Southwest Turkey Skillet

One pan dinners are king around here, both for ease of dinner making and dinner cleaning up. We especially like one pan dinners that require no advanced food prep and get on the table quickly, and this southwest turkey skillet checks all of those boxes! If a sweet potato hash and a turkey chili had […]

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Grilled Cheese with Bacon-Onion Jam

Grilled Cheese with Bacon-Onion Jam

Just when you think grilled cheese is the most perfect food there ever was, somebody goes and puts BACON-ONION JAM in it. I definitely could eat this bacon-onion jam with a spoon. Caramelized onion with crispy bacon cooked down with sugar and balsamic vinegar for the sweet and savory flavors of my dreams! My current […]

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Strawberry Crumble Bars

THESE BARS! They are life-changing. Sweet and jammy and crumbly. And also really easy to make! I first had a similar bar at a class we were taking at our church. I spent the majority of the time before and after class standing over the pan, and I do not exaggerate when I say I […]

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An Easy Stain Removal System

An Easy Stain Removal System

THINGS ARE GETTING GLAMOROUS OVER HERE. We’re talking stain removal. I used to thoroughly enjoy stain removal. The occasional spot of oil or tomato sauce I would get on my clothes proved to be a sort of fun challenge. I would race against the stain-setting clock to scrub out the mark and tenderly treat it […]

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Meatloaf Meatballs with Redskin Mashed Potatoes

Meatloaf Meatballs with Redskin Mashed Potatoes

Making meatballs out of meatloaf! Because meatballs are FUN! Changing the shape of a food basically makes it into a whole new dish. And there is a super easy way of making perfectly-shaped meatballs in the oven using a mini muffin tin. Meatballs = the reason I own a mini muffin tin. This is THE […]

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Restaurant-Style Salsa

Homemade Restaurant-Style Salsa

Many a time in my life, I have sat in a Mexican restaurant filling up on chips and salsa long before my meal has arrived. I have even sometimes been the obnoxious person who requests salsa refills after the waiter has stopped offering them and the thought has crossed my mind that this restaurant is for sure losing money on me. But I […]

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Thai Basil Chicken

Thai Basil Chicken

Every year for the past three years, a meat cleaver has been on both my birthday and Christmas lists. I’m pretty sure people think I’m joking about wanting a meat cleaver. I AM SO SERIOUS. I also would like to submit this recipe as evidence that I would actually use a meat cleaver. (Please reiterate […]

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Baked Spaghetti

Homemade Baked Spaghetti

Baked spaghetti! It’s like lasagna in taste and ingredients and ability to feed a crowd, but a whole lot easier in the assembling/eating department. Like lasagna, baked spaghetti is a layered casserole-type dish. You start with cooked spaghetti noodles mixed with parmesan and egg and butter, some doctored-up spaghetti sauce, ricotta cheese, and a whole […]

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Jerk Chicken Bowls

Jerk Chicken Rice Bowl

I get food cravings. The mood will strike and I won’t want to do anything until I eat a jalapeño chip or a clementine or drink a chocolate milkshake. It’s like I’m Stanley from The Office and every day of my life is Pretzel Day. Except instead of pretzels it’s just whatever I’m in the mood […]

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A Rug for the Living Room

modern living room with brick mantel

THERE’S A RUG IN THE LIVING ROOM! Playtime with Baby has been transformed. My fears of baby splinters and coldness have been quelled. The coffee table is back. The living room that once looked like a hodge podge of unanchored furniture now is starting to come together. I am pretty sure I have looked at […]

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