February 3, 2016

Super Bowl Food Ideas

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Big game this weekend! We’re rooting for the Panthers in our household. Well, my husband is. He has a thing against Peyton Manning.ย It’s a Patriots fan thing. As always, you can find me in the other room with a cocktail and a stack of magazines. This year I might also be hiding in my closet, coming up with new outfit combinations. Call me in when there’s a commercial break. I’m in it for the food and the commercials.

If you’re in the mood for a brainstorm, check out my Super Bowl Food Ideas!


Bacon Artichoke Dip

Pull up a chair. We’re parking ourselves in front of this dip. It’s amazing.

Spicy Sesame Guacamoleย 

If you’re having a guacamole party, show up with this spicy sesame number!


We have to get some vegetables in us somehow…there’s lettuce and mint and red pepper in these rolls!

Sausage Jalapeรฑo Hushpuppies

This recipe makes a lot so that means you can eat a lot!

Mushroom & Caramelized Onion Quesadillas

Savory/hearty quesadillas. No one will miss meat because the mushrooms & onions are so satisfying.

Creating an Antipasti Platter

If you need some antipasti inspiration, check out how I create an antipasti platter.


Three words that are magic to my ears!


A good start to the day. ย Sundays should always include Bloody Marys.



Yes YES YES. I’ll be in the corner reading my Oprah Magazine and drinking these…

Pomegranate Manhattans

A twist on a classic! Can we serve these in red solo cups? I can’t be trusted with glasses during the Super Bowl.


Bacon Cheeseburger Pizza

It’s the easiest way to serve burgers ๐Ÿ˜‰

BBQ Chicken Grilled Pizza

So many good things on one pizza.

Turkey White Bean Chili

Make a chili bar with all the fixings. Make sure you get some chips and corn bread.

Don’t skimp on the sour cream.


Serve a big casserole dish full of this pork enchilada. DIG IN EVERYBODY.

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

Start with this pulled pork recipe and turn it into pulled pork sandwiches!

Sambal Chicken Skewers

If you feel like firing up the grill, these skewers will make it all worth it.

Pizza Rolls

This. All game long. Let’s see how many we can eat.


I think wrapping some turkey in these rolls would make them kinda like hot pockets.

Not mad at that.

Baked Chicken Parmesan

Wouldn’t these be great in sandwiches?

Grilled Turkey Meatball Subs

Speaking of sandwiches….SUB PARTY.

Honey Mustard Chicken Sliders

Let’s have a race and see how many we can eat. I will win. No doubt.

Greek Lamb Sliders

It’s allllllll about the yogurt sauce.

Sriracha Mac & Cheese

Beer with spicy Mac & Cheese? Yes please.

Banh Mi Sandwiches

My husband would love me forever if I made these this weekend.




Do we even need plates?


You might not have any left for your guests…stop eating it from the pan! Save some for them!


It’s like an oatmeal chocolate chip cookie married cake…and was topped with cream cheese frosting!


Oh these ole things? They’re out of this world!


I just HAD to throw this one in there because BACON!



February 1, 2016

Around the Home: Closet Organization

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Remember when I was talking about Habits at the beginning of the year? I had this really bad habit of leaving piles of clothes everywhere in our bedroom. It annoyed the heck out of me but I couldn’t ever figure out what to wear and I never made the time to put things back where they belong. I really wanted to see if I could do a capsule wardrobeย this winter and in doing so I created so many new/good habits! ย I owe it all to the foundation I created in my organized closet.

After living this way for 3-ish weeks I can now say:

  • I put my clothes back where they belong
  • I don’t have piles of clothes all over the place
  • I haven’t felt like I’ve got nothing to wear & I’m not wasting precious time in the morning trying clothes on
  • I’ve managed my shopping impulses and only buy things I need- which is almost nothing
  • I love walking into my closet because it’s clean & I have focus
  • My head is filled with less clutter because I have less to manage

So, let me show you the before. BTW- I am not really good at taking before photos. I realized this a few years ago because when I get an impulse to clean, I just right in and then I’m always like OH CRAP! We’re doing this. I forgot to take pictures!

So this “before photo” is right before I created my winter capsule wardrobe—


January 30, 2016

My Everyday Life: Week 4

Here’s what My Everyday Life – Week 4 looked like:

I love cacti.

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A trip to the nursery after school.

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We met a cat named Azriel.

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On the way to Ikea.


East Bay sunset.

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Hoping I don’t get splashed.

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First thing I made in our newly painted kitchen.

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Second thing I made in our kitchen. CHILI.

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It was goooooood.

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