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It’s hard to believe the summer is already coming to an end. The days flew by, and here we are, embarking on a new school year. As much as my little ones can drive me up a wall (and at times, send me into full-on, fleeting moments of insanity) I adore having them home with me. And secretly, …

Even before my husband and I began dating, it was crystal clear to me that he adored his grandparents. He spoke of his Nana and Papa often, and told sweet stories about playing with cousins at a picturesque ranch on the Brazos River bottom.

One day, while leisurely scrolling through Pinterest (a favorite foodie pasttime of mine) I came across a tostada I had never seen before. One so savory-looking, so tempting, that I had no choice but to stop dead in my scrolling tracks. It was a tostada, but not the type you’re likely accust…

Typically when Texas starts the shift from spring into its natural state of lava hot temperatures and blistering heat, there’s a little piece of me that wishes the cold winds would swirl around just a bit longer. And, even though come the summertime the scorching sun makes its way so close t…

If ground turkey is a staple in your home, this casserole is a must-have for your recipe box. Actually, even if ground turkey isn’t commonly found in your fridge or freezer, you might still give this recipe a try. The first time I put this on the table, I received zero complaints from two pi…

Everybody has a list of foods that take them back to a special place in time, and while my list could not possibly be more random, all of the items have one thing in common — they came from the hands of people I love dearly.

When it comes to topping your barbecue, are you team sauce or team no sauce? In my husband’s eyes, to top perfectly smoked brisket or a rack of ribs with anything but a side of onions and pickles is a cardinal sin. Unfortunately he’s married to me — a woman who will take just about any excus…

Comfort food comes in many different forms across the globe. One form we all know and love, from America to Italy — and all the way to China — is pasta. While we all have our own ways of dressing it up, I must admit, I really like what China has done to it.

For eight (semi-manageable) years now, we’ve had only one child with extracurricular activities to tend to. Now that our youngest is coming of age and can officially join big sis on the soccer field, I have a feeling life just might get a little more hectic. If ever I’ll need more help in th…

If you are a lover of Tex-Mex, but not necessarily a lover of all those pesky Tex-Mex calories, today is officially your day. Because just over the horizon lies a dinner time option that is not only healthy, but guaranteed to satisfy every Tex-Mex stirring within your soul.

I've heard rumors going around that Valentine's Day is a holiday manufactured by the greeting card companies. Sadly, I've heard an even nastier rumor that men are using said rumor not to celebrate. Surely, there's no truth to this, but just in case, let's put this one to rest -- manufactured…

Often times, when we're entertaining, preparations come down to the last minute regardless of how far in advance we plan ahead. Having a no-cook, go-to appetizer can not only save you a little time, it can also save your sanity. Over the years, I've found there is not one single appetizer th…

Of all the things we do as a family, movie night just might be my favorite. We pop a batch of fresh, buttery popcorn, our girls make themselves up a mini bowl of assorted candy, and we all snuggle up on the couch to enjoy a kid-friendly flick together. However, before we can get to the show,…

It's January in Texas, which essentially means it could be 30 degrees on Friday and a gorgeous, springy 70 degrees come Monday. With the weather struggling to make up its mind, you might find it difficult to make up your mind come dinner time -- especially if you like to plan ahead.

As a kid, I'm pretty sure I considered spaghetti dinner its very own food group. My mom made it often, the kind with marinara and meat sauce, and there were zero complaints from me on those nights. I loved that dish, but I loved it even more at Grandmother's house, because over there, Grandm…

I know many of you are starting off the new year with your dietary resolutions. I applaud your willpower, and I am rooting for your can-do attitude. I, however, will be at the gym with my head in the clouds until the Super Bowl rolls around and all food-related restrictions are completely of…

Deviled eggs are a classic Southern finger food, and surely, we've all tried our fair share. At any given gathering, somebody might show up with a platter of deviled eggs, and we can only hope it's the right somebody. Because deviled eggs? They can be really good, or they can be really bad.

A good sugar cookie can be hard to come by. I've tried my fair share of both store-bought and homemade, and sadly, I must report the majority have been lackluster -- all sugar and not much else. I guess you could say the sugar cookies are just living up to their name. But if you ask me, we c…

Pecan pie is a Southern classic, and regardless of whether or not you look forward to seeing it, if you hail from the South, you know the holiday would be incomplete without it. People typically either love it ... or could go without it for a lifetime. The main complaint of naysayers being t…

I started my culinary journey as an at-home bakery, and one of my greatest joys while running that business was coming up with a menu. It changed every season, and I loved designating the right treat to the right time of year. Regardless of what the crazy Texas weather was doing, I wanted my…

It's safe to say that pecans are a favorite amongst Southerners. They're put to good use in all kinds of dishes, but I happen to think they shine particularly bright in desserts. In fact, without them, the signature Southern flavor "butter pecan" wouldn't even be in existence, and just where…

Every year when November rolls around, I find myself reminiscing of Thanksgivings at home. Not my grown-up home -- the childhood one. The funny thing is, I remember more about being in the kitchen with my mom than I do the actual meals themselves. As a teenager and even throughout my college…

There is not a casserole I crave more come the holidays than green bean casserole. As a little girl, green beans were my favorite vegetable. The idea of getting to smother them in a creamy cheese sauce was ... well, pretty much a dream come true.

