Gift Guide for the Foodie + Hostess

Williams Sonoma Marble and Copper Board with Knife

I’ll be posting a few gift guides this week in honor of Black Friday + Cyber Monday. I thought I’d start with a Gift Guide for the Foodie + Hostess since Thanksgiving is just a few days away (Hoooooray for my favorite holiday of the year!) Gimme all the stretchy pants and mashed taters. This

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What’s Up Wednesday

red oak tree houston

This week has been all about making comfort food, nursing a sick baby boy, watching trees grow, and getting ready for baby boy’s second birthday! <– That’s an exclamation full of emotion, folks. I’m so proud of the adorable bundle of sugar my baby boy has become at two. I’m also completely devastated that two years

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BBQ + Family + Friends + BIG PUNKIINNNSSS

corey douglas

This picture sums up our weekend perfectly: busy + havin’ fun being busy! We took a trip to Dallas to see friends and family for a little backyard BBQ. I’ve said it once, and I’ll say it again. Thank you, Car Gods, for the gift of the DVD player. I’m not saying that I love

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Lemony Boiled Shrimp + Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce

lemony boiled shrimp with honey mustard dipping sauce

Jon Boy loves him some shrimp. Shrimp poboy, shrimp gumbo, shrimp stew, shrimp soup, shrimp étoufée, coconut shrimp, lemon shrimp, shrimp and potatoes… you get the idea. [Also – great movie.] Jon Boy asks for this all the time, and I’m happy to oblige because it takes less than 10 minutes to make, it’s healthy,

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Aggieland Weekend

aggieland kyle field

Jon Boy and I finally snuck out of the house [sans the toddler] to head back to our Alma Mater: the one and only TEXAS A&M! One of his clients has season tickets, so we scored tickets to the A&M vs. Auburn game for face value. I’m not gonna lie, the game was pretty brutal.

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Loving Lately

outfit

I’ve had some luck with the necessities lately: anti-frizz cream for your hair, perfect leggings, and an absolutely perfect necklace. Oh, and the Mom Uniform. That’s been on repeat lately. Allow me to break it all down for ya. Houston. I love you for your baseball, BBQ, and backyard lounging. I loathe you with a

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THE PIONEER WOMAN – aka My New BFF! – Plus a Restaurant Rec: Dish Society

meeting pioneer woman

Say whhhaaatttt!!! This past Thursday night was the night of dreeaaammmmss! I can’t even describe how emotionally exhausted I was at the end of the whole shabang (at a whopping 9:04 PM, thank you). Jon Boy surprised me with tickets to Pioneer Woman’s book signing for her new cookbook, Come and Get It! The whole day he

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Jalapeño Popper Dip

jalapeño popper dip

Who doesn’t love a juicy, cheesy jalapeño popper? I used to get them all the time when I worked at Sonic back in the day. Couple that with some ranch and holy moly. I wish I had the metabolism to handle that nowadays. This Jalapeño Popper Dip gives you all the flavor of the original

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Halloween Chili

chili

Halloween: costumes, candy, a cool breeze (hopefully), and my Crock Pot. I love this time of year for all the neighborly activities plus the stick-to-your ribs goodness that comes out of my kitchen. I thought chili would be perfect for Halloween because it’s something you can make ahead, throw in a slow cooker, and serve

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Corrales Casserole

corrales casserole

There aren’t a ton of recipes I have that I can say are “family recipes” in the sense that they’ve been passed from generation to generation. THIS, however, is one of those recipes. My Grandma Lou made this when she’d host our family at my grandparents’ home in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She and my Grandpa

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