Summer Strawberry Crisp

My favorite part of the summertime season is when the farmers market finally opens in our neighborhood.  With beautiful flowers, massive pallets of vegetables and fresh fruit galore, it’s my favorite place to spend a Saturday morning.  Even though it’s always crowded, it’s worth a visit every week to walk through the rows in search…

Damn Good Banana Bread

There’s a certain sense of comfort and nostalgia that I associate with baking and spending time in the kitchen.  Like warm coffee in the morning and soft pajamas at the end of the day (or at noon) I crave it almost every day.  This banana bread satisfies my cravings for working with my hands to…

Perfect Peanut Butter Cookies

What’s your favorite kind of cookie? Do you prefer them fresh out of the oven or do you like to hide them in the freezer and sneak one or two when no one is looking? (Oh, me!) Are you into crispy edges and soft centers or chewy almost cake-like cookies? I have a secret to…

Cranberry Coconut Layer Bars with Dark Chocolate

I’m back from traveling and I brought dessert! In the past few weeks my fiancé and I have been to New York City for a mini-vacation, the suburbs of Illinois and my hometown of Omaha, Nebraska to spend Thanksgiving with friends and family. Each trip was filled with people we love and of course, delicious…

Apple Pie Cinnamon Rolls

Hello and welcome, I’m so happy you’re here! After many years of wanting to start a blog, Heart of a Hostess officially has a home on the internet and I couldn’t be more excited. If you want to learn a little more about my hopes for the blog and a few fun facts you can…