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,…

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…

Albondigas

I grew up in Fresno, California, where there is a plethora of incredible, wonderfully authentic Mexican restaurants. Most of these restaurants share an amazingly delicious menu item- Albondigas Soup. Its hearty, brothy, spicy, meatbally goodness is what I grew up ordering every time I went out for Mexican food (which was often). It started every…

Creamy Broccoli Soup

In most cases, broccoli soup isn’t necessarily something that would make a person emotional. In my case, though, it triggers some wonderful memories of childhood, my beloved Grandparents, and falling in love with restaurants and dining for the first time. My mom’s parents, who both now live in their Heavenly home, were very special to…

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…

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…