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Pink + Blue Mojitos, Party Drinks, Drink Recipes

Pink + Blue Mojitos

Hello Friday! We are in the middle of a move. Since we already moved all the way to Scotland, you would think that I pretty much have this moving thing in the bag. Not so much. I will spare you the drudgery of listening to me whine about how I cannot be bothered to pack …

Valentines Treats, Cookies

Valentine Treats

This photo is from last year on Valentine’s Day. Which feels like a lifetime ago. It was before we knew we were moving. Before we left our life in Arkansas. Before Tiny Oven. And slightly mildewed jeans + towels. Friends, let me just admit that this is the year I turn into the person who …

Making Whole Wheat Bread, Steps

Easy Whole Wheat Homemade Bread

I am happy to say that I think I might finally be making friends with Tiny Oven. I will never love him the same way as I did Dream Oven back in Arkansas, but we are working out our differences. I’m hoping you won’t think me completely crazy when I tell you that I often …

12 Homemade Treats, Christmas Cookies, Holiday Baking

Homemade Treats = Perfect Gifts

12 Homemade Treats for the Holidays! If you follow me on Twitter or Facebook, you might have heard me engaging in battle with my current nemesis, Tiny Oven. I have admitted Tiny Oven is suffering mostly in my eyes from an unfair comparison to Dream Oven, my industrial wonder from Christmas Past. One of the …

Blackberry Pie, Mama's House, Thanksgiving

Blackberry Pie

I am trying to manufacture a little Thanksgiving spirit over here in Scotland, even without canned pumpkin or grocery store freezer cases full of turkeys. However, I will not be attempting to make an entire feast that usually I make alongside my extended family. Instead, I have reached the conclusion that all I really need …

Kale, Leeks, Mushrooms, Zucchini, Courgettes, French Peasant Soup

French Peasant Soup

I kind of pride myself on being able to make a peasant soup out of the groceries that are left at the end of the week. Just a few days ago I turned some cans of beans into dinner, and no one went hungry. This French Peasant Soup recipe is perhaps my favorite version of …

Flat in Aberdeen, Scotland, Chinos To Scotland

Roasted Apple & Squash Soup

I had been dreading spending my 40th alone so I was so happy to have my mama here and it turned out to be a quietly beautiful sort of day. Mother and I started the day by going out for breakfast and then walked to the shops and the Aberdeen Art Gallery, which has a …

Summer Harvest, Okra Recipe, Oven Roasted Cornmeal Encrusted Okra

Oven Roasted, Cornmeal Encrusted Okra

I am missing getting vegetables from my sweet friends, Sandy and Michael. We were roasting okra by the bushel back home and we always ate every bite.  It is a family favorite for sure. My mom tosses okra in olive oil and cornmeal before baking it, which mimics southern fried okra, but is much healthier!  …

Summer Harvest Menu, Summer Squash, Purple Hull Peas, Tomato, Okra, Cornbread

Summer Squash Bake

We’ve reached that part of the summer where we’re swimming in summer squash and zucchini! You too? Good news! There are so many wonderful ways to fix it, and of course, if you simply cannot use it all, you can slice it up and freeze it for minestrone in the winter.

Great Cheese Platter, Party Food, Summer Party, Bread + Cheese + Wine

5 Things That Make Up A Great Cheese Platter

Bread + Cheese  + Wine = Perfect. Just add friends. I can’t think of  a meal I love more than bread and cheese.  Seriously, I can not turn it down. A perfect bread and cheese platter is easy to put together and effortless to serve, plus it’s so beautiful.  We used to have a bread …

Cobb Salad With Edamame, Prosciutto and Bacon

Cobb Salad With Edamame, Prosciutto and Bacon I wildly vary my Cobb Salad in the summertime, according to what I have around and what vegetables are in abundance.  For example, if I were to make this same salad today, I would add some thinly sliced yellow squash. However, a few things stay the same.  There …

Orange Pineapple Margarita Recipe, Fun Drinks By The Pool, Girls Night, Summer Party

Orange Pineapple Margaritas

Fresh Juices + Tequila = Orange Pineapple Margaritas Friends, is there anything happier than a fruity drink by the pool in the summertime? If that fruity drink is made with all real fruit juices and freshly squeezed limes, and it is served in a bright cup with fresh fruit on the side, well, then I’ll …

Veggie Tacos, Whats For Dinner, Corn Tortillas, Vegetarian, Gluten Free

Veggie Tacos

I hope you’ve had a great week! Mine has been busy + amazing!  Cleaning up from vacation, catching up with friends.  I’ve enjoyed TWO surprise nights with just girls (my favorite!) and I got to guest post about camping with my crazy daddy over at my friend Sarabeth’s blog while she was on vacation. One …

camping menus, camp food, camping with kids

Camp Beef Stew

When we’re camping, we usually have our car (or pop up), so we take a grill and I pack my enamel dutch oven so we can make soups and stews. This beef stew makes a regular appearance on our camping trips. The kids love it. We serve it with a big pot of mashed potatoes, …

Perfect BLT

Want to know what the key is to a perfect BLT in my opinion? There are lots of factors that can add to this pretty much perfect combination of sandwich ingredients.  Good bread, a good grainy mustard, super fresh tomatoes or the addition of avocado all make this sandwich yummy. But the thing that makes …

Bacon Wrapped Dates With Goat Cheese, Petit Jean Meats, Bacon Recipes, Appetizers

Bacon Wrapped Dates With Goat Cheese

Yummiest little bite of party food ever?  Bacon Wrapped Dates With Goat Cheese! Sweet + Salty + Cheese = Goodness. Such a happy combination of flavors, I promise. Bacon is relatively hard to beat as a crowd pleaser, so naturally, these were a big hit at my house. My sister makes platters and platters of …

Colorful Summer Salad with Peppers and Edamame, #Bean2Blog, #Soy, #Healthy, Salad Recipes

Colorful Summer Salad with Peppers and Edamame

I put together a new salad featuring edamame this week in preparation for Bean 2 Blog, a super fun blogging event at P. Allen Smith‘s Moss Mountain Farm, hosted by P. Allen Smith and The Arkansas Soybean Promotional Board. Edamame makes a regular appearance on our table, as a dinner side or an afternoon snack.  …

Homemade Insect Repellent

When the temperatures warm up, the bugs come out to play, but we still want to be outside!  Solution: Homemade Insect Repellent! When I was out in the garden last week, I tried some homemade insect repellent that my friend, Sandy, had made.  I loved the way it smelled, so I asked her for the …

Chino House, Moss Mountain Farm, P. Allen Smith

Chinos to Moss Mountain Farm

Last week we played hooky one day to spend some time in one of the most idyllic settings in Arkansas, P. Allen Smith’s Moss Mountain Farm. The kids were excited because they had heard me talk all about the farm after I went to Bean 2 Blog out there last spring. It was a very …