Versatile Creamy Avocado and Jalapeño Sauce

Last week I was craving, CRAVING something creamy and spicy with crispy melted extra sharp cheddar cheese. For days. So finally I thought it would be great to put my new gluten free tortillas (really good by the way) to good use and make a creamy enchilada casserole for dinner ....more

Greek Yogurt Ranch Dip (Blue Cheese Optional)

I use Greek yogurt in a lot of recipes. Smoothies, salads that require a creamy dressing, smoothies, and I’ve been working on a banana bread recipe, just to name a few. Like many people, I also use it as a sour cream substitute to top quesadillas and baked potatoes, or really anything requiring sour cream ....more

I’m Getting Divorced, and Learning I Have Value

In a matter of days the papers will be delivered to my mailbox. I will be divorced. My husband and I have been together for 17 years ....more

Crock Pot Meals Reloaded: Chicken Fajitas

Like many people, I’m totally into crock pot meals now that the cold weather has arrived. It’s so nice to know that at the end of the day, you have a warm, and hopefully healthy meal to settle down to. When I cook in my crock pot, I tend to cook in large batches, using simple and budget-friendly ingredients ....more

Sauce Mornay, Basic Cheese Sauce

One of the first things I ever learned to cook was a béchamel sauce. Make a roux with equal parts unsalted butter and unbleached white flour, add milk, nutmeg, salt and pepper. Soon after I learned how to make it into a delicious cheese sauce, also called Sauce Mornay ....more

Luscious Acorn Squash Soup

When I was a little girl, my grandmother made the most delicious acorn squash. She would cut them in half and scoop out the seeds. A pat of butter, brown sugar, and salt and pepper filled the holes ....more

Summer 2014 Bucket List

The days are hot. The nights are warm. We’ve already swam in ponds, and roasted things over fires ....more

5 WordPress Plugins for Increased User Functionality

Plugins are a great way to ease in the design of a WordPress website, and they also increase a site’s functionality. Some plugins can help our clients when our job is done. While we designers should not render ourselves obsolete, I do feel like it is our responsibility to give clients increased functionality, and the confidence to harness it themselves ....more

7 Questions to Ask a Prospective Design Client

When I am approached about logo and/or web design services, one of the first things I do is send the prospective design client a questionnaire, whether or not I’ve been hired yet. These seven questions help me get to know prospective clients better—which makes my job easier, and allows me to give each client the best design possible. My questionnaire is a mix of design and marketing questions that will encourage potential clients to think not only about what kind of design they want, but also what their overall brand will look like, and how they will compete in their market or niche ....more

Grilled Veggie and Bean Summer Salad

Like many people at this time of year, I’m starting to think about what I’m putting in my mouth, and what will hopefully come off of my body. Not just to look good, mind you, but to feel good too. Eating healthy is generally not a problem with me, as I’m in love with salad ....more
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