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Blackberry Sour Cream Muffins

Yesterday my sweet baby turned three months old. Yesterday my baby turned three months old. THREE MONTHS! Where is the time going? Before I know it she’ll be way too cool for me, and then driving, and then coming home with some dude to tell me she’s getting married Father of the Bride style. I’m positive that’s how my parent’s felt when I brought Mr. T home to meet them. Then they got all weirded out and Famous Julie started asking really bizarre questions and my dad wouldn’t

Copycat Cafe Rio Black Beans and Cilantro Lime Rice

That’s right. Today you are getting a twofer! That’s awesome because it like, never happens? But today, my friends, you are getting more bang for your buck and that’s a beautiful thing. Because these are the LAST RECIPES that you need to complete your Cafe Rio experience at home. What what?! Yeah. This is happening. At your house! Just a quick PSA: This post has way too many pictures… but Cafe Rio! Back in the day when I didn’t know what was what, I used to just pop open a ca

Blueberry Muffins with Brown Sugar Streusel

These blueberry muffins are the real deal, my friends. They are LOADED UP with fresh blueberries. You won’t get a single bite without one. Unless you eat like a bird or something, like a single crumb at a time. Seriously, take a lesson from Carl’s Jr’s gross commercials and eat like you mean it. Don’t miss out on these muffins. Those commercials always confused me. The reason those women are probably attacking those hamburgers like that is because that’s the first hamburger t

Rosemary & Thyme Roasted Veggies

You guys. Yesterday was Valentine’s Day… and it was the worstbest (thanks for the new word, Kelli!) Valentine’s Day ever. Okay, rewind to Saturday. Baby Girl and I are hanging out, being awesome and cute like we always are. Or it was mostly just her being cute and awesome, but I thought I’d throw myself in the mix. So anyway, I don’t really know how it happened but somehow her fingernail ended up embedding itself into my eyeball. I really didn’t think much of it, other than t

Parmesan Mushrooms

I feel like there are two people in the world. People who love mushrooms and people who don’t. I’ve never really met anyone who is like, “Oh, mushrooms? Yeah, they’re aight.” I swear it’s always one extreme or the other. “I WANT TO MARRY MUSHROOMS,” vs. “MUSHROOMS CAN EAT CRAP AND DIE.” Well, I want to marry mushrooms. They are the whole package. Funny, smart and delicious. That isn’t everyone’s ideal package? Hmm… weird. Well, THESE shrooms are also healthy and PRETTY! BOOM.

Grilled Mexican Street Corn

Unfortunately I never saw this deliciousness last time I was wandering the streets of Mexico. We did however run into a gentleman who was walking around with a device that appeared to be two metal bars connected to a car battery. As we strolled past him, he shoved the bars into my older brother’s hands, turned on the battery and continued to electrocute him so vigorously that all the muscles in his hands contracted and he couldn’t let go. THEN he proceeded to turn the electri

Grilled Pineapple

OOOHHH MMMYYYY GOOOOOOOSSSSHHHHH. This recipe. I can’t handle it. I love so many things about this summer. I love that I’m not pregnant and I don’t feel like I’m surrounded by fire and brimstone at every waking hour of the day. I love that we have our own house. I love that Baby Girl is old enough to love swimming and being outside. I love that the weather is beautiful pretty much all of the time. I love that we have our own grill and that we use it almost on the daily. Al

World’s Best Baked Beans

The most magical of the fruits. You guys are probably way too mature to get that joke. Unfortunately, I’m sitting here giggling to myself and singing that song over and over in my head. Great. Now it’s stuck in there. ANYWAY… These are hands down the best baked beans in the history of the entire world. I mean do you see the bacon on there? Bacon makes everything better just by being around. I automatically feel like a better person just by being in the proximity of bacon. Thi

Twice Baked Potato Casserole

Have you ever had twice baked potatoes before? This is like the same thing, just like, one thousand times easier. You don’t have to dig out all the potatoes once they’ve been baked and refill those tiny fragile little potato skin boats with filling. You boil the potatoes until they are soft and then mix it with a ton of delicious ingredients. Like sour cream and cream cheese. You know, healthy stuff. Let’s be real, it’s the cheese and bacon that packs the real punch. … On yo

Strawberry Muffins

I’m so ready for summer and fresh berries. I’m watching the Bachelorette as I write this, and I can’t get over the awkwardness. The classic pensive stares across the corn fields or the cityscapes. The bumbling one-liners and nervous giggles. There was even one shot of a dude who was playing fetch with his like, 300 pound labrador retriever. You could tell that lab had never retrieved anything in his life. OH, and how about the yoga dude who is totally into love and the univer

