Turkey Apple Jack Grilled Cheese Sandwich

A grilled cheese sandwich is like an old pair of jeans. There is something comforting about the familiar. As I walked into school this second year, I was excited to see familiar faces, my office and felt a little more comfortable in my role. But then my administration started to fire out changes we were […]

White Chocolate Apple Walnut Blondies

This weekend’s run up the canyon was showing just the subtlest hints of fall in the air. On one tree, yellow leaves were beginning to appear where green leaves were the week before. I got home and knew I was going to have to bake something fall like. But when it’s 100 degrees outside I’ve […]

How to Throw A Birthday Party For a Teen on a Cruise + A CHEAP The Office Themed Party

For the past week all I’ve heard from my son is “you don’t have to do ANYTHING for me for my birthday.” He left for a couple of days up to his cousins and while he was gone we girls went into Operation Birthday mode. We were getting ready to go on a cruise so […]

Tastes Like It’s HOT Off the Grill Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken: You Have GOT To Try This Slow Cooker Chicken Cooking Technique!

I love using my slow cooker even in the summer. Simple and easy meals are really nice to have on hand as the kids and I go back to school. But the days are HOT. I love my grill, but my grill sits in the hot afternoon sun (love having an east/west facing house).Trying to […]

Cruising the Mexican Riviera Part 3: Puerto Vallarta and Our Carnival Cruise Line Review From Entertainment to Food and Service

Puerto Vallarta was our last port stop and after Mazatlan it was a bit of a let down. A lot of it seemed very Hawaii’ish to me. Other parts felt like I was driving through Newport Beach. It was much more Americanized. But we had an amazing time and once we got out and away […]

Cruising the Mexican Riviera Part 2: Mazatlan! + Do You Need to Speak Spanish, Are People Nice, Is Mexico ‘Safe’ and About Pesos and Zika…

Zika virus. Kidnappings. Abductions. Cartels. Border patrols. Walls. Mexico can sound pretty scary. We were asked so many questions about crusing the Mexican Riviera with all the stories coming out of Mexico. Our second port excursion took us to Mazatlan–by far our favorite port stop and the most beautiful of all the ports we visited: […]

Cruising the Mexican Riviera Part 1: Cabo San Lucas–Plus Tips for Getting On the Cruise Ship As a Family, Blended Family or Single Parent + What to Pack!

Last year brought us on vacation to Hawaii and this year we were off and trying our first cruise to the Mexican Riviera. We are sharing some of our tips and answering questions everyone keeps asking in our three part trip rundown. Our cruise was a busy one. It brought one birthday and two different […]

Meals to Feed Football Players And Other Large Crowds

This fall, the days will be spent sitting in the stands cheering on my son from the stands as he plays football. What most people don’t see is the amount of work that goes into feeding these football players behind the scenes for camps, opening week, back to back games, homecoming or end of season […]

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