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What’s Growing On? Tomato update!

What’s Growing On? Tomato update!

Ahh tomatoes. Our plants are huge but we have yet to see fully ripened tomatoes. We seriously can’t wait. Evie takes very good care of them, making sure they’re watered almost daily. I had to stake them with branches already because they’re getting huge and […]

Neiman Marcus Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe

Neiman Marcus Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe

Most of you know, or maybe you don’t, there was a story going around about a certain chocolate chip cookie recipe from Neiman Marcus. The short version of the story: a woman was lunching at Neiman Marcus and had the most amazing chocolate chip cookie, […]

What’s Growing on?-Basil Garlic Pasta

What’s Growing on?-Basil Garlic Pasta



I just threw this together when we needed a side the other night.

I can’t tell you how much I love fresh basil! The smell when you pick it, the taste, everything! Evie loves it too! She’ll pick leaves right off the plant and eat them when we’re gardening! Girl after my own heart!!



1/2 box pasta

2 cloves garlic- chopped

6-8 small leaves of fresh basil

2Tbs salted butter

Black pepper -to taste

Handful of fresh grated Parmesan

1. Cook and drain pasta according to directions.

2. Stir in butter and coat pasta.

3. Cut basil into strips(I stack the leaves, roll them up then cut)

4. Toss garlic, basil, and pepper into pasta.

5. Top with as much Parmesan as you desire!



It was really good!

And I’m not gonna lie, I was surprised considering I just threw it together!


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The Patriotic Cake!!

The Patriotic Cake!!

For the Fourth of July (I know I’m a little late), Evie and I decided to make a very Patriotic cake. Red, White and Blue, flags, the whole bit. It turned out so awesome, there’s even a surprise inside! Evie was SO SO good about […]

What’s Growing On?!- Tomatoes

What’s Growing On?!- Tomatoes

For a few years now, Evie and I have been growing tomatoes. Last year we had a late start and ended up with A LOT of green tomatoes in October right before the first real freeze. Not this time! We made sure to grab our […]

Your Favorite Cookie….

Your Favorite Cookie….

What is your favorite cookie?

I think one of the staples of cookie “stardom” is definitely a Snickerdoodle.

Chewy, sugary, cinnamony(can this be a word?) goodness!

It happens to be one of our favorites around here!

They’re also quite easy to make. Plus, very toddler friendly! You get to roll dough in a bowl of sugar and cinnamon?! How is that not fun?

This was one of those days where we just felt like baking, nothing planned. Most of the ingredients we have in the kitchen all the time, sugar, butter, eggs, cinnamon etc so it was a very easy decision!  So I set out the sticks of butter from the freezer late morning and by dinnertime we had freshly made snickerdoodles for dessert!

Let’s get rolling!


First we combined all our dry ingredients into a small bowl and set aside.

In another bowl, we creamed the butter and the sugar.

We then added the eggs and vanilla. We incorporated the dry ingredients until it was all mixed well.

Again, taste testing the product.

Cover the dough with plastic wrap and pop it into the fridge for about 30-45 minutes or so. The chilling helps the cookies to keep their shape and not spread over the cookie sheet too much.

Once your dough has been chilled, preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

In a small bowl, combine the sugar and cinnamon.

To get a consistent size, give or take, we used a tablespoon to measure out each cookie ball. I do have a cookie scoop but it was much too large for this recipe. Also cookie scoops are NOT that easy to use with a toddler. They’re really great for when you’re baking cookies alone, but not so efficient for a “Me! Me! Me!” type of individual if you catch my drift. 😉

Roll into balls about 1 inch in size, then toss into your sugar/cinnamon mixture, making sure to cover the ball completely. Place on a cookie sheet about 2 inches apart from each other. Bake in the oven for 13-15 minutes, once the cookie turns a golden color. Cool on wire racks and enjoy!!!


Yield: 3 dozen



1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened

1 1/2 cups sugar

2 eggs

1 tsp. Vanilla

2 3/4 cups flour

2 tsp. Cream of tartar

1 tsp. Baking Soda

1/2 tsp. salt

For Sugar/Cinnamon mixture:

2 Tbs sugar

1 tsp Cinnamon


  1. Mix together dry ingredients in a small bowl and set aside.
  2. Cream butter and sugar in large bowl, add in vanilla and eggs, mix well.
  3. In batches, add dry ingredients to combine.
  4. Place dough in refrigerator for 30-45 minutes.
  5. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  6. Form dough into balls and roll in sugar/cinnamon mixture
  7. Place on cookie sheet 2 inches apart
  8. Bake for 13- 15 minutes until golden in color.
  9. Cool and enjoy!
Yellow cake+Chocolate Frosting=LOVE

Yellow cake+Chocolate Frosting=LOVE

One of the things I love about how far the internet has come along is, being able to find a multitude of recipes at your finger tips! I especially love Pintrest for that! Back in the day, pre-Pintrest, I used to surf the web(ha!) looking […]

Can You Tile? Bathroom Remodel- Edition 3

Can You Tile? Bathroom Remodel- Edition 3

Or rather, the question should be, Are you SURE you want to tile? I mean there are some things that are fairly easy to DIY around the house, paint the walls, put in a garden, change out a light fixture etc. So really, adding tile […]

What’s Growing On?!

What’s Growing On?!

Evie loves to garden. She has a ton of pots all over the yard with her “flowers” She takes great care of them, making sure they’re watered every day. She takes especially great care of her tomatoes.

Every summer we’ve always grown basil. Where we have it in the yard seems to be the the best place for it! They get so huge! They’re excellent for making sauce(which I happen to have simmering on the stove already since 9 am) and caprese salad!

They’re also great for eating the leaves straight off the plant, thats what Evie does! Their smell once you pick the leaves you can smell all the way across the yard. They smell sooooooo good!!

We’ll share pictures whenever we have the ingredients for the caprese salad! It’s so easy and refreshing! Plus we’re growing tomatoes, so we’ll have plenty on hand as well!

The plants are so plentiful, friends and family always pluck a few leaves for them to take home every time they visit!


Turtle cupcakes, Dude!

Turtle cupcakes, Dude!

A while back, we were gifted a couple of Disney cookbooks. Evie has been begging me to make something from them since we started baking and cooking more. Especially The Disney Princess Cookbook! I mean why wouldn’t that be her first choice?! This book is […]