Years ago, I remember Martha Stewart tweeting something like, “ask me anything about winter squash!” And because, at that very moment, I had a giant and intimidating butternut squash staring me down from its perch on the kitchen counter, I shot back, “Well … how do I get the PEEL off the thing?!”Read More
I feel terrible about this, and I really don’t even remember how it happened, but somewhere along the way our almost-two-year-old daughter picked up a little phrase.
“I want beer!”
Not just “I want beer.” But “I. Want. BEEEER!”Read More
Chili – with its endless variations and, more often than not, the inclusion of protein-rich beans – lends itself perfectly to vegetarian diets. And the Crock Pot is the perfect place to brew up a warm, hearty vat of chili. And so I thought, hey! I should do a round-up of slow cooker vegetarian chili recipes!Read More
We are up to our ears in firewood right now. A giant, half-dead hemlock towered over our new place, and I, ever the worrywart, wanted it down immediately after we moved in.
So the professionals climbed up and it came down. And we were left with wood. Lots and lots of wood.
We rented a log splitter and my guy, my brother, my nephew, and my sister spent the majority of yesterday taming the giant rounds – some were coffee-table-sized, I’m not kidding – into manageable hunks of firewood. Me, well, I primarily took up residence inside, working on chili recipes, including this one – Crock Pot Pumpkin Red Lentil Chili.Read More
This one belongs in the so wrong/so right files, and I fully admit candy corn infused vodka lies very solidly on the “so wrong” side of that equation.Read More
When I first saw Crock Pot Refried Beans making the internet rounds a while back, I got kind of excited. I mean, I’m a fiend for the Crock Pot, surely I’ve made that clear by now. But the first time they really truly landed squarely on my radar was when the wonderful Simply Scratch posted a great-looking recipe for them. And even though they look terrific, unfortunately, they have lard. No-go for a vegetarian.Read More
Yawwwwnnnn. It’s Monday morning and we are a sleepy little bunch this morning. Our toddler, or Miss Thing as I often call her, decided sleep was optional last night, so after several hours of singing and rocking and looking at stars, we all ended up in bed watching Finding Nemo for the 27th time after which we finally got a little bit of shut eye.Read More
I’ve always refused to buy pre-made pumpkin pie spice mix. Why should I spend the extra money when I already have the spices – cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves, maybe some allspice – in my pantry already?! Goshdarnit?!Read More
You know, I have to admit, I’ve always been a little torn on black bean soup. Yes – it almost always tastes delicious, but as far as aesthetics go? Let’s just say it’s not the most attractive soup out there. It can tend toward … sludge-looking tendencies. Delicious sludge, but sludge nonetheless.
So I decided to make a black bean soup recipe with a little more oomph to it and a little less sludge. I pureed it like your traditional black bean soup, but then I add some whole beans and a couple of cups of brown rice at the end. Prettier! Though … okay, fine, still a little sludgy.Read More
I’m not sure I’ve ever used the word “glorious” out loud, but after peering at photo after photo of mouthwatering pumpkin breakfast recipes, it’s the first word on my mind. Well, that and “hungry.”Read More
Pumpkin, pumpkin, pumpkin! Can you ever get tired of pumpkin?! That’s rhetorical question. At least, coming from me it is. But if you asked my guy, he’d have a decidedly quick actual answer. I think he continues to remain sick of pumpkin thanks to last year’s Pumpkinpalooza.Read More
I am in DIY heaven/hell. Pinterest is my best friend/worst enemy. Making our new house feel like a home is such fun/utterly exhausting.
I’m a little conflicted. Can you tell?
I really am thrilled we were able to make the leap into our new home, and we ended up in such a great place, too. Totally worth it. It’s just a little overwhelming and I want the entire place to feel like home NOW.
This vegetarian butternut squash and beer chili absolutely, 100% helps. Chili could not be more cozy and homey if it tried.Read More
Sometimes I’m not really sure if I should share something with y’all. Especially when, say, it takes so few ingredients and so little time that it’s hardly even really a recipe. Or it’s so straightforward that it took me pretty much zero imagination to come up with it. Or it’s something I didn’t even come up with myself. Or all three. I mean, everyone has had homemade fries baked in the oven, right?Read More
I am so, so out of my comfort zone right now. We’re a few days into life in the new house, but everything is still mayhem. Painting all the rooms before moving everything in has proven to be a painfully slow process – darn HGTV and their hidden staffs of 30 making these types of things look so easy and breezy! I always forget.Read More