• Cocktails,  Food + Drink

    My Favorite Rum Punch Recipe

    Looking for the perfect Rum Punch recipe? This is a copycat of the famous Day 1 drink from Carnival Cruise lines – they call it the Funship Special. I call it the best drink ever. Do you have a favorite drink or snack that reminds you of vacation? One that instantly transports your mind to the beach or makes you feel like you’re in the middle of the ocean? This drink is my mini vacation. I love sharing favorite drinks here on the blog – my homemade strawberry lemonade is always a hit, and so is my favorite (super easy) sangria. And who can forget about Ranch Water?! Well, it’s…

  • Desserts,  Food + Drink

    Delicious Salty & Sweet Chocolate Bark Recipe

    Have you ever made chocolate bark? It’s one of the easiest things ever to throw together, and it’s so much fun! This is the perfect recipe to try with your kids this summer. It doesn’t even matter what you have in the kitchen – as long as you’ve got a bit of chocolate and a few snacks you can toss on top, you’re good to go! Y’all. This chocolate salty & sweet bark is to die for. I can’t even tell you how much I love it. This recipe was born out of desperation one day years ago in my classroom. We needed to make dessert for a party we…

  • Food + Drink

    The Best Strawberry Lemonade Recipe

    Looking for the most delicious strawberry lemonade recipe you’ll ever find? Keep reading! I have a few different recipes I love to make every summer. Things I go to over and over – some of which, I’ve been making since college! This strawberry lemonade recipe is one of them. I absolutely love making this recipe when the weather starts to warm up, and my kids are always so excited to find a pitcher of it in the fridge! This recipe is a tad labor intensive, only because you need to strain out all of the pulp and seeds from the strawberries if you want a smooth drink. But, I promise,…

  • Desserts,  Food + Drink

    The Best Cookies & Cream Brownies

    Looking for the perfect cookies & cream brownie recipe? I’ve got you covered with these decadent, chewy brownies that are sure to impress everyone! Here’s something you should know about me: I’m a dessert person. I take my desserts very seriously, and I’m pretty particular when it comes to what I like. Well, I’m not all that particular. I just like chocolate. And more chocolate. And nothing but chocolate. Another thing you should know about me? When I land on a recipe I love, I’m very loyal to it. I’ve been making these brownies for years now. Every time I have an event to go to and I can sign…

  • Food + Drink

    Why I Quit Whole30 (And What I’m Doing Instead)

    Well, it’s official. I’m a Whole30 dropout. I made it a full two weeks on the diet before deciding to call it quits – and today, I’m here to tell you the story of why! If you’ve been following along, you’ll know that for the past couple of weeks I’ve been sharing some updates on my Whole30 journey. I was doing a day-by-day blow of my experience doing the really intense, 30-day diet. You can see week one right here, and week two right here, if you missed them! My husband, Corey, and I decided to start the Whole30 because he has always struggled with digestive issues, and we’ve always…

  • Food + Drink

    My Whole30 Experience: Week 2

    Another week down on Whole30, and I’m halfway done! If I’m being really honest with you, I’m having mixed feelings about my experience so far. Overall, I feel good – but nothing major. I do feel more clear-headed and focused than usual, but I wouldn’t say that I have all that much more energy than I do on a day to day basis. I feel a lot less excited about food in general, which is fine, but feels a little sad (my husband loves to cook so food is a big deal in our house!). I also have noticed a significant decrease in my strength/endurance during my runs since I…

  • Food + Drink

    My Whole30 Experience: Week 1

    Curious what it’s like to do a Whole30? I’m documenting my entire Whole30 experience day by day right here, one week at a time! Here’s week one. I never in my life thought I’d be someone who could casually mention that I was doing a Whole30. And yet, here we are. I’m one week into my first ever Whole30! Don’t know what Whole30 is? It’s an elimination diet, with the goal of finding and identifying which foods in your diet may be causing you issues. It also has the added benefit of helping you break some bad food habits, rewire your brain, and get a reset on the food choices…

  • Cocktails,  Food + Drink

    Ranch Water Recipe

    Ready to learn one of my favorite Texas cocktails? Here’s a simple – and DELICIOUS – ranch water recipe that is sure to become your favorite drink of the spring and summer. I’ll admit, before I started prepping to write this post I didn’t realize that Ranch Water was a Texas thing. But, this fizzy, refreshing, tequila-lime drink is one of the best cocktails around and I don’t really think it’s fair to just keep it to us Texans, so I’m sharing it with you today. What is Ranch Water? Ranch water is a really light and refreshing cocktail that consists of nothing but tequila, lime, and a sparkling water.…

  • Desserts,  Seasonal,  Valentine's Day

    Valentine’s Day Dessert Board

    Today, I’ve got a fun dessert-only Valentine’s Day charcuterie board for you! It’s really easy to put together, and your children (or friends, or partner) would be delighted to be surprised with it! There’s not much in this world I love more than a good charcuterie board. You may remember that my friend, Parisa, recently taught me all of her charcuterie board secrets, and then I shared them with you here on the blog. Well, with Valentine’s Day rolling around I really wanted to make a Valentine’s Day charcuterie board to celebrate and practice my newfound charcuterie board skills. But, as I started planning it I quickly decided to pivot…

  • Food + Drink,  Snacks + Appetizers

    The Best {Skinny} Buffalo Chicken Dip

    Need a quick and easy lunch idea? This skinny buffalo chicken dip is a perfect lunch or snack. It’s full of protein and a great lower-calorie option that’s sure to make your lunches feel more exciting. Buffalo chicken dip is my favorite lunch, snack, appetizer, party food…all of it. I’m not even a big fan of chicken wings, but there’s just something about buffalo chicken dip that makes my heart happy. The only problem? It’s not particularly healthy. I love making a batch to have on hand for lunches throughout the week, but it’s not a great choice to eat day in and day out. So, I decided to make…

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