Mint Juleps get a lot of hype come Derby time in May, but the combination merits a longer summertime run, especially when mint is rampant. It’s an icy, refreshing flavor made for grilled pairings, days by the pool, a beachy nightcap, or simply a sipper while watching the fireflies.
When it came time to thank our realtor for her part in our dream, I expressed my gratitude in my favorite way: through butter and flour. I made a pie with our Hilltop house on the crust and baked it with love. You don’t have to carve your dream house into the crust to make this pie, but I do hope you use this recipe to thank someone special in your life.
"We bought our dream house," is still something I say while pinching myself. It's a sentence that doesn't make sense. We very narrowly beat seven other bids on a house that could have waged an intense price battle had it stayed on the market for more than four days. It's a sentence that only makes sense because I believe in alchemy, in the universe conspiring with you when you take the first step. I wanted this house with my whole heart.
I love love, and whether it’s with friends, a partner, or my fur babies, I am unapologetic about celebrating Valentine’s Day (more on showing love to your fur babies very soon!). Valentine’s Day is only a commercial holiday if you make it a commercial holiday, so this year, join me in supporting some local businesses and lean into my love of “extraness.”
As a professed francophile, I have a very sweet spot in my heart for dairy, but I find vegan baking to be a curious experiment. It feels like magic the way ingredients come together without traditional binders or leavening agents. I've explored many vegan baking recipes, but I'm curious to continue, especially because I now have an avid vegan in the family.
Our Christmas plans this year took us from Pittsburgh, PA to sunny Panama City, Florida with a pit stop in Nashville, TN. I slated two nights, so we would have one day in Nashville to explore. While the holiday did make schedules more challenging to navigate, we were able to eat, drink, and explore and still have a cozy night to exchange Christmas presents. Let's explore!