The Best One Pot Baked Ziti

The best cheesy One Pot Baked Ziti recipe with sausage and spinach; everything, including the noodles are cooked in one pot and then finished in the oven.

The best cheesy One Pot Baked Ziti recipe with sausage and spinach; everything, including the noodles are cooking in one pot and then finished in the oven.

Few things are more delicious than a big bowl of warm cheesy pasta. Throw in spinach and a little sausage and you really have my attention. This one pot baked ziti recipe is one of my all-time favorite simple family-friendly meals and I have been so excited to share it with you. This recipe is great because it truly only takes one pot to make the whole meal. You start by cooking the sausage and garlic and then add your tomatoes and let it simmer to create a killer sauce. Then you add water and your pasta and cook the pasta right in the sauce. Add your cheese and broil to bubbly pasta perfection. Did I mention you only need to dirty one pot?! I’m telling you, this is the way to cook. There’s actually a lot of spinach in this one pot baked ziti dish, which I loved. It’s rich and hearty, but full of vegetables too. Make this recipe and you’ll be winning at life.

Continue reading →


The Best Strawberry Shortcake, Two Ways

Strawberry shortcake two ways – one recipe for a sweet biscuit-like shortcake and one recipe for a cake-like strawberry shortcake, because I aim to please. There are two kinds of people in this world – people who like a cake-like strawberry shortcake and those who like a biscuit-like strawberry shortcake. Which side are you on? I’m not sure where the distinction comes from, but it seems to be geographically as well as family-of-origin based. I wanted to share with you today my favorite cake-like and biscuit-like strawberry shortcake recipes because I’m here to please everyone. When I was a kid, we Continue Reading →


Simple Lavash Crackers

Lavash Crackers

Lavash crackers are simple sheet pan crackers made with just a few ingredients. They are very easy to roll out and make. Today I’m reviewing America’s Test Kitchen’s new Mediterranean cookbook, and I’m excited to share a beautiful but simple lavash crackers recipes with you. Have you ever made homemade crackers? I have a few times and they are fun but a little tedious. This recipe, however, is extremely simple to make and even easier to roll out and use. You simply mix together flour, water, and salt, and let it rest. Then you flip over a sheet pan, roll Continue Reading →


DIY House Up Date: April 2017 + a Video

It’s time for a house update and spoiler alert: there’s a video to go with it! My brother made this video for me as a surprise! I’ll be honest, it made me tear up. Sometimes it feels like we will never get moved in. Watching really put all of the work that we have done into perspective. You guys, we are building a whole house! AND IT’S COMING TOGETHER!!! So when we left off last we were working on our fancy triple-pane window installation (they are so nice). Now we have finished our stairs, installed all the insulation, framed almost Continue Reading →


Workout Recovery Smoothie

The best workout recovery smoothie to help reduce inflammation, build muscle, and feel your best! Did you know that I have been working out 3-5 days a week for almost 8 full months?! I never thought I’d get back into the habit after Paul and Graham were born, but when the baby turned one last summer, I knew it was time to start exercising again. This post workout recovery smoothie is one of my favorite breakfasts to enjoy after my morning workout. I’m still working on losing my baby weight (and toying with the idea of counting macros next – Continue Reading →


Whole Wheat Peanut Butter Cookies with Chocolate Chips

Whole Wheat Peanut Butter Cookies with Chocolate Chips are sweetened with honey, and are a healthier version of the classic favorite. Now, I am a big believer in balance, and my 80/20 approach when it comes to food is alive and well. Normally I enjoy a nice sugary sweet when I have a treat, but that being said, I also wanted to start making some “better for you” treats because I love to bake. I find myself finding plenty of excuses to eat sweets throughout the week and eat sweets we do. I’m trying to rein in our processed sugar consumption a bit and this Continue Reading →


Mediterranean Salad with Roasted Chickpeas

Filled with roasted chickpeas, cucumbers, olives, and artichoke hearts, this Mediterranean Salad is sure to be a favorite. Spring is in the air, and salad for dinner is one of my favorite things to transition to this time of year. I LOVE all things Mediterranean in flavor, and this salad is one of my all-time favorites. The roasted chickpeas add enough fiber/protein that you can serve this as-is for a main dish (though the addition of some grilled chicken or shrimp would be delicious), which makes it one of my favorite meatless hearty salads. You can also serve this as Continue Reading →


8 No-Bake Oatmeal Energy Balls

Your snack game will never be the same once you try these no-bake oatmeal energy balls. And with eight flavor options, plus tips on how to make up your own, you definitely won’t get bored! Hello friends! I’m so excited to finally be getting this awesome post out to you today. I’ve had the recipes done and photographed for a while and then life happened; I had a pretty nasty illness, and spring sprung, which means I’ve been slow getting all these words written for you. Last year’s post about 9 Energy Bites was so well received that I wanted to share with you Continue Reading →


16 Easy One Pot Dinner Recipes

Easy one pot dinner recipes

16 easy-peasy one pot dinner recipes to help you get through a busy season. There is something here for everyone!  Spring is just around the corner and this time of the year is just as busy for my family as the holiday season. We are heading into baseball season, dance lessons, after school science club, t-ball for the middle boys, and all things build-a-house because the weather is finally starting to cooperate again.  I feel like kids are a bit like honeybees in the sense that they can feel the warm weather coming. They set about the day with a bit Continue Reading →


New Orleans Travel Guide

New Orleans

My New Orleans Travel Guide. All the places we ate, things we explored, and activities we did and would recommend to you!  Thomas and I had the chance to visit New Orleans in February and I wanted to share my travel experiences with you. I shared some of the trip on social media and lots of people had comments and questions, so I thought a whole post would be fun. Our hardware store distributor has a huge show twice a year where you can go and see all of the vendors that they work with. They invite all of their Continue Reading →