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Rosemary Grapefruit Champagne Cocktail

I thought I was done posting for 2018, but then I made an impromptu champagne cocktail for tonight and decided I wanted to get this short recipe up immediately — in the event you folks might still be searching for a festive NYE beverage. This drink might be bit extra in terms of ingredients, but truthfully I had everything already on hand with the exception of the champagne. You could certainly skip out on a…

Orange Cardamom Snickerdoodles

I’m not sure what happened, but suddenly I love baking! I have my theories as to why, but we’ll get to that in minute. First: let’s talk cookies! I’ve learned: baking is actual quite simple if you can get to know the basic staple recipes. From there, you can add, subtract and experiment with different ingredients, flavors and spices. I’m all in on the standard holiday flavors like peppermint mocha, gingerbread, eggnog and chocolate, but…

Spiced Chocolate Chunk Cookies

You’ve heard me say it before: sometimes I’m not sure baking is really my thing. Between the finicky ingredient chemistry and the catastrophic kitchen mess, i’ve always felt kind of meh about it. Occasionally though, I catch a wave of inspiration and give it another go. When I end up with results like these spiced chocolate chunk cookies, I think maybe, just maybe, I do like baking after all. Since I’m no baking aficionado, I…

Chai Spiced Old Fashioned

I’ve had a terrible post-wedding habit of creating and photographing a recipe and then never writing the post for it. But as the days since the wedding increase, I realize that it’s time to really get back at it with my blog – as I type this I’m on the third post draft in a row! Isn’t it crazy how waves of inspiration work? Alas, I’ve finally brought you my chai spiced old fashioned recipe!…

Herbed Potato and Red Pepper Breakfast Skillets

Where my cast-iron skillet fans at? I bought my first 10 inch cast-iron pan last year, and it’s easily my most prized cook ware. Fortunately, wedding gift cards to Target have meant getting my hands on all the Lodge cast-iron! I’ve been eyeing mini skillets for over a year, which is silly because they are just about 10 dollars a piece. What was I waiting for? Anyway, I have them now! And I’m ready to make…

How To Make Quick Pickles

Let me start this off by saying this: I by no means strive for perfection, in the present or future, when it comes to sustainable and green living. I do, however, look for simple ways to decrease waste and reuse old materials (I.e. jars, bottles, etc). I’ve recently taken interest in making my own versions of things I would have previously bought in a jar because 1) I have so many empty glass jars in…

How To Make Lavender Simple Syrup

In life’s busiest times, the best thing we can do is remember to stop and enjoy the simplest little things! One of my joys: enjoying a cup of coffee or a delicious latte. I recently tried a lavender cold brew coffee from a local shop and was inspired to recreate a lavender simple syrup for my own homemade beverages. I’ve made regular simple syrup on numerous occasions, but I’ve never ventured into the realm of…

Cold Brew Coffee + Self Improvement

By the looks of it, summer is here to stay for a while — thank goodness the mornings have mostly been cool enough to enjoy hot coffee. When it comes to the muggy ones though, or a hot afternoon, nothing beats a tall glass of cold brew coffee. While relatively simple, and easy to do without a recipe, I wanted to share a short how-to for anyone whose maybe hesitated in making cold brew coffee…

How to Make an Iced Matcha Latte

Note: I am a participant in the amazon affiliate program. Some links in this post may be referral links in which I could receive a commission from your purchase, at no additional cost to you. Any products that I refer are things I genuinely use and love. for more information visit my privacy policy. I’ll preface this post by saying: I’m no matcha expert. That being said, I think I make a mean iced matcha…

Lemon Garlic Roasted Salmon and How I Meal Prep Lately

Do you meal prep on the weekends? Some months I will religiously prep food for work meals and make homemade snacks, other months (especially summer) I try to avoid long stints in the kitchen. Honestly, I find that meal prepping can lead to too much food, creating unnecessary food waste. The one meal I usually try and prep for no matter the time of year, is work lunches. I find that if I don’t prepare…