Strawberry Layer Cake

A light fresh cake filled with fresh sliced strawberries and a classic whipped cream frosting. This one is tried and true… and you probably need it in your kitchen right away!  There’s something about the promise of warmer weather, sunshine, and longer days. There’s something that makes me feel rejuvenated, inspired, and refreshed. Perhaps that’s just the way spring works. The last few nights of frosty air and clinging with gray days looming over head. It makes for a hard wake up from this long hibernation. But there’s hope. It’s tickling at the back of my mind for fresh blooms and […]

Chocolate Twix Crunch Bars

Chances are you have some extra candy hidden around the house that you need to use up (or with a holiday approaching, are about to). Why not turn it into something new to nibble on and make these fun easy chocolate Twix crunch bars! Best part? You can customize them to whatever you happen to have laying around!  You keep telling yourself, “Things are going to slow down”… The day to day will die down and you will gain a moment to catch your breath but that moment just never seems to come. Day after day the world just keeps spinning […]

Irish Eyes Cocktail

The thing about a great cocktail is that it should be easy. Real easy. A few simple ingredients in a shaker and strain. Perfect after dinner cocktail. And this particular one is just in time for St. Patrick’s Day. With a touch of mint and some smooth Irish Whiskey this cocktail can take the place of dessert for tonight. (Or go side by side with a scoop of mint ice cream…. if you’re feeling dangerous)… When chowing down on a stout pot pie the other night (stay tuned for the recipe), someone commented that the Irish aren’t known for a […]

Classic Baklava

Let’s talk social etiquette. With all this new technology and the world being faster and more connected than ever, it’s fair to say that it’s just not the same as it used to be. Nothing is the same. We are able to form friendships across oceans over night, stay in contact, and keep up to date itineraries with everyone. We are also able to watch and sit in a silent world of constant perfection curated. We are able to filter what we see and who see’s what all of the time. The world is rapid and quick fire and it’s amazing. […]

Skinny Stuffed Shells

Sweater season is coming to a close… or at least I am telling myself that. But there are some comforts I am never giving up. And this version of stuffed shells on the skinny let’s me have my joy and eat it too. There’s something about homemade food. It’s just better. Some nights its easier to grab something on the way home. Some night’s it’s just nice to go out. But homemade wins here, 99% of the time. Pasta is one of those dishes I rarely order out. I always feel like it’s crazy expensive for what you are getting. […]

Chocolate-Cinnamon Coffee Cake

A simple and sweet moist coffee cake loaded with the bonus of hazelnuts and chocolate. Perfect for breakfast or dessert.  No one tells you being an adult is going to be fun. You see all the big kid pictures, the rock, the home, the countless hours spent climbing the ladder to put food on the table, and everyone seems to forget to tell you how fun it is going to be. They don’t warn you that asparagus, coffee and beets are going to make your pee stink and that one day you are going to learn all about ingrown hairs […]

New Orleans Special Cocktail

Last Tuesday was the big old celebration down in New Orleans. A city that has been on my bucket list for years. Not for the party, but for the history, culture and most of all the food. I know that there are still a lot of places rebuilding from the destruction of Hurricane Katrina, but someday, I want to see it… I have a feeling it may be one of those places that I could have a serious love affair with… Bet it would be kinky too. We celebrated Mardi Gras by tossing beads at one another and getting fancy in […]

Baked Croissant French Toast

Layers of buttery croissants are the base for this maple caramel laced baked French toast breakfast.  There’s only a few ways to go big for breakfast. One, going out. There’s just something about it that makes me happy. It’s a ridiculous indulgence that I love every once in a while. Two, getting up and attacking the kitchen in your pajamas. You know, going big at home. I’m not talking scrambled eggs and a toasted bagel or a bowl of yogurt with some Honey Bunches of Oats. I’m talking making a real deal sit down together before life gets crazy breakfast, […]

Hot Cocoa Cake

This is a double-decker classic chocolate cake with a fun marshmallow creme center and smooth chocolate frosting, polished off with a mountain of marshmallows and a dusting of cocoa powder. Just like a perfect cup of cozy hot chocolate, this cake is fun and will bring a smile to your face, even on the coldest winter nights.   It’s the middle of winter. The threat of snow lingers on the tip of the newscasters tongue every single morning. The skies have been 95% grey for weeks. But, winter has it’s bonuses. Hoodies. Right? Snuggling… yeah, I’m starting to like this. Ridiculous […]

