Cooking, Recipes, Winter Recipes

Soft + Fluffy Frosted Sugar Cookies

What, another cookie recipe, right on the heels of my delicious gingerbread? Why not? It's cookie baking season, and while I've got a ton of good ones to share, these are a particular favorite. They're my Lofthouse knock-off cookies that ended up being better than Lofthouse {IMHO, of course}. Probably because they're soft, fresh, buttery, and can… Continue reading Soft + Fluffy Frosted Sugar Cookies

Cooking, Recipes, Winter Recipes

Classic Christmas Gingerbread Cookies

In this season of frenetic cookie baking, we need a variety of cookies, but we especially need ones that travel well. And if you're looking for something deliciously seasonal that will survive a trip to faraway friends and relatives, my family's classic gingerbread cookie recipe is the one for you! When I was deployed in… Continue reading Classic Christmas Gingerbread Cookies

Cooking, Recipes, Winter Recipes

Cranberry Macadamia Oatmeal Cookies with White Chocolate

We used to have a hard and fast rule in the house about when the Christmas decorations went up and when the Christmas playlists started playing and all the rest :: no Christmas until the weekend after Thanksgiving. We kept everything tucked away in storage tubs and didn't go hunting for a Christmas tree and… Continue reading Cranberry Macadamia Oatmeal Cookies with White Chocolate

Cooking, Fall Recipes, Recipes, Virginia

Virginia Skillet Cornbread

I never know how to address complicated and potentially emotionally charged issues. Political garbage happens. Living just outside D.C., I feel like while we're not at the epicenter, we're definitely on a fault line for all the garbage infesting the news lately. I spend most of my day mired in it and trying to influence… Continue reading Virginia Skillet Cornbread

Cooking, Fall Recipes, Recipes

Caramel Apple Cheesecake

Call me crazy, but I love the last days of fall leading up to a Thanksgiving where we're hosting at home and not traveling. It feels like a long and lazy indulgent morning where the rest of the world is heading off to work and you can hit the snooze button and stay wrapped up… Continue reading Caramel Apple Cheesecake

Cooking, Recipes, Summer Recipes

Strawberry Cupcakes with Lemon Buttercream Icing

I've been slacking. I keep promising myself I'm going to buckle down and learn how to properly frost cakes and cupcakes. I keep vowing I will learn to pipe icing into lovely rosettes and swirls, garnished with sprinkles and flowers and...you know the routine. Check out my Pinterest boards. They're full of baking and decorating how-to's… Continue reading Strawberry Cupcakes with Lemon Buttercream Icing

Cooking, Recipes, Summer Recipes, Virginia

Buttery Breakfast Biscuits

Let's start with a little bit of trivia - today is the day our Baby Bean was actually scheduled to make his appearance! But now he's already three weeks old, eating tons, putting on weight, and thriving! I'm excited for the day when he can be an additional taste tester around here! Perfecting the breakfast… Continue reading Buttery Breakfast Biscuits