Cookies and Bars


Church Social Brownies

A few weeks ago, we traveled to North Carolina to say our goodbyes to Steve’s paternal grandmother, Jane. The whole family gathered for her funeral in the small community of Burnsville, North Carolina, deep in the Appalachian mountains. I always loved visiting that beautiful and strange (for me) place. As someone who grew up surrounded Read More


Cinnamon-Pecan Shortbread

I’ve been on somewhat of a quest for a good shortbread recipe. Shortbread is just so good, especially if it’s got a good salty-sweet balance. The Hubs is a major fan, so it seems like a good cookie for me to perfect baking. I’ve made this version (well, plus my changes) several times, and I’m Read More


Maple-Walnut Bars

Quick, easy, and oh so yummy! I have been flipping through Taste of Home magazines since I was a kid. The recipes seemed to paint a picture of a wholesome, rural, simple life, possibly with well-behaved chickens pecking around and a gently-worn but not-entirely-decrepit red barn as a backdrop.