maple latte

A three ingredient maple latte is simple, sweet and pretty much the best thing to enjoy on a cool fall morning. A bowl of hot, spiced oatmeal or a plate of rye toast topped with a runny egg is the perfect accompaniment.

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There has been a lot on my mind lately. Behind the scenes projects, family activities and travel have been consuming all time and mental energy that I can typically reserve, at least a fraction, for this space. Since October has rolled around, I feel I’ve been floundering, scrambling to find time to devote here.

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cocktail glasses | styles and sources

cocktail glasses | (11 of 11) copyIt’s Cocktail Friday and I’ve got a little something special today. I have received several emails and comments as of late, regarding different cocktail glasses that are featured in my posts. As someone who is always on the hunt for lovely dishes, glasses and flatware – partly for my photography and partly just because it’s an obsession of mine – I thought it would be fun to share where I’ve found some of my very favorite glasses. So whether you’re a fellow food photographer, blogger or cocktail enthusiast, I hope this helps shed some light on some great (and inexpensive) resources for barware!

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thursday thoughts

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It’s been too many weeks since I’ve sat to collect my thoughts in a Thursday post. It’s not that I haven’t had things to share or laugh over – it’s just that life is well…life. And things have gotten busy and bubbling with activity. Most of which has happened away from this space, but I’m hoping to be able to share many of the exciting things that are going on behind the scenes with you. Fun projects and collaborations. All good, all good.

So to get things kicked off, these parents are schooling all other parents when it comes to texting with their kids. I’m tucking these nuggets away for future use.

I’m currently addicted to audio books and I’m listening to Nora Ephron’s “I Feel Bad About My Neck”. Her thoughts on purses = perfection.

So, we’ve been watching the Goldbergs lately and it’s everything that I hoped a show set in the early 80’s would be. Hilarious!

Thanks to my brother and sister-in-law, my husband and I were able to go out on a rare date night last weekend and we saw Gone Girl. I was skeptical about Ben Affleck as Nick (I read the book a while back) but I was proven wrong. I thought he was able to run that line between crazy and likable just fine. Although some people disagree with that. Rosamund Pike killed it- in a good way, of course.

We’re also sort of watching that new show Selfie, which I secretly love. Although, I worry it won’t last past this first season. Probably because of said love.

We watched 3 minutes of the new Mulaney show and it was awful. Unwatchable. And I find him hilarious in his standup. Did not translate to the small screen. Oy…I’m cringing just thinking about it.

To end on a good note, Halloween is just weeks away! For Halloween, the kids are going to be Wyldstyle and Emmet from The Lego Movie. I’m pretty sure The Baby just wanted to wear lipstick. It’s hard to believe she’ll be 5 in a couple of weeks.

More updates coming soon on some projects I’ve been working on!

Happy Thursday!



crock pot chicken taco bites

Take some help from your slow cooker to create these simple and fab Crock Pot Chicken Taco bites. Great for a party or just for hanging around the house. You’ll get no judgment from me!

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Last week there was an epic Taco Week over on Food Fanatic. Some of my fellow food fanatics were sharing their recipes for tacos. From breakfast to dinner to dessert, everything was covered!

I shared my crazy easy crock pot chicken taco bites where I took one of my favorite go to big batch chicken recipes: salsa chicken. This chicken is so easy – you literally put a can of salsa style tomatoes, a bit of salsa, some taco sauce and seasonings with boneless skinless chicken thighs in the crock pot, crank it up and in 7 hours you have the most tender chicken around. Not to mention dinner for the entire week. Continue reading

apple cider margarita

A lovely thing about apple cider is that it can be enjoyed in endless variations. Cold, hot, warm, spiced, spiked – whatever your heart desires. And when you find yourself with a 75 degree day with enough humidity to make your hair frizz, an apple cider margarita is most definitely the way to go.

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Staring at a to-do list a mile long is nothing that anyone wants to be doing on a Friday – at least I can assume you all agree with me. Emails, phone calls, recipe testing, photographs not to mention birthday parties, pee wee cross country meets and Sunday school lessons are all lined up and waiting to be written, created and attended. And while many of these things (save the email writing and phone calls) are cause for excitement and celebration, when combined into a three day time table, can be quite daunting.

