Let the Good Times Roll!

King Cake Cupcakes

Happy Fat Tuesday Eve! Who else has a pot of red beans going in the crockpot and King Cake dough rising in the oven? No? Then you’ve come to the right place. King Cake Cupcakes – can’t be trusted with an entire king cake? Try 18 smaller ones. (Choking hazard plastic baby optional.) Chicken & [...]

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The Only Recipe for Sandwich Bread You Need

Classic American Sandwich Bread

It’s probably no surprise to anyone, but I handle the bulk of the grocery shopping around here. And by that, I mean that Jason knows where HEB, Costco, and Aldi are. And that they allegedly sell things other than cheese and wine and Blue Bell. ALLEGEDLY. So on the super rare occasion that he has [...]

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I’m gonna need a bigger backyard.

Garden

I’ve gotten really good at cramming too much stuff into too little a space, having had to lay on the bed to get my jeans to zip for the last couple of weeks. But even then, I’m hardly a miracle worker. And I’ve completely maxed out my 8×4 raised garden bed. The carrots and non-tomato-bug-repelling [...]

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FINALLY.

White Peach tree in bloom

Guess what time it is?! Squueeeee! I seriously thought we were going to be stuck in some &^%$#-weather Groundhog-Day loop forever. But finally a break. THE break. I’ve been busy ripping out weeds, pollinating peach blossoms by hand, ripping out more weeds, getting ready for the new gardening season. I’ve gardened with those four 4×4 [...]

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Chocolate Cupcakes for My Little “Balemtime”

Chocolate Valentine

“Is it Balemtime’s yet?! Can we make chocolate tweats?” I didn’t think a 4-year-old could get more excited about something that wasn’t Christmas- or dinosaur-related. But I was wrong. It’s because there’s chocolate. And Master Yoda. She is my kid, after all. Although only one of us would choose broccoli & ranch over chocolate. Spoiler: [...]

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Blood Orange, Spinach, and Quinoa Salad

Blood Orange, Spinach, and Quinoa Salad

How excited am I that blood oranges are back? That excited ^. Also? This excited: Last spring, we planted a tiny blood orange tree in the backyard. And somehow it survived. We won’t let any blooms go to fruit this year but next year, man. Next year. Besides margaritas, one of my other favorite things [...]

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Sweet Potato & Spinach Carbonara

Sweet Potato & Spinach Carbonara

My friend Katie has been called The Carbonara Queen. Crab, jalapeno & corn, BLT, lemon & spinach. If it can be whisked into that creamy sauce of bacon, pepper, eggs, and cheese, she has done it. She’s kind of my Pasta Patronus. And I’d like to be just like her when I grow up: One [...]

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Orange-Chocolate Chip Muffins

Orange Chocolate Chip Muffins

Let’s cut right to it and talk about my favorite part about these muffins. (Believe it or not, it’s not the chocolate.) It was the way my hands smelled all day after mixing the orange zest and sugar together. It was the way the baking muffins made my house smell bright and citrusy. It was [...]

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