The Recipe Box

Chickpea Salad

It feels a little like I’m meeting a deadline just in time with this post. Although it’s been Fall in the retail world for about two months now, the rest of us still have two more days of summer to embrace which means enough time for me to share a poolside, cookout worthy recipe. Summer was pretty generous to us when you look at the big picture. Hailey danced in her first recital, we were lucky enough to get a dock at our local lake to park our boat for the season, I learned valuable lessons in my first year of gardening (that’s a nice way of saying my tiny garden wasn’t winning any awards this year, but I’m confident about round two), we ventured up to lake Erie to spoil our sweet niece who turned one, we took an amazing Continue reading

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Chicken Noodle Soup + Cream Chicken Sandwiches

Hi friends! Let’s cue the end of a blogging hiatus. Those are necessary sometimes. A hiatus. I didn’t exactly make a conscious decision to take a break from blogging the last few months. Rather, life happened. I got busy. My time management skills slipped a bit and if we’re being honest, as we always should be, I lost a Continue reading

Peanut Butter Chocolate Covered Hearts

Let me start by answering the obvious question. Yes, these “Peanut Butter Chocolate Covered Hearts” are also known as Buckeyes. I’ve awarded them the nickname ‘buckeyes in disguise’. Clever, I know 🙂 I used our Buckeye recipe from Christmas to make a new Valentine’s Day treat this year. My Grandma did the same after I shared the idea with her and you know what? I think we Continue reading

Gingerbread Cut Out Cookies

The Christmas season is in full swing; my husband and I braved Black Friday shopping (late in the afternoon, of course), the house is decorated and we had the annual cookie baking day at my Grandma’s this past weekend. Despite the cold weather, it truly is one of my favorite times of year. To make it even better, Hailey seems to be  extra excited for Christmas this year! I don’t remember her looking forward to the holiday this much since Continue reading

Roasted Cranberry and Brie Crostini

You know what makes it challenging to focus and write? A puppy who has loads of energy at 8:30 PM sprinting in circles around the living room and up and down the couch you’re “relaxing” on! I’m talking about our little Max of course, the cute puppy who made his blogging debut in my Canning Homemade Salsa post. He’s already doubled in size weighing in at a whopping 6.5 pounds these days! The good news? Puppies play hard and then sleep hard so although it may have taken me twice as long to write 100 words tonight he is now snuggled on the couch ready to nap! And on that note, let’s talk about cranberries and my excitement to have them back in season! I wish I could make the cranberry season last longer, but I have gotten wiser this year thanks to my Grandma and will be Continue reading

Taco Stuffed Peppers

For a festive Halloween dinner this year, I decided to take my amateur carving skills to vegetables and make taco stuffed peppers. The jack o lantern faces get a bit droopy after baking, but I suppose it adds to the character of the final product! These are definitely going on our regular menu, jack o lantern faces omitted, because they were delicious! A tip for making these over the top good? Use  Continue reading

Lollipop Ghosts

Happy Halloween (yesterday)!! I hope everyone had a spooky fun holiday and got to enjoy a little sugar without the guilt! My initial goal for these lollipop ghosts was to have them completed by October 30th; that would have been nicer than making them an hour before trick or treat on October 31st while cooking a festive dinner simultaneously, but such is life in a busy home! To accomplish the ghost assembly task under our new timeline, I had to Continue reading

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