I’ve started this post more times than I can count, and every time the words have fallen short of what I’ve tried to express.

My husband thinks I shouldn’t write about this yet; that it’s too fresh, too raw, and I should post like nothing happened.  But this space isn’t a place for me to plaster nice pictures and pretend that my life is caramel sauce-sweet all the time.


This past weekend, and the weeks to come will be difficult for me.  My Nana passed away last Friday, and even typing those words is enough to bring tears to my eyes.

I was very close to her; we spoke every week and I had been visiting her on my own since college.  She supported me in every aspect of my life, and was thrilled when I started this blog, even though her dial up connection afforded her a very limited access of the Internet.


Still, she would print out my recipes and put them up around her kitchen, despite the fact that she lived alone and rarely cooked special things for herself.


She was a dynamite lady, sharp witted and stubborn, but kind, caring and selfless.  She was a sweetheart and I miss her more and more as time passes.

But before I get too wrapped up in emotions I can’t push away, let me quickly introduce this caramel sauce. I know my Nana would have loved it.  Rich and full-bodied with warm spices and pumpkin puree, this caramel is a fabulous treat that tastes amazing on just about everything.


Share some with someone you love this holiday season.

One Year Ago: Pumpkin Pie Pancakes


Adapted from Cook Like A Champion