spiced poached pears {mouth-watering}

food & goodies By November 1, 2012 2 Comments

Have you ever made poached pears? My wonderful employee Eric has come up with a tasty recipe that is perfect for the holidays!

It only requires a few ingredients and will leave your house with a sweet cinnamon aroma. It’s amazing!

This recipe requires 8 pears, 8 cups of water, 2 cups of sugar, 2 cinnamon sticks, 1 tsp whole cloves, 1 tsp vanilla, 1/2 tsp all spice, and a 1/2 tsp nutmeg.

Cut pears in quarters and remove the core of the pears with a paring knife.

Add all ingredients to the water and bring to a boil, after boiling for 2 or 3 minutes, add pears.

Once pears are added, stir ingredients and let simmer in syrup for 15 minutes.


After the 15 minutes are up, take the pears and syrup off the heat and let them cool.

After cooling for about 5-10 minutes you will have some tasty spiced poached pears! Enjoy!


sweet & saltines {super yum}

food & goodies By October 18, 2012 28 Comments

Have you ever made ‘sweet and saltines’? It’s Tricia Yearwood’s recipe and this dessert is to.die.for!!

There are only four ingredients. Which is easy. And awesome! Here’s the ingredient list…

35-40 saltine crackers, 2 sticks butter, 1 cup brown sugar, 8 oz. chocolate chips {or more if you love chocolate like we do!}

Directions {taken from here}

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.

Line 1 large or 2 small jelly-roll pans with aluminum foil, spray with nonstick spray and arrange the saltines salt-side down in a single layer. In a medium saucepan, melt the butter and brown sugar together and boil until it turns a caramel color, a few minutes. Remove from the heat and pour over the crackers, covering them evenly.

Put the jelly-roll pan into the oven and bake for 3 to 5 minutes, or until just bubbly, watching carefully. Remove from the oven and pour the chocolate chips over the crackers. When the chips melt a bit, spread them over the crackers with a knife.

Transfer the pan to the freezer for 15 to 20 minutes, or until completely cold. They will form one big sheet. Break up into pieces. Store in an airtight container.

We also call this ‘crack’ at our house because it’s so addictive. Yum! Try it, you’ll thank me!


one of my regular recipes {making homemade baby food}

food & goodies By June 19, 2012 18 Comments

I’ve started making more food for David–and he totally loves it! David is almost ten years old {gasp!} but since he has CdLS he eats only blended foods. He had a g-tube the first year of his life, and we are so thankful he eats by mouth now.

I don’t make all of David’s meals. I still supplement with store bought baby food and applesauce. He also loves soy yogurt and soy pudding. It’s easy to see that he prefers homemade. It has so much more flavor!
This week, one of the things I prepared was oatmeal with fresh berries and cinnamon. He gobbled it up!

I warmed the oats in the microwave with soy mild {David is lactose intolerant}.

Once the oats were soft I put them in the blender with a bit more soy milk, strawberries, raspberries, grapes, a bit of vanilla, a dash of salt and cinnamon. Then I blended it until it was smooth.

I divided the oatmeal with berries into six small containers and kept them in the fridge for the week. I warmed it in the microwave for 30 seconds and served it slightly warm. I tried this dish and it tasted like berry cobbler. Delicious!

Do you make your own baby food? I’d love to hear ideas for more baby {or blended} food dishes.


15 hellos to new week { and a thrifty’s ice cream, yum!}

an everyday moment, food & goodies By June 11, 2012 20 Comments

It’s Monday, friends! The beginning of a brand new week and a fresh start. And it’s our last week of school before summer–so that’s cause of smiles and happiness! We stopped by Rite Aid to get some Thrifty’s ice cream a few days ago. Every Friday night as a kid we got Thrifty’s ice cream. Good times. David fell asleep in the car so Matthias and I ran in to gather everyone’s favorite flavors. Yum! 

Hello last week of school.

Hello saying good-bye to teachers we love so much. I’m choked up just typing that!

Hello summer! Hello sunshine! Hello lazy mornings!! Hello happy!!!

Hello Rainbow Fish play that Matthias’ class is putting on–can’t wait!

Hello to my sister and her family visiting. So fun!

Hello to Steve performing a wedding this weekend for some of our friends. So special.

Hello to a baby shower for this girlie. Can’t wait to celebrate with her.

Hello single scoops costing $1.69. I remember when they were 15 cents. Yep, I’m that old!

Hello not minding paying $1.69 because the ice cream is so tasty!

Hello last day to get your order in for Father’s day! Click here to shop. 

Hello Monday! It’s going to be a full week–with lots to do and lots of time with friends. Hooray!


Top baked meals {sweet potatoes loaded with toppings}

food & goodies By May 10, 2012 15 Comments

This is my very favorite meal to make right now. I adore sweet potatoes. Next week, I’ll probably have a new favorite, but for now, this is it!


4 sweet potatoes

1/4 C. buttermilk

salt and pepper to taste


grated cheese


Whatever else sounds yummy–black beans, sour cream, etc!

