Zoodles Pad Thai

Happy New Year! I wanted to start off my new year by taking a break from the sweets and eating lots of veggies.  These zucchini noodles, that I like to call zoodles are the perfect solution.  You get your noodle fix with non of the carbs! I created my zucchini noodles using the KitchenAid 5 Blake Spiralizer with Peel, Core and Slice attachment for my KitchenAid Artisan Tilt-Head Stand Mixer. This has been the funnest little gadget.  You can core and peel apples, create shoestring fries, shred carrots - and so … [Read more...]

How To Throw The BEST Adult Halloween Party

Around my house we take Halloween pretty seriously.  We have more Halloween decorations than Christmas, we start planning costumes in July, and we always have a big adult Halloween party.  We really look forward to some rare alone time with our friends sans kids.  It gives us a chance to laugh and talk without being interupted and allows us to have tons and tons of fun! My husband and I have been throwing this party for about 11 years - so we have this down to a science!  I want to share a few of my tips to inspire … [Read more...]

Stove Top Holiday Smell

This is a simple way to make your home smell amazing without doing all that cooking and baking. I usually throw whatever I think would smell good together in a pot, add some water, and let it simmer all day long. This makes my home feel so much cozier and brings in the Christmas cheer! Today we are doing apples, cinnamon, oranges, rosemary, and pinecones.  Your home will smell like Christmas village in no time!    I also wanted to talk about my new favorite knife.  This baby is so versatile and so dang sharp. … [Read more...]

How to Make Turkey Gravy

We've shown you how to make a mean turkey, creamy mashed potatoes and now you need the rich gravy to compliment both. Making gravy is incredibly simple and fast. There are many ways to make a creamy gravy, but for this post I'll focus on making gravy from turkey drippings. Just what would be expected at a Thanksgiving dinner! In my family we grew up on Sunday pot roast with mashed potatoes and gravy and homemade rolls. The gravy was always my favorite part. Well maybe the rolls were but the rolls dipped in gravy was … [Read more...]

Homemade Creamy Mashed Potatoes

It wouldn't be Thanksgiving with out mashed potatoes. The turkey is of course the star, but mashed potatoes play a quiet  and important role of best supporting actor. I mean really, with out the mashed potatoes what would you make gravy volcanos with? What would those fully rolls or turkey be dipped in? With out those creamy potatoes, a Thanksgiving feast just wouldn't be the same. So today I'm going to show you have to make some bomb mashed potatoes. They are so easy! Really, it is hard to mess up mashed potatoes. … [Read more...]

How to Remove Tomato Skins

When cooking our salsa or homemade spaghetti sauce, we like to peel off the skins. Skins can be left on but the will eventually separate from the tomato meat and leave long skin pieces throughout your sauce or salsa. Removing the skin takes only a few minutes and leaves a much better texture. Here is how I remove mine.. 1. First take a sharp knife and make an X in the bottom of the tomato. Roma tomatoes are perfect for salsa and sauce. They have a higher "meat" content and less seeds so your sauce is … [Read more...]

How to Make Pasta with KitchenAid Pasta Attachments

We are so excited to share a little collaboration we have been working on with KitchenAid! You heard that right, the one and only KitchenAid!! Sometimes it feels a little surreal that we get to work with amazing companies like them. We are kinda lucky. Today we are going to be showing off their pasta attachments. I've been dreaming of these bad boys for years... and now after trying them out, I realize the homemade pasta goodness I have been missing out on. I love love love a good pasta and even more than just pasta, … [Read more...]

The Rotisserie Chicken {Cooking Tip}

The Rotisserie Chicken is one of my secret weapons!  I use them as a shortcut to creating delicious meals without cooking a chicken.  I love to eat one of these for dinner with a side salad, but I love them even more as an ingredient in a delicious recipe.  The meat is perfect for soups, casseroles, enchiladas, salads and more!  My Costco sells them for $4.99 - and they are so good!  They are moist, they are flavorful, and cooked PERFECTLY.  When I make a Costco run I buy 2 or 3 along with other bulk items. When I … [Read more...]

