Around Minneapolis: Lake Calhoun

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If you’ve been following along with my blog for awhile now, you’ve seen Jessica Hannon’s name pop up in a handful of posts, and last year she wrote a great piece about creating your own vanilla extract for holiday baking! {Photo by Michael Devins} She’s one of my dearest {and oldest} friends. We met years ago […]

Around Minneapolis: Gold Medal Park

{I asked a group of local friends to share a little bit about their favorite locations in the Twin Cities. This is the first post in a new series – so keep your eyes open for more great places in the near future!} Katie Harris is the passionate voice behind the lifestyle blog Creole Wisdom. […]

Homemade Vanilla Extract by Jessica Hannon


If you’re like me, there comes a time close to Christmas when you just can’t find that perfect gift for the baker in the family or the friend who has everything. Luckily, I found an article last year on Pinterest describing how to make home-made vanilla extract, which has since become a staple gift that […]

Christmas Sugar Plums by Kate in the Kitchen

Sugar Plums

When I was a little girl, one of my most favorite books, all year ’round was ‘A Visit From St Nicholas’ by Clement C. Moore. Our book was a huge storybook, with delightfully old-fashioned photos depicting a picture perfect Christmas in a small village, with plentiful snow and children with bright eyes and warm pink […]