Jen T

I'm the mom of two little boys. Wife. Baker. Lover of chocolate and cream cheese. A self-proclaimed nerd who loves everything from The Office to Star Wars. And a full-time writer who survives on a lot of coffee and a little sleep. Growing up on a dairy farm, I started baking when I was six years old, so food has always been a passion for me. The best part? I love that it brings people together ... whether you're on a rare date with your sweetheart, laughing with girlfriends over a pizza or gathering around the kitchen during the holidays. The best food has a way of making you feel at home.

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Ho Ho Holiday Hot Cocoa Board

Posted by Jen T on November 22, 2022

Trimming the tree. Sledding parties. Weekend afternoons, watching Hallmark® holiday movies on the sofa. Whatever your favorite traditions may be, there are plenty of reasons to curl up with a cup of hot cocoa this winter! In fact, you can make some of those moments even sweeter by creating your own hot chocolate and cookie read more »

Effortless Appetizers: 30 Easy Finger Foods for Parties

Posted by Jen T on November 8, 2022

Hosting your family over the holidays? Inviting your in-laws for Thanksgiving? Or celebrating with a few close friends for New Year’s Eve? Whatever’s on your calendar this holiday season, relax! Holiday entertaining doesn’t have to be stressful. (Now, to be fair – you may still have to clean your house. But we can take care read more »

Oh My Gourd: 9 Perfect Pumpkin Recipes for Fall

Posted by Jen T on October 27, 2022

Pumpkin muffins. Pumpkin bread. Pumpkin waffles. Pumpkin cheesecake. You name it. Pumpkin season is in full swing. And I, for one, I couldn’t be happier. To all of you who feel the same way, you’ve come to the right place! Today we’re showcasing all things pumpkin. So sit back, grab your favorite sweater, and check read more »

Make a Baked Potato Bar

Game Day: How to Make a Baked Potato Bar

Posted by Jen T on October 25, 2022

Maybe you love football. Maybe you’re just in it for the food. Either way, we’ve got your next game day covered! Whether you want to spend a fun afternoon with a few friends or score big with your neighbors, a baked potato bar is always a great way to go. Why You’ll Love It Easy read more »

Try these 7 Cozy Recipes for National Chili Month

7 Cozy Recipes for National Chili Month

Posted by Jen T on October 4, 2022

Did you know that October is National Chili Month? When the temperatures begin to fall, there’s nothing better than a cozy bowl of chili to warm you all the way down to your toes. And whether you’re gathering around a campfire or getting together for game day with a few friends, it’s always a crowd read more »

Try this Caramel Apple Upside Down Cake

All About Apples: 10 Favorite Fall Recipes

Posted by Jen T on September 27, 2022

Fall is in the air! And while that means pumpkin season is officially here, there’s another autumn favorite that deserves some serious attention: fresh-picked apples. So crisp. So juicy. So sweet. If you’ve never been apple picking before, I hope you’ll try visiting a local orchard with your family or a few friends this fall. read more »

Bento boxes filled with meat, cheese, fruit, veggies, dips

Back to School with Bento Boxes

Posted by Jen T on September 15, 2022

Have kiddos who are getting back into the swing of school? If you’re looking for some fresh lunch or snack ideas this fall, behold … the bento box! Bento boxes are individual meals packed in reusable containers – typically with a fresh variety of different tastes, colors and textures. While they originated with Japanese cuisine, read more »

Rustic Zucchini Summer Tart

A Bounty of Zucchini: Top 10 Fresh-Picked Recipes

Posted by Jen T on August 23, 2022

This time of year, there are plenty of jokes about the abundance of zucchini. My personal favorite: if you don’t lock your car at church, it will be full of zucchini when you come back. Indeed, there’s an old gardener’s saying that you can never plant quite the right amount. Plant one, and it will read more »

Steak, veggies avocados, limes in cast iron pan

5 Ways to Celebrate National Fajita Day

Posted by Jen T on August 18, 2022

Ready for a fiesta of flavors, my friends? You’re in luck … today is National Fajita Day! Sizzling steak or chicken. Soft, warm tortillas. Charred sweet bell peppers and onions. Honestly, there’s a lot to love about this Tex-Mex tradition. (Frankly, if you’re at a restaurant and the server walks by your table with a read more »

Schell's Lem'n Shandy Beer Bread

What’s the Best Beer for Beer Bread? Part 2: Schell’s Brewery Taste Test

Posted by Jen T on August 11, 2022

Weekends in the kitchen can be such a simple pleasure. Sometimes, that means filling your home with the heavenly aroma of buttery, fresh-baked bread. Sometimes, that means opening the fridge for an ice-cold beer. But the best weekends at home, well – they just might include a bit of both. The Joys of Beer Bread read more »