If you're anything like me, finding the perfect gift for everyone on your list can be quite the challenge. I love to give gifts that are a bit unexpected, and something that the recipient wouldn't necessarily buy for themselves. Often my best gift ideas come from items that I own myself and love!
In that spirit, I've created this list of 10 unique and fun gift ideas for the home cook. You know, the hard-to-buy-for foodie on your list. All of these item are tried and tested by yours truly!
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When it comes to holiday meals, it's all about the side dishes! Oftentimes holiday sides are loaded with unhealthy ingredients, but it doesn't have to be that way. Even during the holiday season, you can prepare healthy yet delicious foods for your family.
I've done the work for you to round up this amazing list of healthier holiday sides, so now all you have to do is choose which ones to try first! I hope this list will be a resource for you as you plan your Thanksgiving meal and Christmas menu.
You might also enjoy following my Thanksgiving and Christmas Pinterest boards. And now, the recipes! ... [Continue Reading]
We are officially 5 days into Spring! Has the weather gotten the memo where you live? We've had many beautiful days here recently, and by the end of this week temperatures are supposed to reach 85 degrees! I can hardly believe it. While California weather is awesome, it's not typically this warm for so many days in March. I'm definitely not complaining one bit!
If it's snowing or freezing cold where you live, please don't hate me. I'm sending you some sunshine in the form of these 28 bright citrus recipes!
Spring makes me think of sunshine, short sleeves, morning walks, and afternoons at the park. And lemons! It doesn't feel like Spring to me until I've done some baking with ... [Continue Reading]
Are you ready to ring in the new year?! I still can't quite wrap my mind around the fact that the year 2015 is about to begin. 2014 was a great year, with many memories and milestones both personally and professionally.
We celebrated Julia's 5th birthday and William's 2nd birthday with family and friends. I say it again and again, but I just can't believe how fast these two are growing up. We spent a great part of the year looking forward to the arrival of our third child, a baby girl that we are so excited to welcome into our family in January.
This time last year, I launched the new design of the blog. I'm still loving the design, and I'm so proud of the work that Brad and I (and my ... [Continue Reading]
Every year I enjoy looking back at the blog stats to see which recipes were most visited during the prior year. A few of the top 10 most viewed recipes this year were ones I shared prior to 2014 (like this Ricotta Orange Pound Cake and these Peach Pie Bars), but today's roundup includes only the top recipes that I posted in 2014. I hope the list will inspire you to try something new in your kitchen!
Starting from #10 and working towards #1, here are the most popular recipes of 2014! ... [Continue Reading]
Looking for inspiration for your Cinco de Mayo menu? Here you go- 38 recipes for any Cinco de Mayo celebration!
Tomorrow is May 1st! You know what that means, right? Only 5 more days to plan your Cinco de Mayo menu! Don't worry, I've gathered a bunch of delicious recipes from my site as well as some of my favorite bloggers so you will have plenty of inspiration! We love Mexican food around here, and I know I will have a tough time deciding between all of these yummy recipes.
Feel free to pin my collage image from this page to share. If you want to pin individual recipes, please click through to the original blogs/pages where the recipes can be found. Thanks for sharing the ... [Continue Reading]
Soft, melt-in-your-mouth sugar cookies dressed up for Valentine's Day. These sugar cookies with cream cheese frosting are easily customizable to any holiday.
This weekend Julia and I did some Valentine's Day baking! We stayed in our pj's, listened to the rain falling outside, and laughed together in the kitchen. My little baker was a great help in cutting out these heart-shaped cookies, frosting them, and sprinkling them with cute and colorful heart sprinkles. Me? I soaked up every minute of our kitchen time together.
I gave Julia her own sheet of cookies to frost and sprinkle, and I especially loved how she divvied up the rest of the cookies between the two of us: “Next I'll do ... [Continue Reading]
Yesterday I posted the 10 most popular recipes on my blog in 2013. Today, I am posting my favorites that didn't make your list. I love every recipe that I post on the blog, but these are the few that really stand out to me above the rest as things that I will (and do) make over and over. This year my list ended up being my top 14 recipes, just because it was too hard to narrow it down to only 10!
