Homemade Hummus

Game changer. The Vitamix. Andy has had his eyes on a Vitamix for years. And that in itself is comical seeing as how I do all the cooking.   And I’m a tightwad and hello, EXPENSIVE!  But he wore me down.  I am kicking myself for holding out. It. Is. Amazing. We started with a…

Homemade Pie Crusts – I dare you

Thanksgiving = pies.  And all pies are not created equal.  I’ll admit I was scared of the homemade pie crust.  It’s daunting.  But once I got it – there is no going back.  And I want you to know you can do it too!!!  So for those who have procrastinated and are supposed to take…

Pool S’mores

One of the few things I like about summer is swimming.  We don’t have a pool in our backyard.  And we don’t have a neighborhood pool.  But we have friends who do!! The other day my friend Bethany invited us to her neighborhood pool.  And she treated us to these. Pool S’mores These are easy,…

Blackberry cobbler + iron skillet = crazy good

This right here is a staple at our house.  And when blackberries are only .99 at Sprouts, well, it calls for some blackberry cobbler.  And I cranked it up a bit by baking it in an iron skillet.  Do you have one?  If you don’t, go get one.  There is something about an iron skillet…

Chocolate Nests

I realize you can find these all over Pinterest.  But they’re so stinkin’ cute I felt there needed to be one more place to find them on the internet.  Just in case.  And you still have 2 days.  These literally take 7 minutes. Chocolate Nests 1 12 oz bag chocolate chips. (Milk, semisweet, use what…

Strawberry Shortcake

I’m going to enlighten you today.  Those round spongy things that you get at the grocery store – well, they aren’t shortcakes.  I know…you thought they were, didn’t you?  Its ok.  I too, was fooled into thinking thats what you used for your shortcake.  A shortcake is actually a large sweet biscuit. After you try…

Sunflower cupcakes

A decade and a half ago, I was really into cake decorating.  My sister taught the Wilton method classes and my sister duty was to be a student. I even did two of my brothers in laws (is that how you say that? ) wedding cakes.  I had not idea what I was getting myself…

Cookie Butter Bugles

Last weekend, when we were in Dallas, I got to visit Trader Joe’s for the first time.  I’ve heard so many people talk about it. And our poor little state doesn’t have any.  So I shot a quick text to a couple of friends on the way and asked what needed to be on my…

Crepes

I get on these kicks.  Where I get something in my head, and then I just need to do it.  Or eat it. Or say it.  Crepes are my new kick.  They are so light that you really feel like your just having a little snack.  And they are versatile!  Need something savory?  Throw some…

It’s a family secret. And now you’re one of us.

I think every family has those things they require on special occasions. Something they can always count on when they get together. We have one of those. My Aunt Linda always has Brigadeiros at every family birthday. Her family spent many years in Brazil and this is one of the things she brought back with…