North Iowa Food Scene

While traveling to Mexico, my husband and I had had a brief conversation with a lovely couple from California. We ventured off of our resort in search of a more authentic food experience and ran into them right outside the gates of the resort. They were staying at an Airbnb down the road and were…

(Simple) Apple Tart

Alright, folks. Thanks for waiting on this second PP (puff pastry) recipe. We have had so much life happening in the weeks since returning from vacation. We have lost a loved one, very nearly lost another and have been making progress towards the biggest and happiest project in our lives (so far). More deets on…

Carry-On to Cozumel Part Deux

I just wanted to do a follow-up post to update you on our little experiment of only taking one carry-on and one personal item each while traveling to Mexico for 6 days. Those of you who know me well (I am certain) were a wee bit skeptical when I wrote the first post. I, myself,…

(Simple) Toffee Sticky Buns

In keeping with the theme of my “Two Soups, One Base” post from a few weeks ago, I am pleased to present you with the first of two (look for the second recipe next week) sweet, simple puff pastry treats that you would be proud to serve for afternoon tea with the Queen or for…

Carry-on to Cozumel

If you live anywhere south of Iowa, I envy you this time of year. Our winter started out super mild (in the 30’s and 40’s) and we got way too comfortable. Fast forward to mid-January and we started averaging at least one snow storm a week and are now up to 10 school snow days….

(Almost) Grandma’s Blondies

My Grandma Connie claims that during her days as a young wife on the farm, she baked one chocolate cake per day to feed my grandpa and any hired hands invited inside for lunch or an afternoon coffee break. My Grandpa Gene had a fondness for chocolate that rivaled the love of Romeo for Juliet….

The Haves and the Need Nots

I am blessed to have a kitchen that is large enough for all of my cooking and baking endeavors. Sure, it could be bigger, have a better layout or more storage but now that I am in my 30’s (almost mid – yikes) and I am so much wiser than I was when I designed…