Category Archives: winter holiday

Pumpkin Spice Granola

Granola is a great alternative to traditional cold cereal, but also serves as a hearty snack or a versatile crunchy topping for yogurt or oatmeal. With a drizzle of maple syrup and a dollop of creme fraiche, it becomes dessert. This granola has a warm spiciness and toastiness, and the mahogany syrup adds sweetness with […]

Pie crust

Homemade pie, from crust to filling, is regarded as the mark of an accomplished homemaker. I’ve heard stories of people in my grandparent’s generation choosing their spouse primarily on their pie-making skills. Sounds antiquated, and a little shallow, but I think it might be a better benchmark than a witty facebook post or a stunning […]

Pumpkin Whoopie Pies with Browned Butter Filling

This is no trick – just one delicious treat that would be perfect anytime from Halloween to Thanksgiving. The cake is simple, not-too-sweet pumpkin (the filling more than makes up for this in sugar content), and the filling – oh the filling. A gooey, sweet, pumpkin-spiced concoction with the sophisticated finish of nutty browned butter. […]

Iced Sugar Cookies: Treat Number Twelve

We had a brief spring-tease here last week. My kids and I enjoyed going outside in fleeces, and stomping around in the slush. However, we are Wisconsinites and we know that winter is far from over. In fact, it has already snowed again! Making these cookies was a nice way to spend the afternoon, and […]

Peanut Butter, Chocolate and Banana Chip Cookies (aka, Monkey Cookies): Treat Number Ten

I went out of town for a few days, and the night before I left I made these. I wanted to leave the boys a little something special to remind them that they should be thrilled when I get home, even if it means less tv and more broccoli. That’s not much of a price […]