Fall Flavors: The Best Ever Apple Butter

You know those lazy sunday afternoons where the weather is hinting at fall you want to do is curl up with a cup of tea and a book (or the 2 months of Bon Appetite magazine you haven’t had time for)?  I am ready for those days.  This summer has been amazing.  One of my favorite summers ever actually!  But, as the days get cooler and a few of the leaves are starting to turn, so I’m ready for that pot of tea, a good book, and a cozy blanket.  The only thing that could make this picture even better is if there was something cooking to make my house…

A Pivot in Direction and Apple Pie

I am passionate about food, my people, and any combination of the two. I had no intention of started yet another food blog.  The internet is pretty saturated with a lot of great ones already.  Instead, I envisioned a place that equips readers with the ability and confidence to embrace his or her community through hosting!  I don’t mean fancy multi-course meals but laid-back, kick-off-your-shoes, casual gatherings where everyone feels welcome to be themselves.  I’m not fancy enough for table linens, worrying about napkin placement, or discussions of “which fork do I use?” anyways. My vision for almostproperly.com was to make modern entertaining and cooking for a crowd easier, less…

Pecan Sticky Buns

There are pecan sticky buns so good that many-a-weekend we will wake up early to catch the ferry, then drive 30 more minutes to the café before they run out of sticky buns – and they DO run out! Ya’ll, I can’t even explain how good these are. The dough that makes them is fabulous, and each layer of dough between the sticky cinnamonny goodness is thin which really just equates to more layers of cinnamon gooey-goodness. The entire exterior is coated in that gooey carmelly goodness with the right amount of pecans – whatever that means. The name of this restaurant is Farm’s Reach Café in Chimicum, WA. If…

Brioche Knot Dinner Rolls

When this posts, we will be on our way back from 5 very cold but amazing days in Alaska. We will come back to our little bungalow, a much warmer city, and these two goofballs. June and George.  They are both miniature Australian shepherds, and June (on the right) has been my partner in crime since before any of the rest of the crazy clan, including the husband.  She is as spunky and sweet as she is lounge-y and sassy.  She is quite possibly a dog version of myself.  The one syllable nature of her name lends itself to many nickname iterations… Junior, Junie-girl, Junie-bop, Junie-spoony, and, my personal favorite,…

Swedish Hazelnut Buns

I can hardly believe its Christmas Eve.  The days leading up to Christmas have flown by around here.  But starting today, the busyness comes to an end (well, except for making a pie or two).  Its time to hang out with family and relax. Maybe you have family in town and lots of holiday treats in the works… In my opinion, there is nothing like warm roll with a big ol’ cup of tea or coffee.  Pulling apart a warm bun, relaxing in your PJs, and laughing with loved ones, is about the best morning I can imagine.  How about these brioche dough buns with a hazelnut creme filling?  These buns…
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