• GIVEAWAY • Catching Fireflies Gift Certificate

Today I’m teaming up with Catching Fireflies to host a gift certificate giveaway for their adorable online shop! If you’re like me, you’ve probably spent your fair share of time internet shopping during the past few weeks. What could be better than a gift certificate for some free online shopping? If you’re not familiar with Catching Firefies, they…

Make a Modern Concrete Bowl Planter

Hey guys, I have a really fun tutorial for you today! It’s inexpensive, modern, and it involves succulents! Are you as excited about this as I am?! I love creating tutorials for DIY imitations of expensive-looking items. I’ve seen concrete planters similar to this at West Elm and Restoration Hardware for $50+. I spent less…

Vanilla Bean Iced Sugar Cookies

I first shared this sugar cookie recipe here, two Christmases ago. It’s a recipe that has been in our family for many years, perfect for any occasion, these cookies are always a hit! When I was little, we would use any excuse we could think of to make these cookies: Valentine’s Day, Easter, Thanksgiving, you name it!…

Maple-Glazed Green Beans

Hey guys, I have a fresh new recipe for you! I first made these Maple-Glazed Green Beans for Thanksgiving at my in-laws’ home. Is there a rule about not experimenting with new recipes at parties and holiday gatherings? Well, I guess I don’t follow that rule! I wanted to bring fresh veggies to contribute to…

DIY Dyed Clothespin Snowflake Christmas Ornaments

I’m so excited to be back with a new ornament tutorial, just in time for Christmas! I recently came across a tutorial where Rit dye was used to dye wood and I really wanted to give it a try. I love the results! The dye works like a wood stain, so that you can still…

DIY Gift Wrap with Wax Seals

I’m so excited to be back with some new and festive tutorials for you, just in time for the holidays! Every year I try to come up with new ideas for wrapping presents for Christmas. Last year I went with a chalkboard wrapping paper theme, you can check that out HERE. I was having a…

Summer Favorites

  It’s kind of hard to believe that we’re already smack dab in the middle of Summer! Well, it’s really not so hard to know that it’s summer when you live in the scorching state of Texas, but, you know what I mean. I try to be budget conscious and not buy a cartload of…

Champagne Salad Frozen Dessert

This recipe was one of my great grandma’s specialties. Champagne Salad was one of the desserts that Granny always made for holidays, it was my favorite! Last Christmas I made these Tea Towels using Granny’s handwritten recipe card for this dessert. After featuring the DIY on the blog, several people asked me about the recipe and I…

May Highlights

Since it’s been kind of quiet here on the blog recently, I thought I’d share a little peek of what’s happened this past month. Most of these photos can also be found on my Instagram, you can keep up with what’s going on around here by following me HERE. Drew and I celebrated our second…

No-Bake Banana Split Dessert

I’ve had my eye on these mini graham cracker crusts for a while now, waiting for the perfect occasion to use them! I finally bought them to use for these mini desserts for Mother’s Day. This Banana Split Dessert recipe has been a favorite in my family for a while now. It’s a rich and…

3 Ways to Save on Groceries (without Cutting Coupons)

In my blogging absence, I have been finishing up the unpacking and organizing at our new place. I haven’t done very much cooking in the past week, but grocery shopping is something that I just can’t get away from. I’m pretty sure that I’ve actually been at the store more than usual during the past…

DIY Watercolor Easter Eggs

Last year I created these Patterned Easter Eggs using white paint pens on brown eggs. I really wanted to come up with another unique and artsy egg decorating idea this year. I had just purchased a set of watercolor paint (I’m currently in love with simple watercolor designs!) and was inspired to try watercolor egg…

Grilled Eggplant and Squash Panini with Fresh Mozzarella

On our honeymoon, in South Beach, Miami, we stayed at a hotel that offered lots of fresh dishes created with local ingredients. This recipe was inspired by an eggplant and squash panini that I enjoyed there. The fresh mozzarella caught my eye, even though I wasn’t sure what I thought about adding grilled vegetables to…

Fruity Pebbles Marshmallow Treats

It’s been a busy week around here. We’ve been packing, painting and patching nail holes as we’re preparing to move in a few weeks. It’s a sad thing to paint our bold accent walls back to beige. I decided that taking a break to make these colorful treats might make me feel a little bit…

