Pomegranate Champagne

Pomegranate Champagne

Happy New Year’s Eve!!! Mmmm, I love this time of year — such a special time to pause and reflect on all of the memories, joys, laughs, challenges, and lessons learned from ’09.  And then to take a deep breath, and find rest, hope, and lots of joy in...

Steak Soup

Steak Soup

Behold – one of my absolute favorite meals as a kid. Vegetable. Beef. Soup. And no, I’m not referring to the icky stuff from the can.  I’m talking about Mom’s homemade, warm, savory, absolutely delicious vegetable beef soup.  YUM.  Now that I’m living in Kansas City, I’ve discovered that...

Spicy Rosemary Peanuts

Spicy Rosemary Peanuts

If you would have asked what recipe I anticipated being one of my favorites from ’09, I’m pretty sure I never would have dreamed….peanuts! But yes, it’s true.  This recipe has quickly become a favorite.  And has now been my most requested recipe of this Christmas season.  These little...

Easy Shrimp Peel (Shrimp Boil)

Easy Shrimp Peel (Shrimp Boil)

Some families have a Christmas ham.  Others carve roast beef.  My family? We have a “shrimp peel” every Christmas!!! Yep.  We’re not Southern, but somehow this wonderful little tradition found its way into our Christmas celebration, and we absolutely love it!  Thanks to the delicious seasonings, the shrimp always...

Christmas Mini-Skewers (Tomatoes, Peppers & Cheese)

Christmas Mini-Skewers (Tomatoes, Peppers & Cheese)

I’ve officially found the easiest holiday appetizer ever — these adorable little skewers! For my Christmas party this past weekend, my mom brought up a fantastic batch of grape tomatoes for us to use.  So a quick little appetizer, we pulled together these!  Seriously, it took more time to...

Sugar Cookies

Sugar Cookies

Dear Sugar Cookie, You’re my favorite. I know I talk about favorites a lot, but in the world of cookies, you reign supreme. Even just this month, I was at a friend’s holiday cookie party, for which she’d baked over a dozen batches of a-ma-zing cookies to share. And...

Chocolate-Covered Ritz & Peanut Butter Cookies

Chocolate-Covered Ritz & Peanut Butter Cookies

I was once a proud Girl Scout.  For…um…two weeks. Yes, it’s quite the tragedy.  I was super-excited.  Had my little Brownie outfit.  Went to the first two meetings.  Picked up my cheese and sausage order forms and skipped around the neighborhood using my best sales and persuasion strategies (grew...

Oreo Truffles (Snowballs)

Oreo Truffles (Snowballs)

So…pretty sure I’ve been baking up a storm this week.  From cookies, to candies, to cakes, to cupcakes (which actually failed miserably in the “looks” department, so were turned into a trifle!) — you name it.  Most was in preparation for my annual Christmas party last night (30+ people...

Classic Chicken Noodle Soup

Classic Chicken Noodle Soup

Ok, so definitely not my best picture in the world.  (Apparently my camera’s not a fan of these December days short on daylight…) But I assure you…this is one of the best soups.  The epitome of a classic – chicken noodle soup. When I stop to think about it,...

Homemade Egg Noodles

Homemade Egg Noodles

A few winters ago, I had a craving for Panera’s chicken noodle soup.  I remember the day — it had just practically blizzarded (is that a word?) in KC, everyone was home from work and school, and my car was frozen shut with a few inches of snow and...

Rum Cake

Rum Cake

Ok, I have literally been waiting to post this recipe ever since I began the blog.  It is without a doubt my favorite dessert in the entire world.  And it may soon become yours too.  :) Behold….the famous rum cake. Words can’t even describe this one.  Suffice it to...

Dark Chocolate Drizzled Mints

Dark Chocolate Drizzled Mints

One of my favorite Christmas traditions seems to be playing with Altoid tins.  They’re ridiculously cute, super-versatile, and can be home to all sorts of crafty-ness or delicious gifts!!  (They can also be used on your wall to create a sweet Advent calendar, such as this or this!) I’ve...