a wintry warm recipe

From one of my southern cookbooks, At My Grandmother’s Knee, I baked this delicious Pumpkin Bread.

I appreciated that this recipe was the kind that you just do a quick mix of all of the ingredients and bake it. It came out perfectly and we enjoyed it many mornings for breakfast. Tyler and I made this bread and delivered it to friends of ours who had just had their second son. I think pumpkin bread is the kind of delicious treat, breakfast, or snack that is everyone’s favorite comfort food.

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Snow Covered Chocolate Cupcakes

Throughout this winter season, Raleigh’s local weathermen have predicted winter weather and snow a few times without any snow actually sticking to the ground. Since snow is not common winter weather in Raleigh, when it does, the whole city is stilled. Everyone stays bundled up with their families in their warm homes and when the snow finally stops snowing, snowmen are built, snow cream is enjoyed, and snowball fights are won. Mittens drip dry over the tub after a day full of fun and sweet memories are made.

Whether or not it does snow tonight or tomorrow or anymore this wintry season, sweet memories can still be made.

This winter season, enjoy making this simple recipe with your family and sharing it after dinner with friends.

Make chocolate cupcakes just like whatever (box) recipe is your favorite. After the cupcakes have completely cooled, remove them from the cooling racks and place them on a serving tray. Then, lightly sprinkle confectionery sugar evenly over all of the cupcakes. We shared them with our friends, Courtney and Laura! Enjoy **

Don't they look delish!?
Snow Covered Chocolate Cupcakes
Perfect to Share with Your Family and Friends

How Do You Like Your Coffee?

I sit inside my little home, warm and cozy, as the chilly rain soaks the earth. The leaves have fallen, winter is almost here. The day when the cold sets into my body is certain to arrive soon. Until spring comes again, there is only a few things that can really make me warm and cozy – a hug from my husband, our snuggly bed, and a hot cup of coffee.

My perfect cup of  drip coffee is hot, camel-colored, creamy, and served in an off white ceramic diner mug. Instead of going to the diner every time I want to warm up with a hot a cup of coffee in my favorite diner mug, I found online at The City Pantry where to purchase diner mugs for our cool family and friends – and ourselves! These 8 oz. diner mugs make the perfect addition to any coffee mug cabinet – And for only four dollars a mug (or six for twenty dollars or twelve for thirty six dollars) they make great, timeless Christmas presents!