Kale Summer Salad


I have a confession…I love having friends and family over, hosting dinner parties & BBQs and cooking for lots of people. Problem…I’m not actually very good at it! I mean, the food is great and I’d like to think we create a fun environment but every single time, I spend a lot of the time in the kitchen preparing food and not mingling and hanging with our loved ones. It actually makes me really anxious too, something about people watching me cook, having a messy kitchen and not being able to just enjoy myself.

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Loaded Nachos

sheet pan nachos

I was really feeling that 70°F weather yesterday! And now…back to rain. I can’t wait for more consistently sunny weather. I have so many projects I want to do outside, particularly, finally finishing the back deck. However, that requires paint, so I need to wait for a stretch of at least a few dry days.

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Slow Cooked Shredded Beef Ragu Pasta


Any stay at home mom’s have trouble keeping track of what day it is? Everyday, literally, everyday, I have to double check what day of the week it is! I guess it doesn’t help that the little man and I don’t have a set agenda, like classes or school, to keep me on track. And, my husband started a new job so his regular schedule has changed as well.

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Lemon Pepper Flank Steak Tacos w/ Mango Cabbage Slaw


Both my boys are sleeping at the same time so I finally have some time to post! And by both my boys, I mean my son and my husband. Hubby has been home the last few days; you would think it would be easier for me to get things done when he is home because there is someone else to help take care of the baby. Nope. Somehow, I get way less done. When the baby finally naps we end up watching a movie or making breakfast, just doing things that I wouldn’t normally do during my free time (a.k.a. naptime) when he is at work. I promise I’m not complaining though! Having him home means he gets more time with the baby and seeing and hearing him play with Landon is the sweetest, heart melting thing ever!

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Beef, Sweet Potato & Quinoa Chili

beef, sweet potato quinoa chili
I’ve been working some really long days lately and yesterday, the last thing I wanted to do was make dinner. The following conversation took place between my husband and I through text…
Me: I don’t want to cook!
Husband: Oh no!
Husband: What is more unhealthy? Pizza or chicken nachos?
Me: Hahaha! I think they are pretty equal
Husband: What do we do?
Me: ….

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Lasagna with Meat Sauce

lasagna with meat sauce

This lasagna has seriously taken over as a staple in my house. We don’t do pastas too often because we try to stay away from starchy carbs (and because we are too lazy to workout) but I decided to give this a try and substituted gluten-free lasagna rice noodles instead of regular lasagna noodles (not that it made a huge carbohydrate difference but my conscience felt better anyway). Couldn’t even taste the difference! AND…you don’t have to pre-cook rice noodles!!!! Yep, that’s a choir you hear singing Hallelujah in the background.

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Rib-eye with Mustard Butter and Herb Fries

I recently bought a new cookbook, My Paris Kitchen by David Lebovitz, and this is the first recipe I tried. I’m hooked. The cookbook is full of amazing French recipes, explanations of French cooking techniques and beautiful pictures. If you want to try something new in the kitchen, I highly recommend it!

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