The Chef Next Door

Mint Brownie Pie

This Mint Brownie Pie combines two favorite flavors...chocolate and mint! Decadent and 
fudgy, this dessert is perfect for any special occasion and will satisfy any sweet tooth!
This Mint Brownie Pie combines two favorite flavors...chocolate and mint! Decadent and fudgy, this dessert is perfect for any special occasion and will satisfy any sweet tooth!
Winter has officially arrived here in Michigan. After several weeks of unseasonably warm temps, we got our first snowfall this weekend. Along with that came wind and really cold temperatures. I already feel like I'm in hibernation mode! I'll be honest with you, I've lived in Michigan my entire life but I am not a fan of winter. Although the snow is beautiful to look at, I hate being cold and I can't stand icy roads. But I suck it up and deal with it though because there are so many other things to love about our beautiful state. 

Red Velvet Cheesecake

This bright, beautiful Red Velvet Cheesecake is a luscious and indulgent dessert that's perfect for the holidays! 
This bright, beautiful Red Velvet Cheesecake is a luscious and indulgent dessert that's perfect for the holidays!
I don't know about you guys, but I am SO glad the weekend is here! I have had such a crazy week. Work has been busier than I could ever imagine, the kids are getting ready to wrap up this semester of classes, and I've got so much to do to get ready for Christmas! I've got maybe half of my shopping done...I'm so behind! Please tell me I'm not alone?? 

Cinnamon Cranberry Pull Apart Loaf

This recipe was developed in partnership with Pillsbury™ and I thank them for sponsoring this post! 
All opinions, as always, are my own.

This simple Cinnamon Cranberry Pull Apart Loaf is soft on the inside, golden brown and crunchy on the outside. 
It's perfect for breakfast or as an afternoon treat! 
This simple Cinnamon Cranberry Pull Apart Loaf is soft on the inside, golden brown and crunchy on the outside. It's perfect for breakfast or as an afternoon treat!
The holidays are quickly approaching whether we are ready or not. This year truly has seemed to fly by and it feels like it was just summer! Nonetheless, I've been in the kitchen recipe testing and starting to plan my menus. One of my favorite parts about Christmas is my parents coming over early in the morning and spending the entire day with us. We take our time opening presents while enjoying coffee and hot chocolate, then sit down to a breakfast feast. Overnight casseroles, breads, and things like baked french toast or pancakes are favorites around here. This Cinnamon Cranberry Pull Apart Loaf featuring Pillsbury™ Grands!™ Refrigerated Cinnamon Rolls with Cream Cheese Icing is not only delicious, but it's easy to make and can feed the whole family!

Mini Orange Glazed Cranberry Loaves

These Mini Orange Glazed Cranberry Loaves are tender and moist and bursting with flavor. 
It's the perfect recipe to share with friends and family this holiday season!
These Mini Orange Glazed Cranberry Loaves are tender and moist and bursting with flavor. It's the perfect recipe to share with friends and family this holiday season!
I just love the holiday season. I love everything about it, from the decorating to the twinkling lights to the baking to the time spent with family and friends. It truly is a magical time of year. One of my most favorite things is the joy of giving. At this point in my life I enjoy giving much more than receiving. I think that happens to us all as we grow older, especially if we have children. There isn't anything quite as special as watching your kids open gifts and seeing their faces light up! But giving doesn't always mean buying gifts. You can give homemade gifts, edible treats, and give the gift of your time to help others. 

Confetti Cake Ice Cream Cookie Cups

These fun and festive three ingredient Confetti Cake Ice Cream Cookie Cups are perfect for any celebration, 
or just as a special treat for family and friends!
These fun and festive three ingredient Confetti Cake Ice Cream Cookie Cups are perfect for any celebration, or just as a special treat for family and friends!
Hi friends! I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving! It's hard to believe it's come and gone, and now we are switching gears and getting into Christmas mode. We got our tree up this weekend and I'm slowly working on decorating the rest of the house. I've also been baking up a storm to get a head start on my holiday baking. Anyone else doing the same? 

Coffee Cream Scones with Coffee Glaze

Tender, moist and flavorful, these Coffee Cream Scones with Coffee Glaze are perfect 
for breakfast, brunch, or afternoon tea!
Tender, moist and flavorful, these Coffee Cream Scones with Coffee Glaze are perfect for breakfast, brunch, or afternoon tea!
Scones are one of my absolute favorite things to serve with coffee or tea. They are perfect for breakfast, brunch, and especially when you need a little afternoon pick me up. When you add espresso powder and coffee extract to the scone dough, and more coffee extract into a mouthwatering glaze to drizzle over the top, they are transformed into the most decadent treat that no one can resist! And seriously, who doesn't love to eat and drink their coffee?  

Simple Apple Tart

Celebrate fall and the upcoming holidays with this flaky and delicious Simple Apple Tart
Topped with a drizzle of caramel sauce, this is one dessert that everyone is sure to love!

I received a Stemilt Growers' Curated Box at no cost to me. All opinions, as always, are my own.
Celebrate fall and the upcoming holidays with this flaky and delicious Simple Apple Tart. Topped with a drizzle of caramel sauce, this is one dessert that everyone is sure to love!
Although I love everything pumpkin when fall rolls around, I have an equal amount of love for apples as well. It's been a tradition since my boys were little to head to our local orchard and pick apples and enjoy copious amounts of fresh cider and freshly baked doughnuts. We eat plenty of apples as snacks, but I love to cook with them as well. From savory dishes to sweet desserts, apples are so versatile and can be made into so many things!