Smoked Salmon Philadelphia Rolls

Sushi will always hold a special place in my heart. On our very first date, Drew took me out for my first taste of sushi. I was a little apprehensive, but fell in love immediately… with both sushi and the man that would turn out to be my future husband. My first attempt at sushi…

DIY Mint Bath Bombs

I have the perfect tutorial for you – just in time for Easter! These Easter Egg Bath Bombs make an adorable basket stuffer. This recipe cost just a few dollars for the entire batch, less than what ONE bath bomb would cost at Lush! These egg bath bombs will add a light scent and color to…

Toasted Cheese Ravioli

These toasted ravioli are my new favorite thing! They’re crispy, and delicious with a warm cheese filling… perfect for an appetizer or snack. We enjoyed these so much that I made them two days in a row. The second time I served these toasted ravioli with tomato soup, as a fun alternative to grilled cheese!…

Ranch Pasta with Smoked Sausage and Mini Sweet Peppers

This bright pasta dish is made with just 5 ingredients, you can have this fresh and filling dinner on the table in under 30 minutes. I created this meal by pulling together fridge and pantry ingredients that I already had on hand and then seasoned it with a packet of ranch mix! The ranch mix makes…

Cheesy Pepperoni Skillet-Baked Ziti

I hope that you’ve enjoyed a good week and weekend, I’m happy to be back after a little blogging break. I’ve been busy filling orders over at my Etsy shop and, well, we ate a lot of quick meals and frozen pizza last week! I also try to take advantage of any daylight that I…

Poblano Chicken Macaroni and Cheese

Did you know that homemade macaroni and cheese is really easy to make? And that real cheese can be turned into a rich and creamy cheese sauce? Homemade macaroni and cheese with chicken makes the perfect warm and filling meal for a cold winter evening. I love adding roasted peppers to homemade sauces like this…

Crescent Roll Taco Pizza

Looking for a quick and easy meal? Try this Crescent Roll Taco Pizza! It’s a fun twist on tacos that can be made in under half an hour. The slight sweetness of the crescent rolls is a great compliment to the spiciness of the taco meat. My mom used to use these ingredients to make a…

Easy Pretzel Hot Dog Buns

Pretzel buns are so trendy right now. After enjoying a hot dog on a pretzel bun, I started wondering just how difficult it would be to make them at home. After looking up a few pretzel buns recipes I realized that, while it’s a bit time-consuming, they’re pretty simple to make from scratch! These pretzel…

Speculoos Cookie Butter Smoothie Recipe

My husband and I finally made our first trip to a Trader Joe’s several weeks ago. Trader Joe’s grocery stores have found their way into North Texas, but the closest one is still 45 minutes from where we live. I was most excited to check out their snack selection (it’s obviously not very practical to…

Slow Cooker Creamy Chicken Enchilada Soup

I’ve been in a habit of pulling ingredients out of the pantry and throwing together Mexican flavored soups. I start with chicken and broth, then add Mexican spices and whatever spicy ingredients that I have on hand. Several weeks ago I pulled together the ingredients for this Creamy Chicken Enchilada Soup and tossed them into…

Blueberry Banana Oat Smoothie

With the new year, I’ve decided to try to eat breakfast more often and also eat more fresh fruit. Why not do both at the same time? Smoothies are a great way to do just that! I’ve been noticing the trend of adding oats to smoothies, I was intrigued and had to give it a…

Sour Cream Salsa Verde Chicken Enchiladas

This enchilada recipe is my favorite recipe ever. I love a good Mexican or Southwestern recipe and this one is so simple! The creamy salsa verde sauce is made with only 3 ingredients, it’s quick, easy, and so delicious! This is actually the very first recipe that I blogged… I wanted to share it again, for…

2013 Reader Favorites // Top 15

I decided that it would be fun to end the year with a compilation of the most popular posts of 2013! Thanks to you, these are the most viewed posts to date! Simply click on the post’s title, above each picture, to take a closer look at any of these projects and recipes! Thanks for…

Green Chile Double Cheeseburger

Hopefully this recipe has found you just before your healthy New Year’s resolutions have taken effect. I was inspired to make this after enjoying Whataburger’s Green Chile Double. Whataburger is one of my husband’s favorites and I’ve come to love their specialty burgers! My favorite was their Avocado Bacon Burger which was retired to make…

