Cowboy Cookie Mix in a Jar

Cookie Mix in Jar

As I shared last week, the cookies I baked for my mom and mother-in-law were rendered completely and totally un-giftable after they crumbled in my hands. I hadn’t thought for a second that the cookies wouldn’t make the short trip from the counter to a box, but as with...

Peanut Butter Chocolate Kiss Cookies

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Late last week, I had a problem. I was flipping through every recipe book I own, my favorite recipe websites, and other blogger’s pages in search of the perfect cookie to package up and send to my mom and mother-in-law for Mother’s Day. The fact that the...

Lemon-Thyme Shortbread Cookies

Lemon-Thyme Shortbread Cookies

If there’s one gift I can recommend giving this Mother’s Day, it’s a gift from the heart. Perfume and chocolates are all well and good, but everyone, including Mom, has an interest or a hobby that can inspire a more creative purchase. Does she like...

Mini Meatloaves

Mini Meatloaves

When I was first learning to cook, I was hesitant about calling my mother for instructions. Thinking back, I still don’t know why. But while I was crossing my fingers that a simple pasta dinner would turn out well and I’d impress my new boyfriend (now...

How To: Make Vanilla Whipped Cream

Homemade Whipped Cream (3)

During holidays and special occasions, I rarely remember squirting a fat dollop of Reddi-Whip onto my mother’s delicious strawberry shortcakes and fruit pies. Why commit store-bought injustice against your own prized pie? Come on, now. You already know that freshly whipped cream tastes WORLDS better, so get out your beaters...

Buttermilk Honey Bread

Buttermilk Honey Bread

This blog started with a loaf of homemade bread, and since then, I’ve had great fun experimenting with all different varieties of bread – the sweet and savory, warm and doughy, and those that are just plain great for a sandwich or dunking in a bowl...

Strawberry Basil Cocktail

Strawberry Basil Cocktail

One of the things I like most about growing my own basil is that it is so easy to take care of and can be added to a number of dishes I make at home. However, though I’ve garnished many a pasta sauce and chicken...

Cream Cheese Sugar Cookies

Sugar Cookies

To me, cooking and baking are so closely related to giving, sharing, and bringing people together. You can give a new neighbor a warm apple pie to welcome them to the neighborhood. You can share a decadent, homemade chocolate dessert with friends or your main squeeze (Though, really, who wants to...

Strawberry Banana Cream Pie

Strawberry Banana Cream Pie

Is it wrong to have pie for breakfast? Well, if it is wrong then I don’t wanna be right! It’s that time of year in California again – strawberry season - when growers have more strawberries than they know what to do with and so they’re...

Easy Bacon Cheddar Scones

Bacon Cheddar Scones (4)

This is not a scone-loving household. I mean, with the exception of the scones my mom makes, I’ve never met a scone I really liked, and neither has my husband Mark. The scones we’ve had have always been flavorless and dry, and every bite sucks so much...