Milk & Cookies Pairing Guide

Milk & Cookies Pairing Guide

This post is sponsored by Milk. Love Whats Real, but the content and opinions expressed here are my own. At the beginning of every year, I feature a New Year’s Swap. Something small that I am swapping out for a more conscientious option. For example, swapping a breakfast donut for a bowl of oatmeal. Or swapping a streamed episode on the couch with a 30 minute walk around the neighborhood. Little changes can make a big impact. But there is one swap I will not be making… I will not be replacing the real milks in my refrigerator. Seriously, why …

Holiday Cookie & Wine Pairings with Line 39 Wine

Holiday Cookie & Wine Pairings with Line 39

Content for 21+ During the holiday season, gifts will be in abundance. And there are two gifts that never fail to deliver cheer… cookies and wine. Between the office soirée, auntie’s baking party, and the neighbor’s New Year’s Eve celebration, cookies and wine will be flowing. The two are often individually gifted and sampled, but rarely are they enjoyed together. Which if you ask me, is a seasonal travesty! So this year, enhance the cheer with a bit of holiday cookie & wine pairings. I’ve teamed up with Line 39 Wine to give you two delicious options for today’s sponsored post, …

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Red Wine & Rose Water Brownies

There are two types of people on this earth. Ones who like their brownies chewy and ones who like them cakey. You just chose a side, didn’t you? It all comes down to texture preference. I was raised on thick blocks of light, neatly cut, cakey brownies. My husband was raised on thin slices of dense, messy, chewy slabs. It is a major point of contention in my house. When I make the fluffy version, my normally adoring partner looks down his nose at them, adamantly refusing to call them brownies. ‘This is absolutely delicious cake, love. Can you put …

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Bacon Ginger Bread Cookie Dippers

This post was sponsored by Heluva Good! as part of an Ambassador Program for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own. Once we finish stuffing our faces this week during all the Thanksgiving Day festivities, it’s seriously time to think about Christmas. And when I say ‘seriously’, I mean cookies. Sure you can go for your run-of-the-mill holiday cookies or you can take your cookie experience to a whole new level. So today I am literally pushing the flavor boundaries of the holiday dessert realm with these Bacon Ginger Bread Cookie Dippers paired with Heluva …

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Lollis & Pops: Candy Heaven for the Nostalgic Soul

Like many children of the late ’70s, early ’80s (yes, I’m that old), growing up I had only one life-goal that needed to be accomplished. I was going to find a Golden Ticket to Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory. I was positive that this was better than winning the lottery. My 7-year-old mind came up with all kinds of wild schemes to procure one of these life-altering scraps of paper. From eating my way through thousands of pounds of chocolate to bribing unwitting playmates to do my ticket-search bidding, I (quite, literally) drew up blueprints. But as every year passed without …

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Mommy Time-Out with Southern Living

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of PEOPLE®, Real Simple®, and Southern Living®. The opinions and text are all mine. Everyday life can certainly drain my creative reserves: work emails, laundry, chasing after a toddler at Gymboree, planning photo shoots, baby swim classes, more work emails. By mid-day, my brain is easily a ball of mush. So whenever I get the chance I try to take, what I like to call, a “mommy time-out.” It’s a few moments to recoup, sit quietly with a cup of coffee, and get inspired. But unlike a tantrum-induced break, this …

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Waffle Fry Shortbread Cookies

A question I am often asked is why I named my blog ‘The Frosted Petticoat’. Well, the short answer is that I like to pair seemingly dichotomous flavors in perfect harmony. It’s like looking at a gorgeous painted petticoat from afar, only to realize that close-up it’s actually made of frosting. That’s where the whimsy comes in, of course. Cooking should be fun and you should feel free to experiment with unusual pairings. There really are no rules in the kitchen. And if you’re a rule bender like me, you might just come up with some ‘frosted petticoats’ of your …