my mama’s favorite chili recipe

It’s not fall if you don’t make a big ol’ pot of chili, am I right, or am I right? My mama has been making Clyde’s Famous Chili after first having it at Clyde’s six years ago. She shared the recipe with me soon afterwards, and not only is it real easy to make, but it is […]

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meal planning

Meal planning is sometimes a pain in the butt. It doesn’t matter that it will save you five trips to the grocery store, or money on grabbing take out, or your general sanity when THERE IS NOTHING IN THIS HOUSE TO EAT. But, as with almost everything adulthood requires of you, it’s both necessary and […]

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new york new york part four

Thanksgiving dinner was amazing. Caroline, her friend Marissa, and I spent all afternoon in the kitchen preparing the meal. It was a feat juggling time in the oven and space on the counter, but it was a lot of fun, and it made the meal that much more rewarding! I made my annual dinner rolls, […]

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happy halloween!

The month of October has been all too good this year. I so enjoyed my photo a day challenge and loved that I took the time to capture and treasure the small, magical moments this month creates. From our beautiful trip up to the Pacific Northwest, to the much needed family time back in Texas, […]

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sizzling pork noodles

Back in college, when I moved out of the dorms and into an apartment, I had no idea what to do about food. I never learned to cook growing up, and living in the dorms provided me a meal plan for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. I was at a loss and was really intimidated by […]

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around here & life musings

Cooking more at home and using our fancy dishes for Sunday dinners. Because what is the point in “saving” things you have – we should use and enjoy them now. Excited to be back in the kitchen making new and good meals. Finished the intro course at Anthony Meindl’s studio. Loving, loving, loving this safe […]

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my fall manifesto : progress (in photos)

I decided not to update my progress as frequently as I did with my summer list. This way I don’t feel pressure to accomplish a ton of items in just one week. The point of this list is not to rush through it but to enjoy the process of accomplishing these goals. Here is an […]

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things that make me happy

I thought I would try to bring this series back. Here are some things that have been making me happy lately. 🙂 Cooking with brightly colored vegetables. Meals are so much better when they’re pretty, right? Perfect window light for indoor photos. We’re obsessed with natural light around here and keep the blinds open as […]

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mushroom pasta

I’ve been following the girls over on A Beautiful Mess for quite a while now and love everything about their blog, especially their beautiful photos. It occurred to me the other day, though, that I had yet to actually recreate any craft or recipe that they have shared. Well, “what is up with that?”, I […]

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vegetable quiche

I’ve been trying to get back into the kitchen recently. 1) because I actually enjoying cooking now and 2) to save money. We haven’t exactly saved money with the awesome summer adventures we’ve had these past couple of months (Disneyland, camping, visiting Texas, etc.), so we figured it’s about time we get back to doing […]

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