Clearance Challenge: Owl Fern Holder

While I’m not really one to limit myself to a particular “theme” for a room, my daughter’s bedroom has, by default, ended up with a bit of a “woodland creatures” theme. We call her Bunny (no one knows why, it just came out one day when she was a baby, and it stuck) so I…

Clearance Challenge: Rustic Initial Picture Frame

When I was asked by a fellow blogger/Instagram friend to participate in a Blogger’s Clearance Challenge, I was beyond excited! The rules were simple- spend less than $15 at any retail store’s clearance section, and create something beautiful from your purchase. As an avid clearance section shopper, this challenge felt like it was made for…

Baked Ham and Swiss Sliders

If you’ve followed me for long enough, you’ll know that I’m a very sentimental person, full of precious memories, and thriving on the sweet attachments I share with my loved ones. Many, many of my recipes fall under the wing of my sentimentality, memories of particular dishes being prepared by my favorite people. It’s truly…

Creamy Pesto Pasta Salad

I made this pasta salad for a baby shower recently and received so many sweet compliments and requests for the recipe, I thought it would be a good idea to share it here. This is one of my favorite things to have in the fridge and snack on all week. As you know, I’m a…

Classic Meatloaf

Meatloaf. Is there anything more classically American? When I moved to San Francisco, my first job was as a server at The Daily Grill in Union Square. If you aren’t familiar with The Daily Grill, meatloaf is one of their most popular menu items. I had an Australian coworker there who, no matter how hard…

Pot Roast Empanadas

I created this dish years ago after I’d made a large pot roast for just my husband and myself, and we’d been eating the leftovers for two days. On the third day, we still had a bit left but we were both craving something different. I happened to have some refrigerated pie dough in the…

Blueberry Galette

My kids love blueberries. Don’t get me wrong. I’m not about to sit here and try to convince you that my little cherubs eat nothing but organic vegetables, whole-wheat, farm-to-table, magical food products, including dairy that has come directly from holy cows, tended and sung to by virgin Dutch milkmaids. Nope. Jovie is sitting next…

Sweet & Spicy Slow Cooker Meatballs with Roasted Vegetables

I feel like every true blue American family has a relative with a version of this meatball recipe. In my family, it’s Auntie Julie. Auntie Julie is a major reason behind all of my creative endeavors. She is the most incredible cook, an absolutely amazing interior designer, and all around beautiful soul. Her meatballs are…

Toasted S’more Pie

I wish a word existed that could accurately describe how much I love pie. There isn’t one. I’ve looked. I really, really…really love pie. And s’mores… is there anything more nostalgically delicious? The very taste of childhood is encompassed in the s’more. The crispy, honied butteriness of the graham cracker, the melty, gooey richness of…

Salmon Primavera in Lemon Garlic Cream Sauce

I’ll be totally honest- this dish was born out of desperation and hanger. It was lunchtime. I had just put Jovie down for her nap, Leston was peacefully watching a movie (Sing, for the four thousandth time) and I was starving. Knowing we didn’t have too much food in the house, I opened the fridge…