DIY

DIY Fall Simmer Pot

make your home smell just like Fall!!

I know the official start of fall was a few weeks ago, but it is just finally starting to feel like it here in Central California – brisk mornings, leaves changing, scarves and sweaters… I love everything about it!!   Nothing has made me happier lately than curing up with a blanket and coffee in Read more…

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Spiked Tiramisu Pudding Cups

with Rumchata & Kahlua

I think we are all pretty familiar with Jell-O shots, or at least you are if you went to college at a party school like I did. But I have never, not even once, heard mention of anything called a pudding shot in my life – until the other day.   See, I’ve recently become Read more…

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Grandma’s Amazing Banana Bread

famous (in certain circles) & probably the world's BEST

So I have a texture issue when it comes to food, some things I just CAN NOT handle – cottage cheese, tapioca, chia pudding, mayonnaise, soft scrambles eggs, over ripe bananas, you get the idea. The list is long.   Maybe I have an underlying sensory processing disorder that I don’t know about but thankfully Read more…

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Homemade Graham Crackers

easy to make, healthier than store-bought and super tasty!!

Every once and a while I get ambitious and decide to make some of our favorite snack foods from scratch – it makes me feel like some sort of Domestic Goddess/Super Mom and is a much cheaper and healthier alternative the store-bought stuff.   Well, today was one of those days. The hubby is out Read more…

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Blueberry & Rosemary Moscow Mule

with my 1st Quality Produce Farm to Families Box

It’s hot here in Central California, like really hot. So I have been getting creative with ways to stay cool lately.   I have totally hung out in front of the open refrigerator more times than I can count – I only know its been a lot because my toddler has started mimicking my behavior!! Read more…

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Fire Roasted Eggplant Dip

with my 1st Quality Produce Farm to Families Box

It took me a really long time to appreciate eggplant as a vegetable – mostly because I never knew what to do with it or how to cook it if I did. Now that I do, though, I can’t get enough of it.   When I saw that my 1st Quality Produce Farm to Families Read more…

LIFESTYLE

Caffeinate Like A Mother

a Lanna Coffee Co. Review

If there is one thing I have learned in my 2 ½ years of motherhood it is this – coffee is necessary.   It is my friend, my addiction, and it is single handedly responsible for keeping my child alive in his first months of life because at that time I could count the number Read more…

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S’mores Recipes With a Twist

from the classic to gourmet and everything in between

Soooo s’mores may be one of the greatest inventions ever – at least in the dessert category.   I know, I know, there are some stiff competitors out there but I can honestly say (as a self-proclaimed sugar addict) that s’mores are among my top five favorite desserts. In fact, they rank pretty high up Read more…

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7 Layer Magic Bars

run, don't walk, to the kitchen right now and make these!!!

One of my all time favorite indulgences are these 7-Layer Magic Bars that my mother-in-law makes. I don’t really know what else to call them, but they literally have seven-ish different layers of yumminess and are pretty much the closest things to magic as it gets!!   I’ve adapted her recipe a bit and like Read more…

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Watermelon Mojito “Fruit Salad”

eats like a salad, tastes like a cocktail!

Have you seen those videos floating around the internet where the guy cuts a hole(s) into a whole watermelon and then pours a bunch (I’m talking like bottles) of booze into it, then lets it sit so all that alcohol just absorbs into the fruit, and then he cuts it up and serves it as Read more…

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