chocolate peppermint thumbprint cookies

I have been on a chocolate and peppermint kick lately. I have always loved the combination, but this year I decided that it is probably my favorite seasonal flavor. If there is a chocolate-peppermint dessert offered, I’ll always take it. Peppermint bark is one of my go-to winter treats. It is easy to grab, filled…

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eggnog snickerdoodles

Can you believe Christmas is next week?! It seems so close, but I still feel like there is so much to do between now and then. In preparation for all of the holiday festivities, I have a few cookie recipes to share this week that are easy to add to your holiday dessert plate, bring…

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december goals

I don’t know if it is the mild weather or the long lead up to Thanksgiving, but it doesn’t quite feel like December to me yet. We have our tree up and I’m almost done Christmas shopping, so I’m not sure why I feel like December snuck up on me, but here we are, barreling…

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what are you baking for the holidays?

It is officially the Christmas season! I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving yesterday! While we are barely out of our food coma, I’m already so excited to start baking for Christmas. There is something nostalgic and magical about traditional Christmas cookies and the memories they bring back, and something fun and exciting around…

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shop small gift guide

I started putting together a shop small gift guide last year and it is one of my favorite gift guides overall. There are so many small businesses to include that have beautiful, amazing, and innovative products that there is no way to fit all of them into one small guide. My hope is that even…

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salted maple pie

T-minus one week until Thanksgiving is here in full force! Last week we prepped with cornbread stuffing with herbs and leeks, this week we have the perfect way to end the meal: salted maple pie. I am always inspired by bakeries that make beautiful pies in fun flavors. They seem to get more press this…

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gifts for the hostess

It’s gift guide season, everyone! It seems like with all of the sales and online shopping, more and more people are doing a lot of their Christmas shopping before Thanksgiving (or before December) and during Black Friday/Cyber Monday weekend. I definitely fall into this camp, so I thought I would get started with gift guides…

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cornbread stuffing with herbs and leeks

The countdown is on – only two weeks until turkey day! Is your menu done? Is your shopping list made? If not, have no fear! This cornbread stuffing is delicious, flavorful, and can be made ahead to save you some time and stress on the big day. I think I’m more excited than usual for…

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thanksgiving hosting guide

Can you believe Thanksgiving is only 16 days away?! With it being so late in November I wasn’t expecting it to sneak up so quickly. Thankfully, there is still some time to plan the perfect menu and get your kitchen ready for the big meal. I’ll be popping in with recipes for a side dish,…

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apple crumb cake

Coffee cake is a staple in my family’s brunch meal. We make the same one every time, this delicious one from chef Sara Foster, a local to our area of NC , but this apple crumb cake is so good that it might just replace our classic version this year. The version we usually make…

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