• Sopapilla cheesecake bars

    Easy sopapilla cheesecake bars with cinnamon sugar and honey

    A few years ago, I was visiting Phoenix for work and had the chance to see my mom’s BFF. She reads the blog (hi, Beth!) and gave me a bunch of different recipes to try. One that immediately caught my eye was something called “sopapilla cheesecake,” and I meant to make it as soon as […]

  • Sweetheart smoothie bowl

    sweetheart berry rose-smoothie bowl

    Conversation hearts, boxes of chocolates, and red velvet cupcakes are all great ways to show someone you love them on Valentine’s Day, but I get it: Not everyone is into treats that are full of flour, white sugar, and food coloring. But what about a bowl packed with real fruit that happens to smell (and […]

  • Red velvet sandwich cookies

    red velvet heart sandwich cookies

    While I hate basically everything card companies and Hollywood studios serve to us as “romance,” I do have a soft spot for Valentine’s Day. I guess it’s all the red and pink hearts, plus the opportunity for adorable treats. This year, after I saw the super cute red heart cut-out cookies on the cover of Better Homes […]

  • Rainbows and unicorns

    unicorn and rainbow cookies

    I don’t know about you, but I could definitely use some good vibes right about now. And so, I present: unicorn and rainbow cookies. I tried some new-to-me methods when decorating these cookies, and some worked better than others. But really, how can you go wrong with unicorns and rainbows? Instead of using colored icing […]

  • What to bake (and cook) for Christmas

    gingerbread men and pumpkin dip

    I am totally not ready for Christmas. Toby and I were both traveling for work, and I have baked a TON of cookies for various events and other people, but the only thing we have in our house right now is some peppermint bark I made yesterday. I obviously need to get on the ball, […]

  • Thanksgiving prep!

    pumpkin pie

    Are you ready for Thanksgiving? It’s still 80 degrees here, so it doesn’t quite feel like late November, but I’ve been testing pumpkin pie recipes (my favorite is this one by Ina Garten) and working on a menu for a Friendsgiving brunch we’re hosting on Saturday. I’m hoping to get a new recipe posted before Thursday, […]

  • Candy corn layer cake

    candy corn cake for Halloween

    I love most candies that are basically just sugar + food coloring, so it’s no surprise that I adore candy corn (mellowcreme pumpkins are the best)! But there’s only so much candy corn one human can eat, and they don’t have it here in Bahrain anyway. They do, however, have butter, sugar, and flour, which […]

  • Disney Halloween cookies

    jack skellington cookies

    Halloween at Disneyland is an extra magical time. They have a special Halloween party (which, sadly, we never made it to), Halloween-themed treats, various Disney villians to meet and take photos with, and cool Halloween decorations throughout the park. I had never seen Nightmare Before Christmas before going to Disneyland at Halloween, but after experiencing […]

  • Gluten-free Halloween sugar cookies

    gluten free spider web cookies

    It’s hard for me to believe that it’s late October — especially since it has been 95 degrees here all week — but somehow it is almost Halloween. I recently went on a baking binge and made several different kinds of Halloween cookies that I am going to share with you, but I wanted to […]

  • Southern summer sipper

    peach bourbon cocktail

    While I’m (obviously) a proponent of drinking cocktails year round, there are some drinks that just taste better in the summer. This is one of those cocktails: fresh peaches squeezed into a pitcher with lemon juice, bourbon, jalapeno simple syrup and a few sprigs of thyme. Perfect for sipping on the screened-in porch. Thank you […]