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{Good Eats} Marinara Sauce + Homemade Meatballs

So, way back when I posted about how I don’t cook meat. Well that hasn’t really changed, if I imagine its cookie dough and I’m preparing to bake cookies instead of meatballs! It was a dreary, rainy weekend, so I decided to whip up my dad’s recipe for delicious marinara sauce. Nothing goes better with that than yummy homemade meatballs, so I toughed it out and made some. And it was SO worth it.

Marinara Sauce

  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 fennel, chopped
  • 2/3 bottle of cheap red wine, drink the rest if you want
  • 2 cans of crushed tomatoes
  • 1 can tomato paste
  • Herbs de Provence {or any blend of Italian spices}
  • Hot pepper flakes
  • Salt & pepper to taste


  • Dice onion, garlic, and fennel. Add to pan on medium heat with olive oil. Add herbs, red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper. Let simmer 5-10 minutes {the longer it simmers, the better it turns out}
  • Add 2/3 bottle of wine. Let simmer 25-30 minutes.
  • Add crushed tomatoes and paste. Let simmer another 25-30 minutes. Add a small bit of water if too thick.
  • Serve with homemade meatballs and you’ve got yourself a delicious, somewhat nutritious, easy to prepare meal!

For dessert, I made cherry cobbler… Post on that coming later this week!

Happy Monday!




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{Party} Summer Soiree

This past weekend was HOT HOT HOT, so I decided there couldn’t be a better reason to have a little get together! I used a summery color palate… orange, yellow, pink, and red made up the decorations and party supplies. I wanted to keep it simple and fun, and I think that was accomplished!

I used cupcake liners from Michael’s, colored straws, and small Mason jars for margarita glasses, or as my friends called them, “adult sippy cups.”

Appetizer plates from Crate & Barrel make for easy clean up. Paired with themed napkins, you can’t go wrong!

For the margarita shaped sugar cookies, I used a new recipe from Pinterest in hopes of making my cookies hold their shape while baking. I topped them with a “salt rim” aka sparkly sugar crystals. I still need to perfect this recipe, but I think they looked pretty cute!

Dad’s famous guacamole was a must!

And, so were monster cookies

Who can have a party without cupcakes?

3 bottles of tequila later, it’s got to be a success, right?! Hope ya’ll are enjoying your summers, bring on the cool weather!



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{Good Eats} Guacamole

Guacamole… I don’t think there’s a better dip/sauce/whatever you want to call it in the world. For the longest time, I refused to eat it, I thought it was gross and kind of reminded me of that icky green ketchup stuff. Anyways, that’s all changed, and I’m so glad. It’s good on just about anything! My friends have been asking for my recipe, and honestly, once I have the basic ingredients, I guestimate on how much of each to use, but here goes:

*Disclaimer: I definitely can’t take responsibility for this recipe… My masterchef of a dad came up with it, and deserves full credit!


2 avocados {The ripeness totally determines how good it will be. The riper the better, but not brown}

2 Roma tomatoes

1 small onion

1 jalapeno

1 lime {for juice}

2 tsp cayenne pepper {to taste}

Salt {to taste- definitely don’t go light on it, second to avocado ripeness, salt makes all the difference}


*All of these ingredients can be adjusted to what you like, there’s no set ratio, whatever you think tastes good! This is just my preference…


Mix all ingredients together, serve with your favorite chips and margarita of choice!

Happy Weekend and Happy Summer!


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{Party} Impromptu Memorial Day Celebration

After a long weekend in Chattanooga, I decided there was no better way to end a great weekend than with a little Memorial Day get together! I tried a bunch of new recipes (Pinterest inspired, of course), and with a few celebratory red-white-blue decorations, I think it was a big success…

On The Menu:

Dad’s Famous “Palm Island Potato Salad

Caprese Salad Skewers

Fruit Salad

Oreo Chocolate Cheesecake Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bars (aka heaven in a nut shell)


And, I did make macaroni bites, but they were eaten so quickly I didn’t have time to snap a pic!

Happy start of summer! I think its going to be a great one 🙂


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{Sweets} Blackberry Muffins

Happy Friday!

YUM is all I can say about these!

Blackberries were on sale at the grocery store earlier this week, so I bought a few containers and searched Pinterest for a recipe. These were probably the most delicious muffins I have had in a long time! So easy to make, too- they were jam packed with flavor and were the perfect consistency!


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{Good Eats} Homemade Pie Crust

If you don’t know my dad, then you don’t know that he is an EXCELLENT cook. That’s not his actual job, but at home it most certainly is. We always make homemade apple pie for Thanksgiving, crust and all, and this year, I was lucky enough to learn how to make the famous “Tom Schaefer” pie crust that everyone raves about.

Homemade Apple Pie

Ingredients: 5 scoops flour (about 2 cups), 1/2 tsp salt, 1 stick of ice cold butter (or frozen), and ice water {this makes 1 crust- so if you’re making a bottom AND top crust, you’ll need to do this twice}

1. In a food processor, combine the 5 scoops of flour with the salt.

2. Chop the butter into small pieces and add to food processor. It doesn’t need much mixing, maybe press the button 4 times or so to get a good mix.

3. Keep the food processor continuously running, and add about 1 tablespoon ice cold water about every 20 seconds. It doesn’t take much water at all. You can always add more, but you’ll have to start all over if there’s too much. You’ll know its ready when all of the dough forms a clump in the mixer.

4. Gather the dough together into a ball and flatten into a 1 inch thick disc on plastic wrap. Wrap it up and put in the fridge for about an hour.

5. Roll out the dough on a floured surface- it doesn’t need any kneading, just simply roll and place into the pie pan.

6. Add your apples (or other filling), add the top, and bake!

YUM. Smells like Thanksgiving already!


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