• Cinnamon Eggnog Cheesecake December 18, 2014 IMG_2984_main-1
    We are officially ONE WEEK away from Christmas!!! How excited are you?!
    We don’t go overboard with the gifts and I was actually starting to second guess myself. Should we buy more presents for the girls? Should we make sure the presents are overflowing from under the tree? Is that what …
  • Kimchi Fried Rice Bowl December 16, 2014 kimchi rice bowl_1954_main
    Yesterday, I did the unthinkable.
    I slept in until 6:35am.
    On the weekdays, I usually wake up at 5:50am. And I didn’t post anything new here on the blog on Monday. We have 9 days until Christmas and I’m living on the edge.

    Last weekend, we hosted two parties. One for my daughter …

  • Chocolate Merlot Cake December 12, 2014 Rich, fudgy, chocolatey goodness . . . with a hint of Merlot. You need to try this cake. #chocolatemerlotcake #baking #holidays #cake #chocolatecake
    Madeline and I heard the most disappointing news the other day as we were leaving her doctor’s appointment. Wisconsin is going to have a brown Christmas this year. A brown Christmas. No snow.
    I just wrote about Christmas being better with snow in my last post. It’s funny. Every morning, I …
  • Christmas Cupcakes + A Giveaway! December 10, 2014 IMG_2637-5
    In my mind, there are 3 kinds of people during the holidays:
    1) The Crazies: And I say crazy in a good way. These people are fanatical about the holidays and start decorating in October. Their houses are decked out (I’m talking National Lampoon’s Christmas decked out, they always make homemade gifts …
  • Black Bean Edamame Burgers + The Kitchn Cookbook Giveaway! December 8, 2014 Black Bean and Edamame Burger. The best veggie burger you'll ever have! Plus enter to win The Kitchn Cookbook! #burger #vegetarian #veggieburger #giveaway
    2014 has been a great, fun year for me and for my blog. One of the best things, both personally and professionally, was the opportunity to become a contributor and writer for The Kitchn. If you’re here and reading my blog, chances are, you’ve heard of The Kitchn, but in …
  • Quick and Easy Cucumber Bites . . Three Ways! December 5, 2014 Quick and easy cucumber bites!! Three ways: smoked salmon, egg salad and tuna salad! Great party appetizer!
    You’ve come to the right place today.
    Because I have these fantastic nibbles to share with you.

    After just spending a week with my parents, who live in Texas, I’m feeling thankful that we can at least spend the holidays together. And after not living under the same roof with my dad …

  • Ina’s Make It Ahead Cookbook December 4, 2014 Ina's Bruschetta with Sauteed Chard
    If you’re an Ina Garten fan, you probably know she has a new cookbook out. In this latest cookbook, Make It Ahead, Ina takes her 20 years of running a specialty foods store; her extensive knowledge of which dishes can be prepped, assembled, or cooked ahead of time; and her 15 …
  • Whole Wheat Hazelnut Waffles with Cinnamon Sautéed Apples December 3, 2014 Whole Wheat Hazelnut Waffles_main
    My parents were here for Thanksgiving and got to stay with us for an entire week. I got a little overly excited with the chance to be able to to cook for more than just me, my husband and my kids and my dad thinks he gained 5 lbs. while …
  • The Best Ever Blondies from Americas Test Kitchen + A Giveaway!! December 1, 2014 Blondies_main
    The holidays are here and I’m all about holiday baking and having the house stocked with some sweet treats. Right before Thanksgiving, I got my holiday bake on and baked some pumpkin bars, mini pumpkin pies, cookies, and these wonderfully delicious *you’ve got to try these* blondies (recipe down below) …
  • Black Friday Giveaway!! $50 Gift Card to Amazon.com! November 28, 2014 HipFoodieMom_BlackFriday_v02 (1)-1
    Hello friends!
    Who’s braving the department stores, Target, Walmart or electronic stores today? I can’t remember the last time I went to a Black Friday sale . . I don’t like crowds and pushing and shoving is not my thing. I’m all about getting a great deal but waking up at …
  • Hazelnut Hot Chocolate for #ALDIHoliday November 26, 2014 Hazelnut Hot Chocolate_main
    Here in Wisconsin, I’ve learned there’s a lot to do to prepare your yard for winter, or the first real snow fall. Leaves need to be raked up, bushes and certain plants trimmed and you need to make sure your snow blower has a full gas tank. On a day …
  • Eggs Benedict with a Delicious and Easy Blender Hollandaise Sauce November 24, 2014 eggs benny main
    Thanksgiving is THURSDAY and I am knee deep in planning, organizing and scheduling. Scheduling and planning when everything is going into my ONE oven for Thanksgiving dinner that is! The grocery shopping is 95% finished and the menu is set!!! Thanks to Pinterest and all of the fabulous Thanksgiving recipes …
  • What the Holidays Mean for Me + A Giveaway from Minted.com! November 23, 2014 Be Merry from Minted
    The holidays are here! Where in the world did 2014 go? This year just zoomed by!! I feel like it was just yesterday that my family made the move from Seattle, WA to Madison, WI and everything from then until now has been a blur.
    And in the blink of an …
  • Apple and Cheddar Quiche with Olive Oil and Thyme Crust November 21, 2014 Apple and Cheddar Quiche_main
    I can’t believe Thanksgiving is next week. My parents arrive on Monday and my sister’s family on Wednesday. We’ll have a packed house to say the least but I am so excited.
    Because for me, a packed house means that I will have more than 3 people to feed. And for …
  • Mini Pumpkin Pie Gingersnap Cookie Cups November 19, 2014 Mini Pumpkin Pie Gingersnap Cookie Cups_1541_closeup-9
    I believe in dessert.
    When I was younger, probably like most kids, I wanted to be able to eat dessert before the main course. It just made sense. Did my mother ever let me do that? No . .  but it still made sense at the time.
    Now, I’m older and actually …
  • Pumpkin Sage Soup November 17, 2014 Pumpkin Sage Soup_main_1782
    A little over a week ago, I was in Chicago attending a Test Kitchen event hosted by ALDI. We were there for two days and let me tell you, there was enough food involved over those two days to feed a small army. 

    Day 1 started with a visit to ALDI headquarters, where …

  • Roasted Brussels Sprouts with White Wine Shallot Sauce November 14, 2014 Roasted Brussels Sprouts with White Wine Shallot Sauce_main
    Happy Friday you guys! I’m back with another fabulous side dish that needs to be on your Thanksgiving table this year. I don’t know about you, but I love roasted brussels sprouts! Growing up, my parents never really made them for us. .  not sure why, but now that I have …
  • Leek and Artichoke Bread Pudding + A Le Creuset Giveaway! November 12, 2014 Leek and Artichoke Bread Pudding_main
    Ok guys, we’re T minus 15 days to turkey day. Are you ready?
    I don’t know about you but I’ve been going crazy trying to find all the right side dishes to serve with my turkey this year. Because . .  I’m not afraid to say it ..  sometimes I’m more excited about …