Chocolate Covered Candy Cane Pretzels (With a Twist)

Chocolate Covered Candy Cane Pretzels (With a Twist)


I am cookie swapping it today with five other bloggers.

(total aside: technically I am pretzel swapping today on my blog, but let’s not split chocolate covered carbohydrates)

If you are visiting from Tamara at Citrine Living, welcome.

Her Chocolate Chip Shortbread Cookies look like something out of magazine.

If you stopped by here yesterday for hot chocolate you’d find this on our kitchen island:

Chocolate Covered Candy Cane Pretzels.

With a twist.Continue reading

Brownie Banana Split Pizza

Brownie Banana Split Pizza


Brownie Banana Split Pizza holiday recipe

When we jumped from the city to the country I had no idea of all the fringe benefits awaiting me.

For example, I live in a county full of bakers.

Good, mouth-watering, melt-in-your-mouth, recipes-passed-down-from-generation-to-generation with extra butter kind of bakers.

The church potluck looks like something out of food network gone wild.

And makes it so hard to remember…..

…..that I really should be eating broccoli. 🙂Continue reading

Lemon Almond Biscotti

Lemon Almond Biscotti


Thistlewood Lemon Almond Biscotti 21 TEXT 2

photo credit:  offbeat + inspired

I can still remember the first time I ordered biscotti.

I was trying to impress my boyfriend who was about to be my husband.

We were on a date and I was wearing a headband with my name painted on it and two layers of extra red lipstick.

And my headband and I stood awkwardly in front of a giant chalkboard with rows and rows of fancy writing…..full of words like cappuccino and espresso and honey roasted and macchiato and mocha latte and sighed…..

….because the only word I really wanted to see was diet coke. 🙂Continue reading

Strawberry Blueberry White Chocolate Bark

Strawberry Blueberry White Chocolate Bark



It was almost girls gone wild at the Cracker Barrel.

This close.

It was date day and I was sitting across the table from my husband talking about this new dessert I was going to make and trying to get his opinion on navy nail polish and when did navy nail polish become so popular and why everyone is wearing it now and whatever happened to a simple nail polish that is clear or pink or red.


A super important discussion.

And right in the middle of nail talk for the year 2013….I totally noticed how cute he was.Continue reading

Fourth of July Dessert

Fourth of July Dessert


When I was younger my mother declared I was going to be Betsy Ross for the Fourth of July parade.


Everyone else in the neighborhood just decorated up their bikes with streamers and pedaled up the hill to patriotic music.

Not my family.

Not my mother.

I mean….why ride a bike up a hill….when you could dress the family up like the patriots of the American Revolution?

I had a souped up costume with petticoats and lace and blue gingham and black buckled shoes with an over sized ruffled hat

And I think my main responsibility was to drive Molly Pitcher around in a wagon.

Classic.Continue reading

Farmhouse Pecan Pie

Farmhouse Pecan Pie

Farmhouse Pecan Pie Thistlewood Farm

I have always wanted to make a pecan pie.

Actually….I think I just wanted to be able to drop my pecan pie making ability into conversation.

Something a little like this….“Isn’t this great weather we are having and what about those Real Housewives of New York City and have you seen how amazing it looks when you spray paint a pumpkin with flat black spray paint…..oh…..and by the way….I made a pecan pie.”

I never have conversations like that.Continue reading

Blueberry Pinapple Dessert

Blueberry Pinapple Dessert




I did it.

Really.   I did it and I am so all about myself today that I can’t even stand it.

If I could, I would throw myself a parade and march down main street with a silver-spangled baton and a 76 piece marching band.

Because today….today I stood in the middle of my macaroni and cheese kitchen….home of the hot dog pot pie…

….and baked something.Continue reading