Cinnamon Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

I have never been a fan of plain vanilla ice cream. It lacks that something special that I need in ice cream. But if said vanilla ice cream is speckled with beautiful little vanilla beans then I’m totally down. After making these yummy Apple Hand Pies, I knew a fresh vanilla bean ice cream would

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Apple Hand Pies

Joel loves apple pie. But I am no good at making them. The crust is always all wrong, it’s sticky and ends up tough. I can never crimp the edges and it always looks like a big, hot mess. When I asked Joel what dessert sounded good, he suggested apple pie since he never has it.

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Lukie’s Pasta Salad

This is one of my favorite pasta salads (although I don’t know if I’ve ever met a pasta I didn’t like). My mom works in an elementary school and they have lots of potluck lunches. My family has benefitted from this fact for many years as we have picked up many family favorites from said

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Noah’s 1st Birthday!

I cannot believe my baby is one! This has been the most rewarding, special, exhausting, amazing, sleepless and blissful year of my life. Becoming a mom is the best thing I’ve ever done and Noah is my greatest joy! I look at him everyday and wonder why I am so lucky. God blessed me with a

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Classic Southern Desserts Series: Browned Butter-Pecan Shortbread

I think I may have died and gone to heaven….and I didn’t even follow the recipe.  After hours of cooking and cleaning, I finally got around to making these cookies.  I had browned the butter hours earlier and I had to get these going.  My mom was coming to visit so I was rushing through trying to

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DIY Chalkboard Herb Pots

I know this is not my usual post but I figured since it’s food related and really fun that I would share it with you all. I don’t have a green thumb. I forget about my plants and they die a dry, crunchy death. After watching too many food documentaries (Food Inc., Ingredients…) I decided

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Pasta Carbonara

I absolutely love this pasta that my aunt forwarded to me many glorious months ago. My mom made it for me shortly after I had Noah so whenever we eat it my mind always drifts back to that time. I love how food can create, evoke and cement memories in our lives. It’s creamy, cheesy, bacon-y…pretty

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Fruit Infused Rum

I hope that you all had a great 4th of July! We drove down to Nebraska where my parents live and had a great time. We spent the whole weekend either outside swimming, at the zoo and of course blowing up lots of explosives! It was great spending lots of time with our family and

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Chipotle Pork Tacos

This simple marinade makes a taco that is sweet, spicy and smoky. The chipotle peppers are what give the smoke and heat so those can be adjusted according to your taste. I think it’s perfect just how it’s written. I put more peppers in them once and my husband’s eyes watered the whole time he

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