February 2013

Campfire Cookies

I’ve shared before one of my favorite tricks for encouraging young kids to try new things in the kitchen.  Sometimes all it takes is relating it to something they know and love.  Caribbean Rubbed Pork Chops with Mango Salsa instantly became cool when I told my three boys it’s Captain Jack Sparrow’s favorite dinner.  Hummus and Tandoori chicken?  “Just like Aladdin eats!”  Green smoothie?  “Shrek Shake.”  You get the picture.  My little trick turned into fun theme nights and my family …

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Cranberry & Cola-Glazed Babyback Ribs

Okay, first of all, I just had a major revelation. Has anyone else been SUPER frustrated with Facebook lately? I feel like none of the pages I actually “liked” and want to see are showing up in my newsfeed and all sorts of crap I have ZERO interest in is clogging it up. I know a lot of you have mentioned that you aren’t getting OBB updates anymore and I truly don’t know how to remedy that. But. I made …

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Kitchen Tour {Part 2}:  Appliances

Last Friday I shared some photos of my new kitchen.  (Click here to check it out.) Today  I’m going to show you the details of the goodies inside.  And by goodies, I mean the stainless steel kind.  Many of you, upon hearing that I was building a new house and kitchen, inquired about what type of appliances I was going to put in it.  I’m going to share what I chose and what I like about them, in hopes that …

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Salt Baked Potatoes {with Roasted Garlic & Rosemary}

I have this friend Stacey, my oldest friend in the world, who I have literally known since we were babies–there’s a picture of us when I was six months old and she was a brand-new little thing and I was trying to steal her bottle. When Sara and I were traveling last fall, I was so excited to see her and her mom (and her sister Shelly, but she’s not in the picture).  I am not naked under my cardigan, …

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Sara’s Kitchen Tour: Part 1

We moved into a new house a few months ago, and as we were building, the number one question people asked was, “What’s your kitchen going to look like??”  That was a good question, and I never really had an answer.  We actually didn’t plan on building a house; we were about to purchase a different house nearby, and due to some random, serendipitous events, we suddenly found ourselves starting a new build.  We actually put our house together rather …

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Tangy Avocado Dip

Have you ever found yourself wandering through Costco or Sam’s Club, nibbling on samples as you play consumer Tetris with your shopping cart and the 6-pack of toilet bowl cleaner, the 3 giant boxes of Fat Boys (glory hallelujah, they found their way to Louisiana), that bag of chocolate covered pomegranate somethings that you sampled and decided that you needed, and then massive amounts of produce because it’s all so pretty and you feel super awesome loading up your cart …

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Cheesy Grilled Pizza Sandwich

A lot of my family’s favorite recipes are born out of necessity, when I’m simply forced to pull something together from whatever I can scavenge in the fridge and pantry when groceries are running low.  And many of the very best recipes are most simple ones!  I made homemade pizzas for my kids last week so I had half a jar of sauce left and some turkey pepperoni in my fridge.  I wasn’t in the mood to do pizza all …

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Light & Crispy Waffles

We love waffles at our house. My kids reallyreallyreally like pancakes, but if there’s a choice between waffles and pancakes, they’ll choose waffles every time. The problem with waffles (and pancakes) is that they are messy and they take a lot of time. Sometimes they’re good and sometimes they’re weird. Some recipes, delicious as they are, require you to whip egg whites or prepare them the night before (which is handy but also requires motivation and forethought, two things I …

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Love Potion {Free Printable!}

I know Valentine’s Day is literally right around the corner, but I thought I’d share something I made for myself today in case anyone else finds themselves in need of something similar.  I volunteered to bring drinks for my son’s class party and instantly had visions of mini strawberry italian sodas, or a berry smoothie bar, or ooh ooh, dry ice for some serious legit love potion.  Then I woke up and got real in the juice aisle at Walmart …

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Chicken & Sausage Gumbo

When we moved to Louisiana, I decided that I was going to embrace the experience, especially when it came to the food. I set out to try everything I could and to not be scared, even if it was something I’d never eaten before. What I discovered was this: Louisiana is famous for their food for a reason. It can be amazing. That said, just because a kitchen is located in Louisiana doesn’t mean the food that comes out of …

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