Pumpkin Whoopie Pies

How to make the perfect blend of fall flavors and the taste of childhood? Pumpkin Whoopie Pies, of course! There’s no better way to spread some autumn cheer than with this quick and easy recipe!  Whoopie!  It’s pumpkin season again! I officially re-stocked my pantry again with lots of...

mailbox mondays: apples for baking

mailbox mondays: apples for baking

Hey Ali, Do you have any advice on what kinds of apples are best for baking?  There are so many recipes out there I want to try this fall, but it seems like most of them don’t specify which kind of apples to use.  Any quick tips would be...

Roasted Butternut & Bacon Pasta

‘Tis the season once again to make the transition from the yellow and zucchini squash of summer….to the rich, sweet squash of fall.  Of course, my favorite of those is the beautiful butternut.  They were in abundance this week at our market (see the photo below!), so I happily...

Chicken Tostadas

My crazy-busy season of the year has officially hit.  From conferences and launching new programs at work, to teaching my first-ever cooking class last night at church (SO fun!), to taking my choir on the road to sing in a national gospel choir competition in St. Louis (believe it!),...

Summer Squash & Corn Chowder

Mmmmm…I love this time of year.  We’re caught in between of two of my favorite seasons, and it’s glorious.  Some days are filled with sun and heat in the 80’s, but then days with cool breezes and occasional autumn thunderstorms are sure to follow.  And then more sun.  And...

giveaway: baker charm necklace

giveaway: baker charm necklace

For all of you bakers out there — I have an absolutely “charming” giveaway for you this week! Excited to introduce you to Sarita’s Jewelry Box, and her absolutely adorable baker’s charm necklaces.  I ran across these on Etsy awhile back, and absolutely fell in love.  Just think they...

Flatbread Veggie-Lovers Pizza

Some weeks I do well with eating healthy.  And then some weeks I seem to utterly and miserably fail…especially when I’m working long hours away from my kitchen, it’s too rainy to exercise outside, and there is a rum cake in the house.  :)  Excuses, excuses…. But tomorrow is...

Peach, Chicken & Pepper Jack Quesadillas

Growing up, I was the girl who always ordered quesadillas.  At all of the great local Mexican restaurants my family loved, at Applebee’s (don’t judge – I used to love theirs!), and occasionally even by request at home — quesadillas were always my happy default. Thankfully, I’d say my...

White Chocolate & Strawberry Ice Cream

Ok, I’m still playing catch-up this week highlighting some of my favorite recipes that I made/photographed this summer, but somehow didn’t find the time to post.  So for all of you who still have your ice cream makers out, or for anyone who (like me) thinks ice cream has...

Sweet Potato & Zucchini Hash

I recently saw a recipe for potato and zucchini hash and loved the idea!  (But wasn’t all that crazy about cooking up two russett potatoes.)  So I tried mixing it up by adding some sweet potatoes (way healthier, plus I love the sweet/salty combo!), a little bit of onion,...

Bell Pepper Egg-In-A-Hole

Ok, this was one recipe I had to try…  :) Recently came across it in an issue of Martha Stewart Everyday, and was definitely intrigued.  Seemed like my kind of a twist on eggs and toast — so cute!  Since I’ve been stocking up on bell peppers this summer...

10-Minute Ice Cream Pie

I actually made and photographed this ice cream pie at the beginning of the summer, but kept forgetting to post it!  Oops!!!  So alas, as we enjoy our final days of this beautiful season, I offer you another summer favorite — ice cream pie!  :) The fabulousness of this...