Chocolate Eclair Pie // A super quick and easy dessert that's perfect for large gatherings!

Secret Family Recipe: Chocolate Eclair Pie

When I was 12, my mom and all three of my older sisters worked at a reception center, doing everything from prepping the little finger sandwiches to cleaning up spills during the reception to getting the knife and plate all ready for the bride and groom to cut the cake. And when the reception involved …

Final Grade on My Fall Term “Assigned Reading”

Back in September, I wrote a post about how I sometimes missed being in school and how, though my reading life has been thriving more lately than it ever has before in my adult life, I still often feel like the majority of my reads are “fluff” reads—not the deep stuff of substance and heft …

12 Board Books That Make PERFECT Stocking Stuffers!

Board Books Make the Best Stocking Stuffers! (12 Great Titles!)

Looking for (inexpensive) gifts that will work as stocking stuffers can be one of the trickier aspects of holiday gift giving. (Of course, that might only be because when I was buying up Christmas stockings for our first Christmas together, I never considered the SIZE of the thing!) When I’m buying stocking stuffers for my …

Health(ier) Habits: Vol. VII

Holiday Food is My Kryptonite (Health(ier) Habits, Vol. VII)

Welcome to Health(ier) Habits, a series I started to help keep me on track with my goals to stay healthy, even when (ESPECIALLY when) I don’t always see the progress or results that I would like to as quickly as I would like to! Every two weeks, I list out my progress on my recent …

Secret Family Recipe: Almond Punch

One of my most treasured possessions from my grandmother is a cookbook she gave me years ago for one of my birthdays that’s filled with family recipes—from her, from my great-grandma, from my mother, from my aunts–all written out in her elegant script handwriting. While I wouldn’t say anyone in my family is OBSESSED with …

How to Roast a Turkey the Night Before + 4 Other Friendsgiving Tips

This week, we’re hosting our fourth Friendsgiving, which was a tradition that we kind of started by accident but that’s one that we’d love to keep on doing. However, in these four years, I’ve come a loooong way when it comes to making the event be as stress-free and smooth-running as possible, and today, I’m …

15 Absorbing Historical Fiction Reads that are NOT Set During WWII

As I’m sure you’ve noticed, there have been a LOT of books published lately set during World War II, many of which are excellent (which is why I wrote a whole post dedicated to books featuring that time period). But, for awhile there, I felt like I read SO many books about that period of …

Grocery Store Face-Off: Which Grocery Store Will Save YOU the Most Money?

I’ve always prided myself on being a frugal person; I’ve been the “crazy coupon lady,” I’ve done the “no-spend” month thing, and after several people asked, I did a whole post on how we manage to keep our grocery bill so low (usually between $250-300/month, which includes ALL household goods such as toilet paper and …