Happy Holidays (photo edition)


I’m a few days late wishing everyone Merry Christmas, but that’s how I roll lately! I truly hope that everyone has had a fabulous 2013. I wish you all a Happy Everything and Merry Always. Every year I share our little family photo shoot taken by my talented friend Kelly Noel Photography.  So here is […]

Peppermint Fudge

Peppermint Fudge

Are you scurrying around trying to find an easy sweet treat to bring to your Holiday party? I totally have you covered. You’re welcome. Peppermint Fudge. While I am a huge peppermint fan, I didn’t want my fudge to be all Peppermint-y in the fudge itself. Sooooo, I just stole some candy canes off the […]

Maple Cinnamon Candied Almonds

Maple Cinnamon Candied Almonds

Candied almonds make the best little snack. You know what else they make? PERFECT Holiday Gifts. All my kids teachers will be getting some this year. After they devour the sweet crunchy little nuts, they can keep the mason jar. I mean, who doesn’t love mason jars? Aside from the nuts being ridiculously easy to […]

7 Layer Pinto Bean Dip & Giveaway

7 Layer pinto bean dip

Please, please, please don’t be intimidated by the bags of dry beans you see in the grocery store.There is nothing to them. Dump them in a bowl, cover with water and soak overnight. Then pop them into a pot, cover with water again and boil for about 1 1/2 hours-2 hours. Really, it’s all hands […]

Popsicle Theater

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Sadly, this post concludes my summer of being a Popsicle Blogger Ambassador. I wanted to share something adorable I found while poking around the Popsicle.com site….. Popsicle Theater. Take a moment to check out the crafty videos on fun craft ideas with popsicle sticks. Be sure to check out my past Popsicle® posts Popsicle Party […]

Remix Your Thanksgiving Leftovers

Thanksgiving Hand Pies

Thinking of Thanksgiving makes me giddy. The weird thing is that when it actually comes down to sitting at the table to eat Thanksgiving dinner, I am never hungry. I suppose grazing and tasting all day kills my appetite. Anyone else like that? Needless to say, there are usually a lot of leftovers of practically […]

An Oldie but a Goodie {Video Post}

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Gotta love sisters. My lovely sister reminded me of this gem of a video I posted on my blog a couple years ago. We just watched it while waiting in the car line to pick up the kids from school and were literally crying. Soooooo, I thought I would share again….everyone needs a good chuckle, […]

Opal Apples. More than just the Apple.

Opal Apples

Have you ever heard the story about a company and cried? Probably not. Well I have and it’s the the story about the Broetje Family, owners of  First Fruits,  the grower of the amazing Opal Apple(more on the apples later). Myself and a few other bloggers..(Katie from Katie’s Cucina,Kevin from Closet Cooking and the adorable […]

Chicken and Beans

Chicken and Beans

Beans..beans the more you eat, the more you…..whaaa? I’m an adult? Oh, ok. I’ll stop. Seriously though, I don’t think we eat enough beans in general. They are soooo good for you. They have virtually no fat and zero saturate fat. They are also high in fiber and protein. [rss-cut} Dried beans sometimes get over […]

Herb Stuffing

herb Stuffing

What’s your style on Thanksgiving? Traditional or Risk Taker? Me, I’m a traditionalist allllll the way. I tend to make the same things every year, partly because I have my recipes and all the timing down to a T and everyone requests specific things. I have been cooking Thanksgiving for 25+ people for the last […]

2013 National Beef Cook-Off

Cali-Avocado Steak Salad

I had the esteemed honor of being a judge for the 2013 National Beef Cook-Off along with a few other lovely ladies; Barbara Kiebel of Creative Culinary, Kathy Moore who writes Plugged into Cooking and Kristen Browning-Blas who makes her home at The Denver Post. We tasted 21 different beef dishes over 2 days and […]

Popsicle Pop-Up Party Round up


I know for some of you summer is over, but here in the South, the heat continues, so it’s never too late to throw a party with Popsicles. Remember my Pop-Up Popsicle Party, filled with cute kids and popsicles? I thought I would share some of the other bloggers who participated in this summers Popsicle […]