Boozy Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars
I wrote this post as part of the Plugrá Butter Brigade. Thanks, Plugrá, for sponsoring this post and for making my favorite butter!
Some people are so good at friending. They drop a thoughtful gift by your house out of nowhere. They buy those blank-inside cards to write you a letter instead of looking for the ones with a prewritten message. They’re superb at keeping in touch.
Then there’s me. I have about the same talent at friending that I have at crafting, which is to say: none. I try! I'm just missing some critical relationship-building link in my brain somewhere, I think.
This post is sponsored by Philadelphia Cream Cheese.
Cranberry Cheesecake Pastry Braid
You know what makes me laugh? Those videos that purport to show you a "simple hairdo for your kid's busy school days!" and instead show a mom flippin' CROCHETING her daughter's hair, strand by strand, into an elaborate representation of the Greek gods lounging around drinking wine and brandishing caduceuses. YOU KNOW, NO BIGGIE. Just a little tip for busy moms!
Banana Nut Crunch Smoothie Recipe
Thanks so much to Blendtec for providing me with the BlendTec Designer 725 Blender and Twister Jar — and for providing one for a lucky reader to win! All thoughts and opinions are my own, as always.
I’ve been drinking this banana nut smoothie from a little restaurant here in Raleigh like it’s going out of style, but I think I like the idea of it more than I like the taste. Honestly, my reaction when I took my first sip was, "Eh. I could do better." It tasted like banana, but when I think of "banana nut," I think of the deep, rich flavor of banana nut bread — not the sweet, raw flavor of fresh bananas.
Fast forward to me lying in bed with a fiery porcupine of a tonsil in my throat, unable to swallow, much less speak. I've battled my ornery tonsils (especially the left one, that jerk) for decades. Whenever my left tonsil swells up to the size of a small vehicle, I know I'm in for a solid week of unsolid foods.
Strawberry Sour Cream Kuchen
Six years ago I sat down at my computer and wrote my first post on Willow Bird Baking. Since then, I've grown as a blogger in many ways, but perhaps most significantly in my photography. Great photographs seem simple and attainable — surely we can all position a dishtowel and plate of food on a table? — but are surprisingly elusive. The good news is that there are a few simple tricks that can dramatically improve your photos.
one of my first photos (left) versus today's photos
Here are 5 of the most important things you can do to improve your photography: