• Dinner,  Food Network,  Katie Lee,  Meal Planning,  Menu,  The Kitchen

    Quick Dinner: Brown Sugar Spiced Salmon

    This brown sugar spiced salmon was so delicious and will become a staple in our weekly/monthly. Such a great way to get the family to eat fish: thanks to Katie Lee for yet another simple & amazing dinner inspiration. Just mix a 1/2 cup of dark brown sugar, a tablespoon of chili powder, sea salt and pepper together in a bowl. Pat the rub generously into each filet and bake in the oven on 400° for 10-15 minutes.  The sugars caramelize and whenever that happens, it’s like a party on my plate. So, so good- Porter loved the “chicky” too 😉

  • Restoring Woodland

    Shades of White

    I’m not the best decision maker. In fact, I’ll go out on a limb here and say that I might be the worst. The worst, as in, one of my husband’s least favorite things to do in the whole world is ask me what I want to do for dinner. It sparks a full-on mind-numbing mental meltdown on most days (for both of us).   “I mean… do I want sushi? Spicy tuna kinda sounds good. Do YOU want sushi? I mean, I guess I should have salad. But you know what sounds REALLY good, though? Mac and cheese… wait. We had mac and cheese yesterday for lunch and I feel…

  • Friends,  Jen,  Jessica,  My Life,  Random

    My Iron

    You know those friends that just make life easier? That would be these guys. As I get older grow up, I become continuously more grateful for the relationships that just work. Sure, relationships take work, but I’m a firm believer that the best relationships are also glaringly natural. Personalities compliment, weaknesses are compensated for, and there’s a whole lot of grace and assuming the best. If I am upset, I tell them. If they are upset, they tell me. We’re so different, but we appreciate the quirks and traits that each one of us brings to the table. Jessica is so easy going. I used to feel like she just didn’t…

  • Book Club,  Friends,  Me Time,  The Best Yes

    The Best Yes

    Last night, we started our “book club”. Jen, Jess, Savi and I are reading The Best Yes together. We are only a few chapters in, but already I can tell that this book is going to help me (us) immensely. I am a  “yes” girl. I have the “disease to please”. So thankful for Lysa TerKeurst for writing this book, because not only does it speak to me, but I truly believe it speaks to a majority of women out there. We met at our favorite local coffee shop, got amazing coffee and tea, and started talking. We closed the place down, which resulted in some leftover pastries from the case,…

  • Dinner,  Mom Life,  Recipes,  Weeknight

    Quick Weeknight Dinner (Trust Me, You Want This Recipe On Hand)

    Make this next time it’s 5pm and you realized you forgot to plan anything for dinner. (Like, daily for me) Korean Beef & Rice I just made it for lunch because I had everything on hand, and omg… it was so good. Some healthy substitutions I did: Use coconut aminos or organic tamari instead of soy Use less brown sugar. I did barely 1/4 cup; some versions of this recipe call for up to 1/2 cup… just don’t, it’s too sweet (in my opinion). Use ground turkey instead of beef

  • Crockpot,  Dinner,  Pork chops,  Recipes

    Maple Dijon Pork Chops In The Crockpot

    This was seriously the easiest dinner! • Boneless pork chops (how many ever you want- I used my whole pack of small, boneless pork chops and then doubled the recipe I was following)• 1 large yellow onion• 3-4 tbl of pure maple syrup• 4 tbl of dijon mustard• 1 cup of Apple Cider Vinegar• Salt & Pepper To thicken your sauce:• 2-3 tbl of real butter• 1/2 cup flour I seared a bunch of boneless pork chops in a hot pan. They were pretty small, so I think I did like 12 of them, haha- the whole pack I got at the store. The original recipe I was following called for two large bone-in chops, so…