Did everyone have a nice Thanksgiving? I think my favorite part of Thanksgiving was when I caught my adult cousin literally licking her plate clean :) Trust me, I was thinking of doing the sammme thing…she just beat me to it. Now that Turkey Day over, the Christmas season is starting to set in! Warm fires, snow, hot drinks, fudge, cookies, ugly sweaters, Christmas movies, Christmas SONGS. The list goes on. My favorite drink? This mulled cider!! It’s so warm and tasty. One sip makes me want to curl up under a blanket and watch Christmas movies back-to-back all weekend long (too bad it’s Monday!). And if you’re not a grandma like me who enjoys the occasional spiked drink while watching movies on a Saturday night, I guaranteeeee that this cider would be a hit at any holiday party!! It’s really easy to make and one pot serves a small gathering. [Continue Reading...]
Y’all know it’s that time of the year. Thanksgiving is tomorrow (I can’t WAIT!!), the weather is getting chillier, and comfort food is a must. So whether you’re looking for a last-minute side dish to bring for dinner tomorrow or if you’re simply craving something cheesy, this is your dish. It’s made with whole wheat shells (you can use regular pasta too!) and there are three kinds of cheese. I had about 10 people taste test this dish, and I think it’s safe to say that this recipe is a keeper. The dish also feeds a ton of people so if you’re going to a big event, this mac and cheese is perfect! The pumpkin flavor doesn’t over power the dish and the crispy sage that’s thrown into the breadcrumb topping is amazing. The sage is cooked in butter… …and then the browned butter and sage are mixed into the [Continue Reading...]
I got to spend all of last weekend at a cabin that sits right on the edge of Lake Pinecrest in Pinecrest, CA (near Yosemite). We went hiking, swimming, kayaking, and somehow even managed to incorporate bacon into every single meal on the trip (um, dream come true?). There was no phone or internet service so it was just us and the lake. If you haven’t disconnected from technology in a while, I suggest you do so immediately. It feels amazing, and it was so wonderful spending time with a group of close friends in such a beautiful place. I’m so lucky! Missing this place and the people already. Hope everyone had a safe and fantastic Labor Day weekend! :) -Steph
Alright, I know I was a little M.I.A. last week but that’s because it was the first week at my new job! Let me make it up to you with a small Valentine’s Day treat round up for those that need some last-minute inspiration. Plus after all, it’s Monday morning. And sometimes on Mondays, we just need to sit in front of the computer and drool a little bit before diving into the work week. Who’s with me?! There will be more fun (and healthy!) recipes to come later this week! I hope everyone is having a lovely Monday morning. :) Enjoy! Valentine’s Day Round Up Chocolate Merlot cupcakes with Merlot Frosting Salted Nutella Cookies Mini Chocolate Lava Cakes Angel Food Cupcakes with Whipped Cream Rocky Road Brownies Giant Dark Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie Can’t wait for Valentine’s Day tomorrow! Chocolate and love for everyone!!!
I had high hopes for this series, but what came out of it was even more amazing than what I had anticipated! The pictures, the stories, the creativity in the dishes…amazing. Simply amazing. I can’t thank everyone enough for participating in The Holiday Project. It made my holiday spirit burst at the seams! You guys rock. And to everyone that took time to read the guest posts, thank you for all of your sweet comments! Here’s a final round up of all the readers and bloggers who participated. Can’t wait to do this again next year! Bacon-Wrapped Abalone Poppers (By reader: Tammer from Oakland, California) Caramel-Glazed Apple Cake with Caramel Whipped Cream (By blogger: Rachel from Bakerita) Butternut Squash Soup (By reader: Lily from Brooklyn, New York) Whole Wheat Pomegranate Scones (By blogger: Laura from Family Spice) Piroghy Pie (By reader: Kristin from Elk Gove, California) Grain-Free Gingerbread Men (By blogger: Jenna from The Paleo Project) Beer Brewing, IPA Chicken [Continue Reading...]