My New Go To Cookie: Semi-Homemade Chocolate Sandwich Cookies

My sister hosted a Christmas cookie swap this weekend and it was such a success. All of the guests brought such a great assortment of cookies and my husband was ecstatic when I walked in the house with a perfect mix of holiday cookies. 

This past week was an unexpectedly stressful week for us filled with Christmas parties, unplanned get togethers, and an EXTREMELY sick dog. When it came time to start baking for the cookie swap I was wiped out. I wanted to make something home made and delicious but I didn’t really have time or energy to whip up some complex, cookie cutter, frosted masterpiece. 

Continue reading →

Holiday Baking: Apple Frangipane Tart

It’s officially the holiday season and you know what that means, it’s time to step your baking game up.

Heading into Thanksgiving I had some leftover apples and slivered almonds and I wanted to use them in a unique dessert for Thanksgiving. The end result ended up being this Apple Frangipane Tart. I adapted this recipe from the BBC recipe.

This dessert comes together in less than 10 minutes and bakes in 25 minutes. It’s simple to whip up and is sure to impress!

Continue reading →

National Book Lovers Day: My Favorite Cookbooks

Happy National Book Lovers Day! That’s right, today is a national holiday that everyone should celebrate. Whether you’re a fan of mystery, thrillers, sci-fi, or historical fiction, there’s a book for you… Or if you’re like me, a lover of all things food, there’s even a [cook]book for you! Everyone should celebrate National Book Lovers day.

In honor of the holiday, I want to share my top 6 FAVORITE cook books. I use cookbooks for different purposes, sometimes to cook a recipe exactly as outlined, sometimes for inspiration, other times just for the writing and pictures, and in some cases just out of pure enjoyment.

I have a LOT of cookbooks, some I’ve never even cooked from, BUT here are my current top 6! I encourage you to check them out.

Continue reading →