top nine of ’09!!!

top nine of ’09!!!

Ok, I know I’m exactly a week late posting this.  But still wanted to celebrate some of the fun of my first year — well, six months actually — of GimmeSomeOven-ing! Goodness.  It’s crazy to realize it was just six months ago that I spontaneously decided it would be...

Colorful Orange Salad With Mandarin-Cider Vinaigrette

WOW – what a winter!  I’m all for a little snow this season, a few months of cozy, chilly days, and even a few icicles decorating the house.  But after a month of a world blanketed in gray and white, weeks with the high temperatures hovering in the single-digits,...

Champagne Cupcakes With Sweet Champagne Buttercream Frosting

It’s a new year!  Time for new cupcakes!! I was a little curious about how these would turn out, but I’m pleased to say that they…um…ROCK.  :) Yep.  The champagne is featured beautifully, but not overpoweringly.  The texture is nice and light.  And the frosting…well, the frosting may not...

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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

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

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)

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)

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

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

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...