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Buttery Eggnog-ish Candied Popcorn Balls

I swear… the holidays bring out the best in me. By the best, I’m specifically referring to each of the kitschy, crafty and resourceful Girl Scout badges I earned between the ages of 8 years and 16 years of age. Those were some of my best years. Let’s not call it peaking early because all […]

30 Minute Asian Chicken Soup. – How Sweet It Is

It’s disguised as a hug. It is! I swear. This is a big deal. There are no noodles in this soup! I didn’t even realize it until I was halfway done testing the recipe. I actually meant to add noodles but my new years brain is completely fried and before I knew it, I saw […]

Blood Orange Vanilla Upside Down Cake. – How Sweet It Is

I have the best way for you to get it. In one delicious slice, covered with cold vanilla whipped cream! You might want to sit down for this one. When I was super young, we lived in this house that had a crawl space in the garage. It was more than a crawl space – […]

Holiday baking ideas – Flourish – King Arthur Flour

Everything feels a little extra-special around the holidays. Fires feel cozier and kitchens are more welcoming. Strangers are friendly to one another, and there’s always music in the air. Is it just me, or does hot chocolate taste richer this time of year, too? It’s time to bring some of this festive elegance to your […]

weekend photo diary: children’s museum and the winter garden! – How Sweet It Is

We’ve had the best weekend! We went to the Children’s Museum on Saturday morning for a breakfast event and Max got to run like crazy through the Daniel Tiger exhibit. We took a quick detour on our way home to see the tree and ice rink at PPG and lose our heads over the gingerbread […]

Christmas Morning Mimosas. – How Sweet It Is

Merry merry! Determined to get you in the holiday spirit, I’m serving you a cocktail so full of festive sparkle that you can’t resist. I have a ridiculously, embarrassingly easy recipe for you today, but it brings me so much joy that I couldn’t NOT share it! If you’ve been following along with my 12 […]

Kitchen-Made Bath Salts

I know we’re busy- we’re at the end of one of those bonkers weeks (bonkers year, really!).  I’m just stopping in with a few things you might add to your grocery list in case … Source: Kitchen-Made Bath Salts

Smoky Vanilla Bourbon Pretzels. – How Sweet It Is

Today we are solving all of your holiday snacking needs. I realize that these pretzels don’t look like much. In fact, they look like… pretzels. Plain old pretzels. But they totally are NOT plain old pretzels. Let me back up a minute. Confession time.

Caramelized Winter Fruit Stuffed Brie Cheese with a Pinot Poached Pear. – How Sweet It Is

Okay, so I get it. Most times I also just want a super easy, throw-together-on-the-fly appetizer that I can take to holiday parties. I don’t want something fussy, something that is going to take a million steps to prep OR something that is near impossible to transport to a friend’s house. I HEAR YA. But. […]

Cinnamon Star Bread

When the weather turns cold and the snow starts to fly, I use my oven to fill my home with the scents of the season—warm vanilla, spiced cinnamon, and intoxicating cocoa. The kitchen is my sanctuary, a place of peace and shelter from the stress the holidays can create. Baking is one of the ways […]