Category Archives: Tips and Tricks

Salsa Fresca

This salsa tastes fresh, hence the name, Salsa Fresca. We also lovingly call it “Salsa de Papa” since it’s something Mark makes on the regular here in our house, using the recipe he acquired from his dad. It’s obviously great with chips, but we also love it on scrambled eggs, in sandwiches, added to rice and […]

5 Tips For a Happy, Healthy Self

How to Create the Perfect Cheese Platter

I’m a lover of all things cheese. That’s why a cheese platter is one of the first things I offer to bring to a party. There are so many varieties of cheese that I’ll admit it can be a bit overwhelming. I made a simple guide to help you pick the right cheeses and create […]

Perfectly Crispy Bacon

I’ve been on the hunt for the best way to make crispy bacon. I love bacon, but I really, really hate making it. It takes up too much time standing by the stove getting sprinkled by bacon grease, and then I’m left with a messy pan to clean. Insert my new favorite way of making […]

Homemade Vanilla Extract

This stuff is so ridiculously easy to make. All you need is some cheap vodka, a few vanilla beans, a mason jar, and time. Lots-o-time. But that time part is easy when you store it away and just forget about it for a couple of months. Just mark it on your calendar to check on […]

Dress Up The Season: Before & After Bedroom Makeover

After our house renovation this past summer some of our old rooms got put on the back burner. One major room that got neglected and used for storage more than an actual room was Mark’s old office which is now a guest room (cough…junk collector). It needed a little TLC. I’ve already been a big […]

A Sweetheart Picnic For Two

Quick picnic ideas for a romantic getaway with you, your honey, and nature.

Strawberry Frozen Yogurt Recipe

Frozen yogurt – easy as pie! Just three ingredients needed to cool off your day.

Stuffed Mushrooms Recipe

Stuffed mushrooms with cream cheese are a simple yet delicious finger food that will delight any discerning guest’s taste buds.

The Willy Files: The Lion King

Getting your fluffy cat groomed for the hot summer is the right thing to do. Especially if you live in 100 degree plus weather.