Thanksgiving Timeline

Sorry this is entirely last minute, but better late than never I guess.  I was planning on waiting until next year to make this post, because I wanted to get pretty pictures this year to use! After I posted a picture of the pie dough I made on Instagram today, I started getting so many questions regarding Thanksgiving prep and timeline.  If you haven’t already, check out my general cooking/entertaining tips. Please keep in mind, that this is just a general guide. I’ve been hosting Thanksgiving since I was in college.  I have also gone to culinary school and work […]

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Grand Marnier Souffles

Souffles are one of my very favorite desserts.  I love that they are so light and not overly sweet.  This Grand Marnier souffle recipe is seriously no fail, and they are so impressive.  Keep in mind that these need to be served IMMEDIATELY.  They will start deflating the moment you take them out, so get everything ready.  Funny story, but the only time that my pregnancy hormones got too crazy was when I was making souffles one night.  When they were in the oven, my husband told me he was going to go for a run.  I became hysterical and […]

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Biscoff Cheesecake Bars

Can I be honest? I don’t really like cheesecake very much. I am not a big dessert person in general, and typically would rather get my calories by way of pasta, pizza, potatoes, or cheese. However, I do understand that I’m kind of a freak in that manner, and I still love to bake for other people so it’s usually a win-win. This recipe for Biscoff cheesecake bars however is GOOD.  The Biscoff is such a nice substitution for graham crackers and they are creamy and not overly sweet. They are so simple to make and these Biscoff cheesecake bars […]

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Rosé Granita Recipe

Ok, Frosé! Ugh, sorry, I already hate myself for saying that.  But as hard as I try not to be basic, I can’t help myself sometimes.  And let’s face it, rosé is the cool kid drink right now, and frosé (rosé granita, slushy, or snow cone – call it what you’d like) is the drink of summer. I rarely buy expensive bottles of wine, and this was no exception.  I used Ferard Bertrand Core des Roses because I had a sad bottle left from Gigi’s party, but any drier rosé would do.  I think this also might be pretty delicious […]

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Instant Pot – The Ultimate Lazy Mom Device

Instant Pot = GAME CHANGER. Let me start out by saying, I am in no way affiliated with Instant Pot. But I say in all seriousness that Instant Pot has changed my life! I’ve never been much for kitchen gadgets, besides my Vitamix and stand mixer.  I purchased the Instant Pot during an Amazon Prime Day sale as an impulse buy. My baby was still pretty new, and I didn’t have time to cook much.  We hadn’t got her sleep down yet and thought you had to hold her to get her to nap, and I was still nursing.  These […]

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Italian Meringue Macarons

Italian Meringue Macarons – I have a love/hate relationship with macarons.  Of course, they’re beautiful (and delicious), but they are also touchy to make.  Over-mix them, under-mix them, too much moisture, and your macarons are ruined.  The perfect macaron should have a smooth, shiny surface, well-developed “feet”, and a moist center. I have had several batches of traditional French meringue macarons fail on me, and each time I was mystified as to what I did wrong.  Then I discovered the Italian meringue method, and haven’t looked back since.  There is an extra step of cooking your sugar before pouring it […]

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Homemade Marshmallows

Homemade marshmallows are the easiest and most affordable edible gift.  Package them in a mug with hot cocoa mix, and you’ve got the perfect (i.e. cheap) gift for someone that you don’t care enough about to give a real present. (Totally kidding, if you have received this from me and are reading this right now.)

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Homemade Irish Cream

  I’m pretty sure Irish cream might be the drink of choice for sad cat ladies on karaoke night, but it’s alcoholic cream! Who doesn’t like alcohol and cream?  Perfect splashed into your mug of coffee to get your day started (kidding), or over ice for a night cap while you binge watch the Gilmore Girls revival (WTF was with the ending?!) It would also be a great Christmas gift for that alcoholic uncle that you don’t know how to shop for. Plus, I like recipes that call for stirring a few ingredients together.

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Lettuce Wraps

Over seven months postpartum, and I’m still majorly struggling with trying to drop the baby weight.  You know how the doctor tells you to gain 25-35 pounds for a “healthy pregnancy”?  I definitely gained 50.  Oops.  All those midnight Haagen Dazs bars felt good at the time! But now winter has finally hit Arizona, and I still can’t fit into my jeans.  Thank God, I’m in charge of HR, because I’m not sure how much longer I’d be able to get away with wearing yoga pants to work.

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