Author: Karissa

2018: My Year In Review

The end of the year always calls for a little reflection and introspection, and as I look back on this past year, I realize so much has happened. When I look back on this year, I see a lot of good memories.

Cranberry Bliss Cookies

When I think about Starbucks during the winter, I don’t think about the red cups, Eggnog Lattes, or Peppermint Mochas. Instead, thoughts of Cranberry Bliss Bars begin dancing through my head. The only bad thing about Starbucks’ Cranberry Bliss Bars is that they’re seasonal, which means when the proverbial snow melts, these sweet treats also disappear. This winter I set out to fix that.

Shop Small Saturday Short List

Tomorrow is Shop Small Saturday, and I have some very special shops and businesses that you can support this Saturday and every day. These businesses are privately owned labors of love, owned by amazing and talented people who love what they do. I’m sure they would love a little extra support this holiday season, and to sweeten the deal, many of them are offering discount codes and amazing deals right now!

Pumpkin Spice Ice Cream

I’ve been going super pumpkin spice crazy lately because I found THE BEST pumpkin spice, and I’ve been putting it in everything, including this Pumpkin Spice Ice Cream, which was a huge hit at this year’s Friendsgiving!

This recipe is super easy and only requires five ingredients. It’s a real crowd pleaser and a cinch to make. Whip up a batch to impress friends and family this holiday season, or to have a little taste of fall any time of the year!

Believe Women

Believing women is not about ignoring evidence or being blind to the facts. Believing women means believing that sexual violence and harassment happens more often than we acknowledge. It means believing that women’s stories are worth listening to and looking into. It means believing our society has a problem and listening to those most affected. Believing women is our best hope to protect  the women and girls we love.  

Cinnamon Scout Cookies

I don’t eat a ton of cereal and I don’t like to be wasteful, so I wanted to find a way to use up the remainder of the package before it went stale. Then it dawned on me – those confusing cookies my aunt made used cereal, so why don’t I try my own version of a Ranger Cookie? Using crushed cinnamon toast cereal in my cookies was a game-changer. It inspired me to find other substitutions to create new flavor combinations and completely reinvent the Ranger Cookie of my past.

No-Churn S’more Ice Cream

This ice cream could not be easier. It’s as simple as picking up a few ingredients at the market, whipping some cream, smashing things up, and freezing. Once it’s ready, scoop and serve. This super easy, amazingly delicious ice cream will have everyone asking for s’more!

The Benefits of Having Mom Friends

I know a lot of women my age experience the feeling that they’re losing their friends to wife life and motherhood. If you are one of the women who feel this way, perhaps you experience occasional resentment toward your newlywed or first-time mom friends or the men and children taking your partner in crime away from you. Or worse, maybe you’re afraid because you feel like you’re falling behind.

I feel the pressure too, and I think it’s normal and natural, but this burden — the feelings of loss, resentment, despair, and general panic — doesn’t have to weigh us down.