My favorite things.

I had grand plans for my four-day weekend. You know, they don’t come around all that often. My original list included tasks like “clean the oven” and “organize the filing cabinet.” Fun spring break? I trashed the list and made a new one: my favorite things. We need room to play. Room to simply be,…

Favorite Christmas song.

Tonight I’m baking and enjoying the heavenly scent of buttermilk brownies (more freezer food!), all while being serenaded by Shane and Shane’s Christmas album on Spotify. Every time this song comes on, I pause, caught up in the beautiful harmony. It’s quickly becoming a seasonal favorite. My only wish is that it was longer. Might…

Southwestern cornbread salad.

Thanksgiving dinner was intimidating this year. With my gestational diabetes, I’m wary of carbs, and let’s face it: besides the bird, a Thanksgiving meal is carbs. Mashed potatoes, starchy corn, sugary cranberries, savory gravy, homemade bread, pumpkin pie and my biggest weakness–the stuffing. Nervous about losing control, I offered to bring a lettuce salad. But…

Feeding my freezer.

Today I’m crossing another baby to-do item off the list. My freezer is stocked FULL with 16 meals. We’re even trying some new recipes, like chicken and spinach pasta bake, baked penne with chicken and sun-dried tomatoes and shepherd’s pie. (And, since gestational diabetes disappears with delivery, I’ll have the freedom to eat these carby…

Sweet, sweet Sunday.

We had a lovely weekend — complete with family, food, football and fall. October really is the best. We’ve been out and about all weekend, but on Thursday and Friday I did make two recipes worth sharing. Thursday night was breakfast for dinner, and I tried a new baked, stuffed French toast recipe. It was…

Weekend Recap.

This weekend I… Held my cousin’s new babe in my arms. Watched The Pioneer Woman. Didn’t clean my house. (Done before the weekend!) Fried up some garden fresh veggies. Gathered and loaded baby photos of Kelby and I onto our digital photo frame for the nursery. Strolled through the neighborhood, enjoying the autumn air. Borrowed…

Zucchini Bake.

My parents are avid gardeners, and I’m the lucky recipient of their bounty of fresh produce every year. It’s healthy, free and, most of all, flavorful! When they came to our cupcake party this past weekend, my parents brought loads of zucchini, onions, beans, tomatoes, corn on the cob and peaches. I absolutely love getting…

Easy weekend egg bake.

This is a simple yet delicious recipe. (Aren’t those the best?!) I make it way too often. My husband’s in love with it. Company goes ga-ga over it. It’s simply fabulous. So here’s how to make overnight egg bake: Start by cooking your meat. Our favorite is maple sausage links. Ham or bacon work too….

Caramel Rice Krispie Bars.

For my bridal shower almost two years ago, my mom gave me this cookbook: She took the time to hand write favorite recipes from herself, aunts, grandmas and family friends. The same treasured recipes my childhood was built around. The meat and potatoes I was raised on. {Can you tell she’s a teacher? Look at…

PB&J inspiration.

I love this commercial. Mostly because I could picture our future kids as chubby carrot-tops who, based on mine and Kelby’s rambunctious childhood stories, would unabashedly dig into the PB & J like this: Anyway, I had a hankering to make something delicious this afternoon, and after seeing this cutie, I couldn’t get PB &…