How to Make a Donut Hole Tree

Now that the house is decorated and the presents are bought and wrapped, I’m starting to plan for our holiday gatherings, and in my family, food is always the first thing we think about. What yummy things are we going to eat? When I posted our Christmas dessert table a few weeks ago, the biggest question I got was how I made the glorious donut hole tree that became the centerpiece of our table, so today I’m going to show you how I did it!

The holidays can be such a busy time, so I’m all about anything I can do to make our Christmas special and fun without taking a ton of time or money, and this donut hole tree is absolutely perfect for that! You just need a few supplies and some delicious donut holes, and in about 20 minutes you can have a big, beautiful, edible decoration that will really wow your friends and family!

How to make stunning, whimsical donut hole tree for your next special gathering! So simple and fun! [Read more…]

Honey Nut Rugelach

Christmas decorations are going up all around the farmhouse, and even though we haven’t quite made it to Thanksgiving yet, I can’t help looking forward to baking Christmas cookies and watching our favorite Christmas movies and helping the kiddos make their lists for Santa. I just love this time of year, and I want to enjoy it as long as I can!

Every Christmas I always make sugar cookie cut-outs with this fail-proof recipe, and then I’ll bake a few other types of cookies like my snowball cookies, molasses cookies¬†or frosted sugar cookie bars. This year I wanted to try something a little different, and I settled on a recipe for Honey Nut Rugelach, which are the most tender, flaky little pastries wrapped with a sweet honey walnut filling and sprinkled with cinnamon sugar on top. They are so delicious and make the perfect, little holiday cookies!

I think what I love about them the most is they remind me of an old family recipe with the flavors of honey and walnut, and it’s such a comforting smell when they’re baking up in the oven. This rugelach recipe takes a little more preparation and effort, but I promise you the end result will be very much worth it! Crunchy and sweet… tender and soft… and absolutely delicious!

Tender, flaky pastries wrapped with a delicious honey nut filling and sprinkled with a hint of cinnamon sugar on top! These tasty treats are perfect for the holidays or any time of year! [Read more…]

Maple Glazed Pumpkin Hand Pies

It’s really starting to feel like fall around here lately, and I am so enjoying the cooler weather and fall decor that is slowly creeping into the farmhouse. I’m craving pumpkin everything right now (tis the season), so I thought it would be the perfect time to share my recipe for these amazing Maple Glazed Pumpkin Hand Pies! These adorable little mini pies have a cinnamon infused pumpkin filling wrapped inside deliciously flaky pie crust and are topped with a sweet maple glaze. Trust me when I saw you will not be able to eat just one! They are the perfect little fall snack or treat and rumor has it they are delicious with your morning coffee too… but you didn’t hear that from me. ūüėČ

Maple Glazed Pumpkin Hand Pies - Adorable mini pies with cinnamon infused pumpkin filling wrapped in flaky pie crust and topped with a sweet maple glaze! [Read more…]

Apple Upside Down Spice Cake

It’s hard to believe that summer is already slipping away, and I’m starting to look forward to cooler weather and decorating the farmhouse for fall. It seems like as soon as we get that first chilly morning, I’m craving pumpkin and apple desserts and wanting to bust out my chunky sweaters and boots. I’m sure I say this about every season, but fall is one that I really look forward to!

I haven’t quite convinced myself that it’s okay to start pulling out my pumpkins and plaid pillows to decorate the house with yet, but I DID find myself in the kitchen the other day whipping up one of my favorite easy fall treats, Apple Upside Down Spice Cake. It is such a simple recipe and has all the best flavors of fall, so I thought I’d share it with you today to kick off your holiday baking season!

This super easy spice cake topped with delicious buttery brown sugar apples is the perfect fall treat!This super easy spice cake topped with delicious buttery brown sugar apples is the perfect fall treat! [Read more…]

Snowball Cookies

Sponsored by Gordmans // I have a special treat for you today, my friends! I know¬†that I post a lot more home stuff than I do recipes here anymore, but I couldn’t let this holiday season go by without sharing¬†these buttery, delicious, melt-in-your-mouth Snowball Cookies with you!

These Snowball Cookies are melt-in-your-mouth delicious and so easy to make! [Read more…]

Slow Cooker Macaroni and Cheese

There are few things in life better than a good mac and cheese recipe, and this one¬†is not only perfectly cheesy and creamy, but it’s also made in the slow cooker! I’ve partnered with the American Dairy Association Mideast today to bring you this delicious recipe, plus a special¬†opportunity for you to give back this holiday season!

A delicious, creamy macaroni and cheese recipe that is made in a slow cooker! So easy! [Read more…]

Farmhouse Christmas Kitchen + Gingerbread Bundt Cake

The other day I was working on decorating our kitchen a little bit for the holidays, and I realized that this time last year we were still living with our old kitchen and just about to completely tear everything down almost to the studs. It feels like forever since we were living through that month long renovation with construction dust everywhere and eating microwave dinners more times than I want to count, but it is such an amazing feeling to have this beautiful space now, especially around the holidays.

I’ve been doing a ton¬†of baking in here lately, and I have an amazing Gingerbread Bundt Cake recipe that I want to share with you today. It is so simple to whip up¬†and makes a beautiful centerpiece for your holiday table with very little effort! But first, let’s take a little tour around the kitchen…

A beautiful farmhouse kitchen decorated for the holidays! [Read more…]