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Dining in Orlando: Brick House Tavern & Tap

Brick House Tavern & Tap in Orlando, Florida caused my full-on Smart Cookie appetite to show its colors to my coworkers. They didn’t quite realize what this tiny Cookie can pack away until they witnessed me devour my dinner. The place has a scenic location with The Orlando Eye towering in the background. My group […]


Sweet Potato Casserole Biscuit Bites

I think Mother Cookie would be proud of these Sweet Potato Casserole Biscuit Bites. She’s been making the best Sweet Potato Casserole for as long as I can remember, and I used that favorite Thanksgiving side dish as inspiration for this new twist. With so many dishes that require oven space for your Thanksgiving dinner, […]

Raglan Road Pub Orlando

Eating in Orlando: Raglan Road Pub

When I traveled to Orlando last week, it was like returning to old stomping grounds. I used to go every summer to visit my grandparents, so after a few years away, it felt like returning to a childhood home. Everything is different when you look at it as an adult, especially the food. I don’t think […]

Witch Hat Cookies

The Weekender: Settling In

Well, folks, I’m officially moved in, but far from settled in. We’ve barely unpacked, and there’s a lot of work ahead of us. That said, I’m thrilled to be in my new abode and ready for this fresh start. Thank you for being patient with the spotty posts during this tumultuous time. My pots and […]


15 Adorable Halloween Recipes

Halloween doesn’t have to be spooky all the time; with these 15 Adorable Halloween Recipes, my favorite holiday just got a lot cuter. The best thing about every recipe on this list is their ease. You can whip these up no matter who you are. Get your kids involved, have a party with your friends, or […]


Witch Hat Cookies

Could these little Witch Hat Cookies get any more adorable? I’ll get you, my pretty…and your little cookie too! I love how picture-perfect these tiny hats are. Any witch would be lucky to wear one. As I told y’all in the last edition of The Weekender, I’m moving AND traveling this week, so I’m keeping […]


The Weekender: Smart Cookie on the Move

Big news, folks: I’m moving! Exciting as that is, it makes it near-impossible for me to cook this week. I am also traveling for work this week BEFORE moving next weekend, which makes things even MORE difficult. That said, please be patient with me, and I will be back full-force the following week. This is […]


Quick Halloween Dessert: Jack Skellington Marshmallows

Halloween snacks don’t have to be high-pressure with this quick dessert: Jack Skellington Marshmallows. You see such crazy, cute, and elaborate recipes for Halloween this time of year, the kind that make you go, “Ain’t nobody got time for that!” If you’re the type who loves to admire those intricate treats but knows you’re never […]

Butternut Squash Bean Quesadillas

Smart Cookie Shopping 62: Mint Chocolate, Pumpkin Donuts, & More

It’s time to get the scoop on what’s new in the food world as we review the grocery store’s new products. Your bi-weekly Smart Cookie Shopping post is here at last, and I’ve got everything from mini donuts to bean chips. No need to waste money gambling on a product you’ve never sampled before. Smart […]


Caramelized Butternut Squash, Bean, & Cheddar Quesadillas

It’s time to change the way you look at quesadillas with these Caramelized Butternut Squash, Bean & Cheddar Quesadillas. We’ve all been wronged by boring quesadillas. It’s a shame, really. Cheese between two tortillas should never go wrong, but too many people make the mistake of boring, flavorless quesadillas. Where’s the oomph? Well, I packed […]

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The Weekender: Get Cookie to Rachael Ray

If you’re behind on your Smart Cookie fix this week, you may not have heard that I’m competing to be a co-host on The Rachael Ray Show! I entered a DreamJob competition where I had to submit a video, and now I need YOUR likes and comments to win the chance to co-host The Rachael […]


Spooky Spiderweb Eclair Cake

Would you believe this Spooky Spiderweb Éclair Cake was the first éclair cake I’ve ever made? You probably would be flabbergasted if you read a whole list of common dishes I haven’t gotten around to making yet, and éclair cake is one of them. I happen to love éclair cake, and eclairs in general, so […]

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