Cooking, Recipes, Summer Recipes, Winter Recipes

Grilled Steak with Peanut Sauce

This recipe began when Scott and I met in Hawaii. Or not too long after, at least. We were friends first, thanks to a large and exuberant group of mutual friends who always managed to put activities together for all of us to enjoy. Eventually, we started talking separately about things we enjoyed. Which included… Continue reading Grilled Steak with Peanut Sauce

Cooking, Recipes, Winter Recipes

Lobster Bisque

Hey, you guys! Guess what day is coming up? Valentine's Day! And guess what the most horrible day to go out and eat in a restaurant in the whole calendar year is? Valentine's Day! Oh, you were going to treat your special someone to a special evening out? There are lots of reasons to opt… Continue reading Lobster Bisque

Cooking, Recipes, Winter Recipes

Mom’s Christmas Cinnamon Rolls

Up until last year, Scott and I traveled to visit either his family or mine for Christmas. Last year, between my scary first trimester and everyone else having one health issue or another, we just couldn't make it work. This year, it's a choice. Marcus is such a little guy and already exposed to enough,… Continue reading Mom’s Christmas Cinnamon Rolls

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

Spice Rubbed Beef Tenderloin with Creole Mustard Sauce

My family has always shared a love of good food, cooking, and gathering together. Even when we're not together, I love brainstorming ideas with my dad for big family dinners to cook up and serve. It's been a long time since we've been back to my folks' house for a big family dinner and even… Continue reading Spice Rubbed Beef Tenderloin with Creole Mustard Sauce

Building, Crafty Stuff, Holiday + Seasonal

Simple Foraged Christmas Wreath

I like artificial wreaths indoors just for the ease of maintenance, but I love having a real wreath on the front door. There is something about the smell of pine forest and nature as you walk in the door that just sets the stage for warm and comfortable holiday feelings. But let's be real. The… Continue reading Simple Foraged Christmas Wreath

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