Baby Dahl’s Nursery – Painting Stripes

We are now over the halfway mark until Baby Dahl arrives into the world, and are in full swing on the nursery! Everything for Baby Dahl’s nursery is picked out, and now it’s execution time. (When this is posted, I’m actually in my 3rd trimester)!       Since we are waiting to be surprised on gender, we’ve thought hard on …

A Pretty Paper Passion

I’ve always had a passion for pretty things.   When I was five it was ballerina tutus (although I usually wore them on my head, running around roaring like a lion in dance class). When I was in my teen years, it was makeup and curling irons. I still remember my mom taking me to get my first …

Wedding: Custom Designed Printed Material

I designed and printed everything for my July wedding that you see here.   The Invitations & Envelopes (Wedding, Showers, etc.), Program, Menu, Table Numbers, Name Cards, Favor Boxes, Monogram, etc.   I have an affinity for detail – (an obsession really). For those of you who “want things how you want them” … I …

Roasted Vegetable Tart

  A delicious & healthy summer side-dish that will steal all the attention at the next backyard barbecue!   Convincing the men in my life to eat vegetables is almost as difficult as convincing myself to stay away from chocolate. My mom makes a wonderful tomato pie that the boys love (recipe to come)! We wanted to give the pie …

Basil Pine Nut Pesto Sauce

  A great pesto sauce pairs deliciously with so many different foods! Pour it over pasta (or zoodles), use as a base sauce for homemade pizza, add flavor to roasted vegetables, pour over grilled chicken, pork chops or pork tenderloin, use in The Midwest Skinny Pesto Chicken Tacos. The list is endless!     The …

Almond Joy Cookies

Calling all Chocolate Chip Cookie lovers!! Put a unique twist on your traditional chocolate chip cookies, with this Almond Joy Cookie Recipe. Laced with Coconut Flakes and Sliced Almonds, stuffed with Bittersweet and Semi-Sweet Chocolate- this cookie will melt in your mouth! This cookie is gooey on the inside,  yet the toasted coconut flakes bring perfectly …

Rosemary Focaccia Bread & Boursin Cheese

  This delicious Rosemary Focaccia Bread is a household favorite in my family! Lather a piece of it with the Boursin Cheese and soon the entire pan will be gone.   It goes wonderfully with pasta dishes,  particularly Spaghetti with The Midwest Skinny’s Marinara Sauce.   The tricky thing about this bread is that the amount of …

Hosting My First Dinner Party

  Last weekend was my first time ever hosting (& cooking) a dinner party in my own home, all on my own. My mom and I always cook together – and hosting is one of our favorite things!- but she’s always there to put out any fires I cause and save the day! Taking what …