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  • 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…

  • the 7th annual gingerbread house competition.

    the 7th annual gingerbread house competition.

    it was touch & go for a while there. I wasn’t quite sure if the husband + I’s 7th annual gingerbread house competition would even happen. we do it every year + it’s our…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 5 treats for every easter basket.

    5 treats for every easter basket.

    once upon a time, I moved to new york city (right after college) to live + be with my now husband, then boyfriend. I boarded my one-way flight in january. and when spring rolled…

  • how to craft a soda bar.

    how to craft a soda bar.

    easter in my family always consistents of church in the morning, followed by brunch + an easter egg hunt. we typically have a lot of food, an endless stream of coffee, juice, and mimosas…

  • adult easter baskets.

    adult easter baskets.

    when you think of easter baskets, you think of kids. I’m trying to change that. mostly because it’s been entirely too long since I’ve had an easter basket and it was something I thoroughly…