Brownie Mix Cookies Recipe

Brownie Mix Cookies Recipe Gooey chocolate insides and crackly tops make this brownie mix cookies recipe the ultimate combo of brownies and cookies. Try mixing in your favorite candies or eating a scoop of ice cream sandwiched in between two fresh-from-the-oven cookies. You’ll be in heaven! Related Recipes: Better than Box Mix Brownies Ultimate Cake […]

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50+ of the BEST Chocolate Mint Dessert Recipes

The BEST Chocolate Mint Dessert Recipes Get more than 50 of the BEST Chocolate Mint Dessert Recipes right here, including Grasshopper Poke Cake, Thin Mint Muddy Buddies, Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream, and more! Related Recipe Collections 75+ Girl Scout Cookie Recipe 50+ Mini Cadbury Eggs Desserts 50+ St. Patrick’s Day Desserts Mint Chocolate Recipes […]

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Old Fashioned Chocolate Cobbler

Made with mostly pantry staples, this chocolate cobbler comes together quickly for a warm and comforting dessert. Serve with generous scoops of vanilla ice cream.

Chocolate cobbler is one of those old-school recipes that has endured for decades because of its genius simplicity and seemingly magical transformation in the oven. It is also one of the most deliciously warm and comforting desserts you'll ever find. It's easy enough to throw together on a weeknight, but you'll want to make it for company. It's good any time of year, but it's especially good to tuck into on a cold winter's night.

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2020: A Year in Breakfast

Ah, 2020. A year that started with such hope and purpose, then quickly skewed into a year like no other. This devolved into a difficult year, but one not without its bright spots. Beth and I mobilized what resources we had through our jobs to support local businesses where we could. At times it felt like we were having an effect, at other times it felt like we watched helplessly from the sidelines.

One of my strengths is writing, and so write I did. In addition to regular blog posts for Experience Columbus, TourismOhio, and Experience Worthington, I wrote for Ohio Magazine, Columbus Monthly, Columbus Alive, and other travel publications. I’m grateful to have the work, and to use my voice in any way possible to support small businesses!

So let’s look at what happened on in 2020!


One of my goals for 2020 was to start an interview series, helping folks get to know the hardworking chefs, restaurateurs, coffee roasters, bakers, brewers who make our culinary scene so great. My goal was one a week for the first three months, and I made it through early March before everything got shut down. If you have the time, listen to these stories from local makers:


One of my goals for 2020 was to write more essays for the site. I got off to a good start, but then turned my attention to (hopefully) helpful lists highlighting local spots to support:


As usual, breakfast is still the name of the game here. Just look at the morning meals we (re)discovered in 2020!


We certainly kept caffeinated this year with new and updated coffee shops:

  • Brioso Coffee: one of the city’s OG roasters opened an updated location at Gay and High downtown
  • Florin Coffee: after roasting for a couple years, they added a new retail shop in Linden
  • One Line Coffee: a look at One Line’s new Franklinton location
  • Crimson: Crimson Cup Coffee opened this modern new concept at Easton
  • The Parable Coffee: a thoughtfully run coffee pop-up inside Comune


What more can I say?


This year we also cooked up meals at home and checked out lots of non-breakfasty goodness:


Prior to COVID lockdowns we took some fun trips. Post-COVID we postponed bigger travel plans, but managed smaller, safe trips, especially those highlighting local eats, safe shopping, parks, etc.

Thanks again to everyone who’s followed along, interacted, and supported us during this difficult year! Here’s hoping 2021 features more genuine growth and better times together.

Happy New Year from Nick, Beth, Will, & Owen!

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Holiday Fun in Hamilton – Breakfast With Nick

We’ve enjoyed our trips to Butler County over the past few years, checking out local restaurants and breweries, working our way through the ever-expanding Butler County Donut Trail, hiking through different parks and exploring museums. I’ve compiled all of our past adventures on the Butler County travel page.

The folks from BC invited us back in November to Hamilton, the Butler County seat, to see how they’re doing safe and socially distanced holiday shopping through a program called Holly Jolly Hamilton. I wrote about the highlights for’s blog, but wanted to share more details here!

Like many small downtowns, Hamilton has worked hard to adapt to life in a pandemic while still supporting its local businesses. In addition to Christmas lights draped over trees, they’ve set up picnic tables for more social distancing room along High Street.

