Fall Family Bucket List

It doesn’t quite feel like fall here in Phoenix, but since the weather did at least give us the gift of temperatures under 100 degrees (and no current natural disasters… praying for all of you going through those and trying to rebuild!), I figured it was time to dream up a bucket list for the next few months… not sure we’ll do all of it and I am quite sure we will add to it, but it was sure a fun family activity to talk about this and get it started! Continue reading

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The First “D” revealed and a Year End Wrap Up: Cooking

I’ve learned a lot from consciously trying to improve my cooking and try new recipes this year. There have been ups and downs… recipes that were so forgettable I didn’t even blog about them, epic failures that we threw out, and huge wins that we will keep cooking again for years. Continue reading

On Cooking, plus Cooking #1: Curried Lentils

We are trying to start the new year on a healthier note and we are also trying to keep our budget in check after all the holiday spending. I got this recipe off of one of my favorite online resources: Budget Bytes and it was the perfect way to satisfy the trifecta of healthy, budget friendly, and delicious. (Link to specific recipe in a few paragraphs!) Continue reading

Baking 41: PIE round 2: REDEMPTION (sort of…)

We bought a CSA box recently and received some cranberries. I have never had cranberries in their regular form before and since I’m not a big cranberry sauce fan but I do like cranberry juice, I thought I’d try my hand at baking a cranberry custard pie… that and we’re almost at the end of this project and I promised my bestie a pie when I started this blog a year ago, so I thought this was probably a sign to try out baking pie again. (aside from the Hipster Pie I made earlier, but that was a cracker crust so I don’t count it!) Continue reading

Baking #40 : THANKSGIVING ROLLS

Thanksgiving happens twice a year for us because I have parents who are separated but who live in the same state. I used to try and squish in both sets of family on the same day but it was always stressful and often disappointing to everyone involved so I love that since starting my own family we have been able to work out a way to split the day. Since I’ve been baking all year, my contribution this year was bread. a whole lot of bread. Continue reading