Lemon Cookie Bites

Hello people of the internet! You may or may not remember, but one of the things I’ve been wanting to work on lately is incorporating flavors other than chocolate in my baking. I know. You’re thinking, But Jessica. Why? Why on earth would you want to do that? Yeah, I’m a chocolate freak, but some people…

S’mores Cupcakes: You’re killin’ me Smalls! Edition

Fourth of July is right around the corner. For Eric and me, that means we head to our friend’s lake house and kick it for a couple of days. We bring tons of food and beer and wine and unplug together. It’s one of my favorite times of the year.  The boys blow stuff up,…

Minty Brownies! :)

Hello my lovely three dimensional people! Life has been just bonkers lately. I’ve been freelancing a bit around town and my schedule is, how shall we say, wonky. Last week-ish, I was planning my baking project for the week and was scrolling through some ideas I had for upcoming posts. I know I want to…

Double Chocolate Chip Cookies

Hola all! Lately, I’ve been trying to up my game with all kinds of baking ventures. I’ve been experimenting with my cookies and brownies to try and isolate what works and what doesn’t AND I’ve been trying to conquer recipes that have eluded me in the past. This cookie is such a recipe. Behold! The…

Mapledoodles!

One of the best things that happens in baking (and in life I guess) is when something run of the mill turns into something really special. This week, I went off the rails with these Snickerdoodles. Snickerdoodles are fantastic. They are Eric’s favorite cookie, and I have been trying for years to make one that…

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

Hello all! May was completely insane for Eric and me. Between the last week of April and the last week in May we had 7 birthdays, Mother’s Day, a wedding (that I was in) and a dance recital I helped with backstage involving at least 200 students. Eric also ran off to Chicago with his…

Coconut Raspberry Scones: Classy Edition

Today is the day before one of my oldest and dearest friends gets married. I’m a couple hours out from heading to the rehearsal dinner and, as one is wont to do in times like this, I’ve been reminiscing about all the fun we’ve had over the years. One such incident revolves around Mara’s absolute…

Pound Cake. Ode to a Pinterest Fail.

I’m not trying to offend anybody, but Martha Stewart is a lying liar. She is. I spent YEARS believing this woman from the east coast, with her accent and her blonde hair and her perfect lighting, held all the secrets to baking and entertaining. I know. She is the guru. She knows her stuff. She built an…

Mother’s Day Edition! Aka: Cookie Dough Cheesecake

Hey interweb world! It is no secret that I consider myself an incredibly fortunate person. I’ve written before about how great my friends are and how wonderful my husband is. Today, it’s all about the other ladies in my life. The moms. I have an amazing mother. She went back to school and got her…

Cinnamon Rolls

Alright. So most mornings when I get up and roll out to whatever job I have that day, I have pretty much the same breakfast. I have scrambled eggs and toast most days because I have to have some protein to start my day. However. When family is in town or the holidays hit, I…

Cheesecake Stuffed Cupcakes

We are heading back to Sugar Town. One of my many random jobs involves helping out in theatrical productions when children are in shows and wrangling them backstage. I keep them quiet, I keep them in lines. I basically unleash all my teacher-ness to force them to be professional. It works sometimes. Anyway, this weekend…

Cheddar Chive Bacon Biscuits

Lately, I’ve been accused of something pretty terrible. Something I certainly never intended. Something painful and, in my opinion, erroneous. I’ve been accused of trying to give everyone around me diabetes. Guys. It is not my intention to give you diabetes. I simply want to bring joy and sugary baked goodness into the world. However,…

Vanilla Chip Macadamia Nut Cookies

Hey all! So in figuring out this week’s baking project, I was thinking about those desserts that are tried and true. Those things we all grab for in good times and bad. Those delightful confections that are hand held, portable and truly tempting in all ways. Cookies guys. Cookies. Cookies are the ultimate snacky little…

Fairie Velvet Cake

Last weekend was Easter Sunday and, as per usual for holidays, we had a big family dinner at my Mom’s house. Now, for us, family dinners are always a large affair. Ten people at dinner is nothing. We once had 35 for Thanksgiving and my mother didn’t bat an eye. We always make a ton…

Sweet Potato Babka/Spring Bake/6 Hour Bread. WTF.

Hey kids. So it has been a bit since I’ve posted. Life’s been a bit nuts. My brother got married, I went to Chicago with some friends for a dear girl’s bachelorette, and of course, let’s not forget: Spring Break. Which shall from here out be known as Spring Bake! That’s right. I went there….

Cinnamon Apple Bread

Hello all from the world of my kitchen! Tomorrow is March 14. That is 3/14. That is Pie Day. Now, for days and days I’ve been thinking, I’m going to be a total bad ass and make a pie. From scratch! I can make my own pie crust and fill it with delicious things and post…

Galentines Day!

I am a very lucky lady. I have a wonderful family, a fantastic husband and some truly fabulous girlfriends. They have been there with me through all the ups and downs in my life, and they are my support system. I am known as the ‘nice’ one in the group, and when  I need that…

Cake for Breakfast!

So. Ok. Something about me. I’m a chocolate freak. I love chocolate. I would probably eat chocolate at every meal if it didn’t mean serious consequences. Recently, Eric and I were out with some friends and asked to see a dessert menu. There was nothing chocolate on it. The server asked, “So, what are we…

It’s Cookie Time

Hello people of the interweb! Welcome. Gather. I believe that in this election year, during this time where our country is so divided by conservative and liberal, by republican and democrat, by pro or con whatever, it is vital that we unite around our common love of something positive and good. Chocolate. Chip. Cookies. No matter…

Hollah for Challah!

Hello all! I’ve been reflecting lately on the effect that a physical place can have on one’s happiness and creativity. In our last abode, Eric and I had loads of space, but we didn’t use it. I was not very motivated to create anything new and, to be honest, it wasn’t in the best of…