Key West: Key Lime Pie Throwdown

Key Lime Pie Company key lime pie slice

Well you knew we couldn’t visit Key West without discovering for ourselves who has the best key lime pie on the island. Even during our short trip, we still managed to fit in three local key lime pie bakeries and we think we’ve found the very BEST! They all tout themselves as the original and […]

Key West : Where We Ate

Old Town Bakery - Key West

So, this is more important that the last post, right? Let’s be honest, it’s all we really care about. Food. With 3 short days in Key West, we did not have time to eat everywhere we would have liked to, but suffice to say we did pretty doggone good for such a short trip. Hog’s […]

Key West: What to Do

Mallory Square - sunset 2

Fun fact: My husband’s(much) younger brother currently lives in Key West, FL. Why? Well, ask the United States Navy. That’s where they’ve put him for the time being. So, it gives us a terribly convenient excuse to take a mini-vacay…which is exactly what we did in the fall. We made the absolute most out of […]

What’s for Thanksgiving Dinner?

Sweet potato casserole 2

To get us in the mood for Turkey Day – but let’s be honest here I don’t need to be put in the mood for a day full of glorious carbs that don’t count (shhh…don’t tell Tony H.) – I thought we’d pull together a collection of our favorite Thanksgiving recipes. So here’s what may or may […]

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cupcakes


I’m sharing a recipe from our Panache Bake Shoppe days that was a seasonal favorite among friends, taste-testers and customers. Bonus: it’s perfect for this time of year, for your Thanksgiving table and I’ve made the cupcake recipe into a bread to giveaway at Christmas! The flavors in this cupcake are so perfectly balanced – […]

Perfect Praline Sweet Potato Casserole Recipe

Sweet potato casserole 2

This is a guaranteed side dish at our Thanksgiving table each year – even if it doesn’t make it to our family meals, we can’t go a year without making it. Over the years, we’ve taken my mother-in-law’s beloved sweet potato casserole recipe and come up with a few different revisions adding this or that […]

Brown(e) 2014 Vacation : What to do on 30a

Dodge - Grayton Dunes

Oh, so you wanna know what to do in Seaside? Good news! The answer is just about anything you want. Here is a breakdown of how we spent our time though. Eating: You may recall from our Foodie Mecca blog, that there is no shortage of amazing places to eat along 30A. Thus, I won’t make you sit […]

Brown(e) Vacation 2014 : Beach

Seaside - Coleman Pavilion beach entrance

There’s only so much one can say about a beach, therefore I’ll be a man of few words today. The stretch of beach along 30A is simply gorgeous. Clean, white, powdery sand. Crystal clear aquamarine waters, brilliant sunsents, and warmer water temperatures (that’s the gulf for ya). Suffice to say, our beach days were full […]