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...

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

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

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

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

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...

Crispy Roasted Garlic Chicken

One of my new endeavors of the year is learning how to coupon.  Yes, the verb – coupon. As much as I love to cook, and as tiny as my food budget is, this has probably been a no-brainer for years.  But somehow I’d never really given it a...

S’mores Pops

All you need are 3 easy ingredients to make these yummy S’Mores Pops.  No campfire necessary! ;) Ever craving s’mores but don’t have a campfire handy?  😉 Try whipping up a quick batch of these cute and delicious S’Mores Pops! They’re super fun and easy to whip up (and...

Pasta With Greek Cinnamon-Tomato Sauce

Mmmm…one of my favorite things about the holiday season is the celebration of cinnamon.  It’s everywhere!  In candles, in cookies, in warm drinks, and now…in pasta!  :) Last Christmas, Santa brought me The Splendid Table’s “How To Eat Supper” cookbook, and I’ve totally enjoyed exploring its recipes over the...

cherry, almond & white chocolate biscotti

To kick off the Christmas baking season on the blog, allow me to introduce you to….my favorite biscotti.  EVER. That’s right – no exaggeration here.  :D  In my opinion, and in the enthusiastic reactions of friends and family, this stuff is truly in a league of its own! First...

Blue Cheese Twice-Baked Potatoes

A few years ago, a good friend brought along a dish of mashed potatoes to a potluck and surprised us all by announcing they were accented with blue cheese! I have to confess…I’m in love with about 99% of all cheeses out there. But the blue (“bleu”) variety and...