Chocolate Guinness Cupcakes

Chocolate Guinness Cupcakes

Yes, you read correctly.  Three favorite words, all combined into one fabulous dessert.  :) I made my first batch of these this weekend to bring along to a “Tribute To Beers From Around The World” party, hosted by two friends who know more about the subject than just about...

Slow-Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup

Slow-Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup

WOW – fall is flying by!  Now that we’ve about reached the halfway point for our fall season at work, it was time this weekend for our quarterly social.  And since Yours Truly was in charge this time, we of course had ourselves a delightful little potluck – yeah!! ...

Classic Pumpkin Bread

Classic Pumpkin Bread

Now that my pantry is happily restocked with pumpkin (after weeks of empty store shelves because of this year’s shortage), it was finally time to make my first batch of pumpkin bread for the season!  Suffice it to say, I’m obsessed with the stuff.  Love baking it.  Love gifting...

Pop-Up Muffins (German Pancakes)

Apparently I have Germany on the mind this month.  I’m listening to a book on tape during my commute (trying to break my cell-phone-while-driving habit!) about German history.  And reading a fictional book with German characters.  And of course…listening to Heidi Klum bid her famous “Auf Wiedersehen” to an...

Baked Panko-Crusted Chicken Tenders with Honey-BBQ Dipping Sauce

Baked Panko-Crusted Chicken Tenders with Honey-BBQ Dipping Sauce

There are breadcrumbs… And then there are Panko.  :) Mmmm…how I love these fabulously crispy and light Japanese breadcrumbs.  I honestly don’t know how Americans missed out on them for so long.  They do wonders with adding great crunch and texture…especially to baked foods! So this week decided to...

English Toffee Bars

Wow, this has been a week.  In addition to a number of other things going on, this has been one of our busiest weeks of the year at work preparing to kick off our annual leadership institute tomorrow.  I absolutely love this event, and the wonderful people and energy...

Favorite Party Mix

Temperatures finally dipped into the low 40’s this week, complete with strong winds to bring in the cold front.  So to celebrate?  (Get ready….) I. Went. Camping. Yes, believe it.  For the third time in my 26-years, I willingly chose to spend two nights with the bugs, spiders, snakes,...

Smoked Gouda Grilled Cheese with Apples and Bacon

For some random reason, I realized a few weeks back that I’ve literally never made a grilled cheese sandwich before.  It’s true!  I grew up eating them, and I actually order them fairly often at the happy hour of a favorite restaurant in town.  But somehow I couldn’t recall...

Pumpkin Spice Latte

‘Tis the season again for all things pumpkin spice! Since it has been five years since I first posted my pumpkin spice latte recipe (and a not-so-appetizing photograph), and people still seem to love their lattes even more than they did five years ago (so much so that Starbucks...

Roasted Tomato Soup

It’s looking as though this summer’s tomato season is finally wrapping up.  So sad.  :(  It’s never a fun transition going from picking them straight off the vine, to pulling a can off the shelf.  But I can’t complain — my garden turned out a stellar crop this summer,...

Stuffed Pizza Bites

Back home!  I’ve had an exhilarating last two days traveling with one of the ensembles I lead at work to St. Louis to sing at “How Sweet The Sound” – a national gospel choir contest put on by Verizon.  And holy cow!!  It was incredible!!!!  Not only did my...

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Spread/Dip

Ok, so I’m officially out of pumpkin.  :(  Drove to yet one more grocery store to continue my scavenger hunt today, but no luck.  Thus, the two remaining pumpkin recipes I had are sadly going to have to be put on hold.  But since they’re two of my favs,...