cake

2 cups self-rising flour

2 cups sugar
2 sticks butter or margarine, softened

1 cup water
3 heaping Tbsp cocoa

1/2 cup buttermilk
1 tsp vanilla

2 eggs, beaten

Mix flour and sugar in bowl and set aside. In saucepan, place butter or margarine, water and cocoa and bring to rolling boil until the butter melts. Pour this over the flour/sugar mixture. Blend well. In small bowl, add buttermilk, vanilla and eggs. Mix together. Pour into 13 x 9 greased pan and bake for 30 mins or until test done. Pour icing over hot cake.  Add halved or chopped pecans, if desired.


1- 1 lb box (4 1/4 cups) of confectioners sugar, sifted
1 stick butter or margarine, softened
3 heaping Tbsp cocoa
1/4 c. whole milk
1 tsp vanilla

Sift confectioners sugar and set aside. In saucepan, melt butter over low heat with cocoa and milk. DO NOT BOIL!!! Pour over confectioners sugar: mix well. Pour over hot cake as soon as it comes out of the oven. Sprinkle with chopped pecans, if desired.

chocolate cake 2

This cake would make someone very happy on Valentine’s Day.  If chocolate is not your thing, you might try this wonderful Lemon Tiramisu recipe.  What’s cooking at your house?



“Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.”  Proverbs 16:24 NIV Bible

Lemon Tiramisu

Lemon Tiramisu

Do you like tart lemon desserts? I do, the pucker-ier the better!  I made a wonderful dessert for Easter evening.
I found this Lemon Tiramisu recipe in  Southern Living Magazine.  I changed it up a tad.  They made theirs in shot glasses to serve 24 people and I made mine in a large bowl.  I’ve included the links to the original recipes online and in that recipe, you will find the directions for layering the dessert into shot glasses.

Everyone at my house loved it!  I would suggest that you make the lemon curd the day before so you don’t have as much to do when you put it together. 

  • 1 (8-oz.) container mascarpone cheese 
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 2 (3-oz.) packages ladyfingers
  • 1 1/2 cups lemon curd (see recipe below)
  • 24 fresh raspberries
  • 24 small fresh mint sprigs


1. Stir together first 3 ingredients just until blended.  

2. Beat whipping cream at medium speed with an electric mixer until soft peaks form; fold into cheese mixture.

3. Layer ladyfingers into the bottom of the bowl.  Next, spoon half of the lemon curd onto the ladyfingers spreading it around. Next, layer half of the mascarpone mixture on top.  Repeat the layers once with remaining ladyfingers, lemon curd, and mascarpone mixture. Top it with raspberries and mint. Cover and chill 2 hours.  ( Mine took 1-1/2 hours.)