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Heirloom Spring Tablescape

Heirloom Spring Tablescape

Set the table for spring with heirloom pieces, modern accents, and tasty decorations! This tablescape tells a story and invites guests to linger over their meal.

Four-Ingredient Chicken Salad

Four-Ingredient Chicken Salad

Served on a croissant, a bed of leafy greens or in a cream puff, this chicken salad is simple and delicious! Get the recipe and serving ideas here!

Healthy Homemade Crackers

Healthy Homemade Crackers

The other day, I spent some time reorganizing my collection of loose recipes. You know … those recipes that I’ve torn out of magazines, received as promotional material, clipped out of newspapers (does anyone else still do this?), or printed from a friend’s email. This 

Baked Carrot Cake Oatmeal

Baked Carrot Cake Oatmeal

This simple recipe puts all the goodness of carrot cake into a healthy baked oatmeal that is perfect for breakfast, brunch or even dessert!

20 of the Best Foods of 2020

20 of the Best Foods of 2020

2020 brought us incredible challenges, shortages and restrictions. It is not possible to review this year without remembering the fear and the loss; but, amidst all those troubling days we hopefully also find the good. What things brought you joy? For me, I obviously find 

Date Pinwheel Cookies

Date Pinwheel Cookies

With a spiral of rich filing, these date pinwheel cookies are a holiday favorite! This recipe requires some passive time but worth the wait!

Cranberry Orange Scones

Cranberry Orange Scones

Tart cranberries and bright orange zest combine in this breakfast or brunch favorite. Scones are a delicious treat and simple to make!

20 Recipes and Ideas for Thanksgiving

20 Recipes and Ideas for Thanksgiving

If ever there was a year (in my lifetime at least) of unpredictability and uncertainty, 2020 is it. It has wreaked havoc on my planner-by-nature-control-freak personality. There is no comfort zone this year. Plans change in an instant. Throwing in the proverbial towel on hosting 

Vintage Chicken Feeder Fall Tablescape

Vintage Chicken Feeder Fall Tablescape

A vintage chicken feeder steals the show as the centerpiece for this cozy, fall tablescape. White and grey plates, individual cake stands, seasonal cupcakes and mid-century modern glassware beckon people to sit down and enjoy!

The BeST BLT Frittata

The BeST BLT Frittata

Bacon, “lettuce” (i.e. spinach) and tomatoes (fresh and sun-dried) combine in this baked frittata for a delicious and healthy taste of summer.