Simple Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

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Heres the deal, you guys.  I’m going to be frank with you.  I am getting lazy.  Like LAAAAZZZZYYYY.  Yes, you can still count on me to get a decent dinner on the table most nights…but man, I’ll find a shortcut.  Now don’t get me wrong..I love a good Sunday spent in the kitchen…but these weeknights are all about saving time.

I feel like life has progressively taken me to this place of minimal effort.  And yes, the weather these days must have something to  do with it, too.  But it used to be, you know, pre-kids, I was putting hours into dinner.  Hours.  Meticulously dicing, pureeing, grinding, whatever it took to make the food absolutely delicious.  Then one kid…two kids..came along and it has gradually shifted from hours of effort to literally strategizing how I can get this meal on the table as quickly as possible.  What shortcuts can I take that wont sacrifice taste?  How can I make this easier, not only for myself, but for you, my NP people…because Lord knows you don’t have the time either, friends.   Continue reading

Pasta + Zucchini Carbonara

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I’ve assumed for a very long time that everyone makes Pasta Carbonara.  Without a recipe, just by use of memory and repetition. As if it is one of their kitchen staple dishes that they go to when in doubt and in pinch.  And when they are strapped for time and need the worlds fastest dinner on the table. Because thats absolutely how it is for me. But my mama slapped me ever so gently on the wrist when she called the other night when I was whipping this one up, it went a little like this:   Continue reading

Greens, Bleu + Peach Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

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Peaches are popping up all over the place these days, guys.  And man are they tasting amazing.  We can’t get enough.

This has sort of been the ‘house salad’ going on in our home lately.  It pairs with everything as an amazing side dish.  But really…I prefer it alone, all by it’s pretty little self, as the perfect meal.   Continue reading

6 Simple, Fun Ways to Get Your Kiddos Involved in the Kitchen

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Guys!  My mama is here!  Like, at my house!  And because there is just SO darn many things to accomplish in her short trip here {i.e.: loving on my kiddos, coffee-sipping, staying up too late gabbing, shopping, donuts, playgrounds + parks, you know, all the good stuff} I haven’t had a chance to edit the recipe photos I intended on sharing with you today. But I’ve got something fun, nonetheless.   Continue reading

Roasted Potatoes with Mustard Vinaigrette + Bleu Cheese

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I hope you’re reading this feeling refreshed after a long weekend!  We had a great one that involved so much yummy food and this Roasted Potato Salad with Mustard Vinaigrette +Bleu Cheese was up there on the list.

It’s a fantastic way to doll up potatoes without much work at all.  We paired it with grilled steaks and a green salad and it fit in just perfectly.  It’s wonderful both warm and at room temperature which makes it great for entertaining and it couldn’t be more simple to do. Continue reading

Best-Ever Effortless BBQ Baby Back Ribs

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So these happened this weekend.

I suppose I won’t go into detail about how fall-off-the-bone tender these ribs are.  I won’t bore you with the details of the sticky sauce smothered on top.  And that perfect crispy char…I know you have no interest….so lets just talk for a second about how easy this recipe is to create and I’ll let you go about your day. Continue reading

Shrimp and Cauliflower Grits

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I sit here with the intent of being a good friend.   I really do.  I want to know how your holidays were.  I want to know about your resolutions.  The wonderful things you ate.  How much you {hopefully} enjoyed a little time off.  I do.  But I can’t.

I can’t possibly sit here with this little gem dangling over my head and write, even think, about anything else.  This gem I write of is called Shrimp and Cauliflower ‘Grits’ you guys.  And I have got to get over it.  It’s becoming a problem.

Let’s just get right down to it.   Continue reading