oven bbq drumsticks

My family doesn’t like chicken. I know! It’s so weird. Dinners at our house are usually either vegetarian or beef. We love the crowd pleasing favorites like chili, tacos, pizza, spaghetti and even our unconventional favorite, taco stuffed shells. But while grocery shopping I saw packages of organic chicken drumsticks for a great price and I had an idea. They all love bbq chicken wings, maybe I could make bbq chicken drumsticks and pass them off as wings! I decided[Read more]

the grey stuff

Last weekend, our family went to see the new Beauty and the Beast movie. We all loved it! I was a little unsure of whether or not I would be able to buy into the talking candlestick but it was the best movie I’ve seen in a long time! Emma Watson is such a good Belle and I love that she made her a strong female character and not just a Disney princess. It was really fun to see the[Read more]

small pantry organization – with free printable!

My kitchen pantry and I have had a rocky relationship since we moved into our current house, almost three years ago. While I have plentiful cabinet space, the pantry is small. I let it get messy, purge and organize, and then I overload it with new groceries and let it get messy again. Not only does a messy pantry make me feel disorganized, it makes grocery shopping inefficient and wasteful. Countless times I returned home from the grocery store with[Read more]

taco stuffed shells – a new twist on a family favorite

taco stuffed shells

Tacos and pasta are two popular meals in our house. Whenever either of these dishes shows up at dinner, it is met with praise for mom and clean plates. That’s why they are on the regular rotation. And that’s why we get a little tired of them after a while. Too much of a good thing leaves us looking for something a little unique every once in awhile. Not so unique that the kids won’t even try it, just a[Read more]

the best corned beef

Corned beef is one of my favorite meals. It’s such a traditional, festive dish and we enjoy it a couple times per year. My family makes it different than most because ours has a brown sugary glaze on the top. This glaze does for corned beef what Honeybaked does for ham. 🙂 This simple glaze is easy to put together, you probably have the ingredients on hand, and it only takes a few extra minutes. This is the only way I’ve[Read more]

salted caramel pretzel cheesecake bites

I was looking for a dessert to make over the weekend. I wanted one that was bite sized and not too overdone. I thought I’d make mini cheese cakes with cherry pie filling on top. But then I started to get creative. Creative as in, I’ve-been-dieting-for-months- how-much-goodness-can-I-pack-into-one-little-dessert, creative. I wanted the pretzel crust of strawberry pretzel jello salad, mixed with cheesecake, topped with salty Sander’s caramel. I got hungry writing that. That’s where I came up with these Salted Caramel[Read more]

mom’s white chicken chili

    Mom’s White Chicken Chili recipe is my favorite. Other white chili recipes usually incorporate cilantro but this recipe calls for cumin, oregano, cayenne pepper, and of course, garlic. I love it topped with monterrey jack cheese, a dollop of sour cream and a side of corn bread or saltines. It’s lighter than beef chili, but still hearty and great for a winter night. If you try this recipe, it’ll likely become a family favorite and a winter staple.[Read more]

the teal pumpkin project and 10 cute pumpkin stencils

Halloween is less than a week away! I’m even more excited than usual this year because this is Jack’s first Halloween. Although at 6 months old, I’m pretty sure that means we will dress him up around 4:00, take an unreasonable amount of pictures and plaster them all over Facebook and Instagram, then put him to bed right around the time we’ll be expecting trick-or-treaters. I’ve always bought the candy I love to eat, because otherwise all that’s left over[Read more]

The Perfect Farmhouse Kitchen Decor

Our kitchen remodel is starting soon and we’ve been working hard on dreaming up the perfect farmhouse kitchen. White shaker cabinets, carrera granite counter tops and a mint green ceiling are all on my list. More on that later! While I’m thinking of the materials I want, I’m also keeping in mind how I want to decorate the space. Here are some things I’ve found on Amazon that I think would complete the perfect farmhouse kitchen.     scale // butcher’s diagram //[Read more]

The Best Tex Mex Dip

  This recipe is a crowd pleaser. It’s not fancy, original or impressive. It’s delicious and simple and satisfying. While we love a good cheese platter to nibble on between sips of wine, sometimes we just want something we can scoop up with tortilla chips. This dip is always welcome at a party and a great appetizer for taco night! If you’re hosting, make our feta cheese ball and those scallion, black olives and tomatoes will get used up with[Read more]