Summer Avocado & Corn Salad


Tonight we spent two and a half hours hanging outside in our backyard.  I can’t tell you how happy it makes my heart to wear our girls out outside, throw them in the bath and call it a night!  Another thing that makes my heart happy: GRILLING.  Grilling makes my cooking life SO EASY.  Throw… 

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Soft & Chewy Toffee Cookie Bars


Well, the National Championship didn’t quite pan out the way that any of us Kentucky Wildcats fans would have hoped.  We sat in our living room watching the game until midnight.  Jonathan yelled at the TV for 2 straight hours while I worked on the blog and gave out a shout here and there.  Seriously,… 

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Puppy Chow Waffles (Valentine’s Day Breakfast)


Valentine’s Day is TOMORROW!  There has been so much excitement around this holiday for the girls.  They were sick earlier this week and when I told my 4-year  old that she couldn’t go to school on Tuesday I had a major breakdown on my hands.  “But what about my Valentine’s Day party?” The party was… 

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Heavenly Orange Scones

Heavenly Orange Scones

These scones remind me so much of going home for Christmas!  They are a staple that my mom bakes every holiday.  She whipped up a big batch for our Christmas adventure to Michigan and even my 1 year old devours them.  I was thinking that this was a Barefoot Contessa recipe it is so good,… 

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Classic Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies


We are getting ready to embark on a Christmas adventure where we will spend the next week at Crystal Mountain Resort.  There is about every winter activity  you can possibly imagine there – skiing, snow shoeing, snow castle building, and sleigh rides.  My four year old is so excited she doesn’t quite know what to… 

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Sue’s Chicken & Broccoli Casserole

Sue's Chicken & Broccoli Casserole

I remember every meal that Sue has brought to us vividly.  She made this amazing grilled chicken and brought it over the first night we spent in our new house.  It was complete with grilled asparagus from her garden and her amazing chocolate chip oatmeal cookies (I have to put them in the freezer so… 

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Strawberry Almond Cake w/ Almond Frosting (made w/ maple syrup & white whole wheat flour)

Strawberry Almond Cake w/ Almond Frosting

This past weekend my husband celebrated his 30th birthday!  We were in Nashville for a wedding he was officiating and did our best to celebrate there, but we were without our girls.  So today we did the official celebration with the whole family reunited.  I wanted to make him a cake and this wonderful combination… 

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In a Pinch Thursdays: Classic Poppyseed Ham & Cheese Sliders

Classic Poppyseed Ham & Swiss Sandwiches

These little sandwiches are on my go-to list when we’re having an afternoon get together.  Whether it’s tailgating or birthday parties, they are so easy to throw together and a crowd pleaser.  They made an appearance at the birthday party last weekend too.  I made so many, we’ve been eating them for days!  Might need… 

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Simple Apple Crisp w/ Extra Crisp!


The way this dessert makes your house smell is reason enough to make it!  I don’t think much else can beat the aroma of apples and cinnamon baking.  My mom is coming in town for Caroline’s birthday and this seems like the perfect fall dessert to nosh on her first night with us.  This recipe… 

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White Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies (my go-to recipe)

White Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies

Every good cook probably has a chocolate chip cookie recipe in their back pocket (even if it’s the one on the back of the Tollhouse bag)!  I started thinking the other day when a friend asked me for a cookie recipe, “man I need to come up with one!”  Chocolate chip cookies really are to… 

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