Oven Roasted Fall Veggie Risotto

Are you already planning a killer at home Valentine’s Day dinner, or will you be spending the night out with someone special? Valentine’s Day falls on Saturday this year which means two things – I will have time to actually make dinner and I won’t be wanting to deal with everyone else out at the restaurants! Weekends and I just don’t get along when it comes to dining out. So, I guess this one is on me! When it comes to special meals, I love the plotting and scheming. I love planning a menu and coming up with a really […]

Noshing Local: Station Taproom, Downingtown PA

There’s nothing like a tiny restaurant, sitting on a corner in a small town. There’s something about these tiny gems that exude character… Not to mention, the menu’s are normally pretty darned good too…. A friend of mine introduced me to this little gem, The Station Taproom in Downington, Pennsylvania, one day for brunch. And I was knocked out of my socks. The tiny crowded bar was packed with people for breakfast and the meal was amazing. I had the best huevos rancheros…ever. Naturally, I had to come back for dinner to see what the Station Taproom could really throw […]

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Pancakes

When is the last time you had a weekend off? I mean like… off. No commitments. No house that needs to get cleaned so bad that you devote an entire day to chores and laundry. No birthday parties, kids events, social obligations, barbecues, family dinners, or anything. Like… a weekend off. To do anything you want? Because… It’s time to make time for one. Maybe it’s a spontaneous weekend getaway or a stay-cation in your jammies snuggling? Maybe it’s building a snowman or a long hike in the woods. Whatever it is… it’s time for a down to earth break from […]

Slow Cooker Coconut Rice Pudding

As I type this we are bracing for what may or may not be the storm of the season in my region, but truth, I think we are going to get really lucky compared to some other areas about to have a ton of snow and harsh winter weather. However, I do have my cozy socks on, hot tea on standby, and everyone ready for some serious snow day nothingness. Ah… snow days. It’s like a super awesome freebie where you can do anything you want. Sit in your PJs and read comics all day? Yep. Tear through the house […]

Smoked and Salted Almond Brownies

I am all kinds of late and wrong, as Handsome and I don’t watch much TV (ditched cable last this winter), but we have discovered some of the shows you can watch thanks to the interwebs and are obsessed with Rome right now. It’s only 2 seasons long, which is all the perfect sort of commitment for me. I love the play on history and what not, but really I am in it for the two side characters (and based on just how much screen time they get, we aren’t alone). I should pause to mention now that I am […]

Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

kind of There’s a way to write a food post… food blog. Whatever you wanna call ‘em. There’s the to the point, don’t mess with the science, this recipe is perfect and here are all of the reasons why. And that’s cool if that’s your sort of thing (and if that were the case, welcome, you won’t find any of that here). And then there’s the random text that leads to a slamming recipe that you are licking your lips over while giggling to yourself of some inane story being shared with you while you squeaked in 5 minutes to […]

Classic New York Cheesecake

Classic, smooth, and perfect every single time, this recipe for a Classic New York Cheesecake is a hit at any dessert bar.  All things in life come in multiple formats. There are the sparkly versions of everything, covered in glitz and glitter, then there are the same exact things, toned down and done simply. Beauty and enjoyment can be discovered in both versions of anything if you are willing to explore,willing to take a leap and try variations of things that may be out of your comfort zone. Personally, I am not a glitz and glitter kind of gal. Growing […]

Noshing Local: High Cotton, Greenville SC

There’s a quaint little restaurant sitting South Main Street in Greenville, South Carolina that has a lovely view of the river rolling through the center of town as you sit and dine. It’s a quiet sort of place with infused cocktails and a stellar menu that highlights simple dishes with amazing flavor. Whether for a simple date night or for a fun couples night out, High Cotton is an establishment, among many, that you have got to try while visiting Greenville. While there, we enjoyed a fun appetizer of Mystery Peppers, where you aren’t sure how much heat the next bite will […]

Gingerbread Pancakes

Get festive! It’s Gingerbread Pancake time!  Are you in final countdown mode? The holiday’s are upon us with only a few more days to go before we are ringing in the new year and starting all over again. Hard to believe 2014 is almost over! Our house, not prepared. Soooo not prepared. After a long flight back from Cambodia last weekend, we decided to tough it out and go to the mall to do some last minute gift shopping. On top of the reverse culture-shock, the crowds, the noise, the hustle and bustle, we really only accomplished one thing, ice […]

