It’s finally cold here in south Mississippi. THANK GOD. We have been having soup almost every day. THANK GOD. I missed soup so much over the summer, but it was just too hot for it. This soup is super, very easy and so so delicious. It’s also in my Thanksgiving cookbook, Thanksgiving Feast Recipes! (click to check it out!)Read More
Pies. They are one of the stars of Thanksgiving. I say that Thanksgiving is the Super Bowl of food..... pie is the halftime show. EVERYONE loves pie. Right??? Okay, so I've mentioned before that I have had some weird/unnatural/dumb/unusual food pickiness. Pie falls into that category. Not necessarily PIE.... but pie crust. I've just never been a huge fan. But everyone loves pie... I am a food blogger... I am a recipe book author... I have to like pie.Read More
Man….. we have been LIVING IT UP this fall so far. The combination of cooler weather and having two kids who are old enough to actually do EVERYTHING fun this year (read: for the most part, I don’t have to carry either of them all day) has kept us so busy and having so much fun.
We have had zoo trips, pumpkin patch trips, music shows, and so much more. We have pretty much been outside all day every day. We’ve even been eating all of our meals outside, except this morning because it was shockingly 40 degrees outside.
Also, in true Halloween spirit, we’ve been trying to have as much fun/festive food as possible. At least twice a week, we’ve had “halloween pancakes” aka pancakes with eyeball sprinkles. And many days for lunch or dinner, the kids have had Jack O’ Lantern quesadillas. So easy. So quick. And they think they are the best and funniest things ever. Enjoy some of our fall activity pictures below, followed by Jack O’ Lantern quesadillas plus the recipe!
Don’t be surprised if I have a muddy buddy recipe for every holiday/month/event. It is one of my (many) weaknesses. Also, its one I didn’t let the kids help with because I didn’t want powdered sugar all over them and my house. This is a super easy recipe even though at times during the process it may seem like it is complicated. Just trust that everything will work out how its supposed to.Read More
We made these Mummy Pigs in a Blanket and they loved them. They loved helping me with them and loved eating them. They thought the mummies were so funny. I made enough for them to have for lunch and dinner and they ended up eating all the mummies for lunch (with the help of my husband).Read More
One of my favorite fall activities is going to a live music event at a park near our house. Of course I love the live music, but probably my favorite part about it is the food. There are tons of food vendors lining the closed down street. And my favorite food to get at this event is caramel popcorn. I really got to craving it lately and decided to give it a try because I just couldn’t wait any longer. What I came up with is pretty different than what we eat at the park but totally delicious and super beautiful (popcorn can be beautiful).Read More
I wasn't really planning on having tacos but as the day went on and I started smelling the chicken cooking in those sauces, it smelled like taco night. I threw in some cumin, chili powder, salt, and pepper and shredded up the chicken. Then, I just served them up on flour tortillas with guacamole, onion, cucumber, and tomato.Read More
So we started dinner club. Once a week, we will cook a meal together. We had our first dinner club meeting a couple days ago and had the best time. We wanted to keep it pretty simple but also, I wanted it to be something pretty impressive too so we decided on chicken alfredo, cripsy brussels sprouts, and pea pickin' cake. We called it Leslie and Ann Dinner club because we are silly and love Park and Recreation.Read More
We eat these a lot around here. My son thinks they are cookies and doesn't notice that they're good for him! I first made them as "lactation balls" when I was nursing my first baby and they were so good my husband ate them all.Read More
Rainbow spaghetti?! Why though??
First and foremost, I’m pretty sure when my oldest was about a year and a half old I wrote a blog post about how he was such a wonderful eater. I was super proud of him and also kind of braggy about it. Approximately five minutes after I wrote that post, he became the world’s pickiest eater.Read More
I'm a huge fan of tacos (I mean, who isn't) and an extra huge fan of fish tacos. This summer we have been trying super hard to include more fresh and natural (but still easy) foods into our days and these veggie filled tacos are just amazing.Read More
This recipe is one that holds more meaning to me than any other recipe that I have ever made. My grandmother's blueberry muffins. My grandmother was a wonderful cook. She cooked for her family, friends, and various clubs she was a member of on the reg. She even won national awardsRead More
If you’re on keto and anything like me, you majorly miss bread. Maybe it’s because I’m just starting out (again) but the hunger and cravings have not ceased yet. I found this recipe for 90 second bread and OHHH MY GOD… its good. Plus it’s seriously super easy and takes less than 5 minutes for the whole prepping and cooking process.Read More
I am not a fancy chef. I don’t have a fancy kitchen. I don’t use top of the line kitchen gadgets. To be honest, I’m not even the best cook and I don’t have any type of training in the kitchen. I do however, love to cook and love to eat. If I’m ever asked what I like to do in my free time or what my hobbies include, I’m quick to say “cooking”. All that said… last week I started wanting to make pork belly tacos. I had them at a restaurant a while back and wanted to try to make them myself. But the thing is (plus another truth bomb), I didn’t even know what pork belly was. Kinda still don’t. But I went down the street to our local butcher shop and asked if they have any pork belly. The guy behind the counter had no idea and had to ask someone else, but they did, and I got some. So, I got home with this hunk of meat and just stuck it in the fridge.Read More
I’m trying keto *again* and sticking with it *no matter how bad I want to quit* for the whole month of February. Even on Valentine’s Day. Even through Mardi Gras. There will be no chocolate covered strawberries or king cakes (anymore, I had a ton in January haha) for me this year.Read More
Y'all I really love Halloween. Actually, just all of October. Its my favorite month. There are so many fun things in October...... my husband's birthday, our wedding anniversary, Halloween, and our city hosts a super fun thing called Live at Five, with lots of fun, food, and live music, every Friday night in October and we try to never miss.Read More
When following a recipe, what is your favorite way to do so? I’ve tried many things over the years. For a while, I’ve used my phone or tablet but have found that to be somewhat of a hassle to have to keep reopening the recipe after my screen shuts down and sometimes the website I’m using crashes and I have to quickly find it again to continue cooking.Read More
Until recently, I thought I wasn't too fond of eggplant. I saw a recipe video for ratatouille on facebook and thought it looked easy and fun so I wanted to try it. TBH, I wasn't nearly as excited about eating it as I was about making it. I was pleasantly surprised, however, when IT WAS FREAKING DELICIOUS and seriously gone within 15 minutes....with just my husband and I eating it. Eggplant is.....so fine.Read More
I try to do a monthly challenge each month. I've been doing it most of my twenties.... and by that, I mean that I did it most of my twenties and I am continuing to do it now that I'm in my thirties. I've done all sorts of things, mostly dealing with diet and/or health.... no sugar, 30 days of yoga, being a vegetarian for a month, no dairy for a month.... you get the idea. I've done vegetarian and I've done no dairy, but before this month, I had never done vegan. Truly, I had never even considered it.Read More