Meal Plan Monday- Back to the Routine

Hello friends!  I hope you all had a wonderful weekend!  We were able to relax for a bit and recharge our batteries.  Onto another busy week!  All fall sports will be kicking into full gear this week as Ben starts flag football, Gracie resumes gymnastics, and Brantley continues her third season of softball. And I am resuming my Meal Plan Monday posts today!  During the summer all our plans and schedules are pretty lax, and so was my meal planning,[Read more]

The Secret to a Good Vegetable Plate

We have been taking full advantage of the beautiful bounty of fresh summer vegetables readily available at our local farmer’s markets lately.  Not just for a juicy tomato sandwich, or for a savory side of sauteed squash (bonus points for alliteration!), but for the real gift of the Southern summer– a vegetable plate! There is hardly a vegetable that I don’t like, so I could have a plate FULL and be happy for dinner.  BUT, there is definitely a difference between a[Read more]

Bammy’s Easy (and delicious!) Ice Cream Cake

I don’t make desserts very often at our house.  We’re just not huge sweets people, and it seems that everytime I make a cake or a pie, everyone might have a taste, but I end up polishing off the rest!  But I tried something new for Brantley’s birthday back in June, and it was a big hit with the kids, and so much so that I made it for our friend’s Fourth of July party yesterday!  And it’s perfect for[Read more]

Luton Beach Trip 2018- Murrell’s Inlet

Hello my friends!!!  I have been absent from the blog the past week because we took our first beach trip of the summer with our Luton side of the family last week, and then a quick (but awesome) working trip to Chicago this past weekend!  I am still unpacking, still getting settled back in, and still readjusting, but I wanted to share a bit about our beach trip today.  Follow along if you’d like! We left last Saturday mid-morning for[Read more]

Easy Summer Sangria

I am a red wine girl.  It’s my favorite thing to drink, but when it begins to get warmer out, I have to make the switch over to white wine, because I can’t bear to drink room temp red wine when it’s 90 degrees out. Unless it’s SANGRIA! And then you can throw in a couple ice cubes, some fruit juice, and enjoy chilled red wine with a bit of sweetness.  The perfect summer drink.  But who has the time to mix[Read more]

Marinated Olives

marinated olives

We love snack trays in our house.  Cut up veggies, some crackers, cut up apples and grapes, nuts, hummus, cheese or other spreads, and pickles make for a perfect snack for the kids after school or for a happy hour tray for the adults!  We’ve even put them together for super easy “serve yourself” kind of lunches or dinners on the weekends.  And I have one new addition to the trays- Homemade Marinated Olives! Now, you’ve all seen the amazing[Read more]

Savannah Recap + Weekly Meal Plan

Hello Friends!  I hope you had a wonderful weekend, and have had a great start to your week.  Over the weekend, I was lucky enough to join Scott on a fun trip to one of our favorite cities, Savannah!  I thought I’d recap our trip, and our favorite places to eat, and my favorite places to shop! We left about 7am on Thursday morning and arrived in Downtown Savannah about 11:30.  Scott had a lunch meeting at noon at B.Matthews, a[Read more]

VEO Gala Recap + Weekly Menu Plan

Hello Friends!  Happy Monday!  Last week was a rough one- with Scott and Ben both home sick all week (strep for Ben, upper respiratory infection for Scott), AND Valentine’s Day, AND life and work that didn’t stop, so when Friday arrived, and the boys were starting to feel a bit better we were glad for a break! Brantley had her first softball practice of the season, so we spent a bit of time out at the ballfield, and got home[Read more]

My Favorite Instant Pot Recipes + Weekly Meal Plan

If you follow along with any of my meal planning or recipe posts, you know that I looooooove my Instant Pot.  It’s the electric pressure cooker that I got Christmas 2016  and used it so much over the last year that I leave it out on the countertop all the time.  We use it almost daily for one thing or another and is easily my favorite appliance in the kitchen.  I know it was a very popular Christmas gift again this[Read more]

Favorite Recipes of 2017

I did a LOT of cooking this past year, trying out TONS of new recipes, and also making a lot of tried and true ones too.  Today I’m sharing a collection of our favorite recipes from 2017!  What were your family favorites?  I’d love some more new ones to try for 2018! Roasted Cauliflower Tacos Squash Fritters, Corn on the Cob, Sliced Tomatoes, and Butter Beans Veggie Fried Rie, Fried Shishito Peppers, and Stir Fried Mushrooms Grilled Salmon with Dijon[Read more]

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