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 […]

Cherry Cheesecake Cookies

The 12 Days of Cookies and Cocktails  Winter has crept in. People are decking their halls and jingling under the mistletoe. The year is traveling towards the final sprint at an enraging speed and there are only 30 swift days to scratch off any lingering goals on the list. Perhaps it’s the shorter days that lead to lethargic nights that have me sitting and thinking. Maybe it’s the 97 things I am disappointing I didn’t scratch off the list this year. Maybe it’s the 102 unexpected accomplishments that I am not allowing myself to consider a rewarding enough win. Whatever it […]

How To Create the Perfect Cheese Plate

At the end of the day, when the dishes are drying and the wine bottles are empty, the house is hushed with only the soft subtle background music lingering softly and is once again empty of the buzz of the guests… That’s the moment when you can sit back and digest the few quick hours that just escaped you. The reason you prepped dishes, fought for parking spots at crowded markets, made sure the bathroom was spotless, and even made your dog prance around in his adorable bandanna. This moment, those shared laughs, the smiles, the stories. Those are the […]

Apple Pie Waffles

Ever wondered the secret to an amazing morning? Have you always hated those people that just always seem to start the day off right? Want to know their secret? Do you covet the key to sunrise success? Well, I have it right here for you. It’s a simple one step process. Make these apple pie waffles. Not later, not tomorrow. Now. Bam, instant morning happiness. Brush off the pile of dirty dishes and look at that perfect pile of wholesome homemade goodness. Feel accomplished. This is the true power of doing. I mean, you totally just rocked that. The family […]

Chipotle Cheddar Mashed Potatoes

Lately, I have been all about mixing things up. Trying new things. Branching out and really being unafraid to taste test everything. I started rock climbing this year, took a painting class this week, went kayaking, did a crazy hanging arm fitness kick boxing class with a friend, ate pizza with another foodie at a random stop in North Carolina, did a photoshoot, zip lined over a gorge, ate yogurt in Seattle, so on and so forth. Pretty much if its an option, I’m giving it a go. You know why? Because I can. And, because you never know what you […]

Seattle Food Tour & Boozy Sweet Potato Pie Milkshake

And a Seattle Weekend Recap A few months back Peabody, Erin and I tossed out the idea of a weekend get together, and since I am all about random acts of awesome lately, we made it happen. So, what happens when you put 3 totally hot food bloggers with only one man and a puppy in a mecca of organic seasonal and fresh food? We sit in our PJs and watch Magic Mike and Bad Words til all hours of the morning. Duh. And eat… a lot. Seriously, we were on a mission to pack as much food into 2 days as […]

Sweet Potato Pie with Gingersnap Crust and Meringue

You know how Christmas tastes like roast beasts and comes with Who-pudding? Well, this pie is that – but for Thanksgiving. It is everything that Thanksgiving should taste like. It’s homey, comforting, delicious, and perfect. It is the kind of pie that reminds you of cozy fires and hot cocoa, warm smiles, and comfy socks. This is the pie you need to make share with your loved ones this Thanksgiving. And it’s from non-other than the boys over at Baked. I can’t rave about the Baked books enough, and have been doing so every single year when a new one […]

Pumpkin Spice Macaroons

Sorry, guys. I couldn’t help it. I have been eyeing this recipe up for like 2 years. I meant to post it last year, but my macaroon skills were not up to par. After 3 attempts, I walked away vowing to try again. Well, again was this season, and sure my macaroons may not be perfect looking, but oh my were they perfect. One bite into these little clouds and you will understand what the macaroon madness is all about. I only experienced my first macaroon a year or so ago, and it was love at first bite. Tender, light, […]

Irish Apple Cake with Boozy Custard

In your dessert menu craving an update? Are you tired of rolling pie crusts over and over again to make the same thing every year? Do you secretly loathe cutting those apples into thin even strips every year and have flashbacks to reality cooking shows? Well, have I got a cake for you.  That’s right. This one is all the things you love about the fall baking season with a fraction of the work. (If you have been playing along this season, I am all about that). It’s loaded with apples (randomly diced for a homey look – none of […]

Butterscotch Biscoff Pudding Cookies

and a The Biscoff Cookie & Spread Cookbook Giveaway! Need a soft delicious cookie to add to the line up that isn’t loaded with the same old chocolate chips? These little doodads are the cookies you have been looking for. Double down with butterscotch flavor and knocked out of the park with a little hit of Biscoff cookie spread these cookies are it. Pause. What the heck is Biscoff? Am I the last foodie on the planet to discover this high flying cookie? Apparently, yes. Biscoff cookies are an 80 some year old European cookie that landed in the us in the 80’s […]

