grief: one month

One month ago, I lost my Dad. The man who I looked up to more than anything; even though I never really got to tell him that. I can’t say that this last month has been easy. Sometimes the littlest reminder would send me into an emotional roller coaster. Maybe it was someone else mentioning …

toast to st. jude event in Boston

I remember in sixth grade, we participated in a math-a-thon fundraiser for St. Jude Children’s Hospital. I was so passionate about raising money for St. Jude because I remember feeling so thankful that I was healthy, and I wanted to give back. I made it my mission to raise the most money in my entire …

make ahead breakfast burritos

Put down the instant oatmeal. Stop pouring that milk into your cereal. These breakfast burritos are here to save they day. What I love about these burritos is that they can be made ahead and enjoyed all week long. Whats even better, is that you can put whatever you have in your refrigerator in them! …

nine kitchen gadgets I can’t live without

Before I really started cooking, I thought I needed all these fancy tools in order to cook great meals.  Don’t fall for the kitschy items that you see at the store!!! YOU DON’T NEED THEM! As long as you have all of the items below, you can cook an amazing meal (that is restaurant quality) …

spicy shrimp quesadillas

I have a confession. For the LONGEST time I was afraid of shrimp. I would eat it all the time, but I never wanted to cook with them because they kind of freaked me out. But, not anymore!! What have I been missing all of these years? Alright. Another confession. I use the frozen kind …

the passion burns deep – let me help

Some of my earliest memories as a child were in the kitchen with my family. I remember kneeling on a chair right next to my Mom wanting to learn how to make whatever it was she was making. I would ask my dad repeatedly to teach me how to use the grill until he finally agreed. …

health(ier) pizza recipes to fulfill your cravings

It’s Sunday. Football Sunday. One of my favorite days of the week to try some new recipes I’ve been itching to make. I have been tasting for pizza, but knew I should try to make it a little healthier. I mean, it is 2017 so we need to work towards those New Years Resolutions, right?? …

6 stores to help decorate on a budget

When my husband and I finally had the opportunity to decorate our first place together, I didn’t want to spend an arm and a leg on furniture, home decor items, and all the special little touches I wanted to add. Just knowing how I am, I like to switch things up often, especially for holidays! …

brunch: biscuit egg cups

Brunch is my favorite meal of the day. You can get a little sweet, a little savory and lets me real, I’m not up “early enough” on the weekend for a true breakfast. Last weekend, I finally got the courage to try a new recipe that I have been stewing on for a few weeks. …

sunday: BBQ chicken sliders, caprese bites and loaded tots

Happy Monday! I am so thankful that I have today off for a long weekend! I had the most perfect weekend! We were able to go get some pumpkins (thanks neighbors!) to do a little decorating. It was fun to pick our own pumpkins off the vine. We made quite the haul!! The last few …