If you’re not familiar with the city, yes, Hamilton IS named after our country’s first treasury secretary. It was established first as Fort Hamilton in 1791, and today features a statue of him WEARING AN AMERICAN FLAG AS A CAPE in the center of High Street. The sidewalks around it are embedded with famous quotes from him.

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Biking, Beer, & Brunch in Bellefontaine

Hello, Bellefontaine!

We love getting to explore the many cities and towns of Ohio, and we’re never ones to do just one activity at a time, so when the folks from The Syndicate in Bellefontaine invited us out for brunch one Saturday, we turned it into a day trip.

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2020 Holiday Gift Guide – Breakfast With Nick

We’re all saying it, but I’ll say it again: now more than ever it’s important to shop local! I’ve assembled the four parts of my gift guide here – just click each image for loads of ideas.

For ideas like gift boxes, spices, sauces, jams, ice cream, dips, tours


For ideas like hikes, overnight stays in cabins, picnics, holiday lights tours, greenery


For ideas like spirits, coffee, mixers, beer, wine, pop


For ideas like local artists and stores, museum gift shops, take-home kits, books, even a little personal art and pampering

—> ART

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2020 Holiday Gift Guide: PARK

Part two our of 2020 gift guide is here! This is certainly a year like no other, and so we’re sharing ideas for local gifts and experiences. Small businesses all need our support more than ever, and our four-part gift guide follows our travel mantra of Food, Park, Drink, & Art. Read part one, all about food!

So now we present part two: PARK!

An Overnight Stays in a Treehouse, Yurt, or Cabin

Give someone the gift of a quiet overnight in the woods! Curl up, read books, watch movies, make dinner together. There are so many options within an easy drive from Columbus. Read about our stays in a treehouse at The Mohicans or in a yurt at The Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls. Or check out spots like Dwellbox in Dundee, Cherry Ridge Retreat in New Plymouth, or The Cliffs at Hocking Hills.

Art Walk + Dinner

Plan a walk to see some public art and pair it with lunch or dinner. Search the free public art database on, and find a nearby restaurant. Think of combos like:

Go to the Movies at the South Drive-In

The drive-in is a fun, safe, and socially distanced way to take someone to the movies! They’re still showing a fun range of movies these days. Check out their schedule here:

A Visit to Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park

We always love a trip to Pyramid Hill in Hamilton. The park is dotted with 60+ sculptures across more than 600 acres of rolling hills and woods. They’re doing seasonal exhibitions and light shows, too, all good for social distancing.

Franklin Park Conservatory

The warm and lush conservatory offers seasonal displays and light shows, beautiful greenery, an outdoor train display, glass sculptures, and more. Give a year-long gift of a membership!

Park + Picnic

Similar to the art walk paired with dinner, grab lunch and take a stroll in a park. Some ideas:

  • Brown Bag Deli, Boxwood Biscuits, Kolache Republic, Emmett’s + Schiller Park
  • Lox Bagel Shop, Tasi Cafe, Brassica, Barley’s, North Market + Goodale Park
  • Arepazo, Smoked on High, Rockmill Tavern, Harvest + Scioto Audubon Park
  • Starliner Diner, Center Street Market + Roger Reynolds Park or Homestead Metro Park in Hilliard
  • Or build an itinerary like our visit to The Wilds + burgers and ice cream in Zanesville

Pack a Picnic From a Local Market

Lots of park ideas! Create a custom picnic pack by visiting a locally owned market like the Hills Market (Downtown or Worthington), Weiland’s Market, or North Market. Each spot carries loads of local products: cheeses, breads, dips, wines, beers.

Local Coffee Cup + A Stroll

Several local coffee shops sell travel mugs. Order up a mug, fill it with coffee (or add a gift card!), and arrange a lovely stroll at a local park. Local spots like Florin Coffee and Stauf’s are selling great mugs.

Columbus City Adventures Holiday Lights Tours

I love love love Christmas lights, and Columbus City Adventures has revamped its Holiday Lights Tour as a safe, socially distanced walking tour Friday and Saturday nights. Private tours are available, too!

Bring the Park Inside: Oakland Green Interiors or Stump

Liven up someone’s home with fresh greenery! This can be especially nice for anyone quarantined, working from home, schooling at home, or just needs a little joy brought to their living space, etc. Visit the experts at a local shop like Oakland Green Interiors or Stump.

