Chicken Sweet Pepper Fettuccine

Chicken and Sweet Pepper Fettuccine

September 20, 2014

It’s officially true. Fall is setting in. For many of you, this may be exciting: cold weather, sweaters, boots, jeans and leaves changing colors. For me, it means winter is just around the corner. Boo…

Harsh midwestern winters figured prominently in my decision to move south (or west) for college when the time came. Then once I moved to Atlanta, my blood thinned even more and going anywhere further north ¬†seems almost out of the question entirely. It would have to be quite an opportunity… but that’s for another post.

The point I’m trying to get to is food. It’s one of the highlights of fall and winter. Specifically, heartier, more stick-to-your-ribs types of food. Like my chicken and sweet pepper fettuccine.

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Asian Glazed Chicken

Asian Glazed Chicken

September 17, 2014

In case you haven’t noticed, I love my mom. A lot. I’ll be totally honest here, she’s my best friend. We never went through that awkward mother-daughter phase where I rebelled and we fought and then made up when I finally got old enough that I realized she did know what she was talking about. We just didn’t – we got along and stayed getting along all the time that I was growing up. Truth.

Bottom line: when she says something or passes something along to me, I usually listen or take note. Not always, but mostly. Because it’s usually good advice. Recently she passed along this recipe, and it didn’t disappoint. Continue reading

Westin Pool

Montezuma Got His Revenge in Cancun

You’d think after the boat ride, the pool party and the majority of the trip done, we would have smooth sailing the rest of the trip. And you’d be wrong. Find out what really happened here.

Yes, that was a great day on the yacht.

Yes, that was a great day on the yacht.

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I love this shot of the two of us.

Cancun’s Version of Wal-Mart is the Best Ever

Our Cancun trip was starting off so well: pool time, boat trips, great company and wonderful (but super hot) weather. How could it get better? How about yachts, personal barbecues and a gecko named Gary? Yeah, it’s covered.

I've got your boat right here.

I’ve got your boat right here.

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The view of the Westin pool and ocean from our room. How perfect is that?

Little Known Fact: Cancun is Freaking Hot in August!

Ok, ok, I know this is probably going to sound like a “well duh” moment, but I’ll go ahead and put it out there. When we went down to Cancun, Mexico just a short time ago for what’s become an annual beach trip, it was unbelievably hot! I mean sweating-just-sitting-outside-not-moving-hot. Shocker, right?

Maybe not, but even so, don’t miss my Cancun blogs: there are boats, beaches, sunburns galore and (as always) enough tequila to fuel a college spring break.

Hello, fruity drinks.

Hello, fruity drinks.

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Cookie Close Up

Chewy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

September 3, 2014

It’s a travesty that I hate to say, but it looks like summer is finally coming to an end. The mornings and afternoons just aren’t quite as humid and sweltering as they were just a few weeks ago. There is one bright spot to this lack of heat though… Baked goods! Continue reading

Ta da!

Balsamic Vinegar-Mustard Salad Dressing

August 27, 2014

I’ll be honest, I’ve shared variations on this recipe before, but it’s always been a part of another recipe: salad dressing as part of a salad recipe, dressing for roasted veggies… You get the picture. This recipe is so good and so versatile though, I had to share it on its own. Believe me, once you’ve tried this balsamic vinegar and mustard dressing, you’ll never go back to the bottled stuff from the grocery store.

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