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]

how I saved 50% on baby food

  It’s amazing how fast Jack has grown and it’s hard to believe he will start eating solids very soon. I started making his baby food so that I could feed him the freshest food and save money. It only took me one afternoon to make 90 ounces of baby food. I started estimating the price difference between store bought and homemade baby food. The price of store bought baby food (Earth’s Best) was about 32 cents per ounce (sweet[Read more]

Fall Pottery Barn Wreath for Less

I was on the Pottery Barn website looking at their fall decor when I came across a wreath I really liked. It was natural looking, not too overdone, and it had lights. I loved it. Pottery Barn was selling the Lit Natural Pumpkin Wreath for $149 and that was more than I was looking to spend. I thought this wreath was easy enough to deconstruct and I saw the $149 price tag as a challenge. I went to Michael’s and[Read more]

How to make a farmhouse address sign

I had a client that was looking to add farmhouse curb appeal and needed a new address sign. I searched Pinterest and came across this sign from Wit and Wander. I liked it so much I decided to modify it for my client. I got out my measuring tape and adjusted the size requirements of the board. Then I went to the hardware store and learned how to attach my address sign to brick. I chose a 20 in wide 1×12 poplar board.[Read more]

Living Room Farmhouse Decor

  Milk Can // Botanical Prints // Wooden Ladder // Barnwood Window Frames // Bless This Home Pillow // Cotton Wreath // Oversized Clock // Tobacco Basket Every now and then I channel my inner Joanna Gaines. You know her. I’m sure you’ve got one too. It’s the little voice that pops up every once in awhile and says “that wall could use some shiplap”. Anyway. I was noticing my living room didn’t quite have that farmhouse flair I was[Read more]

Essie Gel Couture Polish Review

I spend an unreasonable amount of time looking at nail polish on Pinterest. I’m obsessed. I was getting my nails done pretty regularly when I was pregnant but once the baby came it was hard to find the time to get away and go to the salon. And, even if I got away, the dry time of regular polish prevented me from picking up my baby for a while after my manicure. Every time I’m at the salon they try[Read more]