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…

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….

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…

Soft Cut-Out Cookies with Fluffy Buttercream Frosting

What are your all-time favorite Christmas cookies? I adore a lot of them, but the top spot in my heart goes to soft cut-out cookies with fluffy icing. The whole process brings back a lot of happy memories from my childhood. If my mind serves me right, my mom usually made spritz, snowball, and cut-out…

Pumpkin Bread

We celebrated my birthday this past week. I’m in my final year of my twenties and as I get older, I’ve noticed that I am much better at accepting myself for who I am and, also, who I am not. Sadly, I will never be asked to sing in the church choir nor will I be…

Thanksgiving 2014 Recap

  We held our first Thanksgiving feast in our new home this year and, I have to say, it was my favorite Turkey Day holiday in recent memory. We had my immediate family, my in-laws, and my brother’s girlfriend’s family over and it was so much fun. I tried to do as much dinner prep…

Baked Pumpkin French Toast

Here we are on the brink of the holiday season and I am feeling peculiarly calm. In past years, I often end up frazzled and overwhelmed with the thoughts of the china that needs cleaned, gifts that need purchased, cards to be mailed, cookies to bake, and negotiating work and vacation time. So much so…

Homestead Living: Making Apple Butter

My mother-in-law’s family has a rich tradition of making homemade apple butter in a big copper kettle. As it was our first year back in the country, we thought it would be fun to have our city friends up for a weekend with a little cultural experience, if you will. The whole process starts very…

Spooky Chocolate Cut-Out Cookies

  Halloween week is here! This year is extra exciting because it’s our first time celebrating with our little beefcake. Since he is crawling and on the move, I decided to make Smith a turtle costume so he could participate in the fun. My sewing abilities leave much to be desired, so the turtle shell…

Apple Bran Muffins

This past month I have been trying to change my eating habits for the better. While I do make an effort to cook a lot of meals from scratch and we have limited supplies of pre-packaged snacks/treats in our house, I do tend to gravitate towards recipes that are higher in sugar and saturated fats….

Basil Lemonade

  About a month ago, my beloved Aunt Khaki sent me a box of California lemons that came from right outside her back door. Apparently 2014 has been a stellar year for this citrus fruit in Santa Monica and she had more lemons than she could handle. I was giddy with excitement when she asked…