We are finding "the new normal". Natalie is 4 months old, everyone sleeps through the night 95% of the time, and most weeks have some sort of routine. Andrew and I are loving the past few weeks, mainly because we haven't been here! We spent last weekend in Asheville celebrating my good friend's wedding. … Continue reading Sweet Summertime.
Wanna know what to do on a rainy Thursday during strawberry season? I'mma tell you... Make the most delicious strawberry jam. I hit the jackpot when it comes to in-laws. My mother-in-law, Denise, can cook anything. As long as I've known her, there is always a jar of homemade strawberry jam on her table. And, y'all, I'm pretty sure … Continue reading Nana’s Homemade Freezer Jam
Some of the recipes I post are healthy, and let's just be clear that this is not one of those. This is "It's 5:51pm, my children still need baths and food, my lawn-mowing husband is going to be inside in 20 minutes, I spent an hour talking to the neighbors when I could have been fixing … Continue reading Chicken Taquitos: To the Rescue!
Hellooooo! It has been a busy few weeks since my last post! I hope you enjoyed the home progress pictures I posted here; of course we are still working away. Most recently we finished the landscaping outside, so now we are just waiting for our blooms to blossom and our veggies to sprout! We did … Continue reading Easter Weekend!
One thing I've never tried but always wanted to attempt is a big prep of freezer meals! Baby #2 on the way seems like a perfect time! With family in and out, it will be nice to have a stock of food on hand that is ready to cook at any time. I did a bit … Continue reading Freezer Meal Prep!
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
Part of the reason I love this time of year is because I intentionally slow down enough to make time for some of the things that make me happy. (It's probably an unfortunate truth that I don't do this enough the other 11 months of the year, but nonetheless.) This Christmas season already has so many fun memories! … Continue reading Christmas Cheer
I don't have a ton of time today, but I wanted to share a couple of recipes. I'm contributing some of the dessert to Thanksgiving dinner this year, and it doesn't get any easier than this! Pecan pie filling on the left; Fudge pie filling on the right I have made both of these pies countless … Continue reading Classic Pecan and Fudge Pies!
I have tried to make meal planning a higher priority over the past several months. It is amazing how much easier it makes my life! I buy a standard helping of fruits and vegetables at the beginning of every week and then randomly pair them with our main courses. I focus my planning around the … Continue reading A Week of Eats.
Structure. I'm a fan of it, and some days it seems as though this household has very little at this stage. The walls are standing but bare, the house is clean but cluttered, and the only consistency is that my husband leaves every morning for work around 6 am. Actually... that's not true. The newest consistency … Continue reading Working at Staying Home.