Desserts

Pumpkin Farm and Pumpkin Bread

pumpkin farm

As much as I hate to say goodbye to summer, there is something rather warm and comforting about fall. Autumn traditions like apple picking and pumpkin carving evoke cozy memories from my childhood. I’m so grateful I can now share these customs with my own small family. Fortunately, Chicago has enjoyed a mild October, so [...]


Homemade Cookies at Any Time!

frozen cookies

Baking can be a challenge for me. In general, I don’t like sticking to any recipe; I like adding more of one ingredient and less of another to make a dish my own. While this approach works fine with cooking, it doesn’t always work with baked goods. Baking is an exact science – too much [...]


Cookies for a Little Chocoholic

chocoholic

Little Evelyn is a total chocoholic. Just like her grandma, she needs at least a little bite of it every day in order to maintain sanity. So, when my friend Sarah over at PersonalFaves.com blogged about chocolate cookies she recently baked I knew I had to try out the recipe. Evie refused to nap this [...]


Happy Birthday to My Homemade Father!

rr choc torte

My family and I recently gathered to celebrate my dad’s 51st birthday. It was a perfect summer day spent in the sunshine. I only recently realized that a lot of my homemade approach to life comes from the example my dad set while I was growing up. He spent summers tending to a very large [...]


Happy Birthday!!

My husband *finally* turned 30 this weekend! I entered this decade four months ago, so he’s been teasing me about being married to “an older woman” ever since. Now we’re finally even! To celebrate his big day, I made a nice dinner for our family. Since I gave birth to our son Mack four weeks [...]


Pantry Cookies

pantry cookies

I had a bit of a sweet tooth last night, but when I opened the pantry I didn’t have enough of any one ingredient to make a single recipe. So, I came up with this cookie recipe using an inventive mix of what was available and it turned out really good!! I baked a few [...]


Peanut Butter Cookies – Easy as 1,2,3,4!

I never buy packaged cookies, crackers, or snacks from the store. Processed foods that contain too many hard-to-pronounce ingredients, preservatives, and high fructose corn syrup offer minimal nutrition and empty calories. If I’m craving a sweet treat, I’ll take the time to make something from scratch. If I don’t have the energy or time for [...]


Chocolate Tart

chocolate tart

My sister Caitie had us over to her beautiful house for dinner last night, and I offered to make a dessert. For the past couple weeks I’ve been playing around with an idea for a chocolate tart, and I think I may have the recipe figured out. I’ve made this with a mixture of dark/semi-sweet/milk [...]


Apple Cake on a Quiet Day

We’re starting to go a little stir-crazy. Now that its the end of February I am officially, 100%, unequivocally DONE with winter. There is plenty to do in this city to keep Evelyn and me busy most mornings before her afternoon nap, but last week was kinda quiet for us. So, what are two girls [...]


Homemade Fathering!

I recently celebrated my birthday! 30! Yikes! I always thought turning 30 would be a very difficult birthday — I was pretty content being a 20-something and I didn’t like the idea of entering a new decade. I can be a very sentimental person and I try so hard to be grateful for every day, [...]


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