September 9, 2014

What is the Weirdest Food You’ve Ever Eaten?

iguanas eating

By the time I got married, I had traveled to over twenty five different countries; half of those trips being third world type of experiences. Ah, the years of being an adventurous world traveler with story after story to share […]

Juicing for the Average Person

carrot juice

My knowledge of all things healthy eating are vast. My execution of preparing and eating all those things healthy is often limited. Our family joke to this day is that we grew up eating “sticks, twigs and roots.” If it […]

Picking and Freezing Blueberries

blueberry picking in rain_opt

Picking blueberries in July is one of our favorite family traditions, or  should I say “the girls and I love our favorite family tradition”. My big boys have grown out of their desire to sweat in the NC summer sun […]

How is Your Garden Growing?

brocolli in garden

One of my goals this year is to be a bit more self sustaining. I love the concept of it, but somehow the reality of it isn’t syncing up with my dream of “Little House on the Prairie” living. For […]

Homemade Pizza Crust

pizza crust dough

Our house is full of guests for the week, and I am feeding 20 plus hungry people. Guess what we made this evening? BBQ Pizza is so delicious, but whipping up my Homemade Pizza Crust is the perfect fit for […]

What Would You Feed a Large Group?

feeding large groups

Twenty wonderful people are spread out all over our home right now. We are hosting my husband’s side of the family for a rather spontaneous family reunion. Within two weeks, decisions were made by families from Wisconsin, Minnesota and Colorado  […]

Magic Bullet Snack Recipe Ideas


Ideas from my Magic Bullet Recipes Contest scaled over 130 strong, and I invite you to read through the comments if you need some great snack ideas this summer. There were some of you who added quite a few recipe […]

Grilling in Bulk – C.O.S.T Cooking

how to grill kabobs

Sizzle your way to fantastic summer meal plans by firing up the grill and letting it do the work for you. Typically, we all love summer grilling because it keeps the heat out of the kitchen and allows us to […]

Apple Almond Salad

Apple Almond Salad via beautyandbedlam

Summertime is made for salads, and every once in awhile you are introduced to one that is just down right, out of this world amazing. Had I seen the ingredients before I tasted it, I would never have thought to […]

Tasty Tuesday Parade of Foods


I’ve been having so much fun being inspired by all the wonderful ideas on what you all love to grill from yesterday’s GIRLS GRILL TOO Weber grill giveaway post, that I thought I would continue on with that theme. (That […]

Girls Grill Too…(Weber Grill Giveaway)

Weber One-Touch-Grill-

Fireflies decorating the yard. Late summer nights. The smell of freshly cut grass. Freezer full of popsicles. Family Reunions. Swinging in the hammock. Home Projects…AHH, I LOVE this time of the year. As I add to my “thankful list” for […]

Breakfast in Bed…take two for Tasty Tuesday

I love you plate

A few weeks ago I shared about our special family tradition of serving breakfast in bed. I encouraged you to take the time to be intentional with your family by sharing creative ways of saying, “I Love You” …just because. […]

Easy, One Minute Fruit Cobbler (using Cake Mix)

strawberry cobbler

With summertime in full force, fruits of all varieties beckon from those farmer’s market stands. We’ve already gone strawberry picking and cherry picking, yet I am most excited to see raspberries and blackberries start to ripen in my garden. If […]

Magic Bullet Recipes, Magic Bullet Recipe Ideas

Magic bullet to go

If you don’t have a Magic Bullet, try my DIY trick. If you’ve come here looking for great Magic Bullet Recipes, scroll to the very bottom of the posts where the comments are located. 100 people have added some amazing […]

What’s Your Favorite Cookbook?

cookbook decisions_opt

One of my family manager goals this summer is for the kids to all master a few recipes. My girls were browsing some of my new cookbooks trying to decide what they wanted to learn and to them, it’s all […]