Baked Blueberry Lemon French Toast with Fresh Blueberry Sauce

This past weekend, I had a few of my very dear childhood friends over for brunch. It was really lovely catching up with these ladies and I am always amazed to see how we each have embarked on our own paths and yet that bond we once had still remains strongly intact. Now that I…

Caramelized Onion and Spinach Egg Casserole

Sometimes, if I am lucky, my workday schedule works out well enough that I am able to eat lunch and catch up on documentation at a Panera Bread in the next county over. I’ve been there enough times now that I have noticed that there is an elderly couple that eats there on a regular…

Gingerbread Graham Crackers & Gingerbread Houses

I made a few adjustments to my favorite graham cracker recipe to make it more festive for the Christmas goodies I sent out this year. Instead of honey, I used molasses and I added in grounder ginger and cloves for a little extra spice. The result was a crispy and a little bit crunchy cookie…

Girls’ Weekend at the Lake

Two weeks ago, after months of planning in advance, five of my greatest friends and I reunited in Port Clinton at my parents’ cottage for a weekend of running through Cedar Point, staying up late, catching up, and laughing so hard I was sure I had just completed an intense ab workout. Jamie, Angie, Katie,…

Gluten-free Chocolate Chip Cookies

This past weekend my good friends Chelsea, Jess R., and Jess D. and I took a road trip out to Indianapolis to visit Jeff (another friend from physical therapy school) and his wife, Daphne. Daphne is a member the USA Track and Field Paralympic team and she was racing in the 100 and 200 meter…

Jonah and Kate

This past weekend our friends from college, Jonah and Kate, were united in marriage in a beautiful ceremony. Their reception took place in a gorgeous screened in pavilion. The flowers, the table setting, the decorations, the food- it was all positively fabulous. Kate’s attention to detail resulted in a beautiful rustic and elegant party that…

Chelsea’s Bridal Shower

(photo courtesy of Joanne) Last weekend I helped throw a bridal shower for one of my very dearest friends, Chelsea. Chelsea and I met while in grad school and became very close on our carpools to and from class. She is one of the hardest working, most beautiful people I know and I am so…

Cooking with Jess

It’s been awhile since my friend Jess and I have gotten together to cook. Jess and her husband, Greg, are getting ready to move into a new house and they are currently in the process of emptying out their kitchen. It just so happened that Jess had a frozen turkey in her freezer that she…

Snow Skiing and Ho Ho Cake

This past weekend, Robert and I went skiing with a group of friends in Hidden Valley, Pennsylvania. We stayed in a house on the resort and spent 2 days skiing and enjoying being snowed in. The weather was cold. And since we have had a freakishly warm winter thus far, it took a little getting…

Chocolate Mint Sandwich Cookies

Awww yeah… it’s Christmas cookie time. This week my group of girlfriends had a cookie swap at our book club. We started this book club this past summer and while I do really enjoy reading and discussing the books (ok- I may have not read all of the book this time), the best part is…

Cooking with Jess: September

When I started Lolly’s Sweet Treats in July, I had the intention of doing a special Cooking with Jess feature every month where my friend Jess and I and cook new food together. Unfortunately, August was insanely busy for the both of us so Jess and I had to skip a month. Now that school’s…