Early fall decor sales

It’s finally August, meaning it’s less than one month until we fall enthusiasts get the green light to transform our living spaces! Not only did I not get to participate last fall because we were packing and moving, but I have a brand new space in which to play this year. I CANNOT WAIT TO…

Savory Pumpkin Soup

While pumpkin soup is something I typically reserve for autumn and Thanksgiving, I was craving it the other day. But this is not your grandma’s strangely sweet yet weirdly bland pumpkin soup. My recipe is different than most, as I omit all the traditional sweeter spices. No ginger, no cinnamon, no nutmeg. I’m after a…

Bûche de Noël

Every Christmas, I challenge myself to at least one cooking/baking challenge. This year, I chose a Bûche de Noël, otherwise known as a Yule Log. It is a traditional French roulade (or jelly roll cake) filled with fruit and/or cream, covered in chocolate and decorated to look like a log. The most well-known in America is…

Scruffy-looking Valentine

Like many 30-something wives, I’m married to a life-long Star Wars fan. So this Valentine’s Day, I decided to turn our bedroom into an homage to one of his all-time favorite movie couples, Han Solo and Princess Leia. Just because you’re a little nerdy doesn’t mean you can’t be classy about it. Pillowcases: aGoGoPillowcases Printables: Society Studios

My holiday binder

  It shouldn’t come as a surprise that I adore the autumn/Thanksgiving/Christmas season. After Labor Day, I kick into high gear, keen on squeezing every last moment of seasonal fun out of the next four months. If I’m not careful, this fervor can easily turn into overwhelming burnout by New Year’s Eve. How do I manage it?…

Chocolate mint crinkle cookies

These little gems taste like little brownie bites with a delicate hint of mint, and they taste even better than they look. They’re perfect for the holidays, or pretty much any other day, really, since the dough freezes well. The next time I make them, I plan to add semisweet chocolate chips, just for fun….

Our Thanksgiving table

I absolutely love tablescapes! However, I’m not so good at all those formal dining rules. This fork here, this plate there. I’m just too impatient for that, and who wants to do extra dishes afterward? As a result, we’re pretty informal around here. Informal but pretty. White dishes, placemats: Pier 1 Imports Centerpiece parts, chargers:…

Pumpkin pie with mascarpone whipped cream

As I usually do, the filling of my first scratch-made pumpkin pie is the result of researching multiple highly-rated recipes online and coming up with my own final version. Mine doesn’t include cloves and substitutes a bit of brown sugar for the traditional white. My favorite part? Doing the leaf design on top! To make them, I…