Daisy Girl Scout Oreo Pops

We have learned promises. We have learned songs that stick with you longer than the Minnie’s Bowtique song. We have sold our first box of cookies (#TeamCaramelDeLites) ....more

Sopapilla Cheesecake Bars

Meet the second-biggest hit of our Christmas treats this year, behind the Peppermint Bark Cookies. With an 80-degree Christmas in southeast Texas, we did the most logical thing: leave the turkey in the freezer, replace the menu with a TexMex enchilada & tamale feast, and make a vat of cranberry and pomegranate margaritas. And go swimming ....more

Peppermint Bark Cookies

It’s the moooost wonderful tiiiime of the yeeaaaarrr! This time of year is full of carbs and butter and more carbs and sugar and chocolate everywhere you look. And envelope adhesive ....more

Roasted Butternut Squash with Bacon and… Chinese 5 Spice?

Maybe. Probably. I’m almost 95% sure that it was Chinese Five Spice ....more

Creamy Sausage and Spinach Pasta

If I made a list of things I did in October, it would look a little something something like this: 1. Accidentally got a job. And started that new job on the exact same day that Jason started his new job ....more

Tomato, Basil, and Chicken Alfredo Lasagna Rolls with HEB Primo Picks

This month’s HEB Ciao Italia Primo Picks feature the best in HEB’s Italian food line-up: decadent alfredo sauce, Italian-made pastas, balsamic vinegar, Blood Orange Soda (the second most-important ingredient in sangria) olive oils, and baiocchi cookies that, no matter how high in the pantry you try to hide the bag, still reel you in with their sweet chocolate-hazelnut filled siren song. A photo posted by Shawnda (@shawndah) on Oct 5, 2015 at 12:23pm PDT Seriously, y’all. Those cookies ....more

Beef Lasagna with Eggplant “Noodles”

When Jason and I first met, he cooked approximately 3 things: pasta & meat sauce, Texas Toast, and Stouffer’s Lasagna. Two pastas and one something that you eat with pasta. The only vegetables in his diet were tomatoes and garlic and those only came in the form of pasta sauce ....more

Baked Brie with Wine-Candied Figs

The only difference between summer in southeast Texas and fall in southeast Texas is about 8-10 degrees. That’s it. So while everyone else is apple pie-ing and pumpkin bread-ing, I’m still eggplant-ing and fig-ing ....more

Peanut Butter & Banana Green Smoothie

Powdered peanut butter (like zoodles, the spiralizer, and jicama tortillas) is one of the things I’ve discovered during Project Kidney. And I really like it. And I don’t mean that I like it in a disingenuous “eh, it’ll work in a pinch” sort of way ....more

Baked Barbecue Pulled Pork Egg Rolls with Spicy Avocado-Lime Coleslaw with HEB Primo Picks

Do you smell that? Smoke, lime, mesquite, $9 beer, and 11 kinds of meat (6 if you count the hot dogs as 1 – yes, let’s just count the hot dogs as 1). That’s the smell of football season ....more