Before we move on to the list, I want to thank each and every one of you who reads this blog of mine. Sharing my excitement for cooking and baking with you is the reason why I keep working in this space. Sometimes I wonder if the time that I put into this work is worth it, but I love what I do ... [Continue Reading]
Today I am sharing the most popular recipes from the blog over the past year. It was so fun to look at the stats to see which recipes you liked best. The top recipe list is full of variety, ranging from do-it-yourself versions of kitchen staples, to healthy and easy dinners, to tempting desserts. Definitely a mix of healthy bites and sweet treats! Be sure to check back tomorrow, when I will be sharing my personal favorite recipes from the past year.
And now the count down, starting with #10 and ending with #1... ... [Continue Reading]
We're right in the middle of summer, and I want to savor every minute of it! Besides all of the fun activities and outdoors time, one of the best parts of summer is the food. I thought it would be fun to look through my recipes and choose the few that I consider can't miss recipes for summer. So here they are, our favorite summer-time meals! (Plus a few desserts that are best enjoyed outside on a warm summer evening. :) ) I hope your summer is being filled with fun times, good food, family and friends. Enjoy!
Southwestern Grilled Chicken Salad with Black Bean Salsa
Grilled Chicken Fajitas
Mediterranean Chicken in Pitas
Fish Tacos with Pineapple-Peach ... [Continue Reading]
It's hard to believe 2012 has come to an end. It was a year filled with lots of special memories, as our family of three grew to a family of four. We've enjoyed every moment of watching William grow and change over the past eight months. He's going to be crawling any day now, and then we are in trouble. I just know he's going to try to get into everything!
Julia has done plenty of growing up too, and I still cannot believe that my baby will be four in a few short months. She's an independent little girl, who knows what she wants. Each night she tells me how many hugs and kisses she wants (60 is a favorite request), and instructs me whether they should be "mixed" or "first the hugs and ... [Continue Reading]
For the past couple of years I've done a year-end wrap-up in which I share my favorite recipes that I've posted throughout the year. This year, I thought it would be fun to see which posts my readers had visited the most. Here are the top 10 most popular recipes of 2012- mostly sweets, with a few savory bites mixed in! (Come back on Monday for a list of my favorites.)
Vanilla Latte Cupcakes
Brown Butter Cream Cheese Chocolate Chip Cookies
Baked Maple Cinnamon Sugar Donuts
New York Cheesecake
Overnight Apple Cinnamon Steel Cut Oats
Salted Caramel Sauce
Avocado Enchiladas ... [Continue Reading]
As we get ready to begin 2012, I thought I'd share a few of my favorite recipes that I've made over the past year. I always have such a hard time narrowing down my favorites, but these are the recipes that we enjoyed so much that I will make them again and again (and in most cases I already have). I hope you'll find something that inspires you to spend some time in your kitchen in 2012!
Nutty Granola: I've made this granola more times than I can count, and it's always a treat to have some for breakfast. Slightly sweetened with maple syrup and filled with nuts and oats, this granola is the best.
Waffles of Insane Greatness: Easy to prepare, this recipe is my favorite whenever I ... [Continue Reading]
Yesterday I posted my ten favorite main dishes and sides of the year. Today I'm sharing my absolute favorites of the desserts and baked goods that I've made. It was a challenge to choose just ten because I have loved every recipe that I've posted, but here are ten of the best.
I hope you have a healthy and happy new year!
Chocolate Chip Cookie Cupcakes & Cookie Dough Frosting: These cupcakes are heavenly and it is amazing how much the frosting tastes like chocolate chip cookie dough.
Thick and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies: I am so glad that I found this recipe this year, as these are the best chocolate chip cookies ever. If you've never tried them, they should be on your ... [Continue Reading]
As we get ready to welcome 2011, there are a few recipes that I've posted in the past year that I'd like to highlight once again. These are the recipes that are family favorites, the ones that are so good that I will make them over and over again. I tried to choose just 10 recipes, but there were so many that I love that I decided to choose my top 10 favorite main dishes and sides, and my top 10 desserts and baked goods. I'll post the top 10 desserts and baked goods tomorrow. Here are my favorite main dishes and sides of the year; I hope I can inspire you to try a new recipe in your kitchen!
Chicken Tacos with Cucumber-Avocado Salsa: I discovered this taco recipe this year, and I ... [Continue Reading]