The Best Trader Joe’s Party Food

So, since adjusting my perspective on my goal of entertaining and keeping an eye toward simplicity… I’ve found that one of my favorite ways to take the stress off of entertaining is either by supplementing my party food with some ready made treats, or by keeping things as simple as possible and literally buying all of my food offerings from Trader Joe’s. Continue reading


Baking #29: Tortillas + Giveaway winner

OK, so this is another project that you don’t technically bake, but it’s main ingredients are flour, oil, and baking soda (and by main I mean those are literally half of the ingredients… the others being water and salt.) so I’m counting it. I have wanted to make homemade tortillas for a while now. We love Mexican food in our family (we love any food that lends itself to intense spice) so we knew this would go over well. Continue reading

Baking #25: Honey Oatmeal Bread

A short post is better than no post at all:
image1Well we survived the fist week of summer camp with baby in tow… and it’s been a great experience so far but a total whirlwind so I wanted this week’s baking project to be a little sweet but mostly full of sustenance to get us through another week! I’ve had this recipe pinned for years but until I started all these baking projects I was intimidated to try it with all the waiting time for the bread to rise etc. etc. I’ve been wanting to make this recipe all week but had no time until today and it was worth the wait!


This recipe made a HUGE loaf! and so pretty…


He ate his piece so fast I could barely get a picture of him trying it!

Definitely a recipe we will be trying again! The bread is fluffy but hearty and full of flavor. Having it with some melted butter was heavenly!!
We’re gearing up to head into week 2 of camp and I’m up early this morning finishing this blog post since in my quest to take better care of myself, I went and worked out last night instead of writing and editing. Will definitely be having some of this bread tomorrow as a mid-day snack!

Baking # 21 Rosemary Bread

OK, after a month of celebrations and sweet treats, it is time to get back to some more savory baking selections. My brain is a little fried from this week, so finding inspiration for this week’s project was back to tried and true Pinterest searches. After scrolling through a staggering number of sweet breads, I saw a pin for rosemary bread I knew it was the winner. (We were reminded recently how much our family loves rosemary when a friend brought us some rosemary flavored nuts and rosemary crackers and we were instantly wondering where they’d been our whole life!) Continue reading

Baking #16: Already dreaming of Thanksgiving… Parmesan Cheesy rolls

My husband and I were sick last week, hence the lack of posts. It’s the first time we’ve been sick at the same time since the baby was born and boy was that a miserable experience. So we are still playing catch up but I wanted to get a blog in. I’m going to have to try to be short but I think this recipe needs a little background… Continue reading