Chocolate Chip Cookies

What is your favorite type of cookie?! Ours…the classic Chocolate Chip Cookie! It has always been a favorite of mine and the kiddos love them too! Over the years, I’ve tried many chocolate chip cookies…from homemade to store bought and everything in between.

Although I don’t think there will ever be a bad chocolate chip cookie, I do believe not all cookies are created equal. We’ve taste tested many and I think I’ve finally have a recipe to share that is worthy of you bookmarking to make yourself!

Tide Turner Rum Cocktail

We may not find ourselves vacationing in a tropical destination this holiday season but you can still bring the tropics to you! We should all be able to kick our feet up and daydream about our next tropical vacation with a delicious Tide Turner Rum Cocktail in hand!

This cocktail just happens to be one of our favorites. We were introduced to the Tide Turner, also called a Pain Killer, at the start of this year when we vacationed in St. John for New Year and ever since then, we have enjoyed making this DELICIOUS tropical cocktail at home.

Hot Cocoa Bar

It’s hot cocoa season and if you are anything like us, we have a permanent cup of hot cocoa in our hands at all times! There is just something so special about drinking hot chocolate at Christmastime especially when there is a winter chill in the air! We love to have a permanent hot cocoa bar set us as well.

Plus, hot chocolate immediately takes us right into the hot chocolate scene in The Polar Express, which just so happens to be one of our absolute favorite Christmas movies to watch as a family. I can hear you singing now…”Hot! Hot! Ooh, we got it! Hot! Hot! Hey, we got it! Hot! Hot! Say, we got it! Hot chocolate”!

Christmas Caprese Salad

Caprese salad is a family favorite…we enjoy it as an appetizer, snack, and salad before a delicious Italian family meal. There is always an occasion to enjoy a fresh Caprese salad and this time of year, make it a Christmas Caprese Salad.

With Christmas nearing, elevate your Caprese salad by arranging it into the shape of a candy cane on a platter or cheese board as I’ve done here.

Creamy Mushroom Chicken and Potato Soup

Ever wonder what to do with leftover chicken or turkey from Thanksgiving Day?! Well I have you covered. This Creamy Mushroom Chicken and Potato Soup is the perfect post Thanksgiving Day meal and its so incredibly delicious, flavorful, and comforting. Its like a huge hug in a bowl…a soup you will find yourself enjoying all winter season long.

I typically make this soup with rotisserie chicken, however, considering I know we will have leftover turkey…I will sub the chicken for turkey when I make this soup this weekend. It is just as delicious with turkey!

Apple Cinnamon Cream Cheese Muffins

Thanksgiving day is near and often times we are so focused on prepping and serving Thanksgiving lunch and dinner that we forget a little something for breakfast. These Apple Cinnamon Cream Cheese Muffins are divine and perfect to hold everyone over for the big feast. They are even more delicious the next day and the next.

You and your family (and guests if you are hosting others this year) will love these! They are the perfect mix of sweet apples, cinnamon, and a sweet cream cheese filling that is the perfect little surprise inside. Trust me when I say…it will be hard to eat just one!

Walmart Holiday Gift Ideas

Can you believe that Christmas is just a little over a month away?! The holidays are upon us and our Christmas countdown is on. We love this time of year so much and we were even talking today about when we will put up our Christmas tree. We usually put it up the weekend right before Thanksgiving and I think we will do the same this year…if not a smidgen sooner!

I’ve also already started checking family and friends off of my holiday shopping list! I want to finish my shopping earlier this year so I can truly enjoy the holidays and not get caught up in all of the hustle and bustle. I’ve found several thoughtful and affordable gifts on Walmart’s website.

Pumpkin Banana Chocolate Chip Bread

Banana bread is a family favorite and it’s pumpkin season so why not put the two together for a DELICIOUS Pumpkin Banana Chocolate Chip Bread! This recipe is easy to make and meant to be shared…make a loaf for yourself and give the second loaf to whomever is hosting Thanksgiving this year!

Tis the season for comforts of home and a few treats along the way! I love to get in the kitchen with the kids and whip up delicious baked goods and they always have a lot of fun helping as well.

Buffalo Plaid Thanksgiving Tablescape

This years Buffalo Plaid Thanksgiving Tablescape is one of my favorite fall tablescapes to date. I’ve discovered a new love for black and white buffalo plaid…it has started showing up in different ways throughout our home and I love how southern and homey buffalo plaid makes things feel.

This years tablescape was inspired by family, by home, and by daily comforts. I wanted to create an inviting table that exudes warmth and coziness…one that says come as you are…you are loved and welcomed here.

November Walmart Fashion Finds

Walmart knocked it out of the park this fall when it comes to chic, cozy, affordable pieces and I’m excited to shared many of my recent November Walmart fashion finds with you!

From awesome sets, to elevated sweaters, to a cozy pullover, high waisted jeans, great slouch booties, to a Moto jacket that can be dressed up or down, to the most gorgeous dresses…Walmart truly has every woman’s style, size, and budget in mind!

Captain Jack Sparrow Halloween Costume

Captain Jack Sparrow is one of my all time favorite Disney villains and I’m a big fan of all of the Pirates of the Caribbean movies. Peter introduced me to these movies when we first started dating and I’ve been a fan every since.

During quarantine, we showed the first 2 movies to Reins and Addison and they are now big fans too! Watching it with them brought me so much joy and we all just laughed and giggled at the character of Captain Jack Sparrow.

No Bean Turkey Sweet Potato Chili

I’m so excited to share one of my absolute favorite Whole 30 dinner recipes with you…No Bean Turkey Sweet Potato Chili!  I typically make this recipe once a week and often times I will double the recipe so I can eat leftovers the next day for lunch (its even better warmed up the next day)!

With winter upon us, there is nothing more comforting than a warm bowl of chili and I PROMISE, you will love this recipe as much as I do!

Boozy Pirate Rum Milkshake

Captain Jack Sparrow is a rum connoisseur and he has quite the sweet tooth too! Jack’s mug is filled to the brim with this Boozy Pirate Rum Milkshake and its sure to keep all Pirates singing a jolly song.

Be jolly and enjoy this season…Captain Jack Sparrow wouldn’t want it any other way! ARGH…cheers matey!

 

Pirate’s Treasure Cupcakes

Jack Sparrow is always in search of gems and pirate’s booty but he also likes cupcakes…especially when they are adorned with gold flecks and gemstones! These Pirate’s Treasure Cupcakes are rich in gold and perfect for even the most scurvy Pirates!

Check out today’s cupcake post…you may just spot Captain Jack Sparrow himself!