Roasted Red Pepper Hummus BLT

Who is a Zupas fan?! My family and I recently went back to visit Utah and play in the mountains (oh, my heart...my poor, aching heart!!!) and I had to have some of my favorites to eat. Plenty of dranky dranks and sugar cookies, and perhaps one of my most nostalgic places, Zupas. We have a few copycat recipes here, like our Nuts About Berries Salad, Wisconsin Cauliflower Soup, and now this. My little family and I were running by my favorite drive-through drink and cookie gas station and needed to pick up some … [Read more...]

Mediterranean Salmon

We are summer eating in full swing at our house!  Our dinners are full of fresh produce these days and we all love it!  My 2 year old spends dinner time shoveling food into his mouth and saying "yum yum yum" in between bites.  I love that he loves to eat fresh fruits and veggies - now if I can just convince the 4 year old.  It's so funny how each child is different - even when they are exposed to the same food.  My 2 year old will eat an entire water melon, while my 4 year old will not even taste it.  I do believe that … [Read more...]

Raspberry Sour Cream Cake

This cake is hands down one of my favorite desserts.  My mom made this growing up and I've continued to make it as an adult.  I've served this time and time again and have yet to meet someone who didn't ADORE this cake.  It is the perfect balance of tart and sweet. The cake is dense, served cold, and moist!  It's one of those desserts that you just want to keep eating and eating and eating. You make the cake in a jelly roll pan - the large 11x16 baking sheets with a lip that you can sometimes find at Costco.  I … [Read more...]

Tropical Hot Dogs with Coconut Relish

I have a really fun recipe for you today!  This is a tropical twist on the classic hotdog - perfect for a hot dog bar this 4th of July.  If you didn't catch my 4th of July tables cape post - you must take a look for some fun party ideas! A few years ago my husband and I took a trip to Kauai.  Near our hotel was a little hot dog shack called Puka Dog.  We ate there on a whim and we were hooked!  We had to go back again before we left.  They are unique in the fact that their hotdog buns are tubes of bread that the hot … [Read more...]

4th of July Tablescape with Fiesta

The 4th of July is right around the corner - so I wanted to share with you what I have planned for my celebration!  Independence Day is one of my favorite holidays.  I love being surrounded by friends and family while celebrating our country. I love a pretty presentation (who doesn't?!) and red, white, and blue are some of my favorite colors to dress up a table with! I started out with a festive tablecloth that I found while browsing the aisles at Home Goods.  All of the tableware you see here is by our fav - … [Read more...]

Cucumber Melon Summer Salad

Do you guys know how to pick the best, sweetest cantaloupe? When you are picking out the melon, smell where the vine was attached. The stronger it smells the riper, sweeter it is. I don't know where I heard this advice but its been the most reliable piece of advice I've had about picking the best fruits so far!  Now, let me tell you about this salad... This salad is really simple and it's own ingredients are the main show. So you want to be sure to have great fresh fruits. I shop at Ralphs Grocery, and have yet to … [Read more...]

Coconut Tea Green Smoothie with Takeya

Did you know that June is national iced tea month?  I don't drink black tea, but I LOVE iced herbal tea.  It is such a little treat for me.  I usually add in a touch of almond milk and stevia for a sweet afternoon treat.  As you know, we are good friends with the folks over at Takeya.  I really love their pitcher.  I use it for crystal light, orange juice, ice tea, and ice water.  Each time I've used it while entertaining, I get questions about it. I love making iced tea in the pitcher because it is so darn fast! … [Read more...]

Smoked Pulled Pork {on your gas grill}

We finally got a grill a couple of months ago after selling ours before moving. I really wanted a smoker, but it's just not in the cards yet. SO, we got a smoker box! Here in Texas, brisket is king. I have yet to try a brisket, but it's totally next on my list. As Father's Day is approaching, I really wanted to find a some sweet, manly aprons. So many uses! I saw these ones by The Sturdy Brothers and fell in love. Their vision is rekindling the spirit of American craftsmanship in the South. They use quality waxed … [Read more...]

Vanilla Berry Chia Seed Ice Cream with KitchenAid Ice Cream Maker

There are two types of people. KitchenAid lovers and people who use mixer-that-shall-not-be-named. I am a a KitchenAid lover (admirer, fan, devout user) through and through. It goes back generations, and when the girls in my family get married we recieve a KitchenAid stand mixer as a wedding gift from my Grandma and Aunts. It's not just a KitchenAid they pass on though, they transfer a passion for cooking and baking. The many hours I've spent with my Grandma and Mom over her KitchenAid making these award-winning rolls. … [Read more...]

Orange Creamsicle Smoothie Pops

In these hot summer months my kids are always looking for a snack.T hey seem to be always searching the cuboards for a sweet treat over the savory. I love making these with them! Making these smoothie pops cures that sweet tooth without adding a single drop of sugar. These Orange Creamsicle Pops are creamy, sweet and full of healthy ingredients. I picked up some beautiful, fresh oranges and all the other ingredients at Ralphs. My favorite grocery store to go shopping at. I recently grabbed a bag of oranges from … [Read more...]