sunday sweets

baked brie bites

I hope you all had very merry, wonderful holidays and are enjoying some relaxation as we gear up for the New Years holiday this week! We made so much food last week for all kinds of Christmas celebrations, including these easy and quick baked brie bites. When I was in school, this time between Christmas…

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flourless chocolate cake with peppermint whipped cream

I figured out what you need for your Christmas dessert buffet this year. Dense, super rich flourless chocolate cake with peppermint whipped cream. Crush up some candy canes from your stocking and your cake is the star of the party. Chocolate and peppermint is such a great combination and perfect for Christmas day. This cake…

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chocolate dipped shortbread and brownie cookies

One of my favorite holiday traditions is making cookies. In my family we make the same cookies every year, and visiting family brings the same cookies every year. It is wonderful and I love the variety of small delicious treats. One of my favorite cookies to make and eat this time of year is shortbread…

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eggnog pancakes

Are you already decked out for Christmas? We’re not, but we’re getting there! Now that Thanksgiving is over, I am going full force into all things Christmas – including these eggnog pancakes. Now I know eggnog can be a divisive drink; some people love it, some people hate it. I’m kind of in middle ground…

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sweet potato biscuits and leftover thanksgiving sandwiches

Fun fact: Did you know North Carolina is the largest sweet potato producer in the United States? Yup, the sweet potatoes in your Thanksgiving dish might be from the Great North State :) My junior year of college I studied abroad in the Netherlands.  I was there for the fall semester and really noticed the differences…

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pumpkin pie bars with chocolate chip gingerbread crust and cinnamon whipped cream

Are you gearing up for Thanksgiving yet?  I was at the mall this weekend and saw Christmas decorations in stores, both for sale and for festivity. I’m halfway excited because I LOVE LOVE LOVE Christmas, but I also think Thanksgiving should have it’s time to shine.  My family has so many traditions associated with both…

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brown butter blondie dark chocolate brownie candy swirl bars

Happy November! I can’t believe October is already over! I’m kind of sad to see fall go by so quickly but I’m also very excited for the upcoming holidays, decorations and inevitable cozy family time near a fireplace. Also, I fully welcome the extra hour of sleep we got today with open arms and sleepy…

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secretly vegan pumpkin bread

I have a slight pumpkin obsession. I started making pumpkin bread the last week of August. It sounds early, but at the time we were so close to fall and nothing pumpkin was out in stores yet. Pumpkin was calling my name and I couldn’t resist. It was like the teaser to the full-on pumpkin…

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spiked hot apple cider

I had my first hot apple cider of the season this weekend and it was absolutely delicious. Hot mulled apple cider is one of my favorite fall treats. It makes our entire apartment smell great and brings back childhood memories. I love curling up on the couch with a mug of hot apple cider and…

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chewy ginger cookies with apple cider caramel

Get out your pots and pans.  These are worth making now. I have already professed my love for apple cider and for pumpkin flavored foods.  Basically fall is wonderful because it is the only time both are around.  While pumpkin is my number one obsession when the weather cools down, I have a soft spot…

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