Thought I would round out the year with kind of a personal post.

This year was easily one of the hardest years of my life and I don’t know that I’ll ever be ready to talk about the things that happened. I did finally wrap up the divorce – which took 18 months and 4 days, not that I was counting or anything. And everything with the Army is finally wrapped up and that’s the part I’ll probably never be ready to talk about.

The kids and I fell into a routine of it being just us 4 and that’s had it ups and downs. I swear there were weeks when I was in the principals office every other day. But we had lots of adventures along the way. Most importantly, I finally got them to Mardi Gras in New Orleans. I’ve waited for this like most parents wait for their kid’s first Disney trip.

I spent all spring hiking with the husky, all summer at the lake with the boys, and all fall hiking with the husky again. If you’d told me this time last year that I’d start to appreciate Texas, I would have never believed you.

I fell in love with the kind of guy that changes my tire without yelling at me and leaves me cups of hot tea by my bed when I’m sick and I know that probably sounds totally normal to most people but I’ve never had that.

And most importantly, the food! We started our year with puffy tacos in San Antonio and finished the year at a conveyor belt sushi place in Austin that spits out capsule toys when you eat enough sushi. My kids had more pho than chicken nuggets this year, last week my 6 year old ordered lamb at a Halal place, and the lady that owns my favorite sushi restaurant sits with us every time we’re there because she cant believe my 2 younger kids actually eat sushi. I can’t tell you how happy I am to have kids who not only love food, but are willing to try all the interesting restaurants with me (and not order chicken tenders and fries!).

Finally, I want to thank you guys for hanging out with me all year. I’m pretty excited for what’s to come in 2018, both in my life and on the blog. Happy New Year, y’all!











Boozy Cinnamon White Hot Chocolate - the perfect way to warm up on chilly days! Easy homemade white hot chocolate with Fireball Whiskey and marshmallows on top!

Heeeey guys, one last post before Christmas! I couldn’t leave you without something delicious and boozy.

Because, as I tell you every year, I’m not doing my Christmas Eve all night wrapping session without Elf on in the background and some kind of delicious beverage next to me.

Before we get to that though, I wanna say thank you for coming back, for all the emails, for checking on me if I don’t post for a few days, for stopping me in Target and saying hi, for everything this blog has given me. These last couple years have been a real rollercoaster for me and having this little space on the internet full of people who share the same interest as me has been one of the only constants in my life. I appreciate it all more than I can express.

This may be my last post of the year (other than my yearly favorite recipes – that’s still happening) so I hope you have a fabulous Christmas and a safe and happy New Year!


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Turkey, Potato, and Corn Chowder - rich, delicious chowder in less than 30 minutes!

Heeeey guys, happy first day of winter break!

My kids are already driving me crazy. Shocker, right?

It’s crazy cold right now and nobody wants to go outside and run off their energy. So far we’ve gone a movie, taken the dogs to see Santa, decorated cookies, watched Home Alone 4 times, and eaten 3 batches of my mom’s Christmas mix.

Please send ideas.

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Grapefruit Rosemary Sparkler - easy, festive drink recipe for all your holiday parties. Grapefruit juice and Prosecco with a fresh rosemary simple syrup!

Okay, I know I swore that I’d never be obsessed with cheeseboards but it’s happened. I’m obsessed.

I used to never keep crackers and cheese and weird jams and all that on hand but now? What if we need a cheeseboard and some yummy drinks on a Sunday night to go with our 5th viewing of Home Alone 2?

I’ve made at least 3 already this month. They’re just the perfect easy dinner or so fun to throw together if you decide to have a last minute get together.

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