Simple Mother’s Day Table Decor

Wild flowers in Alaska, gardens, quilting, and birds. If it belongs outside, flies, or was lovingly stitched by hand, chances are its one of my mom’s favorite things.    So when decorating a table for mother’s day, I wanted to incorporate as many elements as I could, without it looking like some sort of the quilted-hippie design love child. So, I wanted to create an earth-toned palate (table covering, wood-slice, and vase) with a few pops of color (flowers and table runner).  Simple but bright. I outline all of the items I used below, but I have to tell you about this table runner really quickly!  Plus, it would make…

What to make for Mother’s Day: Mediterranean Feast! – Moroccan chicken and Roasted Onions

This post is part of the “What to make for Mother’s Day” series.  This post is part 1 of a 2 part Mediterranean feast tutorial.  You can find part 2 here.   Mother’s day is just around the corner and instead of brunch, or tea or traditional mother’s day faire.  I wanted to share something a bit out of the ordinary for mother’s day this year:  An easy to make Middle Eastern Feast! With a bit of planning ahead, this meal can come together in a flash!!  Everyone in our house loves the interactive nature of this meal it and alllllll of the sauce options that go with it. Today,…
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The 7 Year Cake…Classic Yellow Cake with Chocolate Fudge Frosting

7 years ago, I went out to lunch with a cute army captain.  I was a college student crushing hard on a tall, blue-eyed boy, but, with a 10 year age difference, I figured the lunch was more a friendly meal than a date.   He was funny, clever, and kind.  Something about him told me he was different than anyone I had ever met.  I remember hoping it was more than a friendly lunch.  Turns out, it was.  One year from that day, we were engaged, and we married a short 4 months after that. We first met a few months before this lunch when he was freshly home from…

Girls’ Night in 5: Gruyere and Caramelized Onion Tart

Girls’ Night in 5 is a monthly “how-to” series containing Girls’ Night friendly recipes with 5 or fewer ingredients and no more than 5 minutes of active prep!  This series is part of my mission to simplify entertaining to encourage readers to invest in their community through hosting and loving people well. I soooo appreciate all the great feedback on the first Girls’ Night in 5 posts last month!  Loved reading your comments and messages!  I am a big fan of making gathering my girl people together a habit!  And it sounds like its something that resonates with quite a few of you, too!  The longer I am out of…

Ultimate Black Bean Sliders

Ok, these are now possibly one of my favorite recipes on the site! Words just can’t explain how good these are!!!!   I don’t know why I’m even typing when I should be making more!  These Black Bean slider patties are. That. Good. In full disclosure, I don’t throw around terms like “the best” and “ultimate” lightly.  No, sir.  I treat those labels with the respect they deserve.  But, these are the “your search for the best black bean burger ends here” kind of thing. Also, if you have not tried black bean burgers/sliders.  Once you try them, you will realize how much you were missing out on – regardless…
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