Recipe Favorites Chosen by YOU


Here we are! The last day of 2014. I thought it would be fun to share this year’s most favorite recipes picked by you. That’s right, according to everyone who reads this little blog of mine, these are the recipes that were most viewed, shared (and hopefully) loved by all of my readers.

And might I just say that you all have excellent taste. Quite literally. Continue reading

Spiced Orange Hot Chocolate

Homemade Hot Chocolate with a Citrusy Twist and Warm Winter Spices. A cup full of this is all you need on a cold day.


Hey Everyone!

How did you spend your Christmas? I sure hope everyone of you had a wonderful time. I think it’s safe to say that our time off can be best described with one word: FAMILY. Not only did we devour some delicious food and shared plenty of gifts, but countless hours were spent around the dining room table playing Settlers of Catan. Christmas was everything we hoped it would be and so much more.

Now onto welcoming a new year and dealing with all things winter.


Believe it or not, but this year we didn’t have a white Christmas. Our Winter Wonderland happened exactly 2 days later and the temps started to drop lower than they had so far. And it has only just begun…

My favorite activities already involve taking a long hot shower, sipping tea and snuggling my hubby. Not too shabby if you ask me ;).

Plus, I’ve discovered a new hot drink I can’t seem to get enough of – Spiced Orange Hot Chocolate. Mmmmm! Continue reading

Chocolate Hazelnut Muddy Buddies {DIY Christmas Gift}

 Muddy Buddies and Chocolate Hazelnut Spread come together to present you with one of the most addictive snack foods this season. Makes for an excellent Last-Minute DIY Christmas Gift as well.


So just in case you’re still scrambling and wondering what to get that one last person on your list or the unexpected guest popping in, I might have just the thing for you. It’s homemade, tastes absolutely amazing and is suitable for pretty much anyone. I really can’t think of a single person who wouldn’t love to receive this special treat, which doesn’t just look pretty but is also totally customizable.

You could also prepare a batch and give yourself one of the most scrumptious Christmas gifts you’ll likely receive.


I don’t know about you, but I like to give and receive gifts that are useful. While I appreciate the occasional keepsake, there is nothing that I like more than something I can actually put to good use throughout the year. Whether it’s makeup, clothes or kitchen gadgets – I like to think that I am pretty easy to buy for.

And even though this might sound cheesy, I definitely enjoy giving instead of receiving so much more. While I am hopeful that all of the gifts we’re giving away this year will be well received, I already know how this edible gift goes over.

Let’s just say that in less than 24 hours not a single crumble was left. Continue reading

Mini Pancakes

Make mornings extra special with Teeny Tiny Pancakes. We all know minis taste even better!


Things are getting so close, you guys. It feels absolutely wonderful to say that Christmas is this week. And I am so ready. Especially for the food. To be quite honest though, it has felt like Christmas Day almost every day for the last week or so. Given all the delicious treats that came out of our kitchen, we’ve definitely been spoiled. And this past weekend was no exception. On Saturday morning I started thinking about what I would like to eat on the morning of the big day and pancakes were the one thing that the hubby and I wanted. But I couldn’t whip up just any old pancakes.


This miniature version of our breakfast favorite may be the only way I’ll eat pancakes from now on. You can devour an entire stack in one bite. How satisfying and mouthwatering does that sound?

I can confidently tell you that these are every bit as good as they look. You may want to give them a go! Continue reading

Gingerbread Men

With less than a week to go, it’s Gingerbread Men time. This tried and true recipe should definitely join your recipe box.


It’s official, guys. We’re less than 1 week away from Christmas Day. Ahhhh! The buildup is getting bigger and better. As I have mentioned before, I almost love the days leading up to Christmas, especially Christmas Eve, more than the actual day. I wish I could bottle up the anticipation and excitement I feel right now for the rest of the year (or the new year, which is right around the corner). My husband recently said that I will probably never grow out of my childlike fascination and enthusiasm, ha. I hope he is right!


Last night he took me to an amazing Christmas Lights setup at a nearby farm. Over 100,000 lights all synchronized to Christmas music almost set me over the edge. They even had a giant snowman display singing “The 12 Days of Christmas”, which might be the cutest thing I’ve seen in a very long time. I could have driven through that Christmas Wonderland over and over again. Once we returned home, I was thrilled that a freshly brewed cup of tea and these Gingerbread Men were awaiting us.

I might die of cuteness overdose! Continue reading