The ultimate cold weather cocktail! Spiced rum, cinnamon and a few other goodies make this delicious hot toddy completely amazing and the perfect way to warm up on a cold night!

Creamy Hot Buttered Rum

Creamy Hot Buttered Rum

Ok, folks….its time to get ready.  I’m not talking about getting candy or costumes ready.  Nor am I speaking of pumpkins or spooky Halloween decorations.  Its time to get your mental health in check.  You know that those kids of yours will have meltdowns, sugar highs & lows, sibling fights over how much candy someoneContinue Reading…


Flufftella Croissants

Flufftella Croissants

Several weeks back, just after school had started, my son came home from school and quickly asked, “Mom, can I have a “Flufftella” sandwich in my lunch tomorrow?”  I said, “Flufftella sandwich?  What is that?”  Harrison then proceeded to tell me that his friend Michael has that for lunch almost every day.  He said, “Mama,Continue Reading…

Loaded with both wide and narrow egg noodles, along with carrots, celery and thick chunks of chicken, this soup will warm the body and soul!

Hearty Chicken Double Noodle Soup

Hearty Chicken Double Noodle Soup

When its cold outside, make yourself this warm, comforting Hearty Chicken Double Noodle Soup.  Loaded with both wide and narrow egg noodles, along with carrots, celery and thick chunks of chicken, this soup will warm the body and soul! Have you ever noticed that, among other things, the weather triggers our food cravings?  I can’tContinue Reading…


Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Brownies

Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Brownies

Brownies are something I really, really love!  I love them with ice cream.  I love them plain, or with frosting.  I love them cakey or fudgy – basically any way they are made.  I especially love them with extra stuff in the batter, like these Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Brownies.  They are AMAZINGLY delicious, withContinue Reading…

BBQ Chicken and Red Grape Pizza

BBQ Chicken and Red Grape Pizza

Do you and your family have Pizza night every once in a while?  As a kid I remember having pizza for dinner was such a treat.  Mostly because it was one of the few times we were allowed to have soda with our meal.  🙂  I grew up in a small town, where the onlyContinue Reading…


Moist chocolate cupcakes are topped with a vanilla frosting and chocolate swirl spiderweb, making these cupcakes "Spooktacular!"

Spooky Spiderweb Cupcakes

Spooky Spiderweb Cupcakes

For whatever reason, I don’t make cupcakes all that often.  I don’t know why – they are super easy to make, clean up, and especially fun to eat.  Today, Harrison had a football game, and unfortunately they lost a really close one.  So once we got home, I said, “Today would be a good dayContinue Reading…

Nutella Hazelnut Coffee

Nutella Hazelnut Coffee

Northern Virginia, is absolutely breathtaking in the fall.  The weather is mild, and beautiful – the summer humidity of the mid-Atlantic subsides as the days get shorter and cooler.  The leaves along the Potomac and the foothills of the Shenandoah’s reach their peak right about now, and the colors are gorgeous.  When the sun hitsContinue Reading…