I’m Moving to a New Domain!

Hi friends, It’s been quiet on this site for the past year. I have gone back and forth as to whether food blogging is something for which I should keep trying to carve out time. I have gone months without posting recipes and during those times of absence, I always deeply missed the creative outlet….

Five Tips for Choosing High Quality Olive Oil

For the past several years, extra virgin olive oil has been revered as a healthy fat and a superfood that can reduce the risk for heart disease, diabetes, dementia, and a plethora of other ailments. The market for olive oil has taken off and, unfortunately, opened the doors for misleading (and sometimes dishonest) branding and…

Aunt Khaki’s Caramel Frosting

Everyone please stop what you are doing and make this caramel frosting immediately. I realize the timing of this recipe is pretty poor as we have nearly made it through the biggest eating season of the year and the thought of rich and sugary food sounds less than appealing; but I wanted to document this family treasure as…

DIY Iced Coffee

There is something about summertime in Ohio that makes every day carry a bit of vacation sparkle with it. The sunshine is abundant, the birds are singing from dawn until dusk, and the hot breeze coasts gently along the lush greenery decorating the trees. People are happier and life seems pretty grand. These glorious months demand an extra special way…

Caramelized Onion Jam

Father’s Day sometimes gets overlooked in the hustle and bustle of June, but I wanted to make sure I took the time to recognize the special men in my life. First, my father. When I think back to the kind of man my father was (and still is), I remember the fact that he has always…

Sweet Potato Hash

When I was in graduate school, a point that was constantly repeated by professors to us students was to always avoid talking about two topics when working with patients: politics and religion. Both are polarizing and highly personal and it was advised to stay mum to avoid potentially unnecessary conflict. While I agree with my instructors,…

Strawberry Rhubarb Jam

Rhubarb is a fabulous, yet highly-underrated opening act for Midwestern summers. This perennial plant is here for a brief moment of time, but it seems it’s always overshadowed by the flashier and super popular Ohio strawberry. I love strawberries, too; but rhubarb will always hold a special place in my heart because it reminds me of my late maternal grandmother, Grammy….

Weekend Waffles

Has it really been four months since I last posted a recipe? I’m not quite sure how that happened, but I have sorely missed snapping a ridiculous amount of pictures of what we eat and writing about said dishes. Sometimes I think this hobby I have takes up too much of my time. Time that I should be…

Farro Cakes

One of my goals for the New Year is to create more nourishing and invigorating dishes that fuel me and my family. I find lunch a particularly challenging meal to plan. A lot of times I will eat leftovers from the night before or toss together a hodgepodge of items collected from the fridge; but I usually…

Smith’s Construction-Themed Second Birthday Party

  Our little rump roast recently turned two and we celebrated by hosting a small party with Smith’s grandparents and aunts and uncles. Since he loves all things diggers, trucks, and dirt, I chose a construction theme for this year’s shindig. The decorations were straightforward. Construction balloons, construction garland, and some bulldozer temporary tattoos. In a moment of…

New Year. New Name.

Happy New Year! With the start of another trip around the sun, I’ve decided to shake things up around here. Lolly’s Sweet & Savory Treats is now Hickory Creek Lane. Over the past few years, I have enjoyed making food, taking lots of pictures, and writing stories to go along with what’s going on in my kitchen. I don’t publish…

Vanilla Bean Buttermilk Cookies with Bourbon Caramel Frosting

I love the celebratory feeling in the air. The Christmas music jingling through radio speakers, the colorful lights peppering the night sky, and the excited anticipation of having a few days of vacation to spend with the ones we love. Just this week I was picking up a couple of last minute items at the…