Mason Jar Greek Salad with Chickpeas // Healthy Mama – Julia Mirabella

We have a special treat for you today..  Julia Mirabella fellow foodie and author of "Mason Jar Salads and More" is joining us with a fun Q&A session. She is not only sharing some healthy lifestyle tips, but a recipe from her book as well as giving one away! I shared my love for her cookbook on Instagram a few weeks ago and know you guys will love it as well! What started your journey of writing “Mason Jar Salads and More”? After finishing law school in 2012, I took a year-long position working for a judge … [Read more...]

Healthy Mama & Resqueeze Giveaway

Who else buys those applesauce squeeze-packs in bulk from Costco? My kid loves them, and I love that he's basically eating an apple while I'm grocery shopping, driving, at church, or this past weekend, at the lake. What I don't love (well, more what my husband doesn't love) is the cost of those things. And when you really start to think about it, it's quite a bit of environmental waste for something you could be reusing. Enter Laura, our Healthy Mama this week. She and her husband came up with a brilliant idea to … [Read more...]

How To Grill The Perfect Steak

There are few things I enjoy more than a perfectly grilled steak.  I love grilled meals period.  Fast, tasty, and easy!  My husband and I use a gas grill.  We started off with charcoal, but converted to gas because of the convenience.  No pre-heating, no waiting, just turn it on and go. Another thing I love about grilling is it give the family a chance to hang out outside while dinner is being cooked.  Here's my oldest little goofball cruising' the patio in his cozy coupe after church while our steaks were … [Read more...]

Banana Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Muffins // Healthy Mama Series – Robin

Hi!  I’m Robin: wife and mom of 3 little ones! We LOVE to eat and do a LOT of it.   I have a BIG SWEET tooth so I ALWAYS find myself craving treats.  But I hate the feeling of eating sugar all day long and after having kids I realized eating sugar all day is not helpful…Sugar crashes with kids can be less than ideal:) So whenever I can, I feed my sweet tooth through healthy options. One of my tricks is fruit.   My kids LOVE fruit!  Its sweet. Its fresh. It’s healthier than processed treats AND its delicious! Another … [Read more...]

Herb Garden

I'm a beginning gardener. I love the idea of growing my own food and having fresh fruits and vegetables. We currently don't have the space to have a full blown garden but I have found a patch of dirt where I made my herb garden. I love using fresh herbs in my recipes. It's so nice to walk out the door and pick what I need. I seriously can taste a huge difference using fresh herbs compared to using those jars of dried herbs.  Gardening has been something I grew up watching my mom do. I remember being a little upset … [Read more...]

Avocado Face Mask

   Several years back I discovered a company called Lush.  Have you heard of them?  They are a company that makes fresh, handmade cosmetics.  Their stores smell like heaven, and you'll be pampered once you step one foot inside.  The first time I ever visited a Lush store was in Pasadena, CA.  Both my husband and I got his hands exfoliated and massaged - just for stopping by.  Of course my bill by the time I left the store definitely paid for that pamper session.  Lush does something that is kind of unique.  They … [Read more...]

How to Chiffonade Basil

Some things are just easier demonstrated... like how to chiffonade basil. Really is an easy technique but the name "Chiffonade" can be intimidating. The term "Chiffonade" is French simply means to cut into little ribbons. Basil is the most common herb associated with this term. The small ribbons of herb make for an insane garnish... such as on this Pasta Alla Checca. One of my favorites. I tend to buy loads of fresh herbs so use this technique regularly. I hope you enjoy this charming video... … [Read more...]

Homemade Orange Cranberry Home Fragrance

This year getting neighbor gifts out the door turned out to be a challenge...and truth be told they still haven't been delivered.  The day after Thanksgiving I gave birth to the my second child - another perfect little boy.  He arrived a few weeks early, so all of the last minute items I had planned on doing before his birth either got pushed to the back of the list or simplified.   Because I'm sleep deprived and too busy staring at a perfect little baby face - I knew I would never get a baked good out the door - … [Read more...]

Monday Muse – Smitten with Stainless

  Since my first scan of the registry scanner when I was engaged to be married - I have had a love affair with stainless steel.  I love the clean, modern look, and I love that it goes with EVERYTHING!  Today I wanted to share some of my favorite stainless products that I have used in my kitchen for years and years.  They have been well loved, used, abused, and are still going strong! 1.  MIU France 7-Piece Stainless Steel Measuring Cup Set - I have owned several sets of measuring cups over the years, but it … [Read more...]

