My Husband Baked an Apple Crisp

December 3, 2011 - 4 Responses

Thank you Honey, it was delicious! ... It disappeared before I could take a picture, but here's a photo of the pan!

My Husband Baked an Apple Crisp

My husband baked an apple crisp;

It vanished with one bite,

And so that is the reason

That its photo’s out of sight

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Pumpkin Spice Layer Cake with Walnuts

December 1, 2011 - 4 Responses
Pumpkin Spice Layer Cake ( With walnuts); Top View!

Pumpkin Spice Layer Cake with Walnuts; Top View! More photos below!

This is the Pumpkin Layer Spice Cake, that I baked for Thanksgiving this year.  It was indeed a big hit!  The compliments really runneth over that day, for the beauty of this cake; and especially for its taste, but the real beauty, was the togetherness that made cake and all the good food complete on such a joyous Thanksgiving Day! Oh, and my mom really did get the last piece of cake; and it was all wrapped up in foil, just as it says in the poem below! …Enjoy!

    Pumpkin Spice

Pumpkin Spice is twice the fun

In layers of three instead of one

No pumpkin pie or sticky bun

Says “Thanks” like Pumpkin Spice

Pumpkin Spice is twice as nice

Friends and family share a slice

‘Walnuts neatly chopped and diced

Adorning Pumpkin Spice

Pumpkin Spice is shear delight

Frosting clings to every bite

“Last piece left!”, could start a fight

All for Pumpkin Spice

One lone slice without a claim

Alone it stands without a name

Mom’s sweet tooth won’t be the same

Without its Pumpkin Spice

Ignore the slice? Her blood might boil!

So, careful not to cause turmoil

I gently wrap it up in foil

Protecting Pumpkin Spice

Years of matriarchal grace

Reflect upon her smiling face

Who could choose a better place?

Away goes Pumpkin Spice!

                                        Written by Linda Ghostwriter

Hello, Pumpkin Spice!

Up Close and Personal

Up Close and Personal

Table Time!

Pumpkin Gingerbread Trifle and Pumpkin Spice Layer with Walnuts, side by side!

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Pumpkin Gingerbread Trifle … Now I’m Going to the Gym!

November 30, 2011 - 2 Responses


Pumpkin Gingerbread Trifle

If Pumpkin Trifle doesn’t stifle

your ability to move,

you haven’t eaten enough servings,

in which for you to prove,

                                                                     that my theory, stating

                                                                              “calories are here with us to


                                                                                          and not just on each


                                                                                                    or on each

                                                                                              Thanksgiving Day”;

                                                                                          is enough to make me


                                                                                                       and say,


                                                                                                   I’m giving in…

                                                                                                   I’m going to

                                                                                                       the gym!”

                                                                       Written by Linda Ghostwriter

Inspired by Paula Dean, here’s my version of her Pumpkin Gingerbread Trifle! In my next blog post, I will share photos of the Pumpkin Spice Layer Cake that I baked for this year’s Thanksgiving dinner, and of course I’ll have a poem as well!

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Pumpkin Brick

November 8, 2011 - Leave a Response

Pumpkin Brick

Have you ever baked a brick?

My Pumpkin Brick is great!

Rectangular, unlike a log;

It won’t roll off the plate.

Now, Pumpkin Log is nice,

And some call it a “Roll”

I chose to skip the rolling part;

Dear God, please bless my soul!

Written by Linda Ghostwriter

I call it Pumpkin Brick ... Pumpkin cake with cream cheese filling, sprinkled with confectioners sugar!

I call it Pumpkin Brick, when a small bread loaf pan is used to bake a delicious, spiced pumpkin treat, and the standard rolling technique is disregarded. The result is an unrolled, rectangular shaped “Pumpkin log” or “Pumpkin Roll”. With Mascarpone cheese filling still left from the Whoopie Pies and still tasting great … A brick can’t get better than that!           A Slice of Pumpkin Brick

Pumpkin Brick

How sweet it is.

