Chocolate Coffee Cake with Whipped Mascarpone Frosting + My Holiday Kitchen

This recipe originally appeared in this month’s (December 2018) issue of Midwest Nest with in-progress pictures taken by the talented Micah Zimmerman. Copies are available throughout the Fargo/Moorhead area or you can read the issue online here. *All images in this post are my own. I teamed up with Eco Chic Home and Love Always Floral to bring holiday cheer to my kitchen. I don’t know about you, but when the holiday’s roll around I survive on two things to get me through decking the halls, wrapping gifts and hosting my family, and that’s coffee and sugar. But I’m a mom and that means I’m all about efficiency. Enter my holiday cake, where I’ve combined my two great loves (other than… Read More

2018 Gift Guide: For The Girl Like Me

Kate Spade New York “One in a Million” Initial Pendant Necklace $58: Whether it’s their initial or a loved ones, this is sure to become a cherished item, and likely an everyday staple. (I wear both my kids initals.) Bonus: Free shipping. Helena Sweater $130: Own it and love it! A kiss of cashmere and color. It’s totally holiday appropriate, but no one will think you’re headed to an ugly sweater party. Promise. Echo Spot – Smart Display with Alexa $90: I’m already addicted to my Echos (yes that plural was intentional), so why not add another device to our every growing Alexa-family. With Spot you can watch cooking tutorials, see shopping lists, spy on your children, video call your grandma… Read More

2018 Gift Guide: For The Design Lover

In Full Flower – Inspired Designs by Floral’s New Creatives $44: A masterful interior gets a whole lot better when you’ve learned how to create a masterful floral centerpiece to go with it. Vera Tray $18: Minimal doesn’t mean boring. This affordable tray makes a subtle statement empty or full. It’s also on my list for Santa. Walnut Frame $22: Simple done right. Sometimes the best design is subtle and pairs well with everything. Simplicity by Nancy Braithwaite $48: Notice a theme here? A beautiful design book all about the subtle nuances of design. The design lover in your life is sure to love the inspirational images, but they’ll really appreciate that it looks amazing on a coffee table. Triangle… Read More

2018 Gift Guide: For the Homebody

Homebody by Joanna Gaines $24: Because are you really a homebody if you aren’t a fan of Joanna? The ultimate guide to creating a homey space by the ultimate homebody herself. Hibernating Sweatshirt by ProperTee $40: Brought to you by home blogging duo Chris Love Julia. What’s more fitting for your friend that doesn’t like to leave the house than a cozy sweatshirt that pretty much says just that? Want an even more literal option? Check out their tee that actually says “homebody.” Echo Smart speaker with Alexa – Sandstone Fabric $69: Alexa can do everything but your dishes and laundry, and I’m pretty sure that’s coming. I gifted this to my siblings and my parents last year. Gold Painted… Read More