Spice Up Your Holidays • Holiday Tips & Tricks

Holiday Entertaining[4]

Are the jingle bells ring-a-linging in your ears a little too loudly lately? Are you dreaming of a warm beach and an icy margarita, far away from to-do lists, menu planning and perfect Martha Stewart-esque decorating? Well, sit back and relax if you’ve got...

Salted Caramel Chocolate Cookies

Caramel Stuffed Cookies[7]

Simple as they may look, these scrumptious cookies really pack a punch! Soft, chewy chocolate gives way to oozy, gooey melted caramel that just begs for a tall glass of milk… AND another cookie, since it’s impossible to stop at one. At least for...

Easy Pickled Jalapeños

Easy Pickled Jalapenos

Now that the traditional turkey dinner is over, don’t you think it’s about time we spice things up a bit? I know I could use a few scoops of salsa to offset all the sweet potatoes and stuffing! These quick and easy pickled jalapenos...

Baked Apple Cider Donut Holes

Apple Cider Donut Holes

I have few fall memories better than the ones I made this year. On a brisk, damp morning in New England, hubby and I bundled up warm, set off on an adventure with no direction, and stumbled across the best apple cider donuts ever!...

Hot Apple Cider

Hot Apple Cider

And it’s super easy, too! In the more brisk months, there’s nothing better than wrapping your hands around a hot mug of apple cider. Just the fragrance is enough to lull anyone in from the cold and calm the senses for a while. But,...

Chocolate Caramel Pecan Pretzel Bites

Chocolate Caramel Pecan Pretzel Bites

It’s a been a busy week, and to cap it off, yesterday I had the pleasure of presenting a few light and tasty comfort foods on Austin’s KXAN news channel! It was the most thrilling 3 minutes of my week, I tell ya! I’ll...

Fluffy Flaky Cheddar Biscuits

Fluffy Flaky Cheddar Biscuits

When it comes to cooking I’m pretty creative, but as for baking… I like it nice and predictable! Knowing it’s going to come out alright makes it all much more worth the while – and the time, ingredients, and general hunting around for just...

Sonoma Chicken Salad Sandwiches

Sonoma Chicken Salad Sandwiches

I’m not too particular of an eater. Sling me a saucy, slimy plate of fresh seafood… heck, I’ll try it! Try out a topsy-turvy soufflé on me… pass the fork! But overload an otherwise good chicken salad sandwich with mayo? No way José. That’s...

Salted Caramel Pumpkin Seeds

Salted Caramel Pumpkin Seeds

There is so much to love about fall… the fresh, brisk air, snuggling up inside a big warm sweater, the crunch of crisp leaves under your boots, and of course… digging your whole forearm into a giant orange squash, grabbing the guts of it,...

Soft Ginger Cookies

Soft Ginger Cookies

Give me a plate of soft sugar cookies, a hot mug of chai tea and a Snuggie, and I can pretty accurately describe my ideal fall day to you. Make it ginger cookies and you’ve sent me straight to heaven! Soft, buttery ginger cookies...