Homemade Chicken Tenders and Healthy Southwestern Ranch Dip (and a Gluten Free Version!)

homemade chicken nuggets recipe

I'm a documentary junkie, I love them.  Usually I watch just for fun and to learn a little something new but not too long ago I watched a show that showed just how they make chicken nuggets.  It was gross y'all.  I was horrified and immediately threw out the "healthy" nuggets I had in my freezer to make my boys for lunch. Since the boys love … [Read more...]

Starbucks Inspired Skinny Pumpkin Spice Latte

how to make starbucks skinny pumpkin spice latte

I have a confession....I'm totally intimidated by Starbucks.  I walk in there and freeze-grande what? Tall who? Mocha-latte-skinny huh? While I love a good pumpkin spice latte as much as the next girl I generally shy away from actually stepping into a Starbucks if I can help it (and when I do I usually have a Starbucks junkie as my guide!) Add … [Read more...]

How to Dice an Onion in Under a Minute!

how to dice onion

Every year for Thanksgiving my Mom and Stepfather come to visit (which says a lot since we move all over the place!) and my stepfather and I cook the holiday meal.  He's an amazing chef-I shared his recipe for Grand Marnier Cranberry Relish a while back.  A few years ago as we were prepping some delectable sausage stuffing I saw him dice an onion … [Read more...]

How to Hack Box Cake Mix and PreMade Icing

cake mix hack

If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook you may have seen that we recently had two birthdays at my house.  My husband and youngest son's birthdays are only 3 days apart and this year they fell on a Friday and Monday so we pretty much made it a weekend long birthday extravaganza! This year my husband requested a lemon cake and my older boys … [Read more...]

Blueberry Lemonade Cocktail

blueberry lemonade cocktail

So back in my heyday at college I was always up for a cocktail night with my girlfriends.  After kids, not so much.  I became a strictly red wine kind of girl.  Lately I've been experimenting with cocktails again and this one was too good not to share with you all.  It's light and refreshing and perfect for watching those summer … [Read more...]

Super Easy Dark Chocolate Toffee Truffle Recipe

dark chocolate toffee truffle recipe

Truffles used to be one of those desserts that I was scared to try to make-they always seemed too "fancy" for me.  I would see recipes telling me to use candy thermometers and seemed to need an inordinate amount of attention. So I never tried them. Until recently. And I'm so glad I did. My husband actually told me these might be his … [Read more...]

The Very Best Peach Iced Tea

peach tea recipe

I loooove me some tea-hot tea in the mornings and of course being a Southern girl I love iced tea! It's so fun for me to change up the flavors of my iced tea as the year goes on and different fruits come in to season-like the Strawberry Iced Tea I shared with you earlier this year. Of course peaches are in season right now and I couldn't resist … [Read more...]

Easy Blueberry Cobbler Recipe

blueberry cobbler recipe

I love blueberries, I'd venture to say they are my favorite fruit.  I've been searching desperately for a you-pick farm near our new house but apparently there aren't a lot of farms in the metro DC area! Until I can make the drive further out in the country to a farm I've been taking advantage of the in season pricing and buying blueberries in … [Read more...]

How to Perfectly Hard Boil Eggs

how to perfectly hard boil eggs

Although you may not be able to tell from all the delicious recipes I've been posting lately, I recently went on a pretty strict elimination diet to try and figure out if I have food intolerances. The first few days of the diet had a very limited number of foods you could eat-with the goal of allowing your gut to "heal" from any irritation.  One … [Read more...]

50+ Amazing Recipes!

oreo dirt cake trifle recipe

It's baaaaaaack! That one day a month I join with nine of my favorite blogging friends to share a TON of themed ideas-this month it's all about food! Domestically Speaking A Little Claireification Debbiedoo's The DIY Village Creative Cain Cabin The Happier Homemaker Redhead Can Decorate On Sutton Place Cottage at the Crossroads Tried … [Read more...]

Dark Chocolate Cake Pops with DOVE Promises

dark chocolate cake pops

Oh my sweet, sweet dark chocolate....how I love you so.  And just like the Dark Chocolate Coconut S'mores Bars I shared just a couple of weeks ago, I got to baking with my DOVE® Dark Chocolate Promises last week and created yet another amazing treat to share with you all! And no lie-this may be my new favorite dessert! (Oh, and can I mention that I … [Read more...]

Nutella No Bake Cookie Recipe

nutella no bake cookies recipe

It's no secret that the kitchen is my favorite room in my house...I've talked numerous times about how sad I was to leave behind the kitchen I designed in our old house in North Carolina when we recently moved to Washington, DC. Despite not having my dream kitchen in our rental right now, I still enjoy spending most of my time there-and engaging my … [Read more...]