Making Homemade Pickles

Ever wonder if you could make homemade pickles yourself? If I can, you can. Or in other words, if I can can, you can can, too. 😉 Homemade pickles make me think of summers in Minnesota. For most of my childhood summer vacations, my parents loaded four, then five kids, into a van and we […]

9 Great Foods to Bring to a New Mom

Over on Life as MOM this week, I shared about our fourth baby’s delivery and the things I’ve learned from motherhood. It was a close call. He was almost born in the car, the ER, and the elevator. But, we made it — with minutes to spare. It was a crazy time. You can read […]

An Easy Wine & Cheese Gift Basket

As you mark your calendar for upcoming holiday events and get-togethers, consider how you can bless your hostess (or host) ask thanks for the effort and preparations that they’ve invested into said shebang. Here’s a fun gift basket idea that you can pull together rather quickly, perfect for a hostess gift. It’s also a great […]

Bread Machine + Cookbook = the Best Gift Ever

One of the best Christmas presents I ever received was from my husband in 2001. I was pregnant with our third child and was pretty much out of commission that year with nausea. I remember lying on the couch watching the kids open presents. Then my present came. A big box. I had requested a […]

Give a Slow Cooker and Cookbooks for a Gift

I’m a huge fan of the slow cooker. Whether it’s to cook my meat, make me broth, or simmer applesauce, I love it that I can toss things into a pot, turn it on, and walk away. Just walk away. Amen and amen. Give the gift of slow cooking. A slow cooker also makes a […]

3 Great Cookbooks & Gifts to Give with Them

This post does include Amazon affiliate links. If you make a purchase through those links, I am paid a small amount in way of advertising fees. The holiday season is approaching. That means it’s time to put your thinking cap on. Don’t go out and shop willy-nilly. If you decide to be purposeful in your […]

3 Ways to Give Digital Cooking Books as Gifts

Disclosure: This post does include Amazon affiliate links. If you make a purchase through those links, I am paid a small amount in way of advertising fees. Ebooks have become more and more common place as folks strive to centralize their book collection, minimize their storage needs, and increase their accessibility. Every day I hear […]

5 Great Food Gifts for Him

This past weekend hubs and I celebrated our 17th wedding anniversary. Seventeen years?! It’s been a good ride, and I’ve learned a ton along the way about how to love my husband even though we are so very different. But, one thing we have in common is our love for good food. Cooking and eating […]