Comfort and Joy

I love Christmas.

My mother LOVED this time of year. I was the first born, a June baby, meaning at the crawling age of 6 months I was immersed in the holiday traditions that my mom and dad began for me. Although I don’t remember those early “once upon a time” days, I have many photographs to reminisce with, and memorabilia that, to this day, grace my home. Continue reading


Dashing through the crumbs

Sunday I hosted the lovely ladies from the Tampa Bay Lady Bloggers for our first annual holiday cookie exchange! We had SUCH a great time swapping recipes, sharing stories, and enjoying each others company. I decided to make Lemon Blueberry Almond cookies using this recipe as a base, then, of course, adding in some fresh berries and slivered almonds. They were a hit! (both at the party, and Mr. KKM’s work) πŸ˜‰

Here are some highlights from the day!IMG_3616









I sure hope we decide to make this an annual event because it was an absolute blast! It’s always so much fun to hang with and meet (in real life) bloggers you stalk admire!

Want to see more? Check out these recaps from the lovely ladies!

Meghann @MealsandMiles
Caroline @CarolineCalcote
Rebecca @RebeccaRoams
Grace @GraceDishes
Diana @Sneakers2Sandals
Rachel @RunnersTalesMeghan @LittleGirlintheBigWorld

Enjoy! πŸ™‚ Steph


Spiced Sweet Quick Bread

I love recipes like this. No-brainers; but still from scratch. No yeast or rolling; but delicious with a spread of real butter, just like a regular bread. The perfect holiday gift for a housewarming visit or a treat to welcome unexpected guests. This “bread” does it all!

What I like most about this “bread” is that it has a consistency somewhere between a cake and a scone or biscuit. The oatmeal really creates a chewy texture, and the milk and oil in the batter turns the whole loaf into a beautiful, crusty golden color on the outside.


In all of this glorious texture lies just the slightest hit of nutmeg, cinnamon, and ginger, mixed into just the faintest tang of sweetness from the sugar.

If you have 5 minutes and an oven, who needs a bread maker?! Here’s the recipe…

2 cups of whole wheat flour
1/2 cup Quaker old fashioned oats
3/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. ginger
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
4 tsp. baking powder
1 cup skim milk
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup granulated Splenda (can substitute white sugar)

In a separate bowl, combine all dry ingredients. In a mixer, combine eggs, oil, milk and vanilla extract. Mix well. Add eggs and Splenda (sugar) and combine well. Carefully and gradually add the dry ingredients. Mix well, but don’t over mix! Grease mini-sized bread pans and pour in mixture to about 3/4 high. Bake at 350 degrees for 25-35 minutes, or until fork test proves done. Remove from pan and cool. Serve warm/room temperature with whipped butter or jam.


Oh Christmas tree

Today we braved the mountainside, and with a really sharp saw in tow (and an awesome boyfriend who got down onto the cold, wet ground) Mr. KKM did this:






Can’t wait to get home a decorate our first tree together! Last year at this time we were getting ready to move into our new home and didn’t get a chance to have a tree (Christmas night was our first time sleeping there) so this tree is a very special one! We’re hitting the road back to Tampa (with a freshly chopped tree in the bed of the truck) bright and early tomorrow morning! See you soon, Tampa! We’ll miss you mountains! I’ll blog all about the trip on Monday. πŸ˜‰




We made it!

We’re here!

9 hours, 585 miles, 2 gas stops, a pit stop in a sketchy part of town, lots of iTunes, and way too many “we’re in Georgia, The Walking Dead area” comments, we’re finally settled in!
We unpacked a bit then consulted my friend Yelp for some good eats to fill our road weary bellies. This Tampa girl was able to find a Cuban restaurant waaaaay up here in this teeny tiny mountain town that earned rave reviews on Yelp. When we saw the pic of the
not-so-ham-heavy Cuban sandwich at Dan’s Grill (nothing ruins a Cuban like excessive ham) we immediately had a craving for home and decided we would give it a shot.

Delish! Delish! Delish! In fact, better than most Cubans back home. We got to talking to the owners who were Miami transplants that fell in love with the area. They decided to open up shop and bring authentic Cuban food to the
thin-air breathing masses and have had huge success! Speaking of thin air, when I asked Dan where they get their bread from (since it tasted WAY too good to be a french loaf from the local
supermarket) they proudly boasted “from La Segunda Central in
Tampa. We have it shipped every week and freeze it. We tried to bake it but the altitude didn’t work well with the baking process.” Well, you can imagine our surprise when we boasted our trek from the hometown. Such a small world I tell ya!

Not only was the sandwich satisfying, but their black beans and tostones were as real as it gets.


As we paid our $20 tab, Dan dared us to try a few of his homemade croqueta de jaiba (devil crabs). Challenged accepted. We’ll be back before Sunday, and might even bring a few
home. πŸ˜‰ After dinner we headed to the store for some essentials and now we’re cuddled on the couch enjoying our “datingmoon” by the fireplace, awaiting the arrival if my cousins.


Oh, and one last thing. There may or may not be Walkers hidden in the basement. We don’t have a key to it so we can’t be sure. Stay tuned…

-Steph πŸ˜€


On the road!

We’re on the road!


Mr KKM and I along with my cousins Chris and Joe have rented a cabin up in the North Georgia/North Carolina mountains for a long weekend!

I’m blogging from the road as we drive up I-75 from Tampa. So far traffic is great, Chick-Fil-A is in our bellies and we’re making great time (we left at 6am!). I can’t wait to check into our cabin and enjoy some fresh mountain air. We have lots of fun and relaxation planned, including chopping down a Christmas tree at Southern Tree Plantation, hiking to a few waterfalls along the Appalachian trail, antiquing and enjoy some good ol’ biscuits and gravy! Follow me on Instagram @kitchenkm for some pics!

See you all on Sunday with a recap!
Steph πŸ™‚



The 12 days of Stephmas

On the 12th day of Stephmas, my true love gave to me,
12 rutabaga “fries”.


On the 11th day of Stephmas, my true love gave to me,
11 yummy Christmas cookies.


On the 10th day of Stephmas my true love gave to me,
10 really intense exercises.


On the 9th day of Stephmas my true love gave to me,
9 scrumptious strawberry cookies.


On the 8th day of Stephmas my true love gave to me,’
An 8 egg kale frittata.


On the 7th day of Stephmas my true love gave to me,
7Β  backyard tangerines.


On the 6th day of Stephmas my true love gave to me,
6 delicious Parkesdale salsas.


On the 5th day of Stephmas my true love gave to me,
5 strands of sparklyyyyyyy lighhhhhhhhttttsssssss!


4 pureed fruits,


3 bins of cheer,


2 strong feet,


And a cat sleeping in a bathroom sink.


How was YOUR week?Happy Holidays! -Steph πŸ™‚