Gingerbread Biscotti

More times that I can count, I’ve asked one of my girlfriends what her favorite food is and with a sheepish smile, she’s asked me if coffee counts. Oh yes, and can she choose something sweet, too? I write this with my favorite blanket thrown over my shoulders. The days are growing colder and darker and now is the perfect time to make our houses feel cozy. We need to light a candle, put on some good music and then bravely invite a friend and her kids in for a simple visit. Before having 3 kids in five years, I thought that these visits needed to be fancy. Oh, I was so wrong. I can’t do fancy anymore, you guys. But, I can do real and I’ve found that when you keep it simple, you create an atmosphere that makes people feel like they belong. Read more...

Game Day Guac

How ‘bout those Hawks? Friends, I know…humility and all that…but honestly, I make a mean guac. It’s my signature dish, and by “my” I mean “mostly ripped off from Ina Garten.” But seriously. If you want to make an impression at your next football-watching party, try this out. Read more...

Morning Glory Muffins

Do you have time to make and eat a well-balanced breakfast every morning before rushing off to school drop off and that morning meeting you have to present at? Neither do I! Every time I swing through Starbucks for a warmed up blueberry scone (um, yes they are amazing), I typically wish I had saved the money and calories and just been a bit more prepared. This recipe is easy, yummy and healthy (well at least better than that blueberry scone). Make a batch or two on Sunday and you will have them for the whole family that week. Read more...

My Secret Life As A Spice Girl

Fall is here! I love Fall. It is by far my favorite season. While the rest of my sun-worshipping family whines and complains about the weather change, I am doing happy dances of joy. Summer is just so full of guilt. While everyone else is outside hiking, paddle boarding and swimming, I am inside hiding from the heat and feeling guilty because I’m not outside. Fall, on the other hand, is so dark and rainy that I don’t feel the least bit bad about being inside. My pale, introverted self can languish under a blanket with a good book, a cup of tea, and some comfort food. This is the time for cool days, colorful leaves, and pumpkins just begging to be made into yummy desserts. Read more...

Recipe Round-Up: Five Pumpkin Entrees

You guys. You know what tomorrow is, don’t you? October! And you know what that means. Harvest parties, Halloween, costumes, leaves, corn mazes, sweaters, scarves, boots, hay rides, hot drinks, chilly fingers, and pumpkins. ALL OF THE PUMPKINS. Read more...

Oil Pulling

Oil Pulling is definitely trending right now. And for good reason. It seems like every blog I come across is talking about oil pulling. Even fashion blogs! That’s why I want to give you some basic science and facts about this ancient practice so you can feel confident to give it a try! Read more...

Dumbells, Treadmills and People, Oh My!

Scene: You walk into your local gym with the mindset of “ok I am going to get my workout on!” After checking your kids into childcare, you walk out and realize you have no idea what to do. If you start with cardio, will all your energy be gone before weights? But if you start with weights will you wish you had just gotten cardio out of the way first? And how do most of these machines work anyhow? Valuable time is ticking away. The pressure is on. Read more...

Recipe: Shwoo Potato Soup

This is a favorite recipe from MercyMe guitarist Mike Scheuchzer;s wife, Abby. Enjoy! Read more...

Recipe: Pumpkin Spiced Butterscotch Pudding Parfaits

Thankfully, getting your long hair tangled in a whizzing avocado-green KitchenAid mixer when you're five years old may result in an emergency boyishly-short haircut but won't necessarily keep you from sticking closely to mom's side while you learn to create your own kitchen magic in the future. Thus, enters Pumpkin Spiced Butterscotch Pudding Parfaits. Don't worry, there are no mixers necessary for this gorgeous fallish dessert… well, until you get to the whoop cream (Yes, we make up words for things such as whipped cream  in our home).  Read more...

Recipe: Homemade Pizza

I used to always think that there was some sort of secret mystery to making anything that required homemade bread dough. I was so intimidated until the day I had nothing in the house but the most basic of ingredients: Read more...

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    Kristina Slaney said "Well there's a game coming up on Sunday and I know you're a house of fanatics so...what are you waiting for? :)" More
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    Angela Strand said "Kristina, a good guacamole is my favorite. It's almost 11pm and now my stomach is growling! This sounds amazing!" More
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