Last Minute Holiday Gift Guide + RECIPE: Spicy Ham Hand Pies

It’s official. We have entered cookie bake season which means I’m feeling very festive, a little fat, and way behind schedule on all of my gift purchasing. Without fail, every single Christmas I repeat this pattern where I sort of forget to be thoughtful until it’s nearly too late. I wax poetic to everyone who will…

Chicago Christmas

Way back when I was a young farm kid who frequented no town larger than Janesville on a regular basis, one of the highlights of my year was the Rock County 4-H Santa Train to Chicago. All us country kids and our families would bundle up during a cold day in December, carpool to Harvard, Illinois and…

Cookie Bake + RECIPE: Thimble Cookies

Have you ever had a weekend where you come into the office on Monday morning and for once you aren’t sleepy or grumpy to be back at your desk, but instead you are filled with this intense joy? This kind of happy where a calm just washes over you and literally nothing can bring you…

Goodbye Christmas, Hello Work Week.

Goodbye Christmas tree.  Goodbye cozy daytime wood-stove and the books I read curled up in front of you.  Goodbye spontaneous trips to Madison with lingering afternoon Scrabble games over mulled wine.  At least goodbye for now.  Because now it is time to shake off all that holiday joy and head back to work.  Okay, maybe…