Key West

Following the drive down the Florida Keys, we stayed overnight in Key West at Papa’s Hideaway. I managed to research and book this bed and breakfast less than 24 hours in advance. Most inns have a minimum night stay, or bust the budget for us poor college students, but Papa’s Hideaway was a hidden, and economical,Continue reading “Key West”

Drivin’ the Keys

Please excuse my tardiness in posting. I was driving down the Florida Keys this past week: And if you know me well, you know that the first thing I do when traveling is research where to eat. Cue: Sparky’s Landing, in Key Colony Beach, at US 1 mile marker 53.5. The mojitos were fresh, butContinue reading “Drivin’ the Keys”

Sweet Rosemary Sesame Pecans

I made these Sweet Rosemary Sesame Pecans as a Christmas gift this year. Addicting, sweet, salty, and savory, these were devoured within minutes. I might have to start a new holiday tradition with this recipe. The best part is that this snack is whipped up in a matter of minutes. Keep a watchful eye when toastingContinue reading “Sweet Rosemary Sesame Pecans”

Ginger Spice Cookies with White Chocolate Chunks

I’ve always shied away from making spice cookies mostly because my uncle is famous in our family for his version. His are of the gingersnap variety, i.e. crunchy. This recipe, Ginger Spice Cookies with White Chocolate Chunks, is not crunchy, and thus I don’t feel like I’m invading on my uncle’s cookie celebrity. In fact, theseContinue reading “Ginger Spice Cookies with White Chocolate Chunks”

Hearty Vegetarian Chili

Winter is depressing; this chili is not. A warm bowl of Hearty Vegetarian Chili is the perfect solution for a winter meal. Besides the chopping of vegetables, this chili comes together in no time. The recipe makes several servings, but let it be known that the leftovers are just as good as the freshly made still-in-the-pot chili.Continue reading “Hearty Vegetarian Chili”

Brownie Mix Cookies

What a delicious problem to have: too much brownie mix. These Brownie Mix Cookies are perhaps the best way to solve such an “unfortunate” problem. If you are in need of a last minute cookie to bring to a holiday party, or you want to change up your brownie routine, these cookies are an easyContinue reading “Brownie Mix Cookies”

Oil-Free Granola

Now that our stomachs have expanded thanks to Thanksgiving dinner, here’s a lighter and yet still filling snack to help you get back on track. This Oil-Free Granola uses applesauce, or if you have any on hand, pumpkin, to bind the oats and nuts together.  Because this recipe does not call for oil, it lacks thatContinue reading “Oil-Free Granola”

Snickerdoodle Blondies

My father had a hard time grasping the name of these Snickerdoodle Blondies. “Doodly-whats?” “Snoodles?” In fact, the etymology for snickerdoodle shows a similarity to the German word for snail (Schneke), but it could also simply be a 19th century English word for an easily-made treat. Ultimately, who really cares? It’s all about taste inContinue reading “Snickerdoodle Blondies”