Sugar Cookies

I participated in my good friend’s fundraising event again this year: the Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap.  The swap raises money for  the non-profit charity, Cookies for Kids Cancer.  Lindsay of Love & Olive Oil together with Julie of The Little Kitchen helped raised over $7,000 this season, pairing hundreds of bloggers with their cookie swap matches.

Homemade Vanilla Extract

Ok, I know making homemade vanilla extract sounds super intimidating and overly ambitious, but honestly vanilla extract barely requires a recipe, and the reward is the most intoxicatingly warm vanillariffic extract EVER.  It took me about 7 minutes to throw this together.  The hardest part is waiting a whole month for the beans to steep before using. …

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Homemade Marshmallows and Hot Cocoa

When I told my sister I made marshmallows she laughed and said, “why?”.  I know she thinks I am ridiculous and also that I should have another kid if I have enough time on my hands to make homemade marshmallows.  In my defense, I’ve been planning to make my own marshmallows for months now, and I’ve finally found the time to …

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Chocolate Covered Potato Chips

A couple of weeks ago I had a good friend and client ask me if I had yet come out of “First Year hiding”. He explained the strange process a couple experiences when you have baby number one; you disappear socially for about a year. You lose track of everyone you hung out with before …

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Sherbet in Grapefruit Cups

It’s that time of Tennessee summer for me.  That “I-won’t-blow-dry-my-hair-anymore-because-it’s-too-dang-hot-outside” time of summer.  Jeans have been retired to the back corner of my closet.  My hair has permanent ponytail kink because again, it’s just too dang hot to have hair on your neck.  It’s so swelteringly humid it makes me not want to cook anything.  In fact, …

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Chocolate Dipped Sugar Cones

You know how everyone always puts their best face forward on Facebook and Instagram? No one (well, except one person I follow) ever seems to have a bad day and everyone’s families, spouses, children and pets appear cheery, clean, and (for the most part) perfectly lit while loving life in every photo. We all know life …

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Vanilla Cupcakes

It’s my first mother’s day tomorrow and I’m psyched! Psyched for promised pancakes to be made my husband, psyched to go to my good friend’s house for homemade pizza, and psyched for my little guy finally feeling good after being sick for a week. I was ill-prepared for how gut wrenching it would be to …

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