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Slow Cooker Citrus Herb Chicken

Slow Cooker Citrus Herb Chicken is a simple, delicious and fool-proof way to cook a whole chicken! Loaded full of fresh citrus and herbs, this chicken for sure doesn't lack flavor! All you need are a few ingredients and a little bit of time. The perfect recipe for a...

Small Batch Chocolate Chip Cookies

Small Batch Chocolate Chip Cookies are just that: a small batch of chocolate chip cookies! A brown sugar cookie dough is studded with just the right amount of chocolate chips and baked to golden brown perfection. The best cookie recipe for when you need a cookie fix...

Turkey Sloppy Joes

Turkey Sloppy Joes are deliciously comforting and take you straight back to your childhood! Loaded with all the classic sloppy joe flavors, these Turkey Sloppy Joes will have you digging in before you know it! Ground turkey, onion and green bell pepper is simmered...

The Monthly Scoop – March 2020

It's time for another Monthly Scoop post - March 2020 edition! March tends to be one of those months that drags on to me, but, boy, this month flew by fast! March was a continuing month of recovery for me along with getting back into the swing of things. It felt good...

BBQ Baked Salmon with Corn Risotto

BBQ Baked Salmon with Corn Risotto is the taste of Summer from the comfort of your own home! Salmon filets are basted with bbq sauce and baked until perfectly done. Served on top of a bed of decadently creamy sweet corn risotto, you won't be able to resist! A salmon...

Blueberry Pancakes

Blueberry Pancakes are exactly what you need for breakfast or brunch! Can't you just smell these pancakes on a Saturday morning? A slightly sweet, classic vanilla pancake batter is speckled with fresh blueberries that are bursting with flavor. Simple, yet so...

Raspberry Walnut Salad

Raspberry Walnut Salad is a vibrant salad loaded with flavor! A homemade raspberry vinaigrette is tossed together with fresh greens, juicy raspberries, crunchy walnuts and creamy feta cheese. Perfect salad to serve along with any meal, serve for a crowd, or to have a...

Beer Braised Beef Stew

Beer Braised Beef Stew is a bowl of comfort! Beef stew meat is simmered in a delicious broth of beef stock, dark beer and vegetables until tender. Ladle a bowl full and serve with some crunchy bread, because the broth is to die for! The dark beer pairs perfectly with...

Almond Glazed Cinnamon Rolls

Almond Glazed Cinnamon Rolls are a perfectly warm and gooey cinnamon roll. A sweet dough layered with a cinnamon-sugar butter is rolled into perfect spirals and baked until golden brown. Whisk together a quick glaze of powdered sugar, milk and a dash of almond extract...

Homemade Boxed Brownies

Homemade Boxed Brownies are a decadently fudgy and chocolate-loaded dessert! Boxed brownies are a classic for many reasons, and these Homemade Boxed Brownies will make you skip the box! Loaded full of plenty of chocolate chips, Homemade Boxed Brownies is a dessert...

Baked Orange Chicken

Baked Orange Chicken is a classic take-out option to make in your own home! Tender chicken is lightly coated in panko bread crumbs, baked until crispy and tossed with a vibrantly delicious orange sauce. All you need is 35 minutes to get this Baked Orange Chicken on...

Healthy Teriyaki Salmon Bowls with Cauliflower Fried Rice

Healthy Teriyaki Salmon Bowls with Cauliflower Fried Rice is a scrumptious meal that is calling your name! Salmon filets are baked with a teriyaki glaze and served over a bed of cauliflower fried rice. Simple and packed full of flavor. If you are someone who loves a...

Surprise Pot Pies 

So, let me tell ya about our Saturday night. We’ve become great friends with an amazing couple who are always a blast to hang out with. When you find a couple who have the same opinions on how your Instagram profile should be the perfect little package and everything should flow coherently (ok, mainly us girls – but still), and you all enjoy the same hobbies it’s like angel tears … or Red Bull. Oh, and they love Jesus – how more perfect can they be?! 

So there was a birthday, and John and I had the whole day to think up something great for these two. Meeting up with them for dinner, I had to get rolling on what I was going to make. Here was our game plan:

  • Surprise them with a picnic with amazing food such as pot pies – homemade with love and leftover ingredients from the Harvest Roasted Chicken we served at our Sip N Sniff party (use those leftovers!) 
  • Give them a photo shoot so that they can have more pictures together ( she is an AMAZING photographer so she is always on the other side of the camera ) 
  • Have it be golden hour – can you have it be any other way? No.
  • End the night around a bonfire with friends and laughter 

In order for us to execute this correctly, they only knew they were coming out for a bonfire and to dress appropriately. The fact that they matched on what they were wearing means they must be dating or something ?. Yes, I had to lie to her face when she asked me what the plans were for the night, but it was worth it! It was so much fun for John and I to actually be able to pull this off and not give anything away. They were actually told they would just be eating hot dogs at the bonfire, because I was too tired from cooking the night before. Surprise! Leighton and Haley you have been a blast to be able to get to know, and we are blessed to call you our friends! Here’s to many more pot pies and perfect Instagram pictures. 

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