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Pumpkin Whoopie “LOL” Pies!

October 21, 2011 - 6 Responses

Thanksgiving is coming and so are the Pumpkin Whoopie Pies! This original New England treat has gone “pumpkin” for the Thanksgiving Day holiday and if that isn’t enough to make you yell, “Whoopie”; then, read Oh My, Whoopie (“LOL”) Pie, below. You know there had to be a poem

coming! …

Oh My , Whoopie (“LOL”) Pie!

Oh my, Whoopie ( LOL ) Pie,

‘So hard to win your game.

I lose each time I crack a smile,

When mentioning your name.

Whoopie! ( LOL ) Whoopie ( LOL )

There I go again!

Thanks. Now,  I’ll have to start all over,

(Ahem.) (Ahem!)

Oh my, Whoopie ( LOL ) Pie,

Now, this is my second try.

Won’t you let my thoughts get by?

Won’t you, Whoopie ( LOL ) Pie?

Oh no … ( LOL ) ( LOL )

There I go!


Oh my, Whoopie ( LOL ) Pie,

What gives between you and I?

Can’t you see,

I just want to ask why,

You taste so sweet,

And nothing’s complete,

Without that creamy filling inside?

Oh my, Whoopie ( LOL ) Pie,

I’m NOT giving up, and

I’m NOT giving in!



( LOL ) ( LOL ) ( LOL )

Okay. You win.

                                  Written by Linda Ghostwriter   

Pumpkin Whoopie Pies with mascarpone cheese filling!

Pumpkin Whoopie Pies … forward march!

   For my Pumpkin Whoopies (lol), I simply used a King Author Flour recipe, and instead of cream cheese frosting for the filling, I used a mascarpone cheese filling, which can be tweaked to any level of sweetness. The result? Great reviews from everyone! So moist, with a soft cake goodness; the nutmeg, cinnamon and cloves pop with flavor, making this holiday treat extra spectacular! … My father really liked these, but then again, he loves practically everything I bake … ‘Love you Dad! Now, try for yourselves, these scrumptious, holiday ( and any day) delights! Enjoy!      

                                                        Linda Ghostwriter

More photos below!

A side view of my Pumpkin Whoopie Pies!

A side view !


Whoopies all wrapped up!

Airtight container!

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A Halloween Trader Joes Moment and Blood Orange Cake!

October 7, 2011 - 2 Responses
English: Slices of Blood Oranges Deutsch: Sche...

English: Slices of Blood Oranges Deutsch: Scheiben einer Blutorange (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


This is a very short, fun, personal account that I actually wrote last year, about a moment that I experienced at Trader Joes. I thought I would share it with you; because it’s that fall time of year again, and if you blink, you might just miss a moment that’s worthy of a chuckle, or ponderance; or warm, fuzzy feeling.

Moments as such, are all around us, and I simply found this to be true, on a crisp, but mild, and breezy fall day; after having made a special trip to Trader Joes to purchase Blood Orange soda, for with which to make a Blood Orange Cake…

Happy, and with bottles in hand, I am leaving Trader Joes. It is a crisp, late Friday afternoon, just two days before Halloween, and Halloween falls on a Sunday this year; but children are in costumes, many leaving from school where they had just participated in costume parties and parades. Swiftly moving with bottles now clutched to my chest, I am noticing a mother and her son are also leaving Traders Joes. She, in her workout clothes, leading at a steady aerobic pace while Son lags far behind in his fresh- out -the -bag skeleton costume; bright orange pumpkin trick-or-treat pail in hand. “Hurry”, she calls back to him, hastening her steps and motioning for Son to do the same. “I am all out of energy”, Son mutters; his pail whipping his thigh from his juvenile efforts to place one skeleton leg in front of the other.