Bake sweet potatoes at 400* for 45 minutes {or more depending on size of sweet potato}. Remove sweet potato skins and mash insides with buttermilk and salt and pepper to taste. Top with all kinds of yummy things and enjoy! Serves 4-5. And makes great leftovers!

Okay, will someone please explain the difference between a sweet potato and a yam?! We were trying to figure it out in the workshop the other day, and no one knew the answer!


mexican meatloaf {yum!}

food & goodies, inspiration By April 24, 2012 19 Comments

One of our favorite meals is mexican meatloaf. I usually double the recipe so we can eat it for two nights and still have leftovers for lunch. I often cook only two-three times a week, and the rest of the time we eat leftovers or we’re out with friends.  My husband found this recipe through cyclo-core {he loves cycling} and I adapted it slightly for our family.

1 pound lean ground turkey {7% fat}

1 medium onion, chopped

2 pieces ezekiel whole grain bread {shredded into small pieces}

1 packet taco seasoning

1 can black beans {don’t drain}

1 whole egg

dash of cumin

salt and pepper to taste

1 cup grated cheddar cheese

Preheat oven to *350. Mix all ingredients {except cheese} in a large bowl until well blended. I usually just use my hands–it’s messy but it works! Place mixture in loaf pan and bake 30 minutes. Then add cheese on top and bake another 30 minutes.

I serve the meatloaf on top of a bed of spinach and then top with salsa, sourcream {or chipotle dressing} and olives. Enjoy!

Share one of your go-to family recipes with us!


One dish wonder; cooking with quinoa

food & goodies By April 10, 2012 22 Comments

I’m all about one dish dinners. And I’m all about doubling the recipe so we can eat one dish for two nights {leftovers rock!}. Sometimes I’ll make a main dish with a side dish, but often, I stack it up {meats, veggies, etc} onto one plate or bowl.

Have you cooked with quinoa {keen-wah}? It’s high in protein and a great alternative to rice or pasta. We’ve been eating a lot of it lately and we’re loving it!

Last week I made an italian dish and substituted quinoa where we would usually have pasta.

I found this garlic quinoa at our Ralphs. It is prewashed and seasoned with garlic. It tasted great! They also carry a few other flavors. This week I am using their Mediterranean quinoa for Tuesday’s dinner.

While the quinoa was cooking, I prepared a meat sauce with marinara. Then in one bowl I stacked up fresh spinach, garlic quinoa, homemade marinara, parmesan cheese, and fresh tomatoes. Yum! We had leftovers to take for lunches.

Share with us! What’s your favorite meal to make lately?


homemade easter egg nests

DIY, food & goodies By March 22, 2012 43 Comments

I whipped up these little easter egg nests a few days ago and they were so easy and turned out so cute–I had to share!

I used the basic rice krispy treat recipe, but instead of rice krispies I used rice noodles.

For ingredients you’ll need rice noodles, marshmallows, butter, non-stick spray {for the muffin tin} and jelly beans or chocolate eggs.

Follow the directions on the marshmallow bag or these directions here. After they were ready, I put a scoop of mixture into each muffin tin. The mixture was really hot, so I waited a few minutes until it cooled and then used my fingers to shape each scoop into a nest.

To finish it off, I stamped manilla tags with our enjoy stamp and tied them around cellophane bags. So simple and so sweet!

Wouldn’t these be fun at each place setting for Easter lunch?

Now my mouth is watering, must go find some leftover chocolate eggs to munch on!


no bake mini cakes {yum!}

DIY, food & goodies By February 2, 2012 13 Comments

In celebration of launching our newest line, I thought it would be fun to share some easy {and super cute} no-bake mini cakes! Wouldn’t these be adorable with the L-O-V-E cake toppers featured yesterday?

You’ll need–Oreo cakesters {available in white or chocolate}, white frosting, and food coloring.

Stack two cakesters with a bit of frosting between them for ‘glue’. Put each mini cake on its own plate {this way you can let the frosting puddle}. Then melt the frosting a bit in the microwave so it will drip down the sides. I melted the frosting for about 15 seconds.

Add a little flag or a cake topper and you’re done! The flag pictured is just a paper straw, cut in half with a construction paper flag.

Do you plan to make a special Valentine’s meal for your family? We usually do a special breakfast and then Steve and I go out for a date night. How do you celebrate Valentine’s day?

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our new fall line is here!

food & goodies, jewelry By August 25, 2011 24 Comments

hello sweet friends! i have been so incredibly excited to show you all the pretty little things we’ve been working on! and it’s finally time. we are saying good-bye to summer and HELLO to autumn.

i love this autumn’s song bracelet. so sweet and easy to wear. you can find it here.

oh and there is also a matching necklace and earrings.

this might be my new favorite–but it’s really hard to say! i love the idea of feeding your soul–not just with good foods, but with precious friendships, time with family and creative expression. you can find the feed your soul necklace here.

our wedding line has been so fun! we are thrilled to add a custom cake topper this fall! you can find the two hearts become one cake topper here.

check out the entire fall line here!

homemade baked apples, sunflowers, falling leaves…what are you looking forward to this fall?!