Peppermint Martini Time

My husband has the honor of having his birthday on Christmas Eve. He not a fat, as I’m sure other Christmas-time babies aren’t. Last year we made this cocktail as a specialty drink to honor the occasion and to have something festive other than the usual wine and beer ....more

Our Favorite Children’s Christmas Books

Each season we bring out a new set of holiday books for our book nook. Even though they’ve been read over, and over, and over, it’s like seeing an old friend each year. Here are some of our favorites: Memories of the Manger This is our absolute favorite Christmas book ....more

Dried Cherry and Pistachio Biscotti with White Chocolate

The annual Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap (I love how they call is GREAT!) happened behind the scenes for the last few weeks and today is the big reveal. All of the bloggers are posting our cookie recipes! For several weeks tons of food bloggers baked cookies, then shipped them to other bloggers ....more

Snowflake Cupcakes: Chocolate Cupcakes with Vanilla Buttercream Frosting

I’m fighting winter this year. Fighting hard. My dukes are up ....more

Christmas All Through the South Makes Great Gift

My mother sent me package in the mail and said I couldn’t open it until she arrived for her visit in a few weeks. UGH. Of course I agreed to her stipulation, but like a little kid, as soon as the package came I wanted to tear it open and see what was inside ....more

Elf on the Shelf Cupcakes

If you follow me on Instragram, you’ve noticed that our elves are back. Yes, we have elves at our house. I realize that many people are annoyed by the elves ....more

Black Friday Sale on Cookbooks

Years ago I used to always go shopping on Black Friday. I loved the rush from being around so many people. I’ve never, however, been a power Black Friday shopper, getting up at the crack of dawn to get a new TV ....more

Thank You For Allowing Me to be on this Journey

It’s a day of Thanksgiving and a time for reflection. I know it’s a busy day for everyone. There’s cooking, baking, eating, and drinking ....more

Apricot Jalapeno Poppers and The Grain-Free Family Table Cookbook

I made these simple and tasty appetizers from Carrie Vitt’s new cookbook, The Grain-Free Family Table. So easy, really different, and delicious. She calls them zingers and says, “if you are going to make anything in this book, make this recipe.” That was enough for me to try them....more

Gingerbread House Competition Teaches More Than Baking

For the second year now, my kids made a gingerbread house as part of The Omni Grove Park Inn’s National Gingerbread Competition. It’s a pain-staking process that takes a ton of time. People think I’m crazy for doing it ....more