i saw this in the whole living magazine and was so taken with how rustic, unique & sophisticated it looked.

i had to try it.

{i packaged the bark pieces in white bags + added a copy of the recipe with a tiny clothespin on top. i love little-simple details like that.}

vegetable cooking spray
8 ounces dark chocolate (70 percent cacao), melted
1/4 cup shelled pistachios, chopped
1/4 teaspoon sea salt, such as fleur de sel or Maldon

to make:
lightly coat an 8-inch pan with cooking spray. line with parchment paper, leaving a small overhang. Pour in chocolate and smooth with a spatula into an even layer.


holiday pretzel treats

December 13, 2011

my friend gave us these little goodies last year,
and i about ate the whole batch!
she used this recipe.

…this year, we had to make our own!

Bite-size, waffle-shaped pretzels
Hershey’s Kisses or Hershey’s Hugs

{a great treat to have the kids help!}

we made designs out of our pretzels —


{sela’s pattern}


Heat the oven to 170F.
Set a number of bite-size, waffle-shaped pretzels (one for each treat) in a single layer on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper,


sweet potato casserole

December 12, 2011

for easter, i made this.

for thanksgiving, i made *this:


4 pounds sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into quarters
3/4 to 1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup butter, cup up
1/4 cup milk
1 tablespoon lemon juice
4 eggs lightly beaten
1 cup crushed gingersnap cookies or graham crackers
2 tablespoons melted butter


Boil sweet potatoes, drain and return to pan. Grease a 3-quart rectangular baking dish; set aside.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees, slightly mash potatoes with a potato masher. Stir in brown sugar, the 1/2 cup butter, the milk,


i will be honest. when cooking thanksgiving dinner is a one-persom-job, it is really overwhelming. Everyone was so helpful, but really, i was still doing it alone. and, i have no idea why… but, Thanksgiving dinner always overwhelms me. Christmas doesn’t. Easter doesn’t. I can plan 20 activities for Halloween and i’m fine. I get really emotional with Thanksgiving – all that gratitude on my mind + a big meal to prepare = everyone was lucky i only had one meltdown this year. sometimes it’s worse!

the yummy side of things: we tried a turkey brine this year for the first time. i also chose an organic turkey for the first time. so, i’ve yet to decide if our turkey was so delicious &


santa hat brownies…

December 9, 2011

i made these for my kiddos as an after-school snack this week.

so easy & So so cute!

all you need is:

little round pre-made brownies
heavy whipping cream {whip it up!}
{i kept things really easy by using a ziplock bag for my whipping cream.}


are you on instagram? it is my latest obsession!
what is instragram? …it’s a free iPhone app that combines creative photography + social network.

{you are welcome to follow me – search for “see_jane”}

right after i made these treats, my oldest daughter grabbed my real camera &


caprese salad skewers

November 29, 2011

i saw these on pinterest and knew i had to make them! so, when husband & i had two socials to attend in early november for our kids’ schools, and i was asked to bring an appetizer… this was it!

so easy.

slice your favorite small tomatoes in half, add a fresh sprig of basil, add a small block of fresh mozzarella & drizzle with balsamic vinegar.

wha-la! how cute are they? we couldn’t pop ’em in our mouth quick enough around here – myla finally made herself an entire plate full! smart girl.

while shopping on newberry street lately, i had my first visit to an “