Pear Cornmeal Cake with Rosemary Simple Syrup

Forget apple pie. Let go of the pumpkin tradition. Set out this simple pear cornmeal cake this holiday season and watch their shock. This cake will take a fraction of the time you would spend rolling out dough and a quarter of the stress. It’s so uncomplicated that you can go back to actually enjoying your time in the kitchen, with company, and doing the things that matter. The rosemary simple syrup is understated, and the perfect touch to really pull the flavors together. Let them judge for themselves. This cake is the show stopper this holiday season. PrintPear Cornmeal […]

Roasted Butternut Squash Soup with Apple-Cranberry Relish

Yeah, this is the one soup you must make this fall. No lie. There is something so simple, so rewarding, so amazing about this roasted butternut squash soup with apple cranberry relish you will be back for lunch and dinner the next day. It’s smooth, creamy, and packed with flavor. Plus, butternut squash is one of those magic foods that makes you feel full and satisfied along with being jam packed with healthy vitamins. It’s like a double bonus to go right on top of just how awesome this soup tastes. And, the cherry on top? It’s freakin easy to […]

Rum and Date Cake with Caramel Sauce

Imagine a warm cozy fire, candle light, warm blankets, and a slice of this cake. There’s not much more I could ask for as the weather starts to dip and a chill sneaks in. This decedent Rum and Date Cake with Caramel Sauce is what a sinful dessert should be. It looks stunning, will make your eyes roll to the back of your hear, perfect to impress guests, and really, isn’t that hard to make. But, we can keep that between the two of us. While the days get short and dark and the holidays sneak upon us, add this […]

Breakfast Pizza & Cuisinart Pizza Swag Giveaway

Tailgating. The pregame for the big game. The moment when you dawn your teams colors before they square off at the battle front, and share a warm meal with your friends and enemies. The communal moment of a great meal before things get heated. Things are about to get really amped up, real quick. And i would hate to send you off to battle on an empty stomach. So, let me introduce you to your brand new tailgating secret weapon. Wait until you see the reaction when you whip this out. It’s like that scene with Tony Stark and Rhodey, […]

Banana Peanut Butter Swirl Bread

Banana Peanut Butter Swirl Bread \ PasstheSushi.com

There are days when I see bright beautiful pictures all over Pinterest. They are on everything from wedding blogs to food photos. Clear, crisp, and clean. Perfect homes, stunning tablescapes, picturesque gardens, all being maintained by beautiful women all in perfect white outfits. I worry that I don’t send the right message through my work on here of GirlCarnivore.com. That my personal “brand” isn’t bright enough. Not clear or crisp enough to attract the right kind of audience, client… the right kind of life. Then I take a step back from those photoshop-ed models, those magazine homes,  and I realize […]

Breakfast at Blue Surf Cafe | Wilmington, North Carolina

Every trip is spent with much patience as I search for non-traditional places to park and stretch our legs. Which means, we spend more time driving. But that’s ok, because that’s when we find unexpected places like this breakfast nook in Wilmington, North Carolina. We stopped into the Blue Surf Cafe not really knowing what to expect. Breakfast and lunch options are written on a chalkboard above a counter where you order. They read mighty nice, too. Everything sounds appetizing with a ‘Build Your Own’ breakfast,  where you can pick from options like pulled pork and black beans, to feta […]

Apple Dumplings

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It’s very simple. Shorter days make me a little old lady. I just want to wrap up in a blanket and read until the sun comes back out to play. It’s making my already crazy jam packed busy life speed by that much more rapidly and I am not sure I can tell the weekends from the workdays. BUT things have been pretty awesome. Photographed a wedding as a second shooter on Saturday with the awesome Adrienne Matz Photography (more photos a coming, I promise) Tested out some super cute Chef shoes that Mozo is putting out over the weekend. They […]

Chocolate Layer Oat Bars for Two

Chocolate Layer Oat Bars || PasstheSushi.com

Grab a bar, sit down. Lets have a chat about nothing to do with food blogging. Let’s have a big, clear the air, what’s really been on my chest talk. No, Dad. I am not pregnant. Now that I got all of you parents calmed down Let’s talk about 2014 and my pursuit of happiness. I have spent 2014 struggling. Really grasping to figure out who I am, what I really want, and what it is I am supposed ‘to do’. I spent so much time fixated on trying to figure it all out that I pretty much have missed […]