I’m all for elaborate holiday recipes, don’t get me wrong, but sometimes life gets in the way and you want to have something special for, oh let’s say, Halloween, but you’re short on time and energy. That’s when adding a simple touch to a familiar favorite can make all the difference. Fun? Check. Sanity in place after not having to deal with five dozen meticulously decorated Candy Corn cookies? Check.
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A couple of weeks ago, I got to cross off something on my bucket list. My dear friend Kristin told us earlier in the summer that she had two extra tickets to see Harry Connick Jr. at The Ravinia Festival in Chicago, and she asked if we’d like to join her and her husband. You may be thinking that seeing Harry live would be the bucket list item. Nope. I’ve seen Harry perform a few other times, and he’s wonderful, he really is. If you ever have the chance to see him, go. He’s ridiculously talented, funny, and charming. Every show of his is different, and he is so personable he can make a large venue seem like a small, intimate jazz club. I had the opportunity to meet him when we lived in New Orleans, and he is refreshingly genuine. I could go on and on about how much I love Harry…and I think I have. Read more...(956 words, 11 images, estimated 3:49 mins reading time)
That’s a name that will get your attention, eh? With a name like that, they’d have to be good! My dad found this recipe, was intrigued by the name, and passed it along to me. (There are many reasons why my parents are happy we’ve moved closer to home…and though they haven’t admitted it yet, I’m pretty sure one of them is because when I bake, I now live close enough to share.) Read more...(701 words, 9 images, estimated 2:48 mins reading time)
This was my state of mind yesterday afternoon, when I decided to whip up these tasty little guys.
I’d made plenty of chocolate-oatmeal bar variations before, in fact, I wrote about a delicious no-bake version here a while back. This one wasn’t much more difficult than the quick no bake version, and the result was totally worth the extra time in the oven. These are buttery, and fudgy, and speckled with sweet butterscotch chips. Oh, and there’s oatmeal in there, so they are TOTALLY healthy. (wink wink) Read more...(736 words, 9 images, estimated 2:57 mins reading time)
Recently, we moved into a brand new house. I love my house from top to bottom, but one of the things that bothered me a bit was that the house smelled sterile. It didn’t smell like us. The walls hadn’t soaked in hours of cooking, and living and greasy kid fingerprints. It just smelled like…new construction. That’s not all bad. I mean, there are much worse things to smell like than clean, new house, but I realized it was going to take a while to make the house smell like home. Read more...(762 words, 8 images, estimated 3:03 mins reading time)
If you added up all of the snacks you eat in a month, how much of it was healthy? How much did you spend on those snacks? How many of those snacks left you feeling satisfied and happy with your decision?
If you’re like me, you eat at least one snack a day, or are sometimes in such a hurry that grabbing a handful of something constitutes breakfast or lunch. It’s not the best way to go about things, but it’s the truth. Some days, I just don’t have time to sit down for a full meal before dinner, so I have a couple of snacks throughout the day instead. I’m always on the lookout for healthy snacks. Snacks that fill me up, silence the grumble in my stomach, and don’t leave me with that “Oh my gosh, I can’t believe I wasted the calories on that candy bar, and now I’m starving” guilt. Read more...(1370 words, 10 images, estimated 5:29 mins reading time)
I got a new cookbook!!! I know you’re as excited as I am, right?? Well, if you’re not, you should be because after looking through the book, I want to make every recipe in it. And, if you’re nice, I’ll share with you. See? It’s a win-win situation! Read more...(1037 words, 8 images, estimated 4:09 mins reading time)
Every once in a while, a day comes along where it just won’t feel complete unless I have a little bit of chocolate. Yesterday was one of those days. I had a busy day, was running all over the place, but the voice in my head (There’s just one, and it’s my voice, just in case you’re a little nervous.) kept leading me to the kitchen. I wanted to bake something up, but didn’t have the time to fuss with long baking times and lots of kitchen mess. Read more...(606 words, 9 images, estimated 2:25 mins reading time)
If you could bake a cookie to represent each season, what would you bake? To me, each season has its own distinct “flavor”. When I think of winter, I imagine a minty, cool cookie (next to a mug of cocoa). Spring brings thoughts of sugar cookies with pretty little sprinkles, each one like a new flower ready to bloom. Summer makes me think of lemon bars and sunshine. After spending some time in the kitchen this morning with this recipe, I now know that this is my new fall cookie. All of the wonderful, savory spiciness of fall can be found in this sweet, easy oatmeal cookie recipe. Read more...(739 words, 8 images, estimated 2:57 mins reading time)