Grape Expectations

My great-grandmother had a grape arbor on her farm. It produced so well and so often that she often made and canned homemade grape jam. Seeing as how she made it so well and so often, one would think it was a cinch to make, no? No! I wish. I had such a pleasant, relaxing…

Sticky Subjects

One of the most recommended and best things we ate while we were in Pioneer Woman country (aka Pawhuska, Oklahoma) earlier this month was Ree’s Pecan Sticky Buns. It wasn’t just that they were light & fluffy on the inside, but they were also sweet & sticky all over. To top it off, they were…

Souper Summer

It’s over 100° here in North Texas. I love the heat, but it’s so hot (with the added 80% humidity) that even I don’t want to sit outside and read after work every day anymore. I only last about 10min before I’m sweating too much for it to be enjoyable in any way. I don’t…

Mediterranean Meditation

Greek flavors are some of my absolute favorite! I love all the creamy, earthy flavors! Growing up there was (still is) this dive in a sketch part of town my dad used to take me to that had some of the best gyros and rival any I’ve had at some “cleaner,” more “polished” places I’ve…

Turkey Talk

What a whirlwind weekend it has been! It went straight into Monday and barely stopped then! Between work and church and an LTC class with the girls (responsible gun ownership begins with me, I say!) and jam-making for some church ladies, I’ve been on go-mode until today. I’ve scarcely had time to make a full…

Salmon in the City

It seems like eons, but it was just a mere seven months ago that we were in Philadelphia for our anniversary. It seems like years ago, we traversed the city without a mask-free care in the world. We had the best time and saw many great sights and ate so much good food! Our favorite…

Easy as Pie

Apple pie is commonly considered the symbol of American wholesomeness and hardiness. (Which is ironic since apples are not native to America whereas blueberries are.) Smooth, flaky pastry enveloping tender, spiced apples swimming in a gooey, sweet pool of syrup just feels so familiar and good! It’s often either topped with a generous scoop of…

Sweeten the Pot

It’s been a minute since I’ve had time to sit down to write again! When we got back from our Pioneer Woman mini-vacation to Oklahoma, we had just a little time to breathe and do laundry before we were back to work and our normal activities full stop. We’ve had few opportunities to try anything…

I Love You Like Biscuits… and Jam!

If you’ve been following my Instagram or Facebook pages at all lately, you know that we recently went on a long weekend getaway to see and experience all that Ree Drummond – The Pioneer Woman has to offer up in a small town called Pawhuska, Oklahoma. Pawhuska is just over 5hrs from where we live…

Back the Bean

This past “Taco Tuesday” was a little different than the preceding ones. Not only did I make tacos, but I also decided to make something other than rice or chips & salsa to go along with the tacos. The Mr loves him some chips & salsa. If I buy it, he devours (nearly) all of…