The Merry Friar

The Merry Friar December 12, 2014

I love eggnog; always have. I can remember the combination of eggnog and my Grandma’s pecan butter ball cookies as a Christmas Eve tradition when I was a young girl so it’s been a longstanding love affair and a tradition I’ve kept alive my entire adult life. I’ve also been pouring a bit in my […]


Old Fashioned Date Nut Bars

Date, Nut and Coconut Bars December 10, 2014

Today is my birthday and while I do love German Chocolate Cake; that’s a big dessert to make without a party planned (check out my friend Brooks recipe that I’m DYING to make!).  So I decided to make myself a whole bunch of these Old Fashioned Date Nut Bars that I’ve loved since I was a […]


Potato, Leek and Goat Cheese Tart

Potato, Leek and Goat Cheese Tart December 9, 2014

A few weeks ago I was working with my rote ‘background noise’ of the Food Network on the family room television. I’m not sure how long it will play that role in my world as it seems to be quickly turning in the Food Contest Network but for the time being I still prefer it […]


Pomegranate and Rosemary Gin Fizz

Pomegranate and Rosemary Gin Fizz December 5, 2014

This cocktail simply says Christmas. The gorgeous colors are the first cue and perfect for my color wheel. If you know me I’m so not into yellow, orange or the orangish red that is so often used for holiday decor. Color me burgundy or not at all! I might have mentioned this to a friend […]


The Best Sugar Cookies

The Best Sugar Cookies December 3, 2014

It’s a great time for Wayback Wednesday; I have so many of my favorite holiday recipes that were first published on my site before people I know were even using the Internet. No, I am not kidding! These might not have been that long ago but I first put them online in 2004 and added […]


Potato Chip Cookies with Toasted Pecans

Potato Chip Cookies with Toasted Pecans December 1, 2014

I agree with you. They sound sort of weird and maybe a bit intriguing but overall certainly nothing extraordinary. Wait…I take that back. I might HAVE agreed with you. The truth is I’ve made plain old potato chip cookies off and on for years and while I love the salty crunch the chips added, it […]


Brown Sugar Pumpkin Cheesecake with Bourbon and Toasted Walnuts

Brown Sugar Pumpkin Cheesecake with Bourbon November 25, 2014

Are you ready for Thanksgiving? NO? Me either. How does it always come down to this hectic frenzy right before holidays when I think I’m a planner? Well, for me, it has not helped one tiny bit that a local web host has decided to go out of business and he hosts several of my […]


Blackberry and Cream Cheese Stuffed French Toast

Blackberry and Cream Cheese Stuffed French Toast November 24, 2014

Really all I want to share is that you need to have this Blackberry and Cream Cheese Stuffed French Toast for breakfast on Thanksgiving morning. Or Christmas morning. Or any holiday morning. Or birthday. Or…well you get my drift right? We not only love this immensely for the great breakfast dish it is but that love […]


Pear Pomegranate Cooler

Pear and Pomegranate Prosecco Cooler November 21, 2014

I think the opportunities for me to head into Denver proper have quadrupled since I moved further south. Murphy? Is that you? As a result I’m even pickier about events I’ll attend; factoring in a 2 hour round trip drive will do that! So, when the folks at the Thirsty Lion Gastropub invited me to […]


Smoked Gouda Macaroni and Cheese with Bacon

Smoked Gouda Macaroni and Cheese with Bacon November 18, 2014

I’ve recently joined a group run by the Food Network that publishes a weekly list of dishes from favorite bloggers that wrap around a theme. Actually I’ve been a part of the group but took a long sabbatical during the past 18 months. Feeling a bit less overwhelmed and ready to get back in the […]


Aviation Cocktail

Aviation Cocktail November 14, 2014

I’ve been wanting to make this cocktail for the longest time. I once had someone order it for me when we met at a local bar and I loved it. It’s probably the prettiest cocktail ever and as much as I love purple that could be swaying me but it’s not. It’s sort of a […]


Pumpkin Spice Latte Cupcakes with Caramel Sauce

Pumpkin Spice Latte Cupcakes with Caramel Sauce November 11, 2014

Once the pumpkin craze hits the Internet starting sometime in August (it’s still SUMMER for crying out loud!); I feel more inclined to hide than participate. Can I be honest? I just don’t get it. I admit, I enjoy the requisite pie on Thanksgiving but that pie had better have plenty of sugar and bourbon […]


Salted Caramel Cream Liqueur

Salted Caramel Cream Liqueur November 7, 2014

There’s no story here today; nothing warm and fuzzy about how this magical potion transformed a holiday or my life. No stories about sharing it with friends and family as a holiday gift offering either. Nope. It just is what it is. One of those lightbulb moments when the confluence of this Salted Caramel Sauce […]


Homemade Salted Caramel Sauce

Homemade Salted Caramel Sauce November 4, 2014

I remember clearly my first introduction to something of the ‘salted’ caramel variety. My daughter was in high school and we had traveled west from our home to a new shopping center closer to the foothills of the Rocky Mountains called Aspen Grove. Of course we had a beautiful shopping center near us but young […]


Corpse Reviver No. 2

Corpse Reviver No. 2 October 31, 2014

Let’s talk about the day after Halloween. Yes, tomorrow…when you have partied and reveled and possibly overdone it. When you wake up in the morning and your head hurts and you wonder why you did all that stuff. You my friend are the corpse because I know you feel like death…and this is just what […]