Chocolate Peanut Butter No-Bake Energy Bites -- full of protein, naturally-sweetened, and they taste like cookies! |

Chocolate Peanut Butter No-Bake Energy Bites (Naturally-Sweetened)

Can I just say how much I love this time of year on the blog?? When I first began blogging, it seemed as though November and December were the busiest traffic months here as everyone was cooking and baking up a storm for the holidays.  But over the past two...

Naturally-Sweetened Honey Popcorn Balls |

Naturally-Sweetened Honey Popcorn Balls

Now that we have made our way past the holidays, it’s time for my next favorite round of parties. It’s award show season!!! Please tell me that you have your calendars marked.  But in case you need a reminder, we’re kicking things off this weekend with the Golden Globes (Jan....

Rum Cake From Scratch |

Rum Cake (From Scratch!)

My good friend, Liisa, was the one who got me hooked years ago on rum cake. Liisa was the one roommate I ever had who loved cooking just as much as I did.  And I must say that our kitchen back then and my life ever since have both...

How To: Open & De-Seed A Pomegranate |

15 Holiday Desserts

Baked goods are my special vice, and there’s no shortage of them around this time of year.  (Give me all your sugar cookies!)  There’s something particularly magical about the kinds of desserts that grace our holiday tables. I mean, how often do we have gingerbread, peppermint or eggnog flavored...

Peanut Butter Cookies |

Peanut Butter Cookies

How do you organize your life? Are you someone who lives and breathes by your Google calendar?  Carry around an old-school paper agenda?  Decorate your office with Post-Its?  Call on Superwoman Siiri to save the day? My not-so-organized life seems to always include a bit of each of those....

Toffee Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe |

Toffee Chocolate Chip Cookies

I seem to have developed a bad habit over the past few years of buying chocolate chips that never make it into cookies. Does anyone else do this?! Like probably many of you, I have an entire “baking supplies drawer” in my kitchen devoted to chocolate chips, sprinkles, dried fruit, nuts,...

5-Ingredient Kettle Chip Caramel Chocolate Fudge -- all you need are 10 mins to prep this delicious sweet and salty treat! |

5-Ingredient Kettle Chip Caramel Chocolate Fudge

3-ingredient, foolproof, rich, melt-in-your-mouth chocolate fudge…topped with crispy, sea-salty, I-want-to-eat-the-whole-bag Kettle Brand chips….drizzled with sweet and salty caramel sauce…and then cut into bite-sized pieces perfect for sharing and enjoying?!? (Oh, and all of this with just about 10 minutes of prep time?) As Uncle Jesse would say, have mercy.

5-Ingredient Graham Cracker Toffee | #dessert #chocolate

5-Ingredient Graham Cracker Toffee

This year, the Christmas season around my place is a little simpler than usual.  And I am loving it. Don’t get me wrong, I still love the season as much as ever.  But instead of going into auto-pilot this year with all of the parties, the decorating, the spending, the...

15 Holiday Cookie Recipes |

15 Holiday Cookie Recipes

There’s something so joyful about baking cookies this time of year that you can’t help but let it propel you into the holiday spirit. Maybe it’s the warming aromas of cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger hovering in the air, or the ever so comforting and familiar scent of butter and sugar co-mingling...

Ginger Molasses Cookies |

Chewy Ginger Molasses Cookies

I’m not quite sure what’s happening to me, but I seem to be slowly but surely losing my sweet tooth. If you knew me 10 years ago — heck, make that 2 years ago — this would be shocking. A part of me is not entirely surprised, as I seem...

How To Keep Pie Crust From Shrinking -- 7 easy tips for beautiful pies! |

How To Keep Pie Crust From Shrinking

Greetings from Wichita!  I’m back in my hometown this weekend, celebrating the holidays with my family.  And we kicked things off yesterday with a mega baking day and made four pies.  So much pie!!! While whipping up 6 batches of my favorite homemade butter pie crust recipe, we did end...

Bourbon Pumpkin Pie |

Bourbon Pumpkin Pie

So, I made this bourbon pumpkin pie to be the grand finale of our first annual “Neighborsgiving” last week.  But like just about everything else that night, it didn’t quite go according to plan. Let me back up. As many of you may know, my neighbors in downtown Kansas City...