Super Easy Grape Jelly Recipe (and a Giveaway)

Super Easy Grape Jelly Recipe (and a Giveaway)

 
Easy Grape Jelly recipe

I remember when we planned the jump from the city to the country and I spent hours with my friends talking about the future….

…waxing poetic on country life.

I couldn’t wait to have a little house on a prairie.

I told everyone I was going to grind my own wheat and grow cucumbers and tomatoes and squash and bake with fresh herbs and raise horses and have chickens and farm fresh eggs and can my own preserves.

And nine years later?

One out of eight isn’t bad.Continue reading

Fourth of July Apple Pie

Fourth of July Apple Pie

 
Fourth of July apple pie diy recipe

I decided yesterday if I were a Saturday Night Live skit…

….I would be the insecure baker.

The baker who follows everyone around and watches them take their first bite of pie and asks if they like it and has everyone rate the pie on a scale from one to ten.

And no matter how many times they say they like it.

I ask them again.

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Sumac-Roasted Sweet Potato and Farro Salad

Sumac-Roasted Sweet Potato and Farro Salad

 

This post is written in collaboration with Blue Apron.

Sumac-Roasted Sweet Potato and Farro Salad

In my quest to be healthy this year, I tried to replace popcorn with broccoli at the ballpark.

Why?

What was I thinking?

The only thing broccoli and popcorn have in common is the crunch (and on a good day) maybe butter.

And besides, why was I working so hard when I could just order some vegetarian meals from Blue Apron.

So I did.  And look what showed up on my front porch.

Sumac-Roasted Sweet Potato and Farro Salad.Continue reading

How to Surprise A Gas Station Pizza Eater

How to Surprise A Gas Station Pizza Eater

 

This post is sponsored by Blue Apron

Chicken Tinga Taco

I know this photo of Chicken Tinga Tacos looks fancy.

Not what you (or any of the thistles….big and small) are used to seeing from a macaroni and cheese kitchen.

I get it.

I understand.

But every couple of weeks when a Blue Apron package shows up on your doorstep with every single ingredient and step-by-step instructions….

….fancy seems just within reach. 🙂Continue reading

Ice Box Cake in a Jar (Revisited)

Ice Box Cake in a Jar (Revisited)

 
Ice Box Cake In a Jar

When I was younger my granny used to make this dessert called Icebox Cake.

It was my favorite.

Like stand in the kitchen and watch and sigh and giggle and try to stick my fingers in the whipped cream and wipe the bowl clean kind of favorite.

Lately, I’ve been trying to start a few traditions around here and I thought it would be the perfect first day of after school snack.  I would make it and have it chilled and ready and covered with whipped cream and tiny chocolate chips. And when everyone got off the bus I would greet them at the door and they’d snack and I’d hear all the middle school gossip.

And in my new tradition day dream I would be having the perfect hair day….

…..wearing an apron.Continue reading

Strawberry Basil Biscuits

Strawberry Basil Biscuits

 
strawberry biscuits

Remember a long time ago and a land far away when I asked for biscuit recipes?

And you held my hand and gently led me down the carbohydrate path.

You told me about White Lily Flour.

And explained that biscuits could be so much more than flour and water and butter.

There were also spices and honey and fruits and toppings.

And I started counting my biscuit recipes….

….and my blessings.Continue reading

Turkey Meatball Sliders from Blue Apron

Turkey Meatball Sliders from Blue Apron

 

This post is sponsored by Blue Apron.

slider recipe

I don’t think I have ever had so many people thank me for a brand partnership until I started partnering with Blue Apron.

People thanked me at Lowe’s.

People thanked me at the ballpark.

I’ve gotten e-mails and phone calls and notes thanking me for recommending Blue Apron.

But the funny thing is….every time they thanked me….I told them I was the lucky one.  I’ve been introduced to dishes I would have never made without encouragement and step-by-step instructions and recipe cards and farm fresh ingredients.

But most of all, I wanted to thank Blue Apron for giving us our family dinner back.Continue reading

Blue Apron Meet My Kitchen

Blue Apron Meet My Kitchen

 

This post is sponsored by Blue Apron.

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If you have read this blog for five minutes.

You know, that you know, that you know….

….I don’t really cook.

I paint and distress and sew and create and glitter and glue and shop and decorate and dance and tell jokes and dance the lawnmower in front of my house.

But cooking?

Ummm….not so much.

That’s why when Blue Apron approached me and asked me if I would try out their order-it-online-and-have-it-delivered-to-your-house meal plan….

….I was understandably nervous.Continue reading