Making It Easier For You


With you, my wonderful readers, at the forefront of my mind, I’ve been making a few changes around here – changes that I am so excited about! A new recipe format and a mini blog facelift should help make things a little easier for you. THE BLOG: The blog has been cleaned up a bit … Read more

Nutella Sandwich Cookies


Since learning the wonder of Nutella last year, it has become a staple around our house. It hasn’t quite reached the always-available status of peanut butter (since it does cost quite a bit more), but the kids love indulging as a treat. Okay, I’ll admit, I do too. I don’t think we’ve fully managed to … Read more

Soups for the Bloggy Progressive Dinner


Soup is not just for eating around our house, it is an experience to be savored! Usually when I make soup, it is the meal along with some great homemade bread. But when entertaining, especially at Christmas time, I think there is no better way to start a meal than with a cup of soup. … Read more

Beef & Cranberry Ragout


Experimenting with new beef recipes has been on my list for years. I’m embarrassed to say that most of my beef cooking experience revolves around ground beef. It’s a shame really! My family always enjoys when I make different kinds of beef, so I think I just need to get over my fears. Even with … Read more

Lemon Poppy Seed Spirals


To me, the most important thing about a Christmas cookie is its taste. By their nature, I think most Christmas cookies look festive and yummy. And I love that! I want my cookies to look as good as they taste. Yet making an impressive looking cookie has never been a high priority to me. But … Read more

The 3rd Annual Bloggy Progressive Dinner Is Coming

A few years ago, my friend Amy had a fantastic idea to start a Bloggy Progressive Dinner. Just like a regular progressive, the Bloggy Progressive Dinner features the usual different courses being hosted at different blogs. I’v enjoyed being a part of this for the past two years and I’m so excited to be participating … Read more

Pecan Tartlets


The only time corn syrup makes an appearance in our house is when it is an absolute necessity for holiday baking. I try to substitute whenever possible, but sometimes there just isn’t a good substitute. Like when your 88 year old grandmother requests you make her a batch of Pecan Tartlets just like she used … Read more

Orange & Chocolate Checkerboard Cookies


Finally it is cookie time! I have so many great new cookie recipes to share and I’ve been counting down the days until December 1st to start sharing them. I’m planning to post at least 3 new Christmas cookie recipes a week up until Christmas Day. Typing that now, it seems like a lot. But, … Read more