Creamy Chicken Noodle Casserole, Just a Tiny Little Tweak from Being “Soup”

Creamy Chicken Noodle Casserole, Just a Tiny Little Tweak from Being “Soup” post image

The New Year seems to be a time when so very many folks want to make some big changes and completely make-over their lives. Sounds like a tall order! Resolutions go with January the way that milk goes with cookies, and we become inundated with commercials featuring weight loss products or services, as well as workout equipment and other devices or plans for various types of self-improvement that are meant to make someone into a “new version” of themselves. And then by late February? The chirp ... {more please!}

Tomato-n-Grilled Cheese Soup, When Two Good Things Unite To Become One Even Better Thing

Tomato-n-Grilled Cheese Soup, When Two Good Things Unite To Become One Even Better Thing post image

Something very special, very magical, happens when two really good things come together and are combined: they make a new, even better thing. Whenever my husband and I take a few moments to reflect on our blog (and what better time than the New Year!), we can't help but make note of the simple fact that without one of the two of us, there just truly wouldn't be “The Cozy Apron”. And there's an amazingly beautiful and humbling gravity to that realization. You see, without those ... {more please!}

Crispy Garlic Chicken & Spinach Egg Rolls, Rolled Together To Make For Something Extra Special

Crispy Garlic Chicken & Spinach Egg Rolls, Rolled Together To Make For Something Extra Special post image

There's nothing quite like Christmas time to place some merriment and child-like joy into our hearts and to bring us together like the beautiful human-kind family that we are. Our hearts become softened, our souls become brighter and more aware, and we look for ways to bring some cheer, love and wonder to each other in order to remind ourselves that we're all wonderfully connected, and that each flavor and color that we individually bring makes for the most divinely delicious bite there is. In a ... {more please!}

Christmas Eve Sipping Chocolate, and Luxuriating in the Light of Anticipation

Christmas Eve Sipping Chocolate, and Luxuriating in the Light of Anticipation post image

There's a reverent hush that seems to fall over Christmas Eve the way a soft blanket gently drapes across a body in need of soothing comfort and warmth. As the twilight of this special evening comes upon us, it creates a space for the glimmering, shimmering lights to sparkle and reveal themselves, and makes way for the twinkling stars in the cold, clear sky to blink and wink at us as if to express their own joy at this precious and wonder-filled time of year. In ... {more please!}

Winter Snow Flurry Cake, and Not Allowing the Season’s Dreams to Melt Away

Winter Snow Flurry Cake, and Not Allowing the Season’s Dreams to Melt Away post image

The winter season holds a particularly soft spot in my heart. When I was a little girl growing up in Michigan, where the winters are bitterly icy-cold and heavy with powdery white snow, and made shimmery with clear, glass-hard icicles that hang off of rooftops and tree branches, my favorite thing to do was to go outside, open up my little mouth, and stick out my tongue to taste the soft snow flurries and allow them to dissolve on my tongue. Though they had no real ... {more please!}

Crispy Caprese Meatballs Stuffed With Mozzarella, A Colorful Little Taste of the Holidays

Crispy Caprese Meatballs Stuffed With Mozzarella, A Colorful Little Taste of the Holidays post image

What would you say that the holidays taste like to you? Are they sweet and cool, with a minty flair? Are they spicy-sweet, or rich and creamy? Are they savory and herby, with a little hint of salty? The holidays, for me, are exquisitely all of the above. And the potential for magic during the holidays most certainly becomes apparent in all of the wonderfully different foods we love to partake in, each containing their own delicious pizzaz. The holidays wouldn't be the same without all ... {more please!}

Prosciutto-Wrapped Asparagus Puffs, The Perfect Little Golden Morsels For The Holidays

Prosciutto-Wrapped Asparagus Puffs, The Perfect Little Golden Morsels For The Holidays post image

The weeks before Christmas are all awash in shimmering celebrations and gatherings. It's a big and joyful part of this chilly and cozy holiday season, one that creates warmth in our hearts and gets us into that beautiful mindset of giving and sharing. Many of us enjoy small office parties, small neighborhood get-togethers, or festive school gatherings that implore us to get creative and offer up one another something delicious to nibble on that's both special and a little unique, and to warm our bellies and ... {more please!}

“Christmas Morning Cinnamon Rolls”, and the Soft Twinkle of the Season

“Christmas Morning Cinnamon Rolls”, and the Soft Twinkle of the Season post image

These soft and twinkling weeks between the Thanksgiving holiday and Christmas are by far my favorite in the grand scheme of a year. In these weeks, we seem to relax a little and allow a bit more childlike merriment and light into our daily lives as we anticipate the holidays, and all of the fragrance, crispness and coziness that they so beautifully offer us to enjoy. I'm not sure what exactly it is, but I've been noticing my own feelings towards this particular little block of ... {more please!}

Buttery French Green Beans with Garlic-Sauteed Mushrooms, a Simple & Crisp Take On Things

Buttery French Green Beans with Garlic-Sauteed Mushrooms, a Simple & Crisp Take On Things post image

Ah, the beloved Thanksgiving table! It can look like a never-ending line of saucy-ness, richness, sweetness and savory-ness, which frankly, is perfectly fine with me. That's exactly as it should be! The more buttery biscuits, pillowy rolls, flowing gravy, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, turkey, stuffing (or dressing) and sweet cranberry sauce, the better; but for this Thanksgiving, I'm offering up at least one clean, green, simple and crisp take on a favorite, just to balance things a smidge! Green bean casserole is one of our favorite ... {more please!}