 It is simply a moment to seize, because rarely does one witness a small child all out of energy on a Halloween weekend, and the mother full speed ahead, motioning him to hurry. It is mother and child in reverse; a purely funny scene eliciting a chuckle or two, and perhaps a ponderance to occupy the mind, but all welcoming the fall holiday season, and it’s just a Halloween Trader Joes moment to share with you …

…Now back to Blood Orange Cake.

Blood Orange Cake

In my opinion, this cake turned out moist, but a bit dense. The flavor was mainly concentrated in the frosting, which was a plus because it masked the “batter-taste” of the cake. Although the cake had a batter taste, I was still able to taste a bit of orange flavor from the soda and I had to love the moistness, but again … it is a very dense cake.

To remedy this, I suggest slicing both 9 inch cake layers in half, creating 4 round 9 inch cake pieces. In other words, make the 2 layer cake into a 4 layer cake… My thoughts are if the cake is in thinner proportions (4 layers); it will not be as dense, and will not have that “cake batter taste”. Plus, the frosting will better compliment the taste of the cake rather than mask it. The next time I bake this, I will be sure to make this cake, a 4 layer.

Also, for the frosting, I used almond extract instead of using vanilla, like the recipe called for. The almond extract made the orange flavor in the frosting stand out, but the next time, I think I will try using vanilla extract. I am curious to know how well the vanilla extract compliments the orange soda flavor in the frosting. Vanilla or almond? It’s a personal call. When in doubt, test both!

Happy Baking!

… More about Blood Orange Soda and blood oranges!     (See photo above)

I thought I would add this little tidbit for those of you who are wondering about Blood Orange soda and blood oranges. Blood Orange soda is an Italian soda originating in the United States, and known for its fruity flavor, which strives to taste like the juice of  blood oranges; oranges known for their crimson skin. The  Blood Orange soda I used was simply made from; carbonated mineral water, blood orange juice ( from concentrate), sugar, citric acid, natural blood orange flavor, and black carrot juice (for color).  There is an organic version and a non-organic version, the difference being; one has the actual blood orange juice in it, and the other (the non-organic) uses carbonated water and simple syrup. 

So, there you have it! Blood Orange soda, Blood Orange Cake, and a Halloween Trader Joes moment. Thanks for visiting!  … I haven’t yet made a final decision on what tasty treat to post yet; but trust me, it will be SWEET!   — Linda Ghostwriter

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Celebrate a Rookie…With a Football Cookie!

September 29, 2011 - One Response

Football Cookies with Dark Chocolate royal icing!

    the original smith island cake

Smith Island Cake !

Celebrate a Rookie …With a Football Cookie!                                    

Fall brings football.

Football brings rookies.

Rookies bring “bakers”,

And bakers bring cookies.

82 is his number, and he knows how to “bake”.

The story is he’s Torrey,

Baking “Smith”Island Cake!

On the field, it looks too simple,

Despite the many layers

Of sweet, Maryland goodness;

Of bitter, Philli glares.

For, he’s a Raven …Thank you, John!

“Are you ready for some Footbaaaaall?”

…A rookie to dominate,

…A cookie to celebrate,

…and fall to bring it all.

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Sweet Boston ( Boston Cream Pie )

September 21, 2011 - 2 Responses
Boston Creme Pie with a raspberry flower design

Boston Cream Pie with a raspberry flower design


Sweet Boston (Boston Cream Pie)

 Sweet Boston,

Are you a cake or a pie?

I often ask why

You dazzle me so

Is it for show?

So creamy and thick

Your appearance does trick

For are you a dream

Of sweet pastry cream

Light, satiny smooth …

And extreme?

Yes, it’s you that I taste

Dark ganache on your face

Making hard, your outer shell

And making all haste

 Of eyes that feast upon

Your bittersweet coat

Of mouths that scream,

“I won’t, I won’t, I …”

Oh, you tease me, Sweet Boston Cream

I can’t resist your ways

Like sin, you win

Making short my slim days,

And the innocent haze that use to gaze over

                …sweet Boston

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