Salty & Sweet Bacon Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookies

Sweet. Salty. Chewy. Crunchy. These cookies are literally everything you could ever want in your mouth. You may be thinking to yourself, "This is it, Lauren has finally gone off her rocker!" "Bacon in cookies???" "Damn, girl is cray!" No, my dear friends, I assure you that whatever sanity I have is still intact - … Continue reading Salty & Sweet Bacon Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookies

Recipe: Shortcut Lemon Bars

  So I"ve had this half-empty jar of lemon curd sitting in my fridge staring at me for what feels like an eternity as I scratch my head trying to figure out what to do with it. The first half was great with homemade scones, but there is only so much plain lemon curd a … Continue reading Recipe: Shortcut Lemon Bars

Tutorial: Cupped Cakes

Next time you need  a batch of cupcakes for a party, potluck, or school fundraiser, try making Cupped Cakes instead - they take a little more time and effort, but the result has dramatic effect and the yummy flavor combination possibilities are literally endless! ​This isn't a recipe per se, it's more of a how-to, so … Continue reading Tutorial: Cupped Cakes

Recipe: Easy Cheatsy Chocolate Croissants

Seriously. Is there anything better than a warm gooey chocolate croissant? CHOCOLATE AND BUTTER Y'ALL. (Secretly, deep down we all know I am Paula Deen's long lost love child LMAO!) Starbucks has some of The Best IMHO, but Dunkin Donuts recenty got in on that game too. And I for one just cannot get enough! … Continue reading Recipe: Easy Cheatsy Chocolate Croissants

Boho Brunch Baby Shower

When planning a shower, whether it's bridal or baby, there are really only two things to keep in mind: the Bride/Mom-to-be, and the Budget. It's all about the special lady being honored, and so everything from the theme to the food to the favors should be tailored to her style. Is she a party girl … Continue reading Boho Brunch Baby Shower

Family Cookbook

Now that the holidays are over and the gifts have all been gifted, I can finally talk about the latest Big Project that Abbey and I have been working on for the last half of the year - our family cookbook! This past summer, my aunt from Saint Louis visited us and we did a lot of … Continue reading Family Cookbook

Recipe: Paddy Treats

Being Irish but not Catholic, I'm not huge into St. Patrick's Day. I celebrate my heritage every day so I don't need the calendar to tell me when I should do so, and when I do it's not by getting plastered and marching in the streets. I absolutely hate the fact that Americans consider drinking … Continue reading Recipe: Paddy Treats

Recipe: Brown Butter Apple Cinnamon Muffins

I LOVE MUFFINS! So easy to make and so delicious to eat! I make muffins ALL the time, so each time I make a batch I try to do something a little different. This time I took a tip from everybody's favorite Pioneer Woman, Ree Drummond, and added a little BROWN BUTTER to my recipe … Continue reading Recipe: Brown Butter Apple Cinnamon Muffins

Recipe: Vegetarian Chili

My family loves this chili, so I end up making it at least once a month. It's a very simple recipe so it's really easy to make, and can be made ahead of time too! Tonight we had it topped with sour cream with my molasses cornbread muffins on the side, but sometimes we switch … Continue reading Recipe: Vegetarian Chili

DINOmite Prehistoric Kiddie Chrismukkah Party

We've been hosting our annual Chrismukkah Party in some form or another since 2004, and each year we choose a different theme or scheme for our party. We've had everything from homemade rustic to candy themed to super swanky and sophisticated to an all-white winterland. But when my sister showed me an image of a … Continue reading DINOmite Prehistoric Kiddie Chrismukkah Party