Carrot Cake Biscotti & Giveaway!

carrot cake biscotti with raisins atthepicketfence.com

I love baking. Honestly I WAY prefer it to cooking. This might have something to do with the fact that anything I bake is received by my family with joy and gratitude as opposed to the meals I cook each night which, frankly, are always a bit like a shot in the dark. Sometimes they hit their target and sometimes they are so far off from the target you would think that I was purposely trying to torture them. … [Read more...]

Our Favorite Easter Crafts and Recipes

Carrot Cake Dessert Shots from At The Picket Fence recipe

Ummm...yeah...please tell us that we are not the only ones who are completely and utterly shocked that Easter is THIS week! How did that happen? Wasn't it just Christmas? For that matter, wasn't it just last Easter?? Now granted, Easter is earlier this year than it was last year but still. These months are flying by and if you are anything like us, while you do want to enjoy celebrating these special days, you don't want to be spending hours and hours preparing for them. … [Read more...]

Creamed Asparagus on Toast

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Oh, Gus! Spare me. Okay, there really isn't a Gus, or anything to spare, but I'm trying to get your attention because I'm talking about asparagus today. Yep, good ole "green sprig most people run from" asparagus. Hi, everyone...it's Julie, from redheadcandecorate.com. I hope you love asparagus as much as I do. I know the ATPF sister's do. They recently shared "Roasted Asparagus with Goat Cheese" and it sounded so amazing. So much amazing, that it reminded me of my grandmother's "Creamed of … [Read more...]

Roasted Asparagus with Goat Cheese

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I was thinking recently about how often I find myself saying something to my children that would sound so  ridiculous to anyone else but makes perfect sense to me. Things like, "Hey guys, we're not going to pretend to be cheetahs while we're at church, OK?" And then there are those times when you're having a simple conversation with your child, innocently answering their questions, never realizing that those answers could come back up sometime later. Usually this involves embarrassment, … [Read more...]

Birds Nest Mason Jar Cupcakes

Spring in a Mason Jar Collage

There's nothing more scary for a car owner. You're traveling down the road and you hear an ambiguous noise. You know the one. The noise that happens intermittently as your driving blissfully along, the one that strikes fear in your heart and then you don't hear it for days.  And just as your lulled into a sense of complacency, it happens again. You start to think you are hearing things.  You ask your daughter, "Did you hear that weird "pinking" noise?!" She did, so you know you're not losing … [Read more...]

$100 Visa Gift Card and Pepperidge Farm® Milano® Cookies​

milano cookies closeup atthepicketfence.com

I always find it fascinating how many different interpretations there are of the word 'fancy'. What seems 'fancy' to one person might just be an everyday occurrence to the next. For example, I'll never forget when I started buying what I think of as the 'fancy' napkins. No, they aren't the ones with the pretty designs on them or the ones that cost $10 for a pack of 5. Those would be the really 'fancy' napkins. We don't want to go too crazy here people! … [Read more...]

Our Best Holiday Recipes

Favorite holiday recipe collection from atthepicketfence.com

Does anyone else find themselves feeling so smug as you get everything checked off your grocery list for upcoming holiday meals only to get home and realize that while you may have the ingredients for a grand meal in a few days, somehow you've managed to make it home from the store without putting anything in your cart for the dinners you are expected to prepare leading up to that day! … [Read more...]

Original Fantasy Fudge Recipe … a sweet treat!

the original fantasy fudge

There are a million fudge recipes out there but I love the  original Fantasy Fudge recipe. This is the recipe that calls for marshmallow creme. Yep marshmallow creme. You know that ooey gooey stuff you get in the little jar. Kraft has a fantasy fudge recipe on the back of their Jet Puff jar. Don't use that one. It's a newfangled one. It's not near as good as the original fantasy fudge recipe with marshmallow creme. Why do manufacturers insist on screwing with the original recipes? Just leave … [Read more...]

Christmas in the Kitchen

Christmas brunch or breakfast tablescape

 "For it is good to be children sometimes, and never better than at Christmas, when it's mighty Founder was a child Himself."  ~ Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol This past weekend was one of those weekends that you remember for years to come. Not because anything especially spectacular happened. In fact, it felt so incredibly ordinary. And yet there was also something extraordinary about it. What would seem like a lot of 'nothing' to some, felt like a whole lot of 'something' to us. … [Read more...]