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Coconut Cheesecake and Cookie Nests

18 Mar



As previously stated here, here, here, here, here and here, I love a good cheesecake. Not only is cheese my "love language" (making cheesecake my favorite dessert), the very fact that cheesecake freezes beautifully makes it a welcome addition to nearly every holiday or party I host. Something I can check off months in advance? Yes, please. [...]

Eggs in a Basket Casserole

17 Mar



I made this bacon and egg casserole for last year’s Easter brunch, and it was the perfect combination of festive and flavorful. I love that it can be made ahead AND made *half* vegetarian. [...]

Easter Candy Bark

19 Feb



I saw these ingenious cookie-cutter candy bark pieces on the Etsy blog and had to create my own. Even though I attempted something very similar to the original, I love the endless possibilities! With slight modifications, I've also made peppermint Christmas bark and dark chocolate Valentine's Day bark. Shamrocks with green melts and candy pieces, anyone? [...]

Easter Egg Bread Wreath

31 Mar

Easter Egg Bread Wreath


I have a definite preference for bringing pretty foods to parties and potlucks; I never contribute meat, for example, and have mostly avoided green salads. Even though my dishes are generally well received, I figure I can only get away with donut pops and sugar cookies so many times, right? Because of this, I'm always excited to find beautiful savory foods (bonus points if they're holiday-themed). [...]

Bottle Cap Wreath Ornament

22 Mar



To celebrate my dad's 60th birthday last summer, my family headed to Denver in search of mountains and beer. (And don't worry, we definitely found both.) Great Divide, the maker of my dad's favorite beer, is there along with a whole host of other awesome craft breweries. [...]

Merry Christmas!

25 Dec



I'm not sure if it was the 4:30 am wakeup time, leaving my family in STL, the flights and late luggage or the fact that we're still wrapping presents, but today hasn't actually felt like Christmas to me! Maybe tomorrow, after lots of sleep, cocoa and Christmas music! In the meantime, I'll leave you with our annual Christmas card collage. Thank you for reading Seakettle this year! [...]

Beer Bread Kit

9 Dec



I don't know about you, but I love thinking about, shopping for, and making gifts for Christmas. Even though there's always (way, way) too much to do, I really look forward to this crazy time of year! [...]

Stamped Quote on Wood

23 Nov



I have always loved this quote (always, as in, since it started popping up all over on t-shirts and tacky Pinterest inspirational images). And while I was most certainly not familiar with John Muir before moving to California, I'm now so grateful for all the work he did, especially in preserving one of the most beautiful places ever — Yosemite National Park. [...]

Samoas Cheesecake

6 Nov



Since the days I went door-to-door selling Girl Scout cookies (that miserable time when my shy self was pitted against my competitive, must-sell-the-most-in-my-troop self), I have loved Samoas Girl Scout cookies. (Or whatever you call them wherever you live. You know, the best ones, with the chocolate and caramel and toasted coconut.) So, when a couple back-to-back events called for baked goods, I decided to take what I loved in Samoas and combine it with my true dessert love—cheesecake—and make this cookie-inspired treat. [...]

Mini Sailboats

11 Jul



This project is from last fall, but it's so perfectly summer. We designed and built these wooden sailboats with colorful paper sails to decorate the pool in the background of my sister-in-law's nautical baby shower. Now, as we approach yet another hot and sunny weekend, swimming pools and boating are both on my mind! [...]