From Scratch Thanksgiving Menu Plan

After about 7 years of creating from-scratch thanksgiving menu plans I have finally nailed down a selection of recipes that work every time, taste delicious, and can be prepped without too much stress and I’m so excited to share these recipes, as well as my best thanksgiving menu tips for success with you. First the…

Twins Day 3

Twins Day 3

This day was mostly a day of waiting waiting waiting.  I wish I could say I was the perfect little patient, but I was sure IMPATIENT by the afternoon.  We were told a doctor would come see us around 9:00-10:00 to see about doing the cerclage. Throughout that morning I was still having small contractions…


Twins Update (Days 1-3)

Day 1 I am not really sure how to go about writing this, but want to keep friends and family posted on the status of our little family.  On November 13 at 9:00 a.m. Kyle and I were at our 20 week U/S.  We were so excited to finally be finding out the gender of…

Enjoy your sweet potatoes sans marshmallows and brown sugar with these savory mashed sweet potatoes, you might be surprised that you like their mildly sweet flavor, from

Easy Savory Mashed Sweet Potatoes

These easy savory mashed sweet potatoes are a welcome change from the decadent Thanksgiving variety.  With only 5 simple ingredients and a unique cooking technique you are sure to love this lightly sweet and savory side dish. My memories of sweet potatoes as a child are not so fond.  I really remember having the mushy…

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The easiest homemade pumpkin pie

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Homemade Caramel Apples (with printable gift tags)

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Kid-Friendly Slushie 4th of July Drink

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Make-Ahead Crusty French Bread Rolls

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Homemade Baked Beans (Easy Slow Cooker Recipe!)

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Quick, Easy, and Amazing Skillet Asparagus with Pecans

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Stewed Puerto Rican Beans and Domplines (Fry Bread)

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Poppy Seed Chicken Casserole (From Scratch)

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Shrimp Thai Rice Noodles: Easy and Delicious 30 minute Dinner

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...but when I fell in love with creating homemade goodness my friends just started calling me Betty Crocker.  Join me as I ditch packets and mixes one recipe at a time. Read More...

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White Chocolate Cherry Shortbread Cookies

White Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake

The easiest homemade pumpkin pie

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