Archives for June 2013

Tomato Cucumber Salad with Olives and Feta

There’s something for everyone in this refreshing salad with its variety of flavors, textures, and colors.

“America the Beautiful” Subway Art ~ Free Printable

Independence Day has always been one of my favorite holidays.  I love patriotism and I am very proud to be an American, which is probably why Lee Greenwood’s famous anthem gives me chills and brings me to tears every time I hear it.  I have happy childhood Fourth of July memories of sitting on a blanket on the banks of Town Lake while listening to the 1812 Overture and the Stars and Stripes Forever, as huge fireworks lit up the {Read More}

Classic Potato Salad

This creamy, tangy potato salad is a tasty complement to barbecue or perfect for a picnic!

Bacon Wrapped Cheese Stuffed Hot Dogs

Once you’ve had a hot dog that’s been stuffed with gooey cheese and wrapped in crispy bacon, you’ll never be satisfied with a plain hot dog again!

Razz, White, & Blueberry Smoothies

With layers of raspberry, banana, and blueberry flavors, this tasty smoothie is fun and festive.

Pecan Pie Bars

These toasty bars are reminiscent of pecan pie but with an effortless pecan shortbread-like crust instead of a fussy pastry.

Slow Cooker Ranch Beans

These chuck wagon-style beans are simple enough to complement everything from barbecue to Mexican food, but they are equally delicious served on their own in a big bowl alongside a hunk of corn bread.

End of School Smarty Pants Party ~ with Free Printable Banner

A couple of weeks ago, we celebrated a successful end to the school year for my Kindergartener and preschooler with a family cupcake celebration that we deemed our Smarty Pants Party. I originally wanted to have our little fiesta as soon as we got home from picking up my Kindergartener on his last day of school, but we decided to wait until the following weekend so that Daddy could be in on the fun.  I thought I’d share here today {Read More}

Toddler-Approved Veggie Surprise Mini Muffins

Carrot Cake meets Zucchini Bread in these cute and tasty little muffins that will have even the most ardent vegetable haters coming back for more.

Peach Cobbler Pancake Squares

A topping of peaches and cinnamon makes these baked pancake squares taste like a cross between fluffy pancakes and yummy peach cobbler.

Homemade Taco Seasoning

This homemade taco seasoning is easy to make and economical, and it avoids the preservatives often found in store bought packets.

Photoshop Tutorial: How to Resize a Photo for Extra Large Prints

Displaying masses of photos is probably my favorite way to decorate the walls in our home.  I’ve already put up several gallery walls and have several more planned.  But what do you do if you want to print a giant photo, but you’re afraid the one you’d like to use doesn’t have the megapixels required to blow it up without losing sharpness and clarity?  Enter Photoshop. This trick comes from Scott Kelby’s fabulous The Adobe Photoshop CS4 Book for Digital {Read More}

Slow Cooker Honey Balsamic Pork Loin

This tender pork loin is glazed in a sweet and tangy sauce featuring honey, balsamic vinegar, and soy sauce. Delicious and effortless, you’ll never believe it came out of the slow cooker!

Dad Libs ~ A Free Printable to Celebrate Father’s Day!

The countdown to Father’s Day is on, and if you’re looking for a last-minute gift of love and comedy, look no further than this free Dad Libs printable! Growing up in the 80s, Mad Libs were a childhood staple of mine.  Of course, keep in mind that this is coming from a girl who got a thrill out of diagramming sentences in middle school. Regardless of your fondness of or repulsion for parts of speech, the concept of Mad Libs {Read More}

Chocolate Chip Nutella Swirl Banana Bundt Cake with Nutella Glaze

This moist banana Bundt cake is studded with mini chocolate chips and marbled with a decadent swirl of Nutella.

Mint & Lime Sweet Tea Martini

This refreshing cocktail features sweet tea vodka, mint-infused simple syrup, and a squeeze of lime.

Family Photo Wall ~ Gallery of 20-inch Square Frames

Several years ago, I decided to put up a gallery wall of family photos à la famous and fabulous photographer Tara Whitney.  And it was love at first sight.  Just sitting at the kitchen table with those huge, cheery pictures made me happy.  My boys never tired of pointing out new details they noticed or asking questions about what was happening when the photos were taken.  But then eight months ago we added baby #3, and something (or rather, someone) was {Read More}

Sonoma Chicken Salad

Dried cranberries, toasted pecans, and a touch of honey take chicken salad from ordinary to extraordinary!

Nut & Honey Granola

This classic granola can be easily customized by using your favorite nuts and adding dried fruit.

Free Printable! Last Day of School Lunchbox Love Notes

This Wednesday marks the last day of Kindergarten for my biggest big boy.  I can hardly believe it…where does time go?!  Over the past few weeks, I’ve been trying to come up with fun ways to celebrate a successful first year of school, and it seemed only natural that I incorporate some cheerful lunchbox love notes to commemorate the last day. Over the past school year, I included a special note in my son’s lunchbox each day.  It might be {Read More}

Best Ever BBQ Sauce

This barbecue sauce is slightly sweet, slightly smoky, slightly spicy…and 100% delicious!

Strawberry Spinach Salad with Feta Cheese, Toasted Pecans, & Blush Wine Vinaigrette

Crispy spinach, succulent strawberries, toasty pecans, creamy feta, and a sweet and tangy vinaigrette star in this salad that screams summer!