Frozen-ish Birthday Party

Frozen-ish Birthday Party

My little girl turned 5 last week.  I can’t believe how she’s grown.  It only seems like yesterday that she was just a little baby making us laugh. We got her a bike this year, and she was totally excited and surprised. John’s idea for decorating the party room was to hang icicle lights across […]

DIY Christmas Card Hanger

DIY Christmas Card Hanger

I am really excited about this last minute project I put together!  I hadn’t even thought about putting anything on this wall yet, but I got thinking about Christmas cards coming in the mail soon.  I wanted to have a place to put them that was pretty. I had these frames left over from Camden’s […]

Decorating the New Nest for Christmas

Decorating the New Nest for Christmas

I love decorating for Christmas!  I always do everything different than the previous year, but I don’t spend money most years.  I just get creative and use what I already have laying around.  If you haven’t noticed, that is the theme around here.  Also, having little kiddos means you have mini decorators who go behind […]

Turkey, Cranberry & Arugula Sandwich

Turkey, Cranberry & Arugula Sandwich

Here’s a light and fresh turkey sandwich recipe that I made with my leftover Orange & Jalepeno Cranberry Glaze from my smoked turkey dinner.  You could just use regular cranberry sauce, but I don’t think it would have the same kick.  Also, the rye bread really made the sandwich.  You could use an artisan wheat bread or […]

Weekly Recap – Fall Learning Activities

Weekly Recap – Fall Learning Activities

We’ve finally gotten mostly settled into our new house, and are resuming our learning activities again.  I love fall and all the things that go with it -the leaves changing, cooler weather, baking and cooking, decorating with pumpkins, pumpkin spice lattes and the list goes on and on.  I have a Fall Homeschool board on Pinterest […]

Thanksgiving Day & Leftovers Recipes

Thanksgiving Day & Leftovers Recipes

Thanksgiving is almost here!  It really is my favorite holiday to cook for, and now that I’m a blogger I get to have two Thanksgiving meals.  One for blogging before the Thanksgiving festivities start, and one on Thanksgiving that’s just a fun family event. Most people probably think that sounds crazy, but I love it! […]

Brussel Sprouts with Pancetta

Brussel Sprouts with Pancetta

Have you ever wondered how brussel sprouts grow?  Yeah, me neither.  Strolling through Trader Joe’s produce section, I found these babies on the end cap.  Who knew brussel sprouts could be so beautiful? Speaking of beautiful… and weird… and tough.  Enough of that.  That’s what the stalk looks like after you pull the sprouts off. Back […]

Orange & Jalepeno Cranberry Glaze on Smoked Turkey

Orange & Jalepeno Cranberry Glaze on Smoked Turkey

My husband John loves to smoke and grill meat.  He got a smoker from his dad who is a garage sale pro and probably got it for next to nothing.  Here he is getting the fire going in our backyard fire pit.  He brined the turkey and then put a rub on it before smoking […]

Homemade Chili Oil

Homemade Chili Oil

My sister and I spent a month in Paris when we were in college.  I loved the food, the slower pace of life and of course all the cafes.  This might sound strange, but we actually ate in a lot pizzerias.  Even compared to New York (don’t hate me NYC), the best pizza I’ve ever […]

Creamy Mushroom & Spinach Pasta

Creamy Mushroom & Spinach Pasta

It’s been a while since I posted.  We have moved from the DC area down to Jacksonville, Fl where we both grew up.  It’s been a whirlwind of moving, staying with my parents and moving again.  We are so glad to be settling into our new home, and this was our first family meal in […]