Fall Flavors: 5-Ingredient Pumpkin Shortbread Bars

You guys!  These bars are insanely good.  Scratch that. Dangerously good!  And way easy to make!  Only 5 ingredients. 5!  These bars have become my new go-to recipe! Heres the deal. Start with a super simple shortbread cookie base Then a layer of pumpkin butter Followed by a streusel of shortbread crumble on top Then bake, cool, slice, and try not eat the whole pan in one sitting. You can use any pumpkin butter you like – store-bought or homemade, –  but I’m going to put in a strong plug for my easy 20-minute pumpkin butter!  A batch of this will keep in the fridge for at least a month!…

Fall Flavors: The Best Ever Apple Butter

You know those lazy sunday afternoons where the weather is hinting at fall you want to do is curl up with a cup of tea and a book (or the 2 months of Bon Appetite magazine you haven’t had time for)?  I am ready for those days.  This summer has been amazing.  One of my favorite summers ever actually!  But, as the days get cooler and a few of the leaves are starting to turn, so I’m ready for that pot of tea, a good book, and a cozy blanket.  The only thing that could make this picture even better is if there was something cooking to make my house…
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Kauai Trip – Part 2: Foodie’s Guide to Kauai

Last month we vacationed on the island of Kauai.  It truly is a magically green island with amazing beaches, great hiking, snorkeling, dolphins, sea turtles, breathtaking sunsets/sunrises, and people who made us feel like family!  In all seriousness, we were ready to move to the north shore.  Well, pack up the pups, and then move to the north shore.  Life wouldn’t be the same without our whole little crew. 😉 We truly had an amazing time, and I wrote about my recommendations for where to go and what to do on Kauai in part 1…  I included roughly a bazillion photos, while I was at it. Sorrynotsorry. Today, I am going…

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…

Pomegranate Kale Salad with Parmesan Vinaigrette

You guys, do you think I can get bonus holiday cheer points for making the most festive looking salad?  Pretty please?  The holiday season has only just begun and I am already in desperate need of bonus “cheer” points.  Tim has called me “the grinch” roughly 10 times a day since Thanksgiving for offenses such as disliking multi-colored christmas lights, giant blow-up santa claus lawn decor, and eggnog.  So, ya’ll, I need to get my reputation back into the holiday black.  Pun intended. A dark green salad the color of evergreen trees flecked with sparkling ruby colored jewels is about the most festive salad I know.  I made it the…
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