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What’s for Dinner? Week of August 12

Red Beans & Rice Red beans and rice is super easy to make, though it takes a while, unless you use a pressure cooker. Normally, I soak my beans overnight which helps with bean digestion and reduces cook time. With all that being said, it takes me about 2 hours from the time I start…

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What’s for Dinner? Week of August 5

Last week, Brandon was out of town for most of the week so I didn't stick to a normal meal plan. I knew the kids and I could sort of "wing it" with food. I made a big seafood gumbo and we ate that for about two days (gumbo is much better the day after…

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Watermelon Splash Cocktail

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My favorite season, summer, is well underway. It's already been an adventurous summer keeping the kids busy, car trouble, and lots of outdoor activities. One thing we haven't done much of is make cocktails. This was last year's summer cocktail. But, enough is enough - it's cocktail time! I'm finally sharing a delicious, original cocktail,…

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What’s for Dinner? Week of July 22

It's been a while since I've shared what my family is having for dinner or just dinner ideas in general. Summer is busy and I'll be honest. I haven't been meal planning like I normally do. As a busy Mom, I just let it go this summer. Maybe you did too! With school a few…

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The Best Macaroni & Cheese Recipe

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This is one recipe I've been wanting to share for some time but it takes enough work to make the dish. I'm never up to photographing it but this time around I tried to squeeze in some pictures. It's a macaroni and cheese recipe that I've been working on for a few years now. Ever…

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Blood Orange Moscow Mule

Every spring and summer, we get inspired with new recipes. Fresh fruit is everywhere, the sun is shining, and the days are longer. It just really inspires us to try new recipes, especially cocktails. What new garnish can we try? What kind of glass would go well with that drink? A new liqueur, yeah! Because…

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Entertain Guests with a Charcuterie and Cheese Board

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Look who is here! Spring has made it's appearance and is looking mighty fine. Yes, it's still chilly in Louisiana, but winter is officially over. I tried really hard to find things to love about winter. We bought a fire-pit at the end of summer and it came in handy during the winter months. During…

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Spicy Cheese and Meat Tray

Well, it's time for my annual cheese and meat tray! This year it did not disappoint and it was unique all on it's own. Every year, I make a cheese tray when my family visits in November. Last year, this is the cheese tray I made. It featured a few food items specific to the Louisiana…

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Meal Plan Menu – Week of August 27

There is no better day than TODAY to start meal planning. Are there better days to do it? Of course! But you can still get on track with meal planning today.  Yes, you can start today! Once you have a process in place, it's so easy to jump back into things. During the summer months,…

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Rosé Wine Sangria

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Have you noticed that Rosé is trending? It's on tee shirts, handbags, and more. Winemakers and vineyards are shipping more Rosé than ever before too. Rosé is a great summertime wine and perfect for outdoor entertaining. It's served chilled, a lot of times has a twist top, and it's really refreshing. Even if you're not a…

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About Me

I'm Crystal and I write.

I'm Crystal and I write.

I'm a Louisiana native who loves to style food and drinks, take photographs of non-moving things, and I'm also a Houzz Writer. Family and life keep me busy but that's the way I like it.
I'm Crystal and I write.