Creamy Butternut Squash Soup

Creamy Butternut Squash Soup + Our Favorite Breadstick Recipe

I’m not a fan of winter, but one thing I DO appreciate about the colder weather is that it greatly simplifies my dinner planning since I can start rotating soups and chowders back into the picture. At least once a week (usually on Mondays), we do a soup-and-breadstick night, which my kids are big fans …

How to Perfect Your Homemade Pizza (+ 2 Recipes!)

Over the years, I’ve perfected a decent number of dishes (or at least gotten to the point where I could serve most anything to company without embarrassing myself too much). Except for pizza. First, there was the time that we tried grilling pizza, just because we’d heard it was so amazing. (Yeah, that was the …

Why I’ll Probably Never Have a Sugar-Free Month Again {+ Recipe for PB Cookies Made with Honey}

You expect that most posts where someone has just come off of some kind of sugar detox would be filled with enthusiastic epiphanies all about how the month started bad and then miraculously fixed everything wrong with the person’s gut, skin, and emotional health in general, which would then be rounded off with a dramatic …

Open-Faced Tuna Salad Sandwiches

Secret Family Recipe: Open-Faced Tuna Sandwiches (A Quick Meal From the Pantry!)

As I mentioned earlier this week, we’re working on clearing out our freezer and cooking up meals from our pantry in order to keep our grocery budget at $250 for this month, all as part of our challenge to save $1000 in 100 days. This is a quick meal option that uses ingredients I almost …

3-Ingredient Pesto Ranch Chicken

Cooking for a Crowd: 3-Ingredient Pesto Ranch Chicken {Slow Cooker}

Something I learned quickly upon marrying into my husband’s family was that my in-laws have the concept of an impromptu party DOWN. Not ones to usually plan too far ahead, it is often the case where once one son and his family show up (my in-laws had five boys and no daughters), before you know …

Banana Chocolate Drop Cookies // The perfectly delicious and quick way to use up all your brown bananas!

Secret Family Recipe: Banana Chocolate Drop Cookies

It’s so random what I remember from my childhood–while I don’t remember some bigger things hardly at all (like the first time I was asked to play the organ in church or my first day of kindergarten), I do remember odd snippets here and there about memories seemingly unconnected to anything important, like wheeling the …

Easy Homemade Mac and Cheese, 3 Ways

  I grew up with three older sisters who all, to some degree, liked to cook (or at least had certain “specialties” that they were known for). While I remember loving my sister Hannah’s homemade donuts and personal pizzas and my older sister Jill’s banana drop cookies (which I am definitely posting the recipe for …

Sweet Potato + Black Bean Rice Bowls

Sweet Potato + Black Bean Rice Bowls

Back when I first started to get into cooking, around 2008 or so, I lived and died by recipes. In other words, I followed those things to the LETTER, and if I didn’t have a listed ingredient for something, I didn’t make it. In fact, I distinctly remember in the first couple years of marriage, …