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20 Gingerbread Recipes To Pin!

  Here we are, mid way through December, and less than ten days until Christmas. Weekends are being spent scurrying around finding those last (or first) Christmas presents, baking homemade treats, and figuring out holiday meal menus … all while simultaneously managing the regular weekend to-dos and chores — or letting those slide in favor of festive projects. Gingerbread is the “pumpkin spice” of the December holiday season, with everything from bread to lattes carrying its robust and aromatic flavor. I blame Starbucks (in the very best way) for conditioning us to think like this. Mmm… Ginger itself is such…

  This easy pumpkin pie is the perfect addition to your Thanksgiving feast! For more than a few years I’ve been selected “pie maker” for both families’ Thanksgiving dinners. Thankfully (pun intended) we don’t try and squeeze our meals in on one day anymore. As a child I grew up doing that, and I loved every minute of the hustle-bustle from one grandparents’ house to the other, eating all the things, and enjoying the merriment that went along with each stop. As an adult with my own kids now, the mere thought of racing around on a holiday exhausts me,…

10 Times Pumpkin Spice Sucked The Joy Right Out Of Fall

  Did you know that there’s such a thing as pumpkin spice guacamole?! I’m not sure why I’m surprised by its existence, because based on what I know about people and their obsession with all things pumpkin spice, there will literally be pumpkin spice everything by the year 2020. Pumpkin spice mascara? Probably. Pumpkin spice face scrub? Already a thing. People don’t even care about eating it anymore, they just want to rub it all over their bodies and live in it like some sort of pumpkin flavored invisibility cloak. Only, I see you, pumpkin spice addicts. And I can…

How To Make A Gift Basket Someone Actually Wants!

  My father owned a flower shop for over 20 years, and working in that flower shop was one of my very first jobs. I’d take orders, water plants, sweep up, inflate balloons, and other menial — but necessary — jobs around the store. Gradually I worked my way up to arranging simple bud vases out of carnations or roses, or wrapping flowers in tissue, presentation style, with a hand-made bow. Eventually I dubbed myself an “actual florist” when I moved to Savannah, Ga., after college and worked in a local flower shop on Wilmington Island, making all kinds of…

My simply perfect, non-extravagant Mother's Day

  364 days a year I enjoy (and am quite good at) being a mom. I cook. I tidy up. I launder soccer uniforms. I pack healthy lunches, research school projects, remind people to brush their teeth, schedule doctor’s appointments and watch mind-numbing superhero action movies. But there is one day, one particular day, that I refuse to do these things. And that day is Mother’s Day. Mother’s Day I just want for me. And by that I mean, alone and in my pajamas. Look, I love my kids. I mean, I really, REALLY love my kids. I spent like…