Holiday Baking Preparation


Tomorrow marks one of my favorite days of the holiday season – the start of Christmas baking season. I’m getting a head start this year because our holiday celebrations are happening in two waves. We’ll be visiting my family in Chicago for Thanksgiving (and the exchange of Christmas presents) and then we’ll celebrate Christmas with … Read more

Pot Scrubbing 101

I absolutely love spending time in the kitchen. It’s definitely my most favorite thing right after spending time with my family. But my enjoyment focuses around cooking and baking and not the inevitable clean up that comes afterwards. In fact, I can’t get out of the kitchen fast enough when there is a sink full … Read more

Reader Questions Answered: Freezing Cookie Dough


When I wrote about one of my baking days several weeks ago, I had quite a few people ask about freezing cookies and cookie dough. I meant to answer that question much sooner, but it slipped my mind for some reason. (I’ll blame it on pregnancy brain for now, at least while I still can!) … Read more

Homemade Shamrock Shakes


Shamrock shakes are a St.Patrick’s Day tradition in our house. It used to be a drive-thru tradition where we’d hit those golden arches and order a round of shakes for all. But, for the past few years, every time we’ve tried to pick up our favorite treat, they’re sold out. And nothing makes me poutier … Read more

Blissdom Bound

Bright and early tomorrow morning, I’ll be getting on a plane heading to Nashville for the Blissdom conference. I’m excited to spend a weekend with many wonderful friends – some I’ve already met in person, some I’ve chatted with on the phone and via email for what feels like forever, and some I’ve just developed … Read more

The Importance of a Good Kitchen Knife


Until this past Christmas, I would have argued that a knife was a knife was a knife. I would have said a $10 set works just as well as a $100 set. I would have said that I was perfectly happy with my 10 year old $15 set because they got the job done. Until … Read more

A Little Bit Of Christmas


Christmas has been a little subdued at our house for the past two years. Our house has been on the market and many of our Christmas decorations are packed away in storage. So, we’ve made do with what’s on hand. Plus, there’s the fact that my father-in-law is Santa Claus. It’s virtually impossible to be … Read more

Cooking With Kids

Cooking with works for me

I think I’m finally getting all caught up on everything around here, from laundry to sending out menu plans for Stolen Moments Menu Planning. It’s definitely been a crazy two weeks. I’ve been so glad over the past few days that I have a whole plethora of quick and easy recipes to choose from and … Read more

Top 10 Freezer Cooking Recipes


Freezer cooking is probably my most valuable use of cooking during stolen moments. There is no better feeling than knowing that I have a whole host of meals to choose from in my freezer. I always slack off a little (okay, a LOT) with my freezer cooking habits in the summer. Partially it’s because the … Read more