DIY Stamped Christmas Cards

DIY Stamped Christmas Cards

On any given year, you can usually find me running straight to Papyrus for its super cute Christmas cards. However, this year I was inspired by a friend to get crafty and make my own cards (gasp!) from scratch.  So, I went to Michael’s with an open mind knowing two things: that I love sparkle [Read More…]

DIY Poinsettia Wreath

DIY Poinsettia Wreath

I love making homemade wreaths! Can’t you tell? I’ve had this one grapevine wreath from Michael’s for about 2 years, switching out the flowers and garland to fit each season. I stumbled on these gorgeous poinsettia flowers, and couldn’t resist another! Making a homemade wreath is super easy. No gluing necessary, just 15 minutes and [Read More…]

Soy Glazed Salmon

Soy Glazed Salmon

Looking for a simple salmon recipe, without all the marinating? That’s what this recipe is about – an easy and healthy dinner without any fuss.  Slightly sweet, this soy glazed wild-caught salmon is lovely over a green salad with an Asian dressing. It’s perfectly flakey and surprisingly filling! To get started, mix all the marinade ingredients [Read More…]

Blackberry Cheesecake Squares

Blackberry Cheesecake Squares

Deep in my Sinful Desserts board on Pinterest, there lay an amazing recipe by the Brunette Baker for these blackberry cheesecake squares. Best idea ever to make these!  Creamy, with hints of sweetness from the graham cracker crust and fresh blackberry compote, these cheesecake squares are gorgeous as they are delicious.  To tackle this recipe, you [Read More…]

Breakfast Pizzas

Breakfast Pizzas

Pizza for breakfast? You don’t have to ask me twice. I’m THERE.  I made this breakfast pizza for Hubs and I on a Saturday morning, and I have to be honest: while I didn’t finish my whole pizza, I was so full I wanted to crawl back into my cozy bed, wake up, eat pizza, and [Read More…]

Mini Apple Pies

Mini Apple Pies

You’ll love this miniature version of an apple pie: 2-3 bites worth of cinnamon apple filling, mixed with pecans and topped with an oatmeal crumble. What’s more to love?  These are the perfect addition to a Thanksgiving feast. Just when you think you’ve consumed enough turkey and stuffing to fill you until Christmas, these Mini Apple [Read More…]

Kale Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms

Kale Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms

I’m in love with stuffed mushrooms. From cooking to eating them, they’re the most fragrant and delicious side for a cold fall/winter day. First roasted with marsala wine, then topped with leafy kale, crunchy bread crumbs and fresh pecorino romano, these stuffed portobellos are incredible!  Start off by removing the gills of the portobellos. As [Read More…]

Salted Pumpkin Spiced Bacon

Pumpkin Spiced Bacon

I had this crazy idea… why not succumb to the pumpkin insanity and turn my bacon into pumpkin-spiced? With one month left to squeeze in all the pumpkin recipes as possible, I bring you a sweet-meets-savory Salted Pumpkin Spiced Bacon. Since I’m not a huge fan of super sweet anything, the added layer of sea salt breaks [Read More…]

Mashed Butternut Squash

Butternut Squash Mash

As these chilly autumn days start creeping in, there has to be some way to warm our bones. I don’t know about you, but I turn right to my kitchen which often includes: squash, roasted garlic and a hot oven. Starting with this mashed butternut squash recipe. You’ll love a heaping spoonful next to your roast turkey this [Read More…]

Pumpkin & Chicken Baked Gnocchi

Pumpkin Chicken Baked Gnocchi

Question for you. What is better than a pasta bake? How about a gnocchi bake? Add pumpkin and tomato sauce, loads of cheese, and my goodness, eat a bowl of this and you’ll be curled up taking a nap in no time! I gave this post some extra love. And by extra love, I mean extra photos. I [Read More…]

Rosemary Black Pepper Bacon

Rosemary Black Pepper Bacon

Every Saturday morning I peer through tangled blankets and ask Hubs what he wants for breakfast and I always get the same pleading question: “Whatever you want, but can we have bacon?” If you want a fast pass to a man’s heart, make him bacon. And not just any kind of bacon, dress it up. And, [Read More…]

Chipotle Pork Loin

Chipotle Pork Loin

It’s like a switch. Once the temperatures start to dip, enough for a sweater or scarf, my kitchen turns into a factory for homestyle cooking and baking. In this case, it’s Chipotle Pork Loin with warm-your-bones heat and spice. Overall, it’s searing and sauce making. Pretty straight forward, and easy enough for a weekday dinner [Read More…]

Swedish Pancakes with Blueberry Compote

Swedish Pancakes

These delicate Swedish pancakes are such a treat for breakfast! Making them from scratch is super easy (who doesn’t have flour, eggs, butter and a little sugar laying around?) and they’re much lighter than buttermilk pancakes. I instantly knew that I wanted to top these pancakes with fruit, but I didn’t have any fresh berries [Read More…]

Bites of Life: Part 5

Bites of Life Part 5 - Summer

Just where did the summer go? It’s like yesterday I dusted off my shorts and bikinis, ready to enjoy long afternoons at the pool praying, just praying, that this year my Swedish skin would accept a tan. Now it’s pumpkin this, pumpkin that – which, don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love. I just want to [Read More…]

Halloween Cookie Bark

Halloween Cookie Bark

A sweet treat for Halloween’s little ghouls and witches, this cookie bark is sure to please anyone from 1 to 111. Layered pretzels, candy corn, festive sprinkles, Oreos and candied eyeballs are all fused together by creamy white chocolate.  You’ll love how cookie bark can be seasonally adapted (oh, hey, Bunny Bark!); plus, it’s probably the easiest [Read More…]

Savory Breakfast Biscuits

Savory Breakfast Biscuits

It’s nice to dress breakfast up every now and then, no? These savory breakfast biscuits are perfect for a lazy Saturday or Sunday morning, where you let the coffee drip at a leisurely pace as you slow into your day.  Just like a pinwheel, you will ultimately spread all of the ingredients onto a crescent [Read More…]

Blueberry Banana Smoothie

Blueberry Banana Smoothie

Ever realize that the best smoothies are the ones with the least amount of ingredients possible? That’s exactly what you’ll get with this Blueberry Banana Smoothie — one frozen banana, a handful of frozen blueberries, some healthy wheat germ, scoops of Greek yogurt, dash of milk and a drizzle of honey later, you’ll be looking [Read More…]

Mallomar Brownies

Mallomar Brownies

It’s that time of year again: Mallomar season! In honor of this delicious marshmallow cookie, I bring you decadent Mallomar Brownies. All you need is a box of your favorite brownie mix and a box of Mallomars.  For easy eating, these brownies are made in a cupcake pan. You begin by baking the brownie batter, [Read More…]