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  • even better moscow mules.

    even better moscow mules.

    if there is one thing I learned this summer, it’s that: moscow mules should be made with alcoholic ginger beer! I’ve been making them “wrong” this whole time. let’s just say, these are the types…

    August 23, 2017
  • black bean burgers.

    black bean burgers.

    while I was on maternity leave, the baby + I settled into quite the morning routine. we’d take the dog for a walk. once we got home, it was breakfast + the today show.…

    August 7, 2017
  • grown-up pink lemonade.

    grown-up pink lemonade.

    IT’S SUMMERTIME! with it has come blue skies, fluffy white clouds + heat. all have been welcomed with open arms after a very dreary, rainy spring. we’ve been spending as much time outdoors as possible. from…

    June 15, 2017
  • veggie + sausage soup.

    veggie + sausage soup.

    when it comes to weeknight dinners, I can + will eat soup year-round. it’s not a food just reserved for the colder months. it’s too easy to throw together + make your own for…

    March 21, 2017
  • simple holiday appetizers (part II).

    simple holiday appetizers (part II).

    as I mentioned in part I (see here) .. it is important to have a “bag of tricks” – a few recipes you can throw together in mere minutes with the ingredients you already have…

    December 23, 2016
  • simple holiday appetizers (part I).

    simple holiday appetizers (part I).

    tis the season to have visitors unexpectedly knocking on your door. to have holiday party invitations on your fridge that you neglected to read the “bring your favorite appetizer” line until you’re running out…

    December 21, 2016
  • make your own bloody mary bar.

    make your own bloody mary bar.

    if you ask me the one food I have never + will never like, I’ll answer “tomatoes”. I’ve given them countless chances, mostly to my grandmother’s satisfaction. I just can’t. for that reason, I…

    October 19, 2016
  • 6 summer must-haves.

    6 summer must-haves.

    in iowa, there is a love-hate relationship with summer (or maybe that’s just me). we survive the cold, snowy winter and are so ready for the hot summer days. then it arrives, and the…

    July 6, 2016
  • a day in the life: emily belden.

    a day in the life: emily belden.

    a day in the life: emily belden. I recently had the opportunity to read the book, eightysixed. it’s a super real memoir, essentially about life. it is, without question, the proper way to digest…

    June 7, 2016