Grandaddy’s Fudge

Grandaddy’s Fudge was one of those favorite childhood memories that always surfaces as the weather starts to turn cooler. Or, for the past few years, as I see on the news that the weather is turning colder in the rest of the country. 😉
I haven’t made fudge in a few years and that might be because Puerto Rico it never cools off and it just doesn’t feel right. But this Fall we are up in DC and it is a brisk 45 degrees out this morning, the perfect weather to inspire all the fall favorites to be pulled out of the recipe box!
This recipe is loosely based on the recipe that is found on the jar of Kraft Marshmallow cream, but in the late 80’s they change the recipe. Grandaddy’s was based on the original version then as Grandaddy’s do, he tweaked it. 😉

Raspberry Almond Coffeecake with Cream Cheese filling

This is an easy, delicious coffee cake that I started making right after Tavis and I were married. I was in the full on “homemaker” mode and trying to show off my skills.
As yummy and quick as this coffee cake was to throw together, combined with my other “homemaker” concoctions I was mixing up, I had to set this recipe aside when we started to remove white flour and sugar from our diet due to… clothes starting to not fit…
Last week I had this desire to revive this oldie but goodie right after Tavis and I finished a 5 mile run…

Grandma’s Gingerbread Cookies

So this is Tavis writing… Normally my contribution to Leaving The Rut is editing some of Ashley’s pictures, taste testing, continually telling Ashey that she needs to get some “new content up” and generally being a supportive cheerleader :). Today however, I was compelled to sit down and actually make a physical contribution to “our” (mostly Ashley’s) growing blog… “Why?” you may ask, am I using my almost metaphysical powers of composition today? Especially for gingerbread cookies??? Well, simply stated… I got the look…
Ashley has had a lot of fun over the last year putting this blog together and the numbers are growing, I mean they are really growing…

Pumpkin Pie Spice Puppy Chow

In the Fall spirit, I put together my own version of Pumpkin Spice Puppy Chow to share with you guys today. I don’t normally experiment with recipes… I like things that I know work… but I tried this recipe out on a few friends and they loved it so I figured I would share it with you fine folks. Here is what you will need: 6 cups Chex Cereal… I think that the cinnamon version would be best but I used the plane stuff and it was great!!
1 Bag of white chocolate chips
1 stick of butter
1/2 cup peanut butter
1 tsp vanilla
1 box of powder sugar
2 Tbs pumpkin pie spice

To Bundt or not to Bundt… Why should you use a Bunt pan?

I have gotten a number of questions lately about fluted pans, so I wanted to talk a little about why this type of pan is so important to the type of cake that you are making. Many people have been asking, “Can I bake a pound cake in a regular round cake pan?” The short answer is, yes you can… but it won’t turn out as well. I am a “why” person… and I figure some of you might be as well, so lets go into a little more detail.

First of all, there are several types of fluted pans. For the sake of this discussion we will call them a “bundt pan” (the patented name by Nordic Ware) and an “angel food cake pan” (or tube pan). They each have different qualities and different situations that they should be used.

No Bake Cookies

Two of my weaknesses are chocolate and peanut butter… but when they are combined it is more than double trouble for me. This is one of my very favorite cookie recipes but I have limited when I make them to times that I can take at least half of the batch to someone else and […]

The Best Strawberry Shortcake EVER!!

The Best Strawberry Shortcake Ever has to start with The Best Pound Cake Ever… or things just wouldn’t work out right, your strawberry shortcake would turn out good… but who wants just “good” when you can have the best ever!! So head over and make yourself some of great-grandma’s poundcake then we can get on to […]

Easy Monkey Bread

I didn’t realize that this was an “easy” monkey bread recipe until I started reading other recipes and sow how involved they were. This takes me about 10-12 minutes from the fridge into the oven and is DELICIOUS! I made this last minutes this week to take to a bible study. I generally do not have any self-control when it comes to monkey bread so I always make sure to take it where I can share it and not bring it back home with me. 😉
2 large cans of refrigerated flakey biscuits (16oz)
1 cup brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
3/4 cups of butter (1 and a half sticks)
1/2 cup chopped nuts (optional)

The Best Pound Cake EVER!!!

So this is by far the BEST pound cake that you will ever have… I have no idea of the origins of this recipe except to say that it came from my great-grandmother and she was a southern woman who knew her cooking!! The pound cake got its origins when people did not write down […]