Get Active at Play: CBUS

Book a time to in this indoor play park, with 52,000 square feet of ropes courses, climbing walls, and more.

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2020 Holiday Gift Guide: FOOD

2020 is certainly a year like no other, and as we approach the holidays, one of the best things we can do is support local businesses. We need to buy gifts, and they need the support! So we’re putting together a four-part gift guide following our travel mantra of Food, Park, Drink, & Art.

Let’s start off with an old favorite: FOOD!

Columbus Food Adventures Gift Boxes

Columbus Food Adventures makes it easy to support local while mailing gifts around the country. They’re featuring four boxes: Thanksgiving, Brunch (co-curated by yours truly!), Gourmet, and Columbus Classics. Each one is loaded with local goodies.

Worthington Gift Boxes

Same for the Worthington Gift Boxes! They’re in limited supply, but they feature all local products and are themed for spa pampering, guys, foodies, or diehard Worthington fans. Worthington boxes on

North Country Charcuterie boards

Mrs. Breakfast With Nick’s love language is cheese and charcuterie boards, so North Country Charcuterie’s kits are a regular sight around our house. NCC’s goods are made from all Ohio ingredients, so when you support them, you’re supporting 20 different businesses. North Country Charcuterie on Shopify

Restaurant Gift Cards

Restaurant gift cards are the old stand-by. They’re a great way to treat someone to a meal (help them discover a new favorite!) and support hard-hit local eateries. My particular recommendation: support black-owned restaurants this year, like a decadent Southern feast at Hen Quarter, donuts from Donna’s Delicious Dozen, nostalgic treats from Bake Me Happy, coffee from Upper Cup, Ethiopian fare from Nile Vegan.

Spices from North Market Spices

Many more of us are cooking from home these days. Help a budding home cook by loading them up with North Market Spices’ goods. Let their experts guide you in selecting spices and mixes that are perfect for gift baskets or stocking stuffers.

Pasta + Sauce from Carfagna’s

The long-running, family-owned Carfagna’s just announced a big move to a combined market and restaurant off Polaris. While they haven’t moved yet, you can shop local with their sauces, pastas, wine selection, and gift baskets.

Pickles & Preserves

Perfect to supplement home cooking or as an easy stocking stuffer, locally made pickles and preserves are a fun little treat. We’re always fans of The Crazy Cucumber, or the marmalades from Prospect Jam Co. and the jam and biscotti from Sweet Thing Gourmet. (P.S. You can find a lot of these items by shopping your local farmers market!)

Create Your Food Tour

We’ve already plugged gift cards, but try assembling a collection of them to take someone on a food tour. For instance, go to North Market for drinks at Barrel & Bottle, lunch/dinner at any of the vendors (pho? burgers? lobster rolls? momos?), and then take dessert or coffee to-go. Or create a mini tour of a neighborhood like Grandview, Westerville, Short North, Italian Village, Worthington. Pair drinks with a meal, local gifts, a sweet treat. Need ideas? Contact me!

Chocolates from Coco Cat, Pure Imagination

When it comes to sweets, I love chocolate. So I’m always on board with creative treats from spots like Coco Cat Bakery & Chocolates and Pure Imagination Chocolatier are easy wins. / Pure Imagination on Facebook

Jeni’s Ice Cream

Jeni’s has been on a roll this year with some pretty incredible new flavors like pumpkin cake roll and campfire chocolate. Plus, her ice creams have been heartily endorsed by the President-Elect, so you’re really doing your civic duty by ordering them.

Shagbark + Darista Dips

Chips and dip are the classic combination, so why not source them locally? Shagbark Mill’s organic, GMO-free chips can be found all over the city in restaurants and grocery stores, and Darista Dips’ hummus (Moroccan carrot? roasted red pepper?) are not to be beat. /

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A Trek to The Wilds + Donuts, Coffee, & Ice Cream

Even though we’ve long been Columbus Zoo members, we still had never been to The Wilds in Cumberland, so near the end of summer we just picked a date and bought tickets. When it comes to traveling, even small day trips, we can never do just one thing, so after ordering tickets I immediately set out planning a small itinerary around the tour.

With an 11 a.m. tour booked, we left Columbus around 8 and made a very important stop at Donald’s Donuts. You can read more about the long-running and much-loved Zanesville donut shop here.

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