I think good harmony and an extra dash of cinnamon can go a long way.

With our vacation to the Low Country just around the corner, I figured I’d get in the mood with some good old-fashioned corn bread.
This would have been even better if it was accompanied by some shrimp & grits, but I guess that’ll have to wait.

With our vacation to the Low Country just around the corner, I figured I’d get in the mood with some good old-fashioned corn bread.

This would have been even better if it was accompanied by some shrimp & grits, but I guess that’ll have to wait.

Dave Carter & Tracy Grammer - Way Over Yonder in the Minor Key

Here’s what I’m singing along to in the kitchen today.  

A great folk cover of Woody Guthrie & Billy Bragg’s tune, Way Over Yonder in the Minor Key.  Dave Carter and Tracy Grammer do it right.

I think it’s time to implement the celebration of half birthdays. Who could turn down another reason to have cake (or a half-cake in this case)? We happily celebrated the half birthday of our little one this weekend, cake and all.
Our boy sure is growing, but not as fast as our hearts are with love for him. Happy 6-months, Van.

I had the pleasure of whipping up some sweet treats for a fun dessert photo shoot by our friend, Clark. This man has some serious skills behind the lens and somehow found a way to make these goodies look even more delicious.

So much for those last lingering pregnancy pounds, right?

Bourbon vanilla extract? Yes, please.
I began this little project back in October (before our new bundle of joy arrived). The vanilla was ready to be bottled and corked just in time for the holidays.
Now, if I could just work on my posting punctuality, I’d be set.
With a newborn baby boy at home, any recipe with “pick-me-up” in the name is a winner. I came across one for Chocolate Espresso Pick-Me-Up Cookies the other day and figured it was worth a try. Sure, I’m still running on three hours of sleep, but at least I have a delicious treat to snack on while I’m up.

With a newborn baby boy at home, any recipe with “pick-me-up” in the name is a winner. I came across one for Chocolate Espresso Pick-Me-Up Cookies the other day and figured it was worth a try. Sure, I’m still running on three hours of sleep, but at least I have a delicious treat to snack on while I’m up.

I had to combat the 90-degree weather, high humidity and afternoon rain showers last weekend by baking the illusion of Fall.
The scent of spices and pumpkin in the oven did the trick, especially when the end result was a hazelnut-crumble-topped pumpkin bread. Hello, “Fall”.

One of the greatest things about birthdays is that there’s a guaranteed cake
(or cupcake or treat). I have been the designated office “birthday buddy”
for my girlfriend, Nicole, for 7 years now and her 30th deserved something
special — Oreo cupcakes. They’re so good, you don’t even have to make a wish.

A two-week baking hiatus should never be allowed. I think my oven was angry with me, so I wanted to redeem myself & thought this would do the trick — Key Lime Pound Cake. It was so tempting that my husband and I had to try a slice before dinner (and after dinner, too).

21 years ago, my Grandma Henry gave my sisters and me each a copy of our “Family Favorites” cookbook. I still enjoy flipping through the worn-down pages to see the recipes that have inspired us all these years.

I know that her love for baking was definitely passed down to me…so, perhaps her classic Swedish Rye Bread should be next on my to-bake list.

Georgia has been on my mind lately after a weekend visit to Kennesaw to see my folks. I figured what better way to build on that than with peaches! My taste buds were pleased when these fresh ones turned into brown sugar-cinnamon peach pie.

Delish.

Sometimes, you shouldn’t have to choose between chocolate and buttercream.