Tuesday, March 31, 2015

basket ideas for the Easter Bunny

 Easter is one of my very favorite holidays because of our family traditions that we have created, I am big on traditions so I have come up with a few things that we make sure to do every year. 
Chayce's note to the Easter Bunny from 2010, when she was 6.
The night before we leave out all our Easter baskets and paper grass basket filler so that the Bunny can reuse the same ones year after year. We also leave a carrot and a note out for Mr Easter Bunny. Thankfully for the Bunny, Chayce has yet to grill him with a thousand questions like she does to Santa. And yes, she expects hand written responses from Santa. Every. Year. Fingers crossed that she doesn't decide to start quizzing the Bunny too.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Budget friendly kitchen update inspiration

Recently I decided that my house was in a rut. We had focused on updating the kids' rooms with the addition of the last baby (oh, only 19 months ago!) but haven't done much since. When looking over my Pinterest boards for the first time EVER, I noticed a trend - I had pinned the exact same kitchen design over and over in the course of a couple years.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Like Apples to Applesauce

I often joke about the quality of my mom's cooking - how everything was a dash of this, a bit of that and how when I did ask her to write a recipe down it was as if I had requested she write the story of her life or a thesis on some foreign topic. Once I actually received said recipe the real work began as I set out to decipher a code written in some cryptic language.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Triple Chocolate Fudge Cake recipe

This is my basic go-to-chocolate cake recipe. It's super easy but after eating it people think that I slaved away in the kitchen all day to bake a delicious, all-from-scratch cake. Then they ask for the recipe and I have to give up and admit that it's really just a gussied up boxed cake.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

basic Chocolate Ganache recipe

Chocolate ganache is a basic recipe that everyone should have in their arsenal. It's easy, versatile, impressive, tastes divine and only uses 2 ingredients.

I use ganache to make homemade chocolate truffles, to glaze cakes and cupcakes, as a cake filling, and as a decadent chocolate frosting. I even eat the leftover ganache straight out of the fridge with a spoon, or stir into milk for a yummy, all natural chocolate milk.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Roasted Bacon Mushroom and Kale salad with fried egg

If you've been following my blog up to this point you'd probably guess that I'm a sweets-obsessed alcoholic.. mango habanero margaritas? lemon cheesecake tarts? But alas, this is not {entirely} true.
I do love my sweets and my drinks but my husband, Jeremy, eats a gluten-free, dairy-free, anti-inflammatory diet and the kids and I are right there with him most of the time.

Monday, May 26, 2014

mini {red white & blue} lemon cheesecake tarts

I only post recipes that I have made time and time again and that I have tested on friends and family.  I brought these cheesecake tarts to a friend's bridal shower a couple weeks ago and I recently made them for a Memorial Day barbeque and got rave reviews at both events which got me thinking that this is a little gem that definitely needed to be shared.