I’m in full-swing Christmas mode. I have been listening to Christmas music every day, my few but glittery Christmas decorations are up at my apartment, and, yes, my fiance and I have already scoured the nearby neighborhoods for the best lit houses. I love this season and honoring its significance in our lives.
And as long as we don’t have any snow storms like last year where I’m stuck inside, I should stay cheery for the remainder of the month. And I’m so excited that I get a few days off for Christmas this year where I can join my family to celebrate.
Happy post-Thanksgiving and pre-Christmas! It’s officially that time of year when you feel obligated to start rolling your Pandora Christmas station, stop to drink some peppermint hot cocoa and constantly hum Christmas songs. I am loving this time of the year: the Christmas movies, music, gift buying, sales and family time.
I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Mine was a 24-hour, wonderful whirl of family, friends and food. Since I had to work the day before and after Thanksgiving (and by a huge blessing got Thanksgiving day off), I drove home Thursday early morning and spent 24 hours there. We cooked, watched the parade and had a great time celebrating the season. Isn’t being thankful wonderful?
As I have previously said, chocolate chip cookies are one of my favorite sweet treats. They just make the world feel okay, if only for a few seconds. So, when I kept seeing recipes on food blogs that I follow for S’mores cookies, I was intrigued.
Could graham crackers and marshmallows hinder the humble chocolate chip cookie or make it into something much greater?
It’s one of those dreary, drizzly fall days that just makes you want to curl up with something warm, gooey and decadent to eat. Anything that will make you want to immediately take a nap will probably do the job.
With the chill and rain beginning to come in, I just couldn’t deny my need for a yummy mac and cheese. I’ve seen quite a few chefs on TV whip up a quick macaroni and cheese, and let’s face it, box mac and cheese just isn’t the same. I’m a Southern girl, and I love some creamy, cheesy macaroni and cheese!
Happy Halloween everyone!
Although I’m not usually a big celebrator of this haunted holiday, this year my fiance and I are throwing a little party with friends and I’m contributing a little sweet treat.
My family has been making these “chocolate spiders” for as long as I can remember. They are a great, easy treat to make for holidays to give away or to munch on yourself. And the hint of butterscotch in them is so tasty!
If you haven’t heard of banoffee pie, you need to take some time to get to know it! It’s a fantastic British dessert that combines a tea cookie crust with a rich toffee filling, bananas and fresh whipped cream!
Since I came back from studying abroad in England, I have longed to try banoffee pie. I actually didn’t ever eat any while I was across the pond, but I did get to enjoy some delicious sweets. You know what I’m talking about if you have ever had sticky toffee pudding! The Brits really know how to make a cake or pie and smother it in a rich pudding or sauce that makes it so deliciously sticky sweet.
Who doesn’t love a grilled cheese?
Even better, who doesn’t love a fancy grilled cheese made with amazing flavor combos and fresh, local ingredients?
One of my favorite restaurants in Fayetteville (which is saying a lot since we have so many great places) is Hammontree’s
Lately I have been bitten by the talk show bug. I know, crazy, right?! I have never been one to enjoy daytime talk shows. Most of them just seem to be about a lot of things I don’t care about. But, this was all before The Chew
began airing a few months ago.
Finally, a talk show about cooking, eating and food news. And it features some of my favorite chefs: Mario Bitali and Michael Symon, along with chef Carla Hall and Daphne Oz (daughter of Dr. Oz and a nutritionist, I think). Oh, and What Not to Wear’s Clinton Kelly is also on the show. I love his personality!