January 4, 2018

I am terrible about making gift lists. Birthday lists, Christmas lists, any-occasion-where-I-get-a-gift lists... you name it. Well, with the exception of the wedding registry. That I thoroughly enjoyed. Plus, I wanted to be sure there were enough things on there that n...

January 1, 2018

Happy 2018 to you all! 

To start off the new year, I thought we'd take a quick jog down memory lane and recap some of my favorite posts. Below, you'll find my 10 favorite posts/recipes of the past year. 2017 definitely had its rough edges (understatement), but it had so...

December 29, 2017

I realize this isn't a Tuesday, but needs must. New Years Eve's a'comin and I have a cocktail that has to head your way before that bell tolls. So... We Wish You a Tipsy Friday and a Happy New Year!

It's New Years, so of course this one will include a bit of b...

December 21, 2017

I've saved the best holiday cookies for last, guys.

My childhood self would shriek "heresy!" if she heard me say that, but I tell you what... I can (and just did) binge on these cookies like no other. They are crisp, buttery, melt-in-your-mouth, nutty, and just a smidge...

December 14, 2017

And now back to our usual programming.

One of the tried and true recipes we made each year was this wonderful, crunchy combination of almond and mint. These candy cane cookies pack a full almond flavor, but without the dense crunch of other similar ones I've tried. Thes...

December 10, 2017

It's a quick post today, but an oh so delicious one. Yesterday I told you all about our traditional sugar cookies that we decorate each year. Well, in the course of making them this go around, I had a brain wave. What if.... what if I browned the butter before using it...

December 8, 2017

Growing up, we really only had two Christmas albums we listened to: Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker and a crackly old cassette tape, copied from a friend's record who knows how long ago. It was a darn brown cassette with a lined label over top on which my dad's spidery ha...

December 5, 2017

Guess what time it is?

For this month's Tipsy Tuesday, we're going with a winter must-have. Aaron and I have both had a fond place for mulled wine ever since we went to the Chicago Christkindlmarket when we were first dating. I'd been multiple times before that in the y...

November 27, 2017

Everyone! Everyone!

It's here at last. It's the Most Wonderful Thyme of the Year! (Oh lord, even I hate myself a little for that one.) I'll blame the bad punning on remnants of tryptophan. Or something like that.

Anyway, what I mean to say by all that is it's Christ...

November 20, 2017

It's that time at last! Here come the holiday recipes, people. 

I get so excited every year when November hits the calendar because that means tasty times are coming - tasty times and tasty traditions. Our culinary liturgy gets super specific around the holidays and we...

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