peppermint macarons | christmas cookies | a couple of amateurs

peppermint macarons

Earlier this year – before I had ever attempted to make macarons – I did literally hours of online research on how not to ruin them. Use old eggs. Leave the whites out at room temperature for 3 days. Dry out the piped shells on the counter before putting them in

happy thanksgiving

I hope you all had a fantastic Thanksgiving. We certainly did. Family, friends, food, drink, babies, and more food. Thanksgiving is my mom’s favorite holiday, and Christmas has always been my fave. But now I think I’m starting to see where Diane is coming from. I’ve heard we turn into our mothers, so

apple party

Looking to plan a creative, seasonally-themed event that appeals to guests of various ages, genders, and interests? Our Kiwanis Young Professionals club has monthly social events, and that was exactly what I was looking to do last month. We hosted a very autumnal gathering, but I think this concept could be

fiesta desserts

Last month, I was charged with the task of creating a selection of desserts for our local Kiwanis club’s fiesta-themed banquet. Chelsea was on the planning committee, and also gave me (or rather, my household) the responsibility of planning the drink menu. She requested authentic margaritas made by my husband,

how to host a beer pairing dinner

Wine pairing for meals is a pretty popular concept. So why not beer? For some reason, when we drink beer with food, we aren’t as likely to stop and taste and think about the flavors that the beer and food bring out in each other. You can open your friends’

cherry pie bites

One of the many foods that The Very Hungry Caterpillar eats through in his adventure by Eric Carle, is “1 Piece of Cherry Pie.” We wanted the food at Kim’s baby shower to be easy to serve up, so we decided to make bites of cherry pie rather than slices.

thirtieth birthday s’mores bar

I turned 30 last month. Leading up to the big day, I had let my husband (with much help from Annie) plan a surprise birthday party for me. It was really hard to not be in control of the situation. In fact, it was so painful, that I had to