2012: Year In Review

This year was major!!  2 FABULOUS things happend. 1- Moved into the beach house with sister and boyfriend. 2- Started this blog!!! Great year!!  Most of the excitement in this last year happened in the 2nd half.  Thanksgiving was…
Yummy maple bacon cookies that will knock your socks off at the holidays!
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Maple Bacon Cookies

Who doesn't love BACON!? I somehow had to come up with a way to incorporate bacon into my holiday treats and I came up with Maple Bacon Cookies.  It has taken me a while to jump on the "add bacon to everything" bandwagon, but the time has…
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Peppermint Bark Cookies

 So the cookie eating has expanded to candy and snack eating in general.  My office around the holidays is a danger zone!  Gift basket after gift basket full of chocolates, cakes, candies, meats, cheeses, crackers... I could…
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Sugar Cookies

Sugar Cookies!!! There are many similar yet different sugar cookie recipes out there, but let me tell you, use this one!  I may be biased because these are the cookies I grew up with, but they are just the perfect amount of soft and crispy…
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Chai Spiced Palmiers

Day 5: Hello wonderful people!  Tonight I made Palmiers.  I love simple yet impressive desserts.  Thanks to Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry, you can make these sweet crispy delights in no time!  First thaw out the puffy pastry.…
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Peppermint Chocolate Biscotti

4th day of cookies!  I love cookies.  And now I love biscottis.  These bad boys are so cute and they are just perfect size for a treat.  But then I have 4 in a row...  Anyways These peppermint chocolate biscottis…
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Ginger-Lemon Sandwich Cookies

The 3rd day of cookies is upon us and things are about to get real.  This mixture of ginger and lemon is so unexpectedly amazing.  I could ramble on about how great these are, but I have a bit of a cold and I fear I may ramble too…
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Malted Double Chocolate Chip Cookies

Malted Milk! People.  You gotta get into malt powder... and I mean GOT TO.  Do you remember when I made Pioneer Woman's Malted Milk & Chocolate Chip Cookies?  Well they are one of my favorites.  Then when I made these…
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Vanilla Whoopie Pies with Maple Buttercream

OH GOODNESS GRACIOUS PEOPLE.  A pretty serious thing happened last night in my kitchen.  I was looking through cookbooks waiting for something to stand out and say "make me!!".  Cause cookbooks talk if you weren't aware.  Then…
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Salted Caramel Pecan Bars

Oh sweet sugary and salty goodness these are delicious.  I am so happy I tried this recipe out because it took less than an hour and left the whole house smelling like fall.  First you have to toast up some chopped pecans. No…
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Mason Jar Herb Garden

I made an indoor herb garden!  I have been wanting to do this for awhile, and I finally got the chance.  I walked down to our local farmers market and one stand was selling herbs, 3 for 5 dollars!  I could not pass it up and they were the…

Level lll @ JW Marriott San Francisco

Guest Post: by Katie Estrada As a foodie, I am constantly on the hunt for restaurants that are acknowledging local and regional trends.  I recently stumbled upon Level III at the JW Marriott San Francisco Union Square and was blown…