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…

Picnic Pinwheel Sandwiches

Throughout most of my growing up, my dad was (still is) very involved in politics. Because of this, my parents hosted and attended many, many events to which I was usually (hesitantly) brought along. I don’t remember much about the boring politics or fancy people, but I remember the food. Of course I remember the…

Double Chocolate Fudge Brownies

My husband isn’t big on desserts. I know. I don’t get it, either. It breaks my heart, actually, because I love to bake, but when the finished product is ready (and nowadays, blogged about and photographed), I’m left with a huge dessert that no one will eat but me and the kids. And I only…

Chicken Parmesan

I’ve mentioned before that, while I love all types and varieties of cuisines, Italian is my favorite. Hands down. I think I owe that to the DiBuduo family, who is basically my second family. We lived across the street from the DiBuduos for the entirety of my growing up. Their daughter was my best friend,…

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…

Everyone’s Favorite Quiche

The first time I saw quiche on a menu I was with my mom and best friend at a restaurant in Carmel, California. At 12 years old, I’d never seen the word written down before, and I asked my mom what a “qweechy” was. I’m now 33 and have yet to live that one down….

Indulgently Cheesy Baked Pasta

This dish is the epitome of comfort food. Delicious baked shells bathed in a warm three cheese cream sauce, with a slight hint of bacon, finished with a crunchy, buttery, parmesan topping? Now, that’s what I call love from the oven. Ingredients: 16 oz. medium sized shell pasta, cooked to al dente 6 T. bacon…

My Favorite Room

As I’ve said in previous posts, it was love at first sight with our house. The moment we drove up and saw that quintessential wooden farmhouse exterior, with its big dormers and welcoming front porch, I was head over heels. And then we walked in, and it had a library. A library! The online listing…

Magic Cream Biscuits

The reason I call these Magic Cream Biscuits is because the ease and short time it takes for them to come together is truly magical. With just three ingredients, no resting time, and a quick bake in the oven, you’ll have fresh, flaky, warm biscuits for your family to enjoy any day of the week!…