Tag Archives: cooking

Our Suburban Garden – A Last-Minute August Update

Stopping in late tonight to share a quick garden update for the month of August. First, remember how I thought our tomatoes had gotten out of control last month? (Check out our July update, HERE.) Well, I was wrong. They were just unruly. Now, they are out of control. Seriously, going in there to harvest the ripe […]

Frosted Lemonade: A Delicious Summertime Recipe

I think I’ve mentioned that ice cream is one of my favorites…and not just since being pregnant. We have ice cream in our freezer pretty much at all times throughout the year and I often let myself have a bowl as a treat before bed. Now, store-bought ice cream is pretty good. Ice cream from […]

Herby Goodness

You may have noticed in my Wednesday post about our houseplants that I failed to mention a couple of other pots we have growing in the kitchen window sill. (It’s okay if you didn’t notice, I’m going to tell you about them anyway. ) For Mother’s Day, Wyatt got me a couple of nice little […]

Crispy Baked Asparagus Fries

You guys, guess what? I cooked! As in, I followed/created a new recipe…something other than sauteing zucchini or boiling potatoes. I know, I used to cook all the time, but then the pregnancy sickness hit and I sort of just defaulted to eating whatever Wyatt made for us to eat. I’m ashamed to say that […]

Sandwich Snacking: Sponsored Post for Hillshire Farm

This post is #Sponsored by Hillshire Farm, but the words and opinions are all our own.  Last week, we shared a recipe made with Hillshire Farms smoked sausage. Yum. We also had the opportunity to try their new Naturals lunch meat. One of the good things about this turkey is that it’s slow roasted in […]

Getting Saucy with Sausage: Sponsored Post for Hillshire Farm

This is a sponsored post for Hillshire Farm. All views and opinions are our own. A few weeks ago, we were contacted by Hillshire Farm about creating a couple recipes for them. Since we had several requests for recipes and reports of our kitchen in action now that it’s almost completed, we figured it was a […]

Adding Some Spice with Target for Thanksgiving – Sponsored Post

Congrats to our winner! Comment number 10! Winner has been notified and prize will be fulfilled by Target. This post is #Sponsored by #TargetWedding, but the words and opinions are all our own.  Even though we REALLY wanted to have our kitchen project totally done by Thanksgiving, which isn’t going to happen, I’m still excited […]

Oh, Snap! Sponsored Post and Giveaway!

GIVEAWAY ENDED: Winner is comment number 6 (not including my replies), Donita! *This post is sponsored by Harvest Snaps but the content and opinions are all my own. Questions? Email us! Keep reading! We have a fun giveaway for you guys this week. Peas! Or rather, Snapea Crisps. You can check out the Harvest Snaps website using this […]

Canning Craziness: Preserving our Garden Produce

Guys, I’ve been a canning fool this year. And by fool, I mean someone who has no idea what she’s doing but who is enjoying the craziness and trying all sorts of new recipes. This was the stash from a few weeks ago: Here’s what it looks like now: Not only have we been working […]

Savoring Summer: Cherry Tomato Tart Recipe

Guys, I’m going crazy over here…posting more recipes in the past couple of weeks than I had for the entire six months before this. (Like these cucumber chips and some spiked raspberry limeade.) I know I’m not a chef, nor is this a cooking blog, but I can’t help it. I’m just so stinkin’ excited […]

Sweet Summer: Spiked Raspberry Limeade Recipe

Several, several weeks ago, I posted this photo on Instagram: That was the weekend before my birthday, and it was a fun few days that involved some last-minute recipe creations, namely a raspberry-limeade concoction…spiked with some citrus-flavored rum. I have to say I was a bit surprised by how well the rum went in this recipe. […]

No Longer In the Weeds

This post is only about not being in literal weeds. We are still in the weeds if you’re using that as an expression to describe our never-ending kitchen remodel or the amount of clutter on my desk. But, to get back on track, this is an example of what our front yard landscaping looked like […]

Stuffed Zucchini Boats: A Summer Garden Recipe

It’s been a very long time since I’ve shared a recipe with you all, and that’s not because I haven’t been cooking (I still make dinner at home nearly every night) and it’s not because I haven’t been making up recipes. It’s because I wasn’t sure recipes really fit into the “theme” of our blog […]

Easy, FUN, DIY Pickles

As anyone who has been following our blog even half-heartedly this summer knows, we are kind of, sort of, obsessed with our current garden project. We’ve even been posting #DailyHarvest pics on our Istagram accounts. (Mine, Hubs-he’s new so not many posts yet.) And there’s been quite a few posts on the topic. Here, here, […]

