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Your Top 10 Favorites of 2010


One of the fun things about having a food blog is seeing what posts are most popular to my readers.  I can see stats that show the most-read posts broken down by day, week, month, year and all time.  I wanted to round up the top ten favorites you’ve read this year and share them […]



Are you ready to make one of the most addicting dessert bars ever?  These Governor Bars (I have no clue where this title came from) have definitely become my favorite in just the short weeks since Thanksgiving break.  When I was back in Chicago visiting friends, we had a cookie exchange party and this was […]

New Year’s Eve Ideas


Searching for recipes to serve at your New Year’s Eve celebration?  Below is a list of a few of my favorites: Pomegranate Champagne – A cocktail I whipped up last year and thoroughly enjoyed.  The presentation is absolutely festive, as well.  Nervous about working with pomegranates?  Here is a tutorial showing you all you need […]

Celebrating Two Kings…A Christmas Gift


What does the Christmas season mean to you?  For me and my family, it is a time to celebrate the birth, life, death and resurrection of our King, Jesus Christ.  This birth brought great joy into the world, because that baby became our undeserved salvation.  Without God’s sacrifice of His son, we would be dying […]

Chocolate Cupcakes with Candy Cane Buttercream Frosting


If you want to have a little glimpse of the thoughts that go through my head when writing one of these posts, I can tell you that there is usually an internal debate on what to title a recipe.  Honestly, I sat here for about 15 minutes deciding if I should instead name these Chocolate […]

Baked Fontina


Annie’s Eats invited us to a virtual holiday party!  What is a virtual holiday party, you ask?  In this situation it is five other food bloggers posting a recipe or a picture of a dish they would bring to a real life holiday party.  I was so excited to be invited to this event and […]

Peanut Butter Blossoms


Peanut Butter Blossoms are such a classic cookie that most people make only during the holidays.  Can anyone tell me why?  I’ve been hunting for the reason that these aren’t enjoyed all year long!  There isn’t a seasonal ingredient in the recipe, so I’m baffled. One reason I do not make them all year long […]

Christmas Crunch Cookies


I’  This week has been a busy yet very fun week.  Saturday was Judah’s first birthday party (so fun!), Monday we had a Christmas party to attend, Tuesday we hosted the college girls for a Christmas baking night and last night we hosted the Ugly Sweater Christmas party where we ate the sweets we baked.  […]

College & Career Ladies’ Christmas Baking Extravaganza


Last night was one of the most amusing nights I’ve had in my kitchen.  The reason?  I had the opportunity to share it with eight other fun gals (nine, if you include the precious 18 month old!) Ben and I lead the weekly college/career Bible study group at our church.  We’ll be hosting the Ugly […]

Garlic Rice Pilaf


I love it when I find a new recipe that will become a regular in our house.  Such is the case with this dish.  Keeping in mind that this blog is a chronicle of my growth in cooking, I am ashamed to say – yet compelled to share – that I used to keep a […]

Green Chile Beef Empanadas


The shredded beef I used in these empanadas has become a staple in our house.  It’s so versatile and easy to fix up that I’ve been wanting to put it on the meal plan week after week.  Of course, that’s a bad idea because we do not want to get sick of it, but I […]

Chocolate Chip Treasure Cookies


These next couple of weeks I’m predicting you’ll see quite a few sweets posted here.  I’ll admit, it’s not only because I’m making them for holiday parties or gift baskets, but partially because when winter hits my sweet tooth enhances.  The other day I was thinking about how I haven’t been using a couple of […]

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread


Every time my mother in law visits, she brings this amazing banana bread with her.  I’ve made it a couple of times, and although I think it is good, it is never as delicious as when she makes it.  It could be because I’m one of those people who sometimes enjoys others’ home cooking over […]

Burger Buns


I am in love with these buns!  Annie titled these “The Perfect Burger Bun” and I would have to agree.  My only regret is that I didn’t try this recipe this summer when grilling was in full swing!  However, I have been sandwiching pulled pork and shredded beef between these buns this fall. In the […]

Chocolate Peanut Butter Surprise Cookies


Tempt me with any chocolate and peanut butter dessert and I’ll most likely give in.  Who can resist such a winning combination?  If you are also on the chocolate peanut butter bandwagon, try biting into a soft chocolate cookie and being surprised with a peanut butter filling!  Ooh-la-la! I made these for our friends’ son […]

Christmas Goodies Ideas


Thanksgiving is over (did you survive?) which means it is now time to focus on Christmas!  Are you planning your holiday gift baskets?  Let me help you out! Last holiday season, we experienced a life-changing event.  Our dear son, Judah, entered our lives.  Because of his highly anticipated arrival, I didn’t have the chance to […]

Taking the Day Off…

…for some Black Friday shopping!  Which door-busting deals are you snatching this morning?  Happy Thanksgiving and see you Monday!

Corn Casserole


Corn Casserole is one of my favorite sides during the holidays or at potlucks during any time of the year.  It is the easiest recipe to throw together and can be prepared with various ingredients mixed in.  Me?  I like it in its simplest form, with mainly cheese, corn and corn bread.  Mmmm…mmmm…good! Some people […]

Maple-Glazed Cinnamon Rolls


If you are having guests stay with you this holiday season, it is a good idea to serve them food, including breakfast.  That’s where these cinnamon rolls come in.  This recipe makes an ungodly amount of batches, perfect for freezing and popping in the oven when you need them to impress your guests in the […]

Soul Sweet ‘Taters


This is my third and last installment of my sweet potato recipes this week. My family will need to take a vote on which one should be made for Thanksgiving next Thursday. I already asked Ben, and he surprisingly didn’t vote for his favorite “life-changing” marshmallow variation but asked for this one instead! The best […]

Candied Yams


A few weeks ago I picked up this month’s issue of Better Homes and Garden magazine.  I should sign up for a subscription, but I usually just grab it from the news stand around the holidays.  This year there is a feature of Tyler Florence’s Thanksgiving recipes.  The one dish that caught my eye right […]