Oatmeal Cut-Out Cookies

Besides being my first recipe of 2015, this crunchy oatmeal cookie was another first as well. It was the first thing I baked in my new oven!

Looking Forward to 2015

The highlights from 2014 are fun to remember, but today I want to talk about 2015. The hope, the promise, the butt-slimming goals.

December 2014 Wrap-Up

And just like that, 2014 was over. I can’t believe how fast December went. The whole year is kind of a blur, to tell you the truth.

Top Posts of 2014

This is the time of year where I reflect back on what has happened during the past year. In this post I will share the top ten reader favorites and the top ten family favorites of 2014.

Christmas Morning Punch

And yes, I will be drinking this on Christmas morning. And Christmas Eve morning. And the day before that. And the day before that.

Pesto Almonds

Pesto lovers unite! Fresh basil and parmesan cheese give these almonds a wonderfully unique flavor that you will love to serve at parties and get togethers!

Gingerbread Hot Cocoa

Did you know that hot chocolate and hot cocoa are not the same thing? All these years, I’ve been using the phrases interchangeably, and it turns out there is a difference.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

What is peanut butter without chocolate? Well, still fabulous, actually, but it’s hard not to throw some chocolate in there.

Almond Joy Fudge

I’m sure there are plenty of fun and fancy ways to add coconut and almonds to fudge. But seriously, I was having one of those what-can-I-throw-together-in-5-minutes kind of days. And it worked out perfectly!

Gingerbread Cupcakes with Chai Spiced Frosting

I will take any excuse to make gingerbread baked goods. Like, it’s December. Or it’s cold outside. Or it’s Tuesday.

November 2014 Wrap-Up

November started with Cookie Week, which gave me a good excuse to share three holiday cookie ideas with you, and it ended with one of my favorite appetizers of all time… stuffed mushrooms. All in all, I would call that a good month.

Artichoke Stuffed Mushrooms

I was afraid to introduce my kids to artichokes, but if you’re looking for a meat-free appetizer, these babies are IT! I think I ate half the batch all by myself.

Plums and Ginger

I think plums get a bad rap. It’s too bad too because plums are unequivocally badass. Asians eat them all the time and they always look younger than they are. I took a page out of Eastern philosophy when I imagined this little creation and frankly, it too, is badass.

Fudge-Filled Walnut Cookies

Making a fudge filled cookie has become one of my favorite compromises. I still get the fudge I love, but just a little bit nestled inside a cookie.

Flavored Syrups for Drinks

I made four different flavors, and I did that because I ran out of time to make six. You could literally use just about any fruit you wanted to flavor these syrups. Citrus fruits like lime, lemon, tangerine, or orange work exceptionally well.