Instant Pot Carnitas

Have you ever eaten a dish at a restaurant and thought, “I wish I could make that”. This is exactly what happened last weekend. We had a lovely weekend spending time with my husband’s brother, sister-in-law, and nephew. We don’t get to see them all that often, and it makes it extra sweet to see…

Cooking with Toddlers: Yogurt Edition

I have a confession. I do not like yogurt. I know, at this day and age we are all supposed to be working on our “gut health” and doing all the probiotic things, right? Yogurt, kombucha, kefir, sauerkraut, etc. We always had the little tubs of individually packaged yogurt with flavors that gave their best…

Backed Chicken Taquitos

I’m always on the hunt for dinner options that are fun, easy, and the whole family likes. These crispy chicken taquitos fit the bill. They are perfect served with a simple guacamole and pico de gallo. Baking these gives the crunch I was craving without having to deep fry and grease up my whole kitchen….

Roasted Chickpeas

My in-laws have been visiting for the past few weeks from out of state. It has been a whirlwind of 3 year old birthday party prep and execution, park days, and yummy family dinners (if I do say so myself). It has been such a joy seeing the girls connect with their grands that live…

Gluten Free Confetti Waffles

My little girl turned 3 today. We had a narwhal-themed party over the weekend with extended family and a few friends. If you have not read the Narwhal and Jelly series by Ben Clanton, I highly recommend those books.  They are sweet and funny, and they always have a good message about friendship and being…

Honey Barbeque Chicken Wings

Is it ever too early to prep your super bowl menu? I think not. I must confess, my favorite part of most holidays is menu planning. I could care less who is playing, but bring on the endless appetizers! These honey barbecue chicken wings are going to be perfect for the big game in a…

Gingerbread Cookies

Amid the chaos that the holidays bring, the shopping, cooking, traveling, decorating, some traditions are really worth the effort. These cookies make the cut. No leaving the house, no battling crowds, no sleepy toddlers fighting to stay awake for Christmas lights. I plan on making them every year. They’re classic, warm with spices, and so…

Dairy Free Chocolate Cream Pie

Growing up, my family was all about traditions during the holiday season. If we did it once, we had to do it every year. We used the same old flannel shirt of my dad’s to make the scarecrow for Halloween, the same dressing recipe for Thanksgiving, and we watch the recorded cartoon How the Grinch…

Christmas Cookies

Every year when I was young, I looked forward to my Christmas cookie marathon. For weeks before, I would scour cookie recipe books picking the perfect combination. One chocolate mint, one oatmeal chocolate cherry for my mom, a challenging stained glass butter cookie, and a sliced peppermint. I’d get so carried away that we would…

Tex-Mex Stuffed Acorn Squash

Texas was hit with a cold front this week. A haul in the fig tree and succulents kind of cold front. It was glorious. We made a fire in the backyard, got to wear our cozy once-a-year flannel, and made this delicious fall-inspired dish. If you have not tried acorn squash, and are not too…

Sweet Potato Pie

This pie y’all. Sweet potato pie is my absolute favorite. It’s the one that my mom makes especially for me every year. My brothers are all about the chocolate cream pie, the cherry, and the pecan, but for me, it’s not Thanksgiving without a Sweet Potato Pie. Warmly spiced and sturdy enough to hold up…

Bacon Wrapped Brussels Sprouts

Introducing: your new favorite way to eat Brussels sprouts. I barely had time to take pictures before my husband and I ate all of these little gems. The bacon gets perfectly crispy, the Brussels sprout gets soft with a few crackling leaves poking out, and the tangy dipping sauce ties this dish together. Need I…