DIY: Personalized Holiday Placecard Design

Personalize your next dinner party with this super-simple and very inexpensive placecard table setting idea. This DIY is great for a minimalist, farmhouse, or rustic look and perfect for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years Eve party. … More DIY: Personalized Holiday Placecard Design

COOK  |  Quick-Cooking Roasted Thanksgiving Turkey with Easy Herb Butter

COOK Quick-Cooking Roasted Thanksgiving Turkey with Easy Herb Butter Our friendsgiving tradition has been going strong for six years now. Every year Josh and I handle the turkey, gravy, and rosemary rolls {OMG the rosemary rolls! read more here}. We’ve tried a couple of different seasoning and cooking methods throughout the years. We’ve brined, we’ve super … More COOK  |  Quick-Cooking Roasted Thanksgiving Turkey with Easy Herb Butter

COOK  |  Sweet Potato, Prosciutto and Pear White Pizza

Pizza is for all seasons and all circumstances. Is there anything better than stuffing your face with hot slices while sitting on the couch watching mindless television? I think not. Turns out, when you have a little one that is finessing her food eating skills, dinner on the couch is no longer a thing. But … More COOK  |  Sweet Potato, Prosciutto and Pear White Pizza

LITTLES  |  5 minute meal: clean out the fridge frittata

When it’s way past your bedtime and you realize that your baby doesn’t have any lunch tomorrow… You hit the fridge and hope for the best.  Since turning 6 months old, we have been introducing food {ahem, “solids”} to MJ using the Baby Led Weaning method. The whole family has really loved it – it’s … More LITTLES  |  5 minute meal: clean out the fridge frittata

COOK  |  Simple Suppers: Ready-Made Pasta + Fresh Asparagus + The Most Delicious and Easy Sauce EVER

I heard ya, “once that baby comes, kiss the cooking goodbye!” But…. I really really really didn’t want to!!! So, thanks to my rockstar husband who lets me semi-disappear into the kitchen, I still manage to crank out a couple of meals each week {for now…}. Yeah, they have gotten much more simple, but nothing … More COOK  |  Simple Suppers: Ready-Made Pasta + Fresh Asparagus + The Most Delicious and Easy Sauce EVER

COOK | Perfect Roasted & Crispy Brussel Sprouts + The Best Sauce Ever!

This post has been sitting as a draft for 146 days. 146 days is a really long time to hoard my favorite way to prepare Brussel sprouts from you. I’m sorry.  Why bring it out now? Because as I am typing out my *new* favorite way to prepare brussel sprouts {read: time saving for these … More COOK | Perfect Roasted & Crispy Brussel Sprouts + The Best Sauce Ever!

COOK  |  39 Ways to Use Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Pie Spice Cookie Butter

The fall season hits Trader Joe’s like a ton of bricks – what won’t they flavor with pumpkin spice? Cat food, I’m looking at you. A long time fan of their original cookie butter, or speculoos as the super nerd foodie fans call it {slash people that can read a label…} the pumpkin pie spice … More COOK  |  39 Ways to Use Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Pie Spice Cookie Butter

COOK  |  creamy spinach spaghetti with roasted tomatoes

 It’s not every day that I stick to a recipe, and it’s not every day that my version actually looks like the Pinterest picture. Also, one. pound. of. spinach!!! 🌱🌱🌱💪🏼  //  #eatclean #sodelicious creamy spinach spaghetti with roasted tomatoes > eats well with others RECIPE + these aidell’s chicken meatballs  Decadent, fresh, and filling. Add it … More COOK  |  creamy spinach spaghetti with roasted tomatoes

COOK  |  Sweet Potato Hash with Sausage & Eggs

  Gotta love it when your leftovers were even better than the first go round! A wonderful way to greet this cooler fall weather – sweet potato hash with sausage and eggs. Make it this weekend!  //  chopping these + browning sausage with herbs de provence + roasting garlic rosemary sweet potatoes 🍴 the best … More COOK  |  Sweet Potato Hash with Sausage & Eggs

COOK | Pasta with Peas, Basil, and Broccoli 

a reallyyyy really green version of broccoli, shells and cheese 🌱🌱🌱 // #onepotpasta #quinoanoodles Pasta with Peas, Basil, and Broccoli > adapted from this Martha Stewart RECIPE but… I subbed snap peas for frozen peas and spinach for broccoli. I would suggest adding in more aromatics – maybe a diced onion or shallot at the same … More COOK | Pasta with Peas, Basil, and Broccoli 

COOK | Red Lentil Dhal

@pinchofyum for the win, as always! My first try at both lentils and curry and it turned out sweet, spicy, warm and delicious! Red lentil dhal served over steamed brown rice and spinach with curry coconut milk baked chicken 🍴🍴🍴 // #highlyrecommend #evendadenjoyed #leftoversfordays Easy Red Lentil Dhal > Pinch of Yum RECIPE // amanda … More COOK | Red Lentil Dhal

COOK | Pan-Seared Grouper with Balsamic Brown Butter Sauce

Sad because this picture is terrible, horrible, very bad. Happy because this recipe was sooo super delicious! Seared tilapia (fresh grouper wasn’t available) over sautéed kale with a balsamic brown butter shallot sauce. Thankful I never throw away my old @southernlivingmag issues!  //  #happytohavehomemadefood #nourish Pan-Seared Grouper with Balsamic Brown Butter Sauce > Southern Living Magazine … More COOK | Pan-Seared Grouper with Balsamic Brown Butter Sauce

