Your new FAVE Valentine’s Dinner: Bean Pie

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A few Christmas’ ago my mom-in-law gifted us girls a magic binder containing all her recipes; it’s like her love letter to our stomachs. When meal planning occurs and I have all ingredients sitting impatiently in the cupboard, I pull the recipe book from our mustard hutch and make the same meals Bryan grew up having. One of our faves? BEAN PIE. Yes, you …

S’mores Sticks

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Showering has been a frequent celebration these last weeks. Baby Showering, that is. Real showers? Forget it. It was single-momming it while my youth pastor hubby rocked it with 70+ middle school students at camp. It was touch and go, my friends. Showers were a vacation- the laughable goal was to entertain two squirrelly boys, eat semi-healthy, and stay sane. Priorities. And …

Mana’s Chocolate Dipped Peppermint Oreos ~ A Family Tradition & Recipe

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My friend Lindsay recently moved into a charming neighborhood lined with large trees and {for the most part} friendly neighbors. She is intentional at heart and asked, What do you do for your neighbors at Christmas?

I smiled because she knows I’m a little crazy about creating traditions- I live for embracing everyday moments and transforming them into family memories year after year. Especially when it comes to Christmas.

Deep Dish Apple Pie

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It was one of those days I needed to bake, to dedicate hours in the kitchen, crank music, throw flour around, and get hands doughy, messy, that kinda bake.

Do you ever have those days?

When the world’s noise gets so loud {even if it’s your own kids voices} that something as simple as baking a pie feels calming and cathartic. The minutes spilling into hours calm the to-do list and stress of the day as apples are peeled and dough is rolled.

Lentil Soup with Pasta & Sage

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When the weather chills and trees wrap themselves in vibrant orange, red, and mustard leaves, fall dinners invite bowls from the cupboard and spoons from the drawer for an evening with…

SOUP!

Hearty, comforting, sit-around-the-table and slurp-it-down-soup!

Sausage & Kale

Beef Stew with Orange Zest & Red Wine

Vegetable Tortellini

Doesn’t matter the recipe, one thing’s for sure- cold temperatures outside ensure cozy, fragrant warm smells inside.

And Now for Dessert!

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All this peanut butter and chocolate talk got me hungry, so the other night after our date, as all fabulous dates should end, dessert beckoned and we wound up at the store. Into the cart jumped these decadent essentials, and back home, I let our oldest stay up late for a special post-date dessert-making sesh.

You’re in for a treat. This peanut butter dessert is easy peasy and even more fun to make with a cute assistant dessert helper at your side 🙂

A Summer Salad Fave!!

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Ever since Kim introduced me to this salad, we’ve been inseparable {the salad and I that is}… and I’m sure if we lived in the same town, she and I would be too!

Our poor friends ~ it seems any time we have company, I make this salad. My children are starting to turn a kale green color and I have lemons stashed all over the kitchen. Which is fine by me. It is summer, so we embrace all things salad, healthy, and freshly made!

Having company? You can’t go wrong with this delicousness! My favorite thing about it {beside the taste} is that it’s made right before serving so you can ask your guests to help you chop as you sip lemondrop martinis and wait for the steaks to grill. My mom-in-law taught me one of the key ingredients to Hospitality 101: always let the guest/friends help. No one wants to stand in your kitchen while you prep and chop. Let them come alongside and join the fun.

Grilled Peaches and Cream

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Summer means all things bar-b-que … tri-tip, veggies, grilled peaches. Yep, peaches!

Nothing like a sweet, tangy peach, the juice dripping down your chin, wiping it with the back of your hand before dunking in the pool for a dusk swim.

Our family’ is currently obsessed with grilling peaches, especially if there is cream involved. And a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream snuggled next to it.

Homemade Peanut Butter

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If there was one food I could not live without, dessert aside, it would hands down be peanut butter! Let’s be honest, the stuff is magic spread. When I studied abroad in Spain my junior summer of college, I literally packed two Costco size jars of peanut butter in my suitcase because rumor had it, Sevilla didn’t carry p.b. Between sampling and savoring every Spanish dish possible, – paella, chocolate and churros, rice anything… peanut butter snuck it’s way back to my soul.