Garlic Parmesan Roasted Broccoli

Let me guess… Broccoli is your favorite food, right? How did I know? That may sound like I’m being sarcastic but this stuff is seriously so dang good. Instead of making fries as a side dish with your next meal, you should try this first. It is crispy and garlicky and super addicting. See all those dead spaces on my pan? Yeah… that’s from me not being able to control myself. A–ROUND BROC–CO–LI. Are you kidding me? I mean broccoli has always been pretty alright. You know, I wou

Baked Sweet Potato Fries

One of my friends asked forever ago if I could post a recipe for sweet potato fries. I’ve just taken my own sweet time getting around to it, I guess. I have no idea what took me so dang long. Actually, I know exactly why it took me so long. Every time I tried to get sweet potatoes from the grocery store I ended up coming home with yams. Every. Single. Time. I was getting totally frustrated with myself and didn’t know how I could make that mistake not one time, not two times,

Roasted Artichokes

How fancy does this look?! I love artichokes. Especially when they are dipped in melted butter. It’s like my 64th most favorite way to consume butter, behind cookies and brownies and all that stuff that isn’t as good for you as artichokes are. Of course. But, seriously. These are super good seasoned up with a little salt and pepper, some roasted garlic and fresh lemon juice. They are a delicious and easy side dish to practically any meal. Also, they are pretty and rustic. Th

Garlic Cheddar Biscuits

I’ve only been to Red Lobster one time, but the only thing that really made any sort of impression on me were the biscuits. Ohhhh… the biscuits. I couldn’t get this garlicky, cheesy, buttery goodness out of my head. Luckily there are one and a half million recipes on the internet for these awesome cheese bombs, and I am about to bring you yet another one! You are welcome. Even though this recipe seems to be a dime a dozen, you still want it. Trust me. They only take like 15 m

Whipped Potatoes

I know you’ve mashed your potatoes before but have you ever whipped your potatoes? These potatoes are so light and fluffy. It’s like eating a cloud. A vegetable cloud. A vegetable cloud ’bout to make it rain butter. I love butter a little too much. It makes life at the gym real hard. Just look at this though. Can you say, “pass the potatoes, please?” Whipped Potatoes 2016-01-21 15:56:39 I know you've had mashed potatoes before, but have you ever had whipped potatoes! They are

Cheese Sticks

These are the perfect accompaniment to your homemade pizza. Because ya know… the best thing to eat with bread and cheese is more bread and cheese. Hope you got all your beach pictures in, because these are definitely not going to help out with that. But I mean, c’mon. You gotta live a little. These suckers are dang good dipped in some marinara sauce, or even better …. ranch. Weird? Maybe. Delicious? Definitely. Just try it. Of course, homemade ranch is ALWAYS better than the

Wedge Yam Fries

Well this is embarrassing. Embarrassingly delicious. A few weeks ago my good friend and basically famous reporter, Emilee asked me to post a recipe for sweet potato fries. I have a love affair with sweet potato fries, so I was more than happy to oblige and ran to the store for the ingredients. Only I got the WRONG ingredients. Instead of grabbing sweet potatoes, I grabbed YAMS. Rookie mistake. If you know me, you know that I hate to waste anything though, so I rolled with it

Oven Roasted Potatoes with Rosemary & Garlic

Warning: Do not eat these while watching the show “The Blacklist”. You WILL get way too into it and you WILL end up eating millions of these suckers. Because that show is the best, and these are delicious and a little addicting because they are so good and so… popable? po·pa·ble [poh–puh-buhl] adjective 1. fit or suitable for popping into one’s mouth: popable potatoes. noun 2. Usually popables; bite sized eatables; foodstuff. Origin: 2014; < Late Latin pōpābilis eatable

Parmesan Bread

K, peeps. Promise me you won’t get your panties in a bunch when you bite into this deliciousness and it doesn’t taste like garlic bread. If it was supposed to taste like garlic bread, it would be titled, “Garlic Bread”.But it’s not. It’s name is, “Parmesan Bread” so take a super wild guess as to what you think this tastes like. Chocolate? Um… I wish. Peanut Butter? Who raised you?! Get outta here. Cheese? BOOM! Thank you! 70,000,000 points to Gryffindor! I shouldn’t be allow

Stir-fry Brown Rice

One of my favorite activities in elementary school was to go to school on St. Patrick’s Day wearing green socks. That way, when someone would pinch me for not wearing green, I could take off my shoe and reveal their worst nightmare. That I got to punch them TEN TIMES. I spent a lot of time punching people on St. Patty’s Day. It was glorious. My dish today, much like my outfit choice in elementary school, has hidden gems of green. You probably shouldn’t punch the people who ea

 

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