So, I am not a big Black Friday shopper. I have never been out to the stores to grab a deal early in the morning. I’m usually kitchen-hungover the day after Thanksgiving and enjoy every last-minute of staying cuddled and warm under the duvet when Friday rolls around. The idea of storming my local mall with millions of other shoppers the day after Thanksgiving, and battling other bleary eyed moms for the last Hatchimal is my personal version of hell. And for that reason, it just doesn’t happen. Read more...(1151 words, 10 images, estimated 4:36 mins reading time)
The holidays are over. The kids head back to school today and life as we previously knew it will ease back into view. I’m currently in that “I can’t believe I ate so much cheese/I am just not into cooking anything right now because I’ve been cooking for a month” frame of mind. Don’t get me wrong. I love to cook (obviously). But the fact is, I’m totally over it right now. Give me a few days to de-bloat and green smoothie my way back into normalcy and I’ll be right back in the swing of things. Read more...(713 words, 9 images, estimated 2:51 mins reading time)
Yep. This was good. A little too good, but that isn’t surprising when you see what goes into it. If you’re looking for a way to use up some more of the summer zucchini from your garden, this recipe is for you. Or, if you’re like me and don’t have a summer garden, but you have a grocery store or farmers market that sells zucchini grown by people who are much better gardeners than you are, well…then it’s for you too. Read more...(769 words, 12 images, estimated 3:05 mins reading time)
With the 4th of July right around the corner, I’m pretty sure a lot of you are in BBQ menu planning mode. If you’re thinking of throwing a macaroni salad into the mix, this is your guy. This salad is delicious, and fresh, and so easy to throw together. There’s something about a good BLT that just makes people’s hearts sing. So, turn that sandwich favorite into a scoopable summer salad, and you’ve got a winner!
First, I cooked a pound of macaroni noodles in a big pot of salted water.
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Yep. We have officially reached what I like to refer to as the “Pot Roast Weather” time of year. When there’s a chill in the air, and my toes are cold, there’s nothing better than a cozy, warm plate of comfort food to make the world right again.
This is an Italian inspired spin on traditional pot roast that my family really enjoyed, and the fact that it is a simple slow cooker meal helped me to enjoy it even more. Read more...(874 words, 11 images, estimated 3:30 mins reading time)
Happy Fall! It’s official…we’ve moved on. Summer is over, leaves are changing, the air is crisp, everything is covered in pumpkin spice…I love it. Fall is my favorite time of year.
As the temperature starts to dip, it’s nice to have some cozy, comfy, family pleasing meals in your back pocket. This one is delicious, and my family loved ringing in the new season with a new fall favorite.
I started by cutting up a butternut squash into one-inch chunks and getting them ready to roast. I lined a cookie sheet with foil, sprayed it with nonstick spray, laid out the squash, gave them a quick spray, and sprinkled them with a mixture of dried rosemary, salt, and pepper. Read more...(847 words, 10 images, estimated 3:23 mins reading time)
Football season has started! Football parties mean munchies, and this one is super quick and easy to throw together whether you’re attending a big viewing party, or just hanging out on your own couch with the family. It’s salty, and cheesy, and creamy, and bacony, and crunchy, and just plain good.
I’m not sure why it’s called Neiman Marcus Dip. My guess is that they served it in their cafes at some point. It’s one of those recipes that popped up in my Pinterest feed ages ago, and I finally got around to trying it. There are a gazillion different recipes for it online, so it makes sense to add another one, right? Oh well…I thought it was worth sharing, so hopefully you’ll see my recipe as something new and exciting, and give it a try. Read more...(501 words, 7 images, estimated 2:00 mins reading time)
I love recipes like this. Why? Well, for a fraction of the cost of going out to eat and ordering something similar, I was able to whip this dish together in no time flat in my own kitchen. In fact, one plate of this in a restaurant would probably cost the same as all of the ingredients together for four portions at home. It was delicious, and beautifully light and fresh on the plate. Plus, it was done in a flash. The entire meal took less than 30 minutes to get from fridge to table. I loved every little morsel of it! Read more...(586 words, 8 images, estimated 2:21 mins reading time)
I’m calling it. It is OFFICIALLY FALL! I have broken out the butternut squash, so it must be true.
The trees here are starting to change. I am incredibly (to the point of obnoxiously) excited about it. This will be our first real fall in ten years. I love fall, and I’ve missed it during our years in the South. When we told people we were moving to Indiana, I’d say that nine out of ten of them (possibly 9 1/2) replied with, “Oh, really? You know it snows there, right?” Yes, we’re well aware that there will be snow to deal with come winter time, and we’re OK with that. There is something to be said for experiencing four REAL seasons in a year. And fall, to me, is just the best. There is nothing like the beauty of fall, the experiences of fall, and I love crisp fall weather. I’m downright giddy over the upcoming season. Read more...(744 words, 8 images, estimated 2:59 mins reading time)