Pumpkin Patch

Regardless of weather or season, pumpkin bread and muffins are an annual staple in the household. A personal favorite recipe (see above photo, via King Arthur Flour) combines pumpkin with whole wheat flour, bananas, and a coarse sugar coating. And of course, adding chocolate chips for extra delight. But what happens when you flip through…

Not even Semi-Homemade

If you've been following along, you know we love to entertain. Part of the fun is menu crafting, deciding what to make from scratch, what to collaborate on with the grocery store, and what to just unpackage and put on a pretty plate. Last week Stephanie hosted a Bunco party for some friends, and because…

Three Cheers to the Paloma

Just when you think you've figured out your signature cocktail (gimlets for Stephanie, French 76 for Nicole), along comes a potent kick in the pants in the form of refreshment on a hot summer day...or mild Missouri spring... OF COURSE we're talking about a Paloma! This simple cocktail of blanco tequila, lime juice, and grapefruit…

Indoor Picnic

The weather here in Southwest Missouri has been cold, drizzly, and not very spring-like. So for Easter Sunday this year, we decided to have a French-inspired indoor picnic. French wine, cheeses, a charcuterie board, home-made baguettes...the whole works. Of course, we ate at the dining table, so rather than a picnic, I guess it was…

Cheers! The Lychee Martini

What to 'shake' up your cocktail game? Try the Lychee Martini, recipe courtesy of Martha Stewart. Lychees are Asian tree fruits, with red dinosaur-like skin and a subtle grape-like taste and texture. And they make AMAZING cocktail ingredients! We drank these all winter long, despite them being a summer fruit. With access to international markets…