March 30, 2014

What Recipes Should We Know by Heart? (Please add yours to the Top 10 list)

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Our family christened an inaugural year, so to speak. Our eldest child turned 18  this year – officially a “man.” Yet, in our household, there are certain responsibilities of manhood that comes as a prerequisite to graduation.  I’ve shared before […]

To Every Mom Who Makes a School Lunch

The Importance of Making School Lunches

Every morning, I drag myself down the stairs, grind the coffee beans and wait for that first drip to percolate. Early morning hours and I aren’t always on the best of terms,  so there’s something about making  that school lunch […]

Fun Kid Dinner Ideas: Eat UNDER the Table, Dessert for Dinner!

Try These Fun Family Dinner Ideas

And all the mommas of the world, shouted, “AMEN!” Honestly, how does the turn around happen so quickly? I JUST made them dinner! Let’s make a pledge. Commit to giving ourselves some slack in this department because it can be […]

Top 10 Table Manners Every Kid Should Know

Top 10 Table Manners for Kids

I had the privilege of meeting Kristy this summer and share her sweet heart for family. I am thrilled to welcome her as a contributor. Anyone who knows me well, knows that dinner time at home with my family is […]

My No Spend Pantry Challenge & Meal Ideas

No Spend Pantry Challenge Month @beautyandbedlam

The pantry door slid open and out fell two bags of tortilla chips with nothing more than crumbs sprinkled at the bottom. As I peered inside, I saw an additional open tortilla bag, alongside an open pretzel bag, potato chips […]

When Your Child Decides to Go Vegetarian

When Your Child Decides to Go Vegetarian

The Protein Challenge I have often described my teenage daughter as a party looking for a place to happen. She’s lighthearted and funny, and her interests can change as often as the weather. So when she popped into the kitchen […]

After 4 Years, a Good-bye (& the Best of)

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“For me, the kitchen feels like the heart of our home. One whiff of my coffee brewing in the morning lifts and it soothes my spirit. The sight, smell and taste of a particular recipe has the potential for such […]

Treats Teens Love (Share Yours)

Teen Treats Love @beautyandbedlam

Fresh out of college, I dove right into my role as Director of Music and Youth at our local church.  My days were spent working on music and my evenings kept me incredibly young as I shared life together with […]

$100 Cracker Barrel Farm to Table Giveaway: Tasty Tuesday

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If you’ve followed my blog for any amount of time, you know about my devoted allegiance to all things Cracker Barrel. We created so many family’s memories under the wood planked roof of that restaurant and I’m always excited when […]

Quick Summer Entertaining Recipes (Tasty Tuesday)

Teriyaki Pork Kabobs

It’s that time of year when we all enjoy some outside grilling, and I’m always looking for new recipes to bring to our outdoor entertaining. We are consistently grilling in bulk on a weekly basis, so I am enjoying those […]

Last Minute 4th of July Treats, Ideas and Traditions

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(Time Consuming, but totally cute 4th of July Cake from Good ‘Ole Betty Crocker) The fact that July has come knocking has me in a bit of a tail spin. The summer is flying by, and I haven’t even been […]

Dutch Apple Cake with Carmel Glaze

Dutch Apple Cake with Carmel Glaze @ beautyandbedlam

I’ve never really felt the need to get bossy in the kitchen before, but I am about to stand up on a soap box and preach. I don’t care if it’s 100 degrees outside, you will want to run to […]

For the Love of Blueberries


Blueberries and I have a long standing love affair. She woos me over and over again with her many, delicious attributes and reminds me of why my quest for the perfect basket of blueberries has been an annual tradition for […]

How To Extend the Life of Berries by Weeks


The wisdom of generations that have gone before us need to be passed on, but often, those wonderful little tips are lost, especially kitchen tips.  Passed down from my mom to me, I know that this is one of those […]

World’s Favorite Hamburger Combinations (Share Yours)

Enjoying Grilling Season

via “A hamburger is warm and fragrant and juicy. A hamburger is soft and non-threatening. It personifies the Great Mother herself, who has nourished us from the beginning.” via Real Simple Dan Robbins Dec.1983 When men gather around a grill […]