COOK: rosemary mushroom quinoa ‘risotto’ with kale, chicken meatballs, dried cranberries and golden raisins

COOK: rosemary mushroom quinoa ‘risotto’ with kale, chicken meatballs, dried cranberries and golden raisins After over-using salmon as the main protein in our weeknight meals, I believe even my friends on Instagram were relieved when I found Aidells ready-to-go meatballs! Their chicken meatballs are all-natural and antibiotic-free, plus they come in many different flavors from Spicy … More COOK: rosemary mushroom quinoa ‘risotto’ with kale, chicken meatballs, dried cranberries and golden raisins

COOK: amazing grass smoothie // my breakfast every single day

  Green breakfast smoothies {M1 if you follow a 5-6 meal nutrition plan} have been a part of my routine for over 3 years – they taste great, are easy to digest in the morning, simple to create and easy to drink in the car on my way to work. I’ve been through many different recipes {see … More COOK: amazing grass smoothie // my breakfast every single day

COOK: spaghetti aglio e olio with zucchini noodles recipe

cook: spaghetti aglio e olio with zucchini noodles recipe INGREDIENTS: 1 Zucchini per person 1.5 tablespoons Coconut Oil 1 tablespoon Almond Meal or Flaxseed Meal 1/2 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil 2+ teaspoons Red Pepper Flakes {Josh adds even more later} 2 large Garlic Cloves, minced DIRECTIONS: SPIRAL SLICE zucchini through a veggie spiral slicer like … More COOK: spaghetti aglio e olio with zucchini noodles recipe

guilt-free sweet treat | Mexican Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding Recipe

Lately I have had my fill of failed healthy recipes found on Pinterest. Bland, mushy sweet potato fries followed by utterly disgusting buffalo cauliflower. Both promised to be life-changing and both proved to be just plain bad.  Third time must be a charm because the popularly pinned ‘Mexican Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding‘ actually tastes quite … More guilt-free sweet treat | Mexican Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding Recipe

because “thanksgiving dinner” should happen more often

It’s Thanksgiving week and I’m clearly obsessing over it {diy decor post here, food post number one here}. Yes, it’s about the giving of thanks, yes, it’s about the quality time spent with friends and family and yes, oh yes, it’s about the food. Thing is, I can’t keep “thanksgiving food” -as they call it- … More because “thanksgiving dinner” should happen more often

a friendsgiving recap

Oh wow it feels like the holiday season! Parking lots are jam-packed, the grocery store is a disaster zone and any spare time you thought you once had has suddenly evaporated into thin icy cold air. Oh but isn’t it just the BEST time of year!!! 🙂 This past weekend we hosted the third annual … More a friendsgiving recap

guilt-free, man-friendly snack recipe: Buffalo Brussel Sprout Bites

{posted September 10, 2013 to Hopes & Dreams} Buffalo Brussel Sprout Bites   Buffalo chicken wings, blue cheese for dipping and a draught beer are probably the more enjoyable way to enjoy a football game… For a lighter snack that’s still ‘sporty’, shake up the expected with this brussel sprout recipe that drastically cuts the calories and … More guilt-free, man-friendly snack recipe: Buffalo Brussel Sprout Bites

Quick & Easy Guilt-Free Dessert: Cookie Dough Greek Yogurt

I am more of a salty snack lover than a sweet tooth but I struggle with battling the urge to down sleeves of Oreos just like the next person. {um. what?.}   Last night {p.s. after this awesomeeee workout from the Tone It Up girls!} the ‘I need a cookie’ urge struck me between the … More Quick & Easy Guilt-Free Dessert: Cookie Dough Greek Yogurt

recipe review: Mustard Butter Popcorn by Heidi Swanson

{recipe review: Mustard Butter Popcorn by Heidi Swanson} Did you know that Popcorn is one of my very favorite foods in the whole wide world? It’s true.  Since the ‘Clean Eating’ revolution hit the Hall household I have learned to pop my own kernels old school style on the stove top. It’s my new favorite … More recipe review: Mustard Butter Popcorn by Heidi Swanson

Recipe Review: Pioneer Woman Chicken Fried Steak

This was the best part of dinner.  Disappointment is not a feeling anyone wants to experience. Especially when it directly relates to the dinner you have cooked.  But Tuesday night…after a long week of market…with a hopeful heart and hungry stomach…Josh and I experienced dinner disappointment.  {Recipe Review: Pioneer Woman Chicken Fried Steak} Disclaimer: I … More Recipe Review: Pioneer Woman Chicken Fried Steak

the pasta bolognese recipe you must follow

Next time you’re craving some easy peasy comforting pasta bolognese {spaghetti with meat sauce} please please please take a cue or two from this recipe. The result is rich, deep flavor that sticks to every noodle. Stomach growling… #NoFilter Pasta Bolognese Recipe courtesy of Anne Burrell, Secrets of a Restaurant Chef You know what they say about seasoning every … More the pasta bolognese recipe you must follow

Jamie Eason’s Meatloaf Muffins: review & recipe

I thought cooking was exhausting. Re-living all of the cooking through this blog is more exhausting.   Jamie Eason’s Meatloaf Muffins Ingredients:1 lb ground turkey breast1 lb ground chicken breast3 egg whites1 cup of quick cooking oats1/2 tsp ground cumin1/2 tsp dried thyme2 tsp dry yellow mustard2 tsp black pepper2 tsp chipotle pepper spice 2 tbsp garlic powder 1 cup … More Jamie Eason’s Meatloaf Muffins: review & recipe