Gingerbread with Apple Rosemary Butter


One of the things I miss most when I’m away at school is baking! So, the first thing I did when I got home…well after I got over my jet lag…was bake this gingerbread with apple rosemary butter. I found the recipe about a month ago and bookmarked it on my computer to make once I got home. It smelled so festive with all the different spices as I was baking it (Did you know that there were a gagillion spices in gingerbread??? I didn’t). Anyway, it was really pretty easy and really pretty delicious. There isn’t a crumb left of it in this house.  And it makes a pretty cute gift too for your sweet neighbors or a hostess.






Spiced Ginger Cakes (makes 2 mini loafs or 1 regular loaf)

  • 2 1/2 cups almond flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground allspice
  • 4 tsp ground ginger
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup ghee, melted (or butter or oil of choice)

Preheat oven to 350F. Combine dry ingredients in a bowl. Combine wet ingredients in a separate bowl. Using a whisk or spatula mix wet and dry ingredients until combined. Pour into greased pan(s). If baking in mini loaf pans bake for 40 minutes. If baking in a regular loaf pan you may need to bake for about 1 hour. If tops begin to get too brown lay a sheet of foil on top to prevent burning (I had to do this after 30 minutes).

Remove from oven and insert a toothpick in center, if it comes out dry they are done baking. Allow to cool for one hour before removing from pan. Enjoy!


Rosemary Apple Butter (makes about 2 1/2 cups)

  • 10 red apples of choice, peeled, cored and coarsly chopped
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 1/2 cup apple cider
  • juice from one lemon
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 3 sprigs of rosemary (or more depending on how big they are)


Place all ingredients in an oven safe pot on high heat. Bring liquid on the bottom of pot to a boil and the simmer for 45 minutes stirring occasionally. Remove rosemary stems (you want some, not all, of the pieces of rosemary to fall off and remain in the sauce….this will happen naturally as your stir) and discard cinnamon sticks.

Remove from heat and pour sauce into a blender and blend until it has an applesauce consistency.

Pour mixture back into pot and place in a 275F degree oven (without the lid!) and cook for 2 hours or until desired thickness. Make sure you stir occasionally to prevent scorching.

When done remove from oven and store in jars for 1 week or longer if you go through the canning process.



As one of Patty’s favorite childhood crushes, Donny Osmond, once said, “And they called it…. Puppy Looooovvvveeee.”

We are in love with a puppy.  She has us all smitten.  (You have permission to make fun of us all if you want!)

I finally got to meet Ivy for the first time just a few days ago!!  I had been dying to snuggle that cute face.  I already love her so much…


The Ott Girls didn’t grow up with pets, which is why we are so obsessed with puppy girl, Ivy. Emily and Steve had to go to the mainland for the annual Hollister Christmas party, so the Otts got to puppysit!  Emily dropped Ivy off in the morning.  It was hard to say goodbye!  Ivy loves her Mama…


And then the fun began!  We took her on big walks, played fetch, snuggled, and taught her new tricks!  We were trying to teach her to “roll over” but she does not seem to get it.  But we did test out her “stay skills”….

Ivy tricks from The Milly & Grace Girls on Vimeo.

Can you believe that 6 month old puppy?!?  She did it on the first try!

She is such a good puppy.  Emily and Steve trained her so well.  She really listens and is wicked smaaarrrrrt.   She is the “teacher’s pet” at dog training class!  Ivy is definitely not Poison Ivy… she is as sweet as can be!

Ivy did fall victim to one of my classic moves… A Pain In The Butt Cone Hat!! I did it to Caroline when she was just a few years old too!


Ivy was just a little bit of a pain in the butt.  She is just a puppy.  She was soooooo exhausted and stumbled into her crate for bed… she was fast asleep next to Caroline when all of a sudden she pops up and starts pawing on her crate to get out!  Caroline thought maybe she had to go to the bathroom but NO!! Patty was downstairs cooking up her meat for the morning! Ivy smelled it and got all excited!  Lesson learned.

Can’t wait to puppysit again! She is such a happy puppy to have around!


Hair Cut

It’s that time again. Every couple years I get an itch for new hairdo. I’ve done long, short, in the middle, bangs, no bangs, side bangs…I just feel the need to change it up every now and then. And I’ve had the itch to change it up for about a month now. I asked a couple people for suggestions on what to do, and it went something like this: “I want a major change, but I don’t think I want it short, I definitely don’t want to dye it, and I’m waiting to cut my bangs until I get back from Switzerland.” My family and friends looked at me with blank stares like “Well…you just eliminated every kind of major change. So, I don’t know what to tell you.” But, every person suggested that I should just go shorter. Not quite as short as my bob in the past but kind of shoulder-ish length. And if you saw my instagram yesterday, you know that I gave in and put my hair on the chopping block. Here’s how it came out…



Allie and I started joking around playing model/photographer…




Then, I was over that game…


I think I’m loving it. My hair has been in a bun on the top of my head for the past month because I couldn’t stand my long hair anymore…so many dead ends and it was so dry. This haircut feels freeing and the perfect amount of change. Yay…problem solved! (Although, Allie says it doesn’t even seem like a change cause she’s so used to me changing up my hair so much. Whatever!)