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pumpkin spice mocha

There is nothing more comforting on a crisp fall afternoon than a hot Pumpkin Spice Mocha. Full of real pumpkin and amazing Fair Trade ingredients, these mochas are simple to put together and will become a staple in your kitchen.

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I’m sitting here staring at the calendar and much to my shock, October is here. The Baby’s 5th birthday is in 20 days. Halloween is in 30. And after that it’s pretty much a sprint to the awesomeness that is the holidays.

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spiced apple cider

Warm, spiced apple cider is just about the best drink to enjoy on a cool fall night. It’s cozy and full of cinnamon, vanilla and cardamom – not to mention a good splash of bourbon. What’s not to like?

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I am sprinting head first into Fall and not looking back. Cocktail Friday is here once again and with it I’m sharing another cool weather classic: Spiced Apple Cider with bourbon. Living in NW Ohio, we are graced with some pretty fabulous local apple orchards, not only here in Ohio, but in SE Michigan.

Every year we head to the orchard and gather up some apples as well as several jugs of fresh apple cider and a few dozen homemade apple cider donuts. You simply cannot beat the fresh donuts from the orchard.

In fact, when I was in the hospital after having the Baby (her birthday is in October), in lieu of flowers, my sister brought me a dozen fresh Apple Cider donuts from the local orchard. Seriously? Who would pick flowers over donuts? Not this girl. Continue reading

mini apple pear crisps

A classic fall dessert gets a buttery, shortbread upgrade with plenty of Walkers Shortbread cookies. These mini apple pear crisps are warm, sweet and oh so comforting.

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I’m going to be sounding like a broken record over the next few months. Fall is great! Woo Hoo, apples! Give Me Pumpkin! When all of these things are combined into a dessert, things get even more lovely.

I simply can’t (and frankly, don’t want to) help it. One of the things that I love most about Fall is my grandma’s apple crisp. She makes a killer apple crisp and one that I’m thrilled to have the recipe for. She will often make it for family get togethers and, trust me, it’s no hardship eating it again and again.

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sweet pepper provolone grilled cheese

Sweet Pepper Provolone Grilled Cheese sandwiches are made with sweet cherry peppers, salty prosciutto and aged, creamy provolone cheese. They’re an incredible spin on the classic grilled cheese.

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This post was sponsored via the Publisher Partner Program by BelGioioso Cheese, and, as always, all opinions expressed are my own. 

It’s no secret that I’m a Costco shopper. It’s the errand that I run every couple of weeks and typically spend much more time on than originally planned. A few weeks ago, I told you about a particularly lovely trip where the baby and I had a total sample cart jackpot, complete with smoothie makings and the most delicious provolone cheese I’d ever tasted.

We’re no strangers to provolone in our house, as it’s been a favorite of my husband’s for as long as I’ve known him. While I typically enjoy provolone, many types of provolone cheese lack a punch of flavor that makes it unique and memorable.

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maple roasted acorn squash #SundaySupper

Along with the cool Fall air and changing leaves comes an abundance of squash to the markets. It’s hard to resist these colorful gourds, but figuring out what to do with them can be intimidating. This Maple Roasted Acorn Squash is simple and sweet and perfect for any Autumn meal.

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Fall is here! I couldn’t be more thrilled to welcome the crisp air, thick sweaters and pumpkins as far as the eye can see. Pumpkins make me happier than I care to admit.

Well, squash in general makes me feel that way.

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This week, the Sunday Supper family is celebrating all things Fall – with a day of Fabulous Fall Flavors. I knew I wanted to share one of my favorite ingredients on today’s table: squash.

Everytime Fall rolls around, my husband grins and bears all of the nonstop squash cooking that I dive into. From butternut squash soup to squash apple bake to squash tartines – I can’t get enough.

And I’m not even sorry when the compulsion hits me – it’s just too good! Continue reading