Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Fall, Crisp Air, Warm Food, and Big News.

It's Fall in Florida!
Fall is here and I am so excited.  Even here in Florida, the weather starts cooling down and the decorations go up.  I always decorate for fall and try to get that "fall feeling."  Both inside and outside are decorated and ready to celebrate fall events and Thanksgiving.  I begin to burn those fall scented candles and air sprays.  There are also foods that I pretty much reserve for fall...don't really know why I do that...but, there are dishes I only make in the fall.  

Gammy's Apple Tart

Exciting things are happening this year.  I will have a very special announcement to make very soon and I am so excited.  So stay tuned and keep checking in to learn what that is.  Also, next Monday, I will be doing a guest appearance on the local Morning Television Show, The Morning Blend.  So excited about that.

Mississippi Mud

Hope you enjoy fall as much as I do.  The posts will start coming more often to share ideas with you for fall and then the most exciting time of the year, Christmas!

Fall Decor
What do you love best about fall?  I would love to hear from you to find out.  Please leave a comment below telling me what your favorite thing about fall.

My Front Porch

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Happy Fall,


  1. How fun and exciting, I know your news will be worth waiting for. My favorite thing about fall is the weather turning cooler, lighting a fire and snuggling up with a cup of coffee and a good book

  2. So excited to hear the great news. I love fall, the cool weather makes me want to make hot apple cider. I love the earth tones of fall colors. Happy Fall to you to Debbie.

  3. Lovely fall decorations Debbie! I love fall too! It is so short lived here, but the tree colors right now are in full display!

    I love your food fall cooking photos too. The Grammy's Apple Tart is one recipe I would love to have.

    So excited to hear our news--I will be watching and waiting! :-)

    Best wishes always,

    Donna Bardocz

  4. LOVE LOVE LOVE! When I was in Florida, I didn't really decorate for fall. Now that I'm in NC, I just love it. As someone who grew up with no change in seasons, my most favorite thing is the leaves changing color. It's just breathtaking. Love your decorations Debbie :) Love you!


Strawberry Heaven

“The “Debbie” recipe – the recipe that is authentically me.
My absolute favorite dessert recipe.”
All I ever talk about loving is strawberries. I am to strawberries as Paula Deen is to potatoes and butter.
When thinking about my absolute favorite dessert, it had to combine cheesecake, strawberries, and chocolate. Chocolate covered strawberries to be exact!!! So I developed a pie that features all my weaknesses. I love a regular pie crust instead of graham cracker so I have used pie crust, topped with a luscious layer of Kraft Philadelphia Ready-to-Eat Cheesecake Filling, followed by 1 pound of ripe, juicy strawberries enveloped in strawberry glaze topped with creamy, dreamy Cool Whip, and followed by 6 GIANT chocolate covered strawberries. This pie would be a strawberry lovers’ most decadent dream. It is mine…now you know what I dream about.

Strawberry Heaven
Prep time: 50 minutes Cook time: 9 minutes
Serves 6 - 8
1 refrigerated pie crust
1 ½ c. Kraft Philadelphia Ready-to-Eat Cheesecake Filling
2 lbs. of strawberries
14 oz. strawberry pie glaze
8 oz Cool Whip
¾ c. semi-sweet chocolate chips

1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
2. Place pie crust in pie pan and flute edges. Bake at 450 degrees for 9 minutes.
3. Cool pie crust at room temperature for 10 minutes and follow in freezer for 10 minutes to cool quickly.
4. While pie crust is cooking and cooling, prepare other ingredients beginning with strawberries. Wash strawberries, core, and slice in half. Save 6 LARGE strawberries for top of pie. Eat a few and enjoy them while you are working so hard. Save enough for the pie.
5. Melt chocolate chips in microwave for approximately 1 minute stirring every 20 seconds. Dip 6 large strawberries in chocolate about ¾ of the way up the strawberry. Place a piece of parchment paper on a plate and cool the strawberries on the paper in the freezer.
6. After the pie crust comes out of the freezer, spread the cheesecake filling directly on top of crust.
7. Place strawberries directly on top of cheesecake and pour strawberry glaze over strawberries.
8. Pipe Cool Whip over strawberries and glaze and top with chocolate covered strawberries. Place in freezer for approximately 15 minutes and serve. Refrigerate any leftovers.

Strawberry Heaven

Strawberry Heaven
This pie is for the true Strawbery ADDICT and lover.

Mounds of Joy Whipped Pie

Using My Blog

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