English Toffee

English Toffee | Life, Love, and Good Food

I am now officially a candy maker! That’s right, after three tries at making English Toffee, I am no longer intimidated!  The secret to my success? Having the right tools. It really was easy after I bought a candy thermometer for batch number two! With layers of walnuts, crunchy caramel, chocolate, and then more walnuts, this candy makes a delicious homemade […]

Espresso Chocolate Chip Biscotti


‘Tis the Season of Giving…and Cookie Swaps! This year I participated in the 4th Annual Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap, a fun way to share cookies and support a good cause at the same time!  Entry fees and donations were collected for Cookies for Kids’ Cancer, a national non-profit organization committed to funding new therapies used in the fight against pediatric cancer, […]

Old-Fashioned Peanut Brittle

Peanut Brittle | Life, Love, and Good Food

One of my Dad’s all-time favorite Christmas candies was Old-Fashioned Peanut Brittle. For several years I would make brittle and wrap up a tin for my Dad and my Father-in-Law as a gift on Christmas Eve. The funny thing is that both of them would open the gift, take a sneak peek inside the tin, and […]

Pecan Candy Cookies

Pecan Candy Cookies | Life, Love, and Good Food

Last week John and I met our girls in Nashville to attend the Amy Grant and Vince Gil Christmas Concert at The Ryman Auditorium–it was fantastic and a really fun way to kick-off this year’s Christmas celebrations with our grown-up kids! When we arrived at the concert, it was noticeably a mostly “middle-aged” crowd, but the girls still loved it. After […]

Pecan-Cheesecake Pie

Pecan-Cheesecake Pie | Life, Love, and Good Food

Can’t decide between pecan pie or cheesecake for your Christmas dinner dessert? Satisfy both cravings with this Pecan-Cheesecake Pie with a creamy cheesecake layer underneath the crunchy pecan pie filling. This rich dessert is truly simple to make, especially when using a refrigerated pie crust (my favorite is Pillsbury). Just mix, pour, and bake! 

Broccoli Salad

Broccoli Salad | Life, Love, and Good Food

The countdown is on! Christmas is just three weeks away! This morning I might have had a mini panic attack when I realized that there are only three shopping weekends left and that one of my weekends is already booked, so in reality I only have two shopping weekends and so much left to do! […]

Maple-Pumpkin Pie Bars

Maple-Pumpkin Pie Bars | Life, Love, and Good Food

After rave reviews and a quick disappearing act at our family Thanksgiving dinner, these Maple-Pumpkin Pie Bars (recipe clipped from a Jello ad in Southern Living) have landed a spot on my “repeat recipe” list.  The chewy crust, creamy pumpkin center, and layer of whipped cream make for a pretty and yummy dessert, plus it’s easy […]

Baltimore Crab Cake Appetizers


Don’t be jealous, but I gotta tell you that this past week I was feeling pretty darn special when my buddy, Bill, gifted me with a package of delectable Blue Crab straight from the South Carolina coast. Every Fall, Bill and his buddies take an annual two-week “shrimpin’ and crabbin’ vacation” and bring home pounds […]

Hasselback Sweet Potatoes with Maple Cinnamon Butter


Here’s a fun alternative to the traditional Thanksgiving sweet potato casserole — Baked Hasselback Sweet Potatoes with Maple Cinnamon Butter. The trick to these beautiful potatoes is to carefully slice them without cutting all the way through the sweet potato. Lining up chopsticks along either side of the sweet potato as you make your slices […]

Green Beans Almondine

Green Beans Almondine | Life, Love, and Good Food

As Thanksgiving week approaches, I’m vowing to work on being more thankful and more giving. So, let me start off by sharing just a few things for which I’m truly thankful and by giving (sharing) my recipe for Green Beans Almondine–a traditional Thanksgiving side dish that doesn’t take 50 ingredients or hours to prepare! Let […]