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candy cane cookies
Sweet Treats

Candy Cane Cookies

These easy and charming candy cane cookies are the perfect addition to your Christmas cookie boxes – or just as a treat to enjoy while wrapping presents or to leave out for Santa! Happy December! And happy about 2 and a half weeks to Christmas! Wait–is that even possible? I feel like I’ve lost all …

cranberry mimosas
Happy Hour

Sparkling Rosemary Cranberry Mimosas

Lime juice, sugar, rosemary, cranberry, and prosecco come together to make a remarkably easy and wonderfully memorable holiday cocktail, guaranteed to bring smiles! If you’re bogged down in all things holiday planning – which is just guaranteed to be weird this year because of all the travel and gathering restrictions, so seriously, cut yourself a …

Food for Thought Home Living

California Living with AirBnB

My parents are early adopters. They’re always ahead of the curve. A new piece of tech comes out, they have it. A new trend shows up on social media, they’re already aware of it. They were on social media before I was, had smart phones before I did, and have been using Uber and AirBnB …

Happy Hour

Blackberry Hot Toddies

*Edit: I published this and realized as I read through it that I made a very different recipe to shoot the photos than I published – and I wanted to publish this recipe. Updated with the correct recipe shot! This is what happens when you do a dozen different takes in your test kitchen and …

Small Bites + Sides

Baked Brie with Cranberry Chutney

I love the holidays – and I even love the holiday parties! Even if I’m a little frazzed about saying yes to way too many of them along with hosting our own. There’s just something about gathering with friends and family and colleagues this time of year that helps stave off the chill and the …


Merry Christmas!!

From our family to yours, a very merry Christmas, and best wishes for the holiday season, however you may choose to celebrate it! We’ll be back to share more food, fun, and adventure in 2019!


Mom’s Christmas Cinnamon Rolls

Up until last year, Scott and I traveled to visit either his family or mine for Christmas. Last year, between my scary first trimester and everyone else having one health issue or another, we just couldn’t make it work. This year, it’s a choice. Marcus is such a little guy and already exposed to enough, …

Sweet Treats

Classic Christmas Gingerbread Cookies

In this season of frenetic cookie baking, we need a variety of cookies, but we especially need ones that travel well. And if you’re looking for something deliciously seasonal that will survive a trip to faraway friends and relatives, my family’s classic gingerbread cookie recipe is the one for you! When I was deployed in …


Spice Rubbed Beef Tenderloin with Creole Mustard Sauce

My family has always shared a love of good food, cooking, and gathering together. Even when we’re not together, I love brainstorming ideas with my dad for big family dinners to cook up and serve. It’s been a long time since we’ve been back to my folks’ house for a big family dinner and even …

Sweet Treats

Cranberry Macadamia Oatmeal Cookies with White Chocolate

We used to have a hard and fast rule in the house about when the Christmas decorations went up and when the Christmas playlists started playing and all the rest :: no Christmas until the weekend after Thanksgiving. We kept everything tucked away in storage tubs and didn’t go hunting for a Christmas tree and …