Dark Moon Cocktail

12 Days of Cookies and Cocktails  Sometimes I forget my age. Coffee is still a very adult drink. One served to the grown ups at the end of a meal or before work. And now that I when I need to prove just how grown up I am to myself, I occasionally order a coffee. (Which no lie, has turned into a rapid love affair with caffeine). I found, that like most things with being an adult, I didn’t like it right away but learned I had to have it just my way to really enjoy it. This… this is […]

Classic Snickerdoodle Cookies

12 Days of Cookies and Cocktails  Sometimes all you need is a very simple, very basic hit for that sweet tooth. And these cinnamon coated cookies are perfect to kick that sugar craving in the booty. If you have never tried a Classic Snickerdoodle, you really should. They are a simple sugar cookie rolled in a cinnamon sugar combo before being baked. Bonus, make the cinnamon sugar mix in bulk and have it on hand for a wonderful addition to breakfast toast from time to time (this was a much loved family staple growing up in our house) or sprinkle […]

Holiday Shopping with Sesame Gifts

Have you seen those new fun boxes that are filled with awesome stuff delivered right to your home? They have one for everything, comics, clothes, crafts, pet toys, and I’m pretty sure even razors. Most of the time you subscribe and are unsure of exactly what you are going to get every month. Sometimes though, you have want to send something knowing exactly what’s inside – and that’s where Sesame Gifts come’s in. Sesame Gifts is a fun little app that you can download on your iPhone or Android device and shop for uniquely theme’d boxes filled with hand selected […]

Peanut Butter Cookies with Chocolate Chunks

The 12 Days of Cookies and Cocktails Truth, I am writing this post in Cambodia right now and finding really hard to switch from hiking all over ancient temples with really awesome children to writing about these delicious cookies waiting for me at home…. With that in mind… There is nothing more classic than the peanut butter chocolate combo. When you are whipping out the holiday baking list, I love to make sure there is a variety, just in case you know a person who has allergies, or just doesn’t like cinnamon or jam in their cookie choices. But if […]

Campfire Crunch Cocktail

The 12 Days of Cookies and Cocktails There’s a time and place for getting cozy. I’m talking downright comfy with over-sized sweaters, a crackling fire place and someone to rub noses with. A big throw blanket and some fuzzy socks. Dang, I think I’m starting to talk myself into this.  And here is the perfect cocktail for those cozy nights. A Campfire Crush. With a little Jack Daniels, Kahlua and  cream, this is a sweet sip that will go to your head if you don’t sit back and take it slow. So, grab that book you have been eyeing up […]

Russian Tea Cake Cookies {Pecan Snowballs}

  The 12 Days of Cookies and Cocktails These little Russian Tea Cake Cookies bring back childhood memories in just two bites. Also known as pecan snowballs, perfect round sugar coated cookies are perfect for your next cookie tray. Russian tea cake cookies… I don’t think I knew such a thing even existed until I was an adult. My dad makes the best chocolate chip cookies ever. And his chocolate peanut butter ones are a must have. I recall rolling sugar cookies with him a few times as a child too… but these light melt in your mouth perfect little […]

Chocolate Brownie Cookies

 The 12 Days of Cookies and Cocktails These chocolate brownie cookies are for the chocolate lover in your life. They are rich and decadent. A cookie to be savoured bite by bite.  Is your home trimmed for the holidays? Or are you calling it this year. Do you wait until Christmas Eve to put up the tree? Is your house covered in lights with every stocking hung and every branch on the tree trimmed? Normally, our house is trimmed. A tree is falling and the stockings are hung. Every knock and cranny has a bit of garland or reindeer in […]

Pear-Ginger Rum Runner Cocktail

The 12 Days of Cookies and Cocktails Looking for something with a little kick this season? Give this pear rum runner a try and see if that doesn’t get the party started!  The week is winding down, the days are really short, and there are a million things still to be done. With all that’s going on and the clock always racing, tick tock, I think we need to take five. Let me just hand you a little cocktail right about now, kick off those shoes, make yourselves comfy and let’s just unwind for a minute. That to do list […]

Chocolate Chip Shortbread Cookies

The 12 Days of Cookies and Cocktails Mix up the cookies this season with this melt in your mouth chocolate chip shortbread cookies. Two perfect cookies in one bite.  There is something about the holiday season that brings out the kid in us. Just the idea of twinkling lights and garland, hot cocoa and carols. All I want to do is be cozy and watch the classics. I want to watch the Santa countdown and snuggle. We don’t have kids, so really I have no excuse other than that I really just like to rock out with my holiday tunes […]