When the holiday marathon begins to pick up steam and rolls through town, many of us moms are left with no choice than to move that shifter into overdrive and put the pedal to the metal. It's party time ... quite literally. So many parties, so many school programs, so little time. It can be …

As a food blogger, my new recipes typically need to roll out a season in advance for people to discover them in a timely manner on the World Wide Web. So, while the rest of the universe is gearing up for Halloween, I'm over here photographing Christmas cookies and humming the tunes of my fav…

Chicken and dumplings was one of the first comfort-food dinners I mastered, and I would make it regularly for my husband as a newlywed and served it often at family dinners. It was one of my go-to staples for friends in need of a little TLC, because if you hail from anywhere in the Southern …

I am a pure-hearted coffee lover, and regardless of how insanely early I have to get up on any given day, I will open my eyes 30 minutes earlier just to sit and savor a morning cup of joe. In fact, I actually refuse to start the day without it, and stubborn as that may sound, the fact remain…

Most family weeknight dinners are focused on the main dish, and the main dish alone. I, too, have been guilty of neglecting the weeknight side dish. In fact, there are nights I feel it's a huge accomplishment to get anything on the table at all. This, my friends, is a pity, because just some…

Mealtime got a little tougher after having children, didn't it? Before, we were solely responsible for ourselves and maybe a spouse, but mostly, we could get away with eating whatever tickled our fancy. And really, even up until those little stinkers started on solids, dinner was a breeze. A…

Now that September is in full swing, we can officially trade in those pesky, tight-fitting swimsuits for much more "forgiving" apparel. Oh yes, sweater weather is just on the horizon, and it perfectly coincides with comfort-food season. Don't you just love it when things work out the way the…

Gathering with friends, sharing in some good conversation, and laughing and sipping as we nibble from one platter to the next is absolutely my idea of a good time. And, while I adore the people, I'll be honest here and admit the nibbling just might be my favorite part. From canapés to dips, …

So here's the deal with coconut macaroon recipes: They can be really good or they can be really bad, which conjures the question, "What is it that makes a good macaroon?" We'll cover this and more, but I'll leave you in suspense no longer. The macaroon recipe you'll find here? No worries. Th…

Down here in Texas, we're known for our Tex-Mex cuisine -- and rightfully so. You walk into a restaurant, nothing too fancy, but the smell immediately seduces every last one of your taste buds. Before you even make it past the header on the menu, they'll grace you with your very own basket o…

So I have this daughter, right? She's 7. Super cute, love her so much. She's sugar and spice, and everything nice….except when it comes to food. And, oh-my-goodness gracious, is that child a picky eater. What to feed that kid for lunch is a constant battle. Lord forbid I make her a nice, nor…

I saw the movie Fried Green Tomatoes long before I ever had the luxury of tasting one. It actually wasn't even until adulthood I took my first bite into a fried green tomato, and even then it was only ever a summer restaurant treat. It was warm and tart, crispy and crunchy and absolutely hea…

I have been a lover of ice cream my entire life, and I have often boasted there is not a soul on the planet who could put down a bowl quicker than this gal. Now, whether or not that fact is indeed brag-worthy remains to be determined, but the fact of the matter is, I know good ice cream -- a…

Even in our college days, my husband and I loved to cook, and we were both hosts at heart. We would invite a group friends over to one of our houses, he would get a grill going, and I would get to work in the kitchen, likely with a roommate or two by my side. His favorite barbecue side dish …

My favorite way to host a barbecue is potluck style. Everybody brings a dish, and we all end up with a fun variety of recipes to choose from. Us women usually hang around in the AC snacking on all the goodies and gabbing away, while the men sweat it out in the Texas heat, slaving over the sm…

During a Thursday morning Bible study session, a dear friend of mine came in and plopped a great big plate of cookies down, right smack-dab in the middle of my coffee table. One by one, our lady willpower subsided and we sunk our teeth into her thick and chewy oatmeal chocolate chip cookies.…

Our family doesn't eat out very often, but when we do, we make sure it's going to be really good. One of our tried-and-true favorites is a little burger joint here in town. It's trendy and a little bit retro all rolled into one. The burgers are great, the sweet potato fries are spectacular, …

I am a mom of girls -- no boys around these parts --well, besides my husband and the dog. And, let me just tell you, in truth, I think I would be a pretty boring boy mom. I'm not big on sports, I'm far from outdoorsy … and dirt? It's not my thing. To be a girl mom was my destiny, and I sure …