Vintage Recipe Tea Towels DIY

Now that Christmas has passed, I’d like to share one of my Christmas gift projects with you! These tea towels were definitely one of my favorite gifts that I gave this year, I love the fact that they are both handmade and sentimental. Did you know that you can upload any image and have it…

Cranberry Bliss Bars

It’s that time of the year again, time for baking and taking all kinds of sweets to Christmas gatherings! If you’re still searching for a holiday dessert recipe, try these Cranberry Bliss Bars: blondies with the addition of white chocolate chips and tart dried cranberries, iced with cream cheese frosting. I love how festive the…

Peppermint Candy Christmas Ornaments

Peppermint candies are so festive and classic, no matter what time of the year it is, the sight and smell of peppermints always reminds me of the holidays. Peppermint Candy Ornaments are thrifty and quick to make, they’re a handmade project that is perfect for this time of the year, when we’re all running a…

Wood Slice Ink Transfer Art DIY & GIVEAWAY

I was recently given the honor of creating a DIY tutorial for typography company, Fairgoods. I had so much fun coming up with this project, and Fairgoods has so many great typefaces to choose from! This project is live on their blog today and you can also enter for a chance to win this Joy Wood…

Chalkboard Gift Wrap with DIY Clay Button Stars

Every year I look forward to deciding what type of packaging I’m going to use for Christmas gifts. I love the personalized feel of homemade gift wrap. With a few simple supplies, and just a little bit of extra time, you can create gift wrapping that is all your own. In past years I’ve packaged…

Shimmer Cinnamon Ornaments

I love making these cinnamon ornaments every year, they’re easy to create and they make the house smell so festive! The classic cinnamon ornament recipe is so simple, just two ingredients. This year I decided to change it up a little bit by adding glitter. I used very fine, colorless, shimmer glitter to give these…

Favorite Things Giveaway :: CLOSED

Thanks to all who entered… Suzanne D. is the winner of this giveaway! Stay tuned for more giveaways to come! Today we’re having a cozy, stay-inside-with-a-mug-of-hot-chocolate, snow day in Texas. I’ve been working on putting together a “My Favorite Things” Giveaway and I decided that today was the perfect day to launch it! I’ve gathered…

Twelve Days of Christmas Cookies : Old Fashioned Sugar Cookies

I’m so excited to be sharing my favorite sugar cookie recipe with you today, on the second day of Twelve Days of Christmas Cookies, an online cookie swap hosted by Dominique of Gusto and Grace! Go check out her Salted Chocolate Pretzel Bark from yesterday, and follow along with us as we share Twelve Days of Cookies! 12…

Hot Apple Cider with Cranberries and Pears

Hot apple cider is a new favorite of mine, after being introduced to it at my husband’s family’s holiday celebrations. It’s a fun, festive drink to enjoy on cold evenings! I really wanted to try something different than the usual citrus infused cider, so I flavored some store-bought apple cider with Bosc pears, fresh cranberries,…

Best Ever Cheesecake

This cheesecake is perfectly rich and creamy, with a smooth and sweet sour cream topping. This is the cheesecake recipe that my mom has always made, it really is the best! I made this cheesecake in jars for my wedding and they were a great hit. We popped the leftover cheesecakes-in-a-jar straight into the freezer…

Malted Hot Chocolate Mix

Hot chocolate is one of my favorite drinks in the wintertime! It’s so easy to make a batch of homemade hot chocolate mix. Just add this mix to hot water, milk, or coffee! You can easily turn your homemade mix into a pretty party favor or stocking stuffer… This mix goes perfectly with the Hot…

Gorilla Bread

Gorilla Bread is pretty similar to monkey bread, but each pull-apart piece is filled with a special ingredient… cream cheese! This delicious pastry has a caramelized cinnamon/sugar outside with a soft cream cheese center. It’s a simple recipe that takes only about 10 minutes to put together, making it a great Christmas morning breakfast (or after-dinner…

Hot Chocolate Spoons

Hot Chocolate Spoons are perfect for stirring up a mug of hot chocolate or coffee! Try making them with any variety of chocolate and candy. My favorite is definitely the salted caramel! Create these spoons for a hot chocolate bar, give them as favors at your next Christmas party, use them as stocking stuffers, or enjoy them…