Share Your Beauty

Share Your Beauty

8 years ago we brought a tiny little twig of a lilac bush home from my husbands grandmas house. As soon as the Iowa snow would melt away, Grandma Doyle’s lilac bush would flourish in the most stunning way, bidding goodbye to the harsh winter. Beautiful, fragrant blossoms gave everyone hope that warmth and new beginnings were possible.

Since Nick and I were two people without any kind of green thumb whatsoever, we planted our tiny twig and hoped that someday it would blossom into a beautiful lilac bush.


8 years later, we have been enjoying our own blooms off our now flourishing lilac bush. For the past several years it’s continued to grow and has produced the most beautiful blossoms. Each early spring, I love to just sit by the lilac bush in our yard and appreciate its scent and beauty. I also think about Nick’s grandma and how thankful I am that she shared a bit of her beauty with us….

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Easy Homemade Egg Noodles Recipe

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Getting back to basics will help us all Reclaim the Kitchen. Here is one of my family’s favorite “save dinner” recipes… Simple Egg Noodles.

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Do you remember back in February when I wrote a post about Wolf’s “Reclaim the Kitchen” initiative? I’ve been thinking a lot about that ever since…about why families have been moving away from family mealtime. Growing up, eating at home as a family was the norm. Now? We have over scheduled our lives, and I believe, really over complicated family mealtime.

I know in my house, when we hit the drive through it’s because of my lack of planning. Maybe I didn’t set the meat out to thaw or forgot to grab the key ingredients for a recipe at the store. Either way, if I don’t plan, dinner at home doesn’t happen.

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The other thing I have a BIG tendency to do is over complicate family mealtime. Especially as a food blogger, I’m always trying new recipes. Sometimes I forget that getting back to basics…returning to those simple recipes we grew up with… will do just fine. There’s no need for dinner to be a difficult, complicated, affair. There are so many resources at our fingertips with online recipe tools, magazines and cookbooks, we forget that our best recipes are the ones we rarely turn to… the ones our grandmas, our grandmas grandmas, etc. fed their families with for decades using staple ingredients they had on hand from their gardens and pantries. …

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Cucumber Citrus Infused Water

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Especially as the summer months come around, staying hydrated is key to a healthy lifestyle. If you are looking for a way to increase your water intake, like me,  take a tip from the spas and make up a batch of Cucumber Citrus Infused Water…made especially cute in a jar glass and pitcher from Tuesday Morning. One…

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Weight Watchers Chicken Sauté with Peppers and Goat Cheese

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A tasty and filling Weight Watchers recipe that’s only an unbelievable 5 PointsPlus per serving! I go to Weight Watchers meetings on Saturday mornings. I’ve been going since November, at first consistently, then, you know… I left town for a bit and had way too many Pina Coladas…and was nervous to step on that scale…

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Regal Princess Chef’s Table Lumiere Dining Experience

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One of my favorite experiences on board the Princess Cruises Regal Princess was the Chef’s Table Lumiere…an exclusive behind the scenes evening of fine wine and elegant dining. Come along with me as I share about this incredible experience (and find out how you can be a part of it onboard The Regal or Royal…

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French Silk Pie Recipe and McFarland USA Thoughts

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After eating and loving French Silk Pie for years, having no idea how to make it, I finally found an incredibly easy and amazing French Silk Pie recipe I’m sharing today. Plus, I’m sharing some musings after watching the movie McFarland USA. This is going to be one of those blog posts that really has absolutely…

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Use A Wire Whisk To Dye Easter Eggs

Use A Wire Whisk to Dye Easter Eggs

I’m a horrible blogger… I am always so late to the game, sharing holiday stuff AFTER the holidays. The reason? I don’t do holiday things ahead of time. I do my holiday preparations, tablescapes, crafts, food for my family, when we celebrate the holidays. With that said, often times the things that would be helpful to…

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If You Like Piña Coladas {Perfect Piña Colada Recipe}

Perfect Pina Colada Recipe

Let me start by apologizing because I imagine right about now you are singing along with me in your head… “If you like Piña Coladas, and getting caught in the rain. If you’re not into yoga, if you have half a brain. If you like making love at midnight, in the dunes of the cape. I’m…

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