Liliane’s 1st Birthday!

I started thinking about Lil’s birthday theme quite a few months ago and nothing compared to a rainbow Unicorn theme with a touch of roses. A friend (that ended up having three boys) once told me she wanted to have a little girl JUST so she could throw a unicorn birthday party…so I HAD to…

Oatmeal Cream Pies (better than Little Debbie does it!)

I was back in Tulsa a few months back and saw an Oatmeal Cream Pie behind the glass at this little bakery in the Mother Road Market food hall.  I have been craving them since passing up the opportunity to partake in that chewy goodness I loved so much in my childhood.  Then I was…

Quick Pickled Pearl Onions

Quick Pickled Pearl Onions Ingredients: 8 ounces (about 18) assorted pearl onions, peeled and trimmed 1/2 cup water 1/2 cup white wine vinegar 3 tablespoons sugar 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon black peppercorns (I prefer Tellicherry peppercorns) In a medium saucepan boil salted water, then add pearl onions to boil for 2 minutes.  Drain, rinse…

Suffice it to say…it’s been quite a summer

So I got married in June, 2018, after about 3 months of planning an at-home-wedding with about 60 guests.  It was a dream come true and turned out pretty perfectly. We turned our yard into a twinkly wonderland filled with candles, lights, lanterns, and flowers everywhere.  Some of the guys–with the help of my mother…

Fetching Bath, England

Bath, England- We were only here two nights, but we made the best of it starting with an elegant tea time in Bath at a spot called the Pump Room with live classical music, quite the experience.  This is the spot where the Romans once had their public baths for soaking and socializing (one still remains…

Salted butter chocolate chunk shortbread cookie kind of weekend

Cookie of the Year anyone? Salted Butter Chocolate Chunk Shortbread Cookies Although this first batch was delicious, it wasn’t the prettiest outcome.  Baking at high altitude can be a b*%$#, especially with a new cookie recipe, so I started to experiment. I increased the oven temperature to 365 and decreased the time, checking them around 10 minutes….

High Altitude Oatmeal Scotchies and Homemade Eggnog

Oatmeal Scotchies with Coconut at High Altitude 1 cup of unsalted butter, softened 1 cup brown sugar 1/3 cup sugar 2 large eggs 2 tsp. vanilla 1 & 3/4 cups all purpose flour 1 tsp. baking soda 1 tsp. cinnamon 1/2 tsp. salt 2.5 cups of quick oats 1/2 cup shredded coconut 1 bag of…

Sheep, Stones, Rainbows, Guinness, and Green

Endless green hills and pastures, Guinness galore, people with passion and personalities, sprinkles of sheep and tiny farms, stone walls and thatched roofs, historic castles, rainbows and shamrocks, are a few things that come to mind when thinking back to me short time in Ireland.The marvelous Cliffs of MoherAn Irish pub in a tiny town…

London

London is a lovely place.  We had the luxury of some local family members showing us around, so of course I had to see Nottinghill and went searching for the blue door near the historic book store.Like the treasure at the end of the rainbow, where is Hugh Grant now that I found the blue…