Monthly Archives: May 2018

Quinoa Corn Salad with Avocado Dressing

Quinoa Corn Salad is the perfect side dish for summer! Fresh grilled corn, nutty quinoa and juicy cherry tomatoes are tossed with a creamy avocado dressing for a vegetarian & gluten free salad full of flavor and nutrition!

Gluten Free Quinoa Corn Salad with Cherry Tomatoes

I am all about fresh grilled corn, I’ll eat it straight off the cob, turn it into Deconstructed Mexican Street Corn, make it into Roasted Poblano Corn Salsa or add it to this Fresh Corn Salad recipe. It’s one of my favorite summer staples and I seriously can’t get enough of it!

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Grilled Caprese French Bread Pizza

Grilled Caprese French Bread Pizza will become your new favorite summer recipe! It’s topped with juicy grilled tomatoes, creamy mozzarella cheese and fresh basil pesto. Slice it into bites for an appetizer or large slices for a seriously delicious meal!

Grilled Caprese French Bread Pizza with Balsamic Glaze

Last weekend was Memorial Day weekend, which means the unofficial start of summer!  I don’t know about y’all, but I am SO excited for grilling season and all of the fresh summer produce popping up at the local farmers markets and grocery stores!

One of my favorite salads to eat during the summer is a classic caprese salad. Over the years, I’ve put several of my own twists on the salad, like this Crispy Eggplant Caprese Salad, which is always a show-stopper at dinner parties and this Quinoa Caprese Salad, a healthy side dish I always bring to picnics and BBQs during the summer!

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Buffalo Cheeseburger Macaroni

Buffalo Cheeseburger Macaroni, it’s like Hamburger Helper, but so much better! This meaty, cheesy pasta dish is so delicious and made in under 45 minutes for a quick and easy dinner recipe!

Buffalo Cheeseburger Macaroni in bowl with spoon

From Buffalo Chicken Cheesy Penne to Buffalo Taco Spaghetti to Buffalo Chicken Cheesy Tortellini, there’s a reason I’ve been called “The Queen of Buffalo Sauce”!

Cheesy pasta recipes with buffalo sauce are totally my jam! It’s quick, easy comfort food with a kick!

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Kitchen Remodel Reveal: Before & After

Come see the before and after of my kitchen remodel, including everything from knocking down load-bearing walls, to installing smart appliances, to designing a 12 foot island!

Before and After Kitchen Remodel Images with Text


Since we closed on our house on August 5, 2017, Kurt and I have been working tirelessly to demo and rebuild this 1950’s house!

A little backstory on the house and how it came to be.

When Kurt and I first started dating, he took me up to the street that our house is on and told me that someday we would live on this street. The views are breathtaking, but the housing selection is limited, as the street is only 3 blocks long. Lo and behold, 5 months after we began our house search, a house on this street came up for sale!

I couldn’t believe it and when I told Kurt, neither could he! See, it just happened to be April Fools Day when the house went on the market and Kurt thought I was playing a prank on him. No prank here, our dream house (or might I say, our dream plot of land with a view!) had come available and we had to have it!

After a long and grueling escrow period, where the house had to be treated for mold and termite damage, on August 5, 2017, the house was finally ours!

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Grilled Stuffed Peppers With Creamy Artichoke Dip

Grilled stuffed peppers are made with sweet mini peppers, filled with an easy, delicious creamy artichoke dip, creating the perfect appetizer for your next BBQ!

Grilled Stuffed Mini Peppers

Can we talk  about how excited I am that grilling season is back in action? Grilled Strawberry Lemonade, Grilled Bruschetta Chicken and Grilled Berry S’Mores should definitely be our your summer grilling menu!

A couple of weeks ago our awesome neighbors invited us over for the first neighborhood BBQ of spring and made these delicious grilled stuffed peppers with a Jalapeno Artichoke Dip from Costco.

I was inspired and came home to make my own Jalapeno Artichoke Dip Stuffed Peppers with an easy, homemade dip recipe! I then proceeded to make these peppers three different times in two weeks, in Oklahoma, on Cinco De Mayo and to make and share on the blog.

They’re such an easy summer party appetizer to prep ahead of time and toss on the grill when guests begin to arrive!

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Italian Drunken Noodles

An Italian spin on a classic Thai dish, Italian Drunken Noodles are made with wide egg noodles, tomato sauce, Italian sausage, fresh basil and peppers for an incredibly flavorful and easy dish made in just 29 minutes!

Italian Drunken Noodles Recipe in Skillet

We love easy pasta recipes around our house! From One Pot Italian Sausage Shells and Cheese to Buffalo Chicken Cheesy Penne to One Pot Buffalo Taco Spaghetti, pasta recipes made in under 45 minutes are in regular rotation on our weekly menu!

Now added to the regular rotation, Italian Drunken Noodles!

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Shrimp Bruschetta Zoodle Bowls

Delicious Italian marinated grilled shrimp is topped with homemade tomato basil bruschetta and served over sautéed zucchini noodles in this healthy, Whole 30 and gluten free Shrimp Bruschetta Zoodle Bowl recipe!

Bruschetta, Grilled Shrimp and Zucchini Noodles in Bowl

With over 4.5 MILLION video views on Facebook, over 100,000 shares and 40,000 comments, it’s clear to see that these Bruschetta Grilled Chicken Zoodle Bowls are a hit!

The original inspiration for these bowls came from my Tomato Basil Bruschetta Recipe that I’ve been making for years! I wanted more ways to eat this delectable recipe, rather than just as an appetizer, so I served it over grilled chicken, on a bed of zoodles and the world took notice!

Today, I’m sharing how to make a similar bruschetta zoodle bowl, but with delicious grilled shrimp! And I’m serious when I say DELICIOUS grilled shrimp! I could eat this shrimp by itself, all day every day… and I did! I could not resist gobbling up a few grilled shrimps before putting these bowls together!

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20 Minute Enchilada Pasta

Small pasta shells, ground beef, enchilada sauce and cheddar cheese are combined in this incredibly easy and flavorful 20 minute enchilada pasta recipe!

Enchilada Pasta Recipe in Bowl

I absolutely love taking my favorite Mexican recipes and turning them into epic weeknight pasta dishes! From Taco Baked Ziti with Creamy Avocado Sauce to Mexican Stuffed Shells with Green Chili Sauce to One Pot Buffalo Taco Spaghetti, Mexican Pasta Mash-Ups are my jam!

For my latest Mexican pasta mash-up, I’m sharing how to make enchilada pasta with beef!

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