Holiday

Easy Christmas Cookies

This is it! Christmas is THIS weekend and I can hardly believe this holiday season is almost over….sad face!! To round out my holiday menu ideas this year, I’m sharing these super duper Easy Christmas Cookies! I can barely call this a recipe and it almost doesn’t even count as cooking if I’m being honest.Read more

Cheesy Potatoes Au Gratin

I’ve droned on and on about my love for potatoes in past blogs….especially when talking about my favorite Creamy Parmesan Mashed Potatoes or these irresistible Parmesan Smashed Potatoes. What can I say, potatoes just get me. You know what I mean? So for this holiday season I’ve come up with yet another way to indulge inRead more

Simple Shepherd’s Pie

Last year I shared an easy, yet very special, Herb Roasted Filet of Beef that is perfect for your holiday menu. But if you’re looking for something a little more affordable and casual, I’ve got you covered with this Simple Shepherd’s Pie! I’ve always wanted to try making this dish, but for some reason have alwaysRead more

Apple Cider Mimosa

Just a couple days away from Thanksgiving and we can’t forget the cocktails, amiright?! You are going to forget all about traditional mimosas with orange juice once you give this Apple Cider Mimosa a try! I’m officially obsessed! I know there’s already plenty to take care of on Thanksgiving day, but this needs just 2Read more

Croissant Bread Pudding with Caramel Sauce

We’re less than a week away from Thanksgiving and it’s about time I bring you a dessert idea, right? We all expect the usual apple pie (and if you’re looking for THE best recipe ever with the flakiest crust you should check mine out here!) But if you’re looking for something special and a littleRead more

Herb Roasted Chicken

Confession time. I’m not into turkey. Sorry, but I fall into the part of the population that finds it to be dry, no matter how it’s prepared. I know, I know – if it’s deep fried it’s amazing, but that seems like quite the effort, and I’m not quite brave enough to undertake that atRead more

Pretzel Bread Stuffing

We are less than 2 weeks away from Thanksgiving, you guys! How that happened is a mystery to me (I swear I was just wearing flip flops and summer dresses). But I’m embracing the holidays, because no matter how fast time flies this is the best time of year, amiright?? So sit back, relax, andRead more

Green Beans with Shallots and Bacon

We’re one week into November, and mother nature has certainly reminded us that it is no longer summer. Temperatures have dropped here in Virginia and I’m not too upset about it – I’m ready for sweaters and scarves and boots! I’m also super excited for Thanksgiving ๐Ÿ™‚ And as promised, I’m bringing you another ideaRead more

Roasted Mushrooms

It’s November, everyone! Can you believe it?! Even though I hate how fast time flies, I can’t help but feel giddy about the last 2 months of the year. For me, this magical time is jam-packed with birthdays and anniversaries, and of course Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve. And guess what? You’re in forRead more

Filipino Lumpia

As one holiday ends another holiday is coming up, and that means more food! Growing up, New Year’s Eve always involved a very elaborate dinner spread, including some type of pancit (noodle) dish (to represent a long and happy life in the new year), twelve types of fruit (one for each upcoming month), and alwaysRead more
Herb-Roasted Filet of Beef Tenderloin

Herb-Roasted Filet of Beef with Basil Aioli

Happy 3 days until Christmas Eve, everyone! I’m so excited to celebrate with good company and of course, good food! Boy, do I have a goodie for you today!! If you’re hosting Christmas dinner at your place, might I suggest this beautiful and impressive Herb-Roasted Filet of Beef with Basil Aioli. Sounds super fancy, right?Read more

Perfect Hot Chocolate

I couldn’t let December come and go without a Hot Chocolate recipe. When you think of Christmas and the holidays, isn’t hot chocolate always part of that picture?? In my head it goes…..family, tree, snow, Christmas music, hot chocolate ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ve always wanted to make it from scratch, even though those instant packets aren’t terrible.Read more

Creamy Parmesan Mashed Potatoes

T-minus 2 days to Thanksgiving!! I’m sure most of you are well into your menu planning and shopping. But if you’re still in need of an amazing side dish, have I got a winner for you! If you ask me, Thanksgiving isn’t complete without some good ole’ mashed potatoes. It’s my favorite Thanksgiving side for sure, andRead more

Classic Apple Pie

Happy Thanksgiving week, everyone! Are you as excited as I am about the holidays?! Nothing makes me smile like thinking about this time of year ๐Ÿ™‚ And I’ve decided to kick off the holiday season with this Classic Apple Pie. I’ve been experimenting with recipes since last year and I’ve finally come up with the perfectRead more

Parmesan Herb Smashed Potatoes

I can’t believe that I have never had these before. I love all things potato – mashed, fries, chips, baked – but smashed potatoes? How has this never even crossed my mind?! Travesty, I tell you. I came across the idea while watching an episode of The Pioneer Woman (if you don’t know who she is,Read more

Cinnamon Pecan Monkey Bread

I made this for the first time a week ago and it was love at first bite. Full disclosure: the pictures you see in this post represent the third time I’ve made this in one week (#noregrets). Monkey Bread is something almost everyone has had, and it’s easy to see the appeal: butter, sugar, bread. NeedRead more

Mom’s Famous Lasagna

I imagine most people have a go-to lasagna recipe, but when I say my mom’s lasagna is famous, I mean it. Like, for real. She made it for every birthday, major holiday, and potluck party. Family and friends alike craved her lasagna. And after she passed away this was the first dish of hers that I tried on myRead more

Easy Roast Chicken

Happy Friday you guys! Looks like it’ll be a beautiful fall weekend, free of rain, so I hope you guys have fun plans! Ryan and I have our 15 year high school reunion, I can’t even believe it. Should be fun!  In case you have plans for a dinner party, this Easy Roast Chicken ecipe adaptedRead more