• My Thanksgiving Tablescape

    Every year, we load up the family and head north to a small town in southern Iowa for Thanksgiving.  We spend the day at my husband’s grandmother’s house for a beautiful dinner and time with the family.  Even though Grandma Kemper is nearing 90 years old, she is adamant that she makes every dish, and anything brought can only be a salad or a dessert.  Leave the big stuff to her. 🙂 As I’ve mentioned so many times in previous posts, I love the time that comes from preparing a meal, spending hours in the kitchen with family and friends…

  • Halloween Candy Bar Pie

    Have enough candy in your house to eat until next Halloween?  Yeah, me too.  Candy for breakfast?  Only when the kids aren’t looking.  Sneaking pieces when I go to “fill up my water.”  Been there, doing that.  That holiday waistline…

  • Halloween 2018

    This Halloween was one for the ages! Jacks was finally at the age that he “got” what he was supposed to do, what he got, and just how fun it would be.  That crazy boy woke up early singing Disney…

  • Oh My, Yummly

    I spend countless hours each month searching and scanning Pinterest to find recipes that sound good, look good, have all the right ingredients that every member of the family will eat, and on and on and on.  I search general…

  • Slow Cooker Baked Ziti

    The clock is tick-ticking away on our home remodel!! Countertops today, backsplash tomorrow, and floors starting Monday.  Hard deadline was set for Halloween so I could have trick or treaters come to the house without a light layer of saw…

  • 23 Books to Read Before these Upcoming Movies!

    It’s getting colder and the days are getting shorter, and my love for snuggling up and watching a movie is up each and every day…and morning…and naptime… Recently, I had a girlfriend ask me to go watch the new movie A…

  • How to Whitewash Your Outdated Fireplace

    When we decided to do our main level renovation on our Fixer Upper, there were a lot of areas that we knew we could do ourselves…and other areas that we weren’t going to touch with a ten foot pole.  Take…

  • What’s Up Wednesday!

    Is this serious?  The last Wednesday of the month already?  Remember that time that February took 582 days to get through and then September BLEW by…even faster than the summer months.  Let’s enjoy it while we can, take it all…

  • Home Remodel Update

    We’ve reached the halfway point!!  Or I guess I should say, “We’ve reached what our contractor claims is the halfway point!!”  I wanted to share some progress pictures with you all to show you just how far we’ve come since…

  • Fall Staples + Sales Round-Up

    The countdown is on!  T-minus 5 days until the first day of fall!!  Bring me all the reds, oranges, and spices while I’m roasting in 90 degree heat.  *cue some serious eye rolls*  But let’s look past the real temperatures and…

  • Sweet Potato Chili – In the Oven or Slow Cooker!

    The title says oven or slow cooker…ya’ll know EXACTLY where I’m throwing this recipe!  Slow cookers are my jam right now.  I’d like to think if I had a working oven, or even a sliver of a counter top available…