Flower Arranging 101; Thanksgiving Centerpiece

      What is it about flowers? They are magical ya know? They brighten up your table, smell up a room, make awkward conversation comfortable, turn your house into an organic, natural, beautiful space.   Some friends have the theory that flowers are a waste of money. So, if you feel this way- find cheap flowers- cheap flowers still have magical powers. Don't go to the regular over-priced grocery store. Shop at co-ops, (or trader joes sometimes has pretty good prices) find a local … [Read more...]

A Kitchen Table to be Thankful for… a Make-Over Story

I feel like to tell my kitchen table story properly I need to start at the beginning. Way back when we had one child (and one more on the way) we were also starting the grand adventure of law school. For our big move across country we wanted to save as much money as possible on a truck and sell all our furniture then buy new or used when we got to our destination. We arrived, bought craigslist leather couches and a brand spankin new table. My pride and joy for like 2 weeks. It was kind of a splurge, and what I … [Read more...]

10 Crock Pot / Slow Cooker Cooking Tips

Wrapping up crockpot week the ladies and I put together a little list of things to help you have the most success with a crockpot. Truly crockpots are pretty simple.. they cook slowly so its hard (not impossible) but harder to burn foods and you generally just throw everything in the pot! I love no-brainer meals like that make my life simpler. Sometimes I just don't have time to be in the kitchen. Other days I crave it, but when soccer practice is 5:30-6:30 and the hubs isn't home til 7 dinner pretty much needs to be … [Read more...]

Monday Muse – a few favorite cleaners

FIRST- We have a winner for the Loblee Camera Bag Giveaway!! Amber (little elise) You WON!!!             I dont know about you but I'm about ease, price and effectivness. SOOO here are some of my favorites for those reasons -- they are reasonably priced, easy to use BUT work SOOO good.   1. I LOVE the 7th generation lavender dish soap. I originally bought it because it was one of the least expensive dish soaps on the shelves- but boy! did I luck out, it's … [Read more...]

Monday Muse – Countertop Love

Today I want to share some of our very favorite pretties for your countertop!  These countertop items will make you want to get busy in the kitchen and will certainly make you smile!  I love the equality of form and function in these items and I am just a teeny bit smitten with them.       1.  I can't get over this Oster Chevron Toaster!!!  It is so stinking cute that I want to make batches and batches of toast!  I've owned my stainless steel Oster toaster for 8+ years now and it still … [Read more...]

Kadee’s Favorites

There is something you should know about me...I am a makeup and product junkie.  I seriously can't control myself.  I am like a kid in a candy store at Sephora or Ulta.  I love trying new mascaras, lipsticks, lotions, you name it!  I also have a nail polish collection that would put the local drug store's selection to shame.  It's an illness...and one that is hard on the pocketbook!  With that being said I want to share some of my very favorite beauty finds and a few non-beauty finds that I adore as well. Besides … [Read more...]

Cutting Boards Part 2: How to oil and clean a wood cutting board

In Part 1 of this mini cutting board series we talked about the types of cutting board. There are generally 3 types, Wood/Bamboo, Plastic/Acrylic, and Glass. This post will discuss briefly how to clean the boards. Then in more depth we will look at how to oil a wood or bamboo cutting board. Maintanence for a cutting board is so easy. They better you care for them the longer they last.  My favorite is the wood boards.. this round Mangoleaf Acacia Wood  seen below. If I were to purchase another right now I'd probably get … [Read more...]

Cutting Boards Part 1: What is the best material for a cutting board

A few years back I received a nice set of knives for Christmas, I was elated to say the least. The previous set of knives I had were gifted to us at our wedding and only a moderately nice set to begin with. After 6 years of regular use and abuse they were dull, jagged and dangerous.  At one point in my meager beginnings my only cutting board was a glass cheap thing the apartment provided.  The clanking of the knife-glass contact was amazing. Des used to make fun of me for it. With these lovely new sharp knives in … [Read more...]

Back To School- Lunches

    I've never been a sack lunch gal. As a child I wanted school lunches. No bready pbj or chips (neither have I EVEReverever been a fan of) blah. Hot mystery meat, mashed potatoes, limp vegggies- yes! Still....today...I loathe sack lunches. I have to make them now (not eat them) but you know what I bugs me more than packing a little lunch? Paying for school lunch. It is so expensive!! Especially with two kids eating lunch- I'd rather use my budget for something totally different like new shoes or our … [Read more...]

