My husband and I retired from central Illinois to Florida over 13 years ago. Several times, a friend gave us grapefruit from his backyard tree. One day I was going to make a lemon pineapple gelatin salad and discovered I didn't have pineapple. So, I cut up a fresh grapefruit and used it in the salad. It was good, and I tried adding other fruits until I came up with this recipe.
Refrigerated crescent rolls and caramel ice cream topping make these yummy, gooey treats a snap to assemble. I used to whip up a huge panful for our kids when they were growing up...now our grandchildren love them, too. They are easy to reheat in the microwave for a speedy snack. Jeannette Westphal
Gettysburg, South Dakota
"I love to entertain and try new recipes, so I couldn't wait to make these chocolaty confections for the holidays," relates Joy Neustel of Jamestown, North Dakota. "They're smooth, rich and so pretty topped with pecans. No one will ever guess how easy they are to make."
Raspberry jam adds sweetness to these pretty bars from Beth Ask of Ulster, Pennsylvania. She revised the original recipe to reduce fat and calories. The end result is a treat so delicious you'll never know it's good for you.
"I discovered this yummy sweet potato recipe years ago," relates Beth Buhler, Lawrence, Kansas. "There's no need for lots of butter and sugar because the pineapple and marshmallows provide plenty of sweetness. It's a holiday favorite at our house," she shares.
At our Wisconsin farm, dessert was just as important as the main course. This idea has followed us to California, where I'm still on the lookout for good dessert recipes. This moist cake is a favorite since it's chock-full of fun ingredients like chocolate candy bars, pecans and coconut.
-Kay Hansen, Escondido, California
My family devours this lovely, special yeast bread during the holidays. The braid gives it such a festive look. I make it year-round, eliminating the candied cherries and serving it as a breakfast bread.
-Brenda Mowrey, Taylors, South Carolina
This cool, tangy salad always prompts recipe requests. It must be the combination of tart cranberries, sweet pineapple and pecans in a fluffy base. I appreciate how easy it is to prepare.
-Denise Goedeken, Platte Center, Nebraska