I took a pause from all things Christmas this past weekend to surprise my husband for his birthday! We spent a fun, relaxing weekend in downtown Nashville surrounded by some of our closest friends and family; he was very surprised, and we felt so blessed (and completely spoiled!) for three days. It was wonderful. I'm … Continue reading 12 Days of Blogmas: Dinner Party Inspiration
My boss, Mary, brought some monkey bread into the office awhile back and I think it is the perfect Christmas season treat. Mary's husband and I both agree that it is "slap-yo-mama-good" - that's Southernese for "exquisitely delicious". I spend a lot of time in my kitchen around the holidays, and this easy recipe is … Continue reading 12 Days of Blogmas: Monkey Bread
I've been asked by several people to give a more detailed look at how I go about clean eating. Short backstory: In February I decided I really needed to get my consumption of sugar under control because it was controlling me. I have always been a yo-yo dieter, and I wanted to nip that in … Continue reading Clean Eating: Part One
One of the highlights of my December has become hosting my best friends and their kids for a sugar cookie extravaganza! Before the main event of decorating cookies, the kids destroy the playroom while we drink coffee and munch in the kitchen... This year even included a Jingle Bells sing-a-long at the piano! It is … Continue reading Christmas Sugar Cookie Brunch
Someone recently said "I feel like I'm waiting for something that isn't going to happen." Sheesh. You and me both, sister. It's hard to believe that in 4 more days (if not sooner), we will have another person in our family. In all of my free time, I managed to overestimate my Walmart grocery pick-up and … Continue reading Muffins, Outfits, and The Wait.
I picked up some Trader Joe's pumpkin butter and pumpkin bread mix back around Thanksgiving, not knowing it would become my favorite thing to cook (and eat!) this holiday season! At the suggestion of a college friend who used to work at TJ's, I married the two ingredients... and y'all... it is delicious. I have sent this to … Continue reading Trader Joe’s Holiday Bread