My Kitchen Remodel — On A Budget!

Today I want to share with you how I turned my outdated-grandma-gross-greasy-kitchen into a clean-modern-just-my-style-kitchen.  When we purchased our home it was in all sorts of disrepair.  We're talking warped hardwood floors, wallpaper on every square inch, popcorn ceilings, a non-working oven and stove, and on and on and on.  For some reason we were able to see past all of these cosmetic flaws and knew this house could be just what we we're looking for.  We put a lot of elbow grease and a little money into it and … [Read more...]

Method + Plink Giveaway

There are a few products I love using in my kitchen to keep it clean and smelling fresh.  Method cleaning products, and Plink garbage disposal cleaner tabs.   First I want to RAVE about the Method products.  They have been a fav for years and years.  They have a huge line of products from hand soaps to dishwasher detergent.  My absolute favorite?  The all purpose spray, which I use primarily as a counter spray.  I have enjoyed their line of seasonal scents for so long and love having a fresh scent when I'm giving … [Read more...]

Blendtec: Total Blender Classic Wildside

    For those who are new to our site:: OhSO just got a facelift and to celebrate all the hard work (some serious late night giggle sessions), we are hosting a GRAND GIVEAWAY. Lots of loot. Each day we are featuring a product to be won, hopefully, by YOU (there will be lots of winners...)...   CLICK here to head back to the orignal post for entry details.     A wise mother once told me, "You have to constantly teach children how to eat."     What does that mean? … [Read more...]

How To Deep Clean Your Kitchen in 10 minutes a day

My kitchen always seems to be dirty.  All those home cooked meals and snacks - it is a constant cycle of doing dishes, wiping down counters, and sweeping floors.  Sometimes I feel like the deep cleaning doesn't get done because I'm so busy doing the everyday cleaning. Here is my solution.  And this is advice I need to take myself...I have made this is my goal - to keep my kitchen clean, hygenic, and from getting out of hand. So together we are gonna go from here: (please tell me everyone's kitchen looks like this … [Read more...]

How To Meal Plan and Grocery Shop {FREE Printable)

We've all been there.  At the grocery store.  With no list.  And we all know what the outcome of a trip without a list is.  Lots of extras in the cart and lots of extra trips to gather the things you forgot! Meal planning and grocery planning is something I've been doing since I was first married.  It was something my mom did, and it is something you should do too! For the longest time I used a 3 list method.  Sometimes I still do!  Here is my process: First, I grab my pad and my pen. This is my favorite pen … [Read more...]

All About Fat

Brace yourselves, we're about to learn something. I know, I know, it's either been a while since you've been in a classroom so your brain isn't wired to absorb new information, or you spend enough time in a classroom as it is, and you're vehemently against cramming more in there than you already have to. For the sake of fat, let's do this. OK? OK. Let me start with introducing a bit about myself. I've been a Cardiac ICU nurse for five years. I've taken care of a lotta unhealthy peeps. Most of my patient population … [Read more...]

a few suggestions {cooking Tips}

MAYbe this is old news. or maybe it isn't? Either way, I found out a charming bit of information and thought that I would pass this on! (in case its news to you too!) Did you know keeping the avocado pit in with the cut up avocado/guacamole will keep it from turning all brown and weirdo lookin? Try it! it works. To keep the avacado ripe....   Still. if it is going to be a while before you eat it, cover with wrap. may I suggest making Bob's Guacamole with that … [Read more...]

The Basics: Perfect Scrambled Eggs

Many people have told me that I make really good scrambled eggs.  Recently my husband was making himself a scrambled egg sandwich and asked me how I make my eggs taste so good.  I had never really thought about my eggs being any different than your standard run of the mill scrambled eggs. So - I asked my husband what was different about MY eggs vs other people's eggs.  He said that they were simple and most importantly they were the perfect consistency.  Not runny, crusty, or dry.  Today I am sharing how I make my … [Read more...]

Buttermilk

Here's a quick substitute for Buttermilk... In a measuring cup add 1 Tablespoon of either white vinegar or lemon juice.{I usually use lemon juice} Fill it up the rest of the way to the 1 cup line with milk. Stir and allow to stand for 5 minutes.. and tada! Your done! Works like a dream. [amd-zlrecipe-recipe:24] … [Read more...]