Mirror, Mirror…on the stove…

On Friday, I received a special delivery from our local FedEx man. But I’m getting ahead of myself. I should back up a bit and explain. I like to enter contests. In fact, I usually enter several a day, in some form or fashion. I love to enter contests that aren’t based on random drawings though, […]

A Good Gas Guess

Last night was another one of those nights in which the Shipmans got a good taste of how un-fun this home ownership thing can sometimes be. We were making dinner when an alarm went off, (not beeping like a smoke alarm, but solid for about five seconds or so) and then stopped. We frantically looked […]

More Pinning, More Winning

I realize the title of this post may seem a bit like I’m bragging, but really, I’m just excited that I’m actually doing some of the things I’ve been pinning, I mean planning, on doing for the past few months. We already shared Wyatt’s Pinterest Project, which went super awesome: And my Pinterest project, which […]

Happy Christmas Eve-Eve!

Happy Christmas Eve-Eve everyone! I didn’t get to everything on the Christmas to-do list, but I’d say we did pretty well considering I was sick for a week and we had a few other unexpected bumps in the road we weren’t planning for. To see the posts that go with these projects, just click on […]

First Annual Champagne Friday

Ok, I know Tuesday nights might be a little late for a weekend recap post, but that’s okay, right? It’s still worth sharing, I think. And here’s why. Hubs had a long work week last week. In fact, he had to work late Friday night. (Remember me asking for advice about that?) Friday night, this […]

Leftover Magic

Well guys, if you’ve noticed that I’ve been posting more recipes after taking a break from doing that, it’s because I have a new-found love for my kitchen. Maybe because it’s huge compared to my last kitchen. Maybe because we have a brand new refrigerator that I love to fill up with delicious things. And […]

Mini Meatloaves

As you guys may know by now, Hubs loves meatloaf. I think it’s his favorite thing. Ever. (We made it to celebrate being home from a long weekend trip to Chicago with a bunch of rowdy Sporting KC fans in this post.) And last night, because I wanted to bless him in a small way […]

BBQ Chicken-Bacon-Ranch Twice Baked Potatoes

It’s been awhile since I posted a new recipe for you guys. Partly because we were out of town and moving and remodeling and stuff so I haven’t been cooking as much… And partly because I was too lazy (or too hungry?) to stop and take photos while I was cooking and eating. Either way, […]

What do you want for dinner?

Last week was a busy one. With trying to pack up our apartment and paint our new house, we’re running out of all the essentials for weeknight dinners. As in our fridge has ketchup, fresh zucchini, and water inside it. That’s it. Yikes. (Ok, there’s more than that in there, but still, it’s pretty empty. […]

It’s been 6 months…how are YOU doing on your resolutions?

Well guys, today is the first day of summer. (insert mini celebration here) Are you still celebrating summer with me looking at these pictures? I bet you are! Hubs and I are going to celebrate tonight by heading out to a gourmet hot dog restaurant. Beacause like happiness, hot dogs also=summer. It’s a small thing, […]

Inside our walls…

There’s a lot that goes on inside our apartment that a lot of people don’t know about. Some of it’s pretty normal newlywed stuff. We bicker about laundry and dishes. We yell at the TV when our cable is sucking. We kiss a lot. We walk around in our skivvies all the time. (Ok, not […]

The 10 Best Things About Being a Newlywed

I’ve had some time to think about marriage recently, and I’ve compiled a list that I thought was important enough to share with all of you. Ready? Let’s go. (Note: This list is not at all intended to be taken totally seriously, unless of course, you are a newlywed, or can remember being one, and […]

Life happens…

Welcome to everyone who found this post via Pinterest looking for my wine-inspired graduation gift! I hope you enjoy our little corner of Blog Land and stop to look around a few other pages, like our DIY Foam Cooler Ottoman, Ruler Growth Chart, our Kitchen Renovation, and my Free Printables! Hi all, have you noticed my […]

Time flies…

Lately I’ve been feeling that the past year has totally and completely flown by. Yes, I know that’s something “adults” say. And that the more I say it, the more I sound like my parents, or my grandparents. But when I think back to last year at this time, when I was newly graduated and […]


It’s the last of the A to Z blogging challenge posts, and I’m excited to end with something I LOVE: Zucchini. Remember when I got those giant zucchinis from my grandma and wanted to use them all up? Well, that began my love affair, and now, I’m hooked. Here’s our most recent zucchini adventures. Try […]