Orzo salad

As I mentioned before, this weekend was one of those house keeping weekends.  Which meant that we were home.  Which also meant that I had time to put together a few dishes and even take some photos to share with you! Today I want to share this orzo salad with you. Before Peanut was born, Jon and I used to host a BBQ at our house every summer (we might actually bring it back but it just wasn't in the cards when P was a newborn).  While we took care of the staples like burgers and hot dogs, our friends brought side dishes and appetizers.  Almost every year my bff Inna brought over an orzo salad that Jon devoured.  For some unknown reason, I never attempted to make it until this weekend. Let me tell you, my husband was thrilled.  As in, ate the whole thing in under two sittings. The recipe is super simple, requires minimum ingredients, and (although mostly just thrown together by me) gets better when in the fridge for a few days.  To me, that's pretty much the jackpot.  My only complaint is how long it took us to find orzo at the grocery store.   Jon and I almost had a nothing fight in the middle of isle 7 because we couldn't decide if it was a pasta or a rice.  Don't ask - apparently we're not much better since our days of looking for chicken beaters. When putting this together on a weekday, I'm sure you could throw just about anything in here and it will taste good.  Considering that this takes a total of about 15 minutes to put together from start to … [Read more...]

Favorite Photo in January

I love entering these weekly contests because it gives me a new way to look at my photos, challenges to expand my skills, and ideas for new pictures. Today I am posting a photo that is one of my favorites from January. It's the perfect cupcake shot on my little one's birthday.   For the full set, check out this post. For my setup, check out this post.   … [Read more...]

Silly picture submission

I know you've all seen this one before, but when I saw the Oh So Silly challenge on iHeartFaces, I couldn't resist posting it again. Dear husband of mine - thank you for your silliness and sense of humor.  Thank you for always making us smile. And thanks for not minding when I post things like this on the internet (even though I don't really ask).   … [Read more...]

Baked acorn squash with brown sugar

I know it's been a long while since I've shared any recipes with you guys, but this one won't disappoint.  Not only is it super simple, requires practically no ingredients, but it's so delicious, you'll be licking your fingers. This one comes from Jon, or more likely Jon's mom.  It's one of those dishes that Jon will always make better than I.  Not that I mind - it's a change for our little family.  Jon loves to cook, although he does like to stick to the recipes he knows and has perfected.  So when it comes to trying out new things, I'm usually the go-to person.  When it comes to family classics, he's our man. When Jon first cooked this for us, I was so obsessed that I bought acorn squash almost daily and begged him to do it over and over again.  Ever though my obsession has passed, we still have this at least once a month. And all that butter?  Oh don't you worry about all that butter.  It's good for the soul.   Baked acorn squash   Print Prep time 5 mins Cook time 60 mins Total time 1 hour 5 mins   Sweet acorn squash with brown sugar and butter. Author: Kat Recipe type: Side Serves: 2 Ingredients Acorn squash 2 Tbsp butter 4 Tbsp brown sugar Instructions Cut the acorn squash in half. Cut off the little tails so the acorn squash can sit without toppling over. Set the squash into a glass pan and fill the bottom up with about ¼-1/2 inch of water. Put 2 Tbsp of brown sugar into each half, making sure to … [Read more...]

Scavenger Hunt Sunday

It's Sunday, my internet friends.  Happy Sunday! This weekend really flew by - we didn't have a whole lot of plans, but our house is a complete mess and really needed some tending to.  Which is pretty much what we did.  Well, that and play with the baby. And take photos.  Because we all know that's a given for me.  Here are my entries for Scavenger Hunt Sunday. Smile: Oh how I love our little Peanut and her smile.  I swear she hams it up every time she sees the camera.   Stand alone: This one is from this summer.  Jon and I were absolutely terrified to let Peanut sit on the stone wall by herself, but I was dying to get some shots.  Don't worry - Jon was inches away (in fact, I had to crop him out of almost all of the photos).   Rusty or something old: Both rusty and old, our wood stove has been in this house for years.  I hate it and love it all at once.  Love it because it can heat the house in seconds, but hate it because it's a hazard.  And it takes up way too much room.   Artificial: This photo is from almost two years ago, but I love these little cupcakes that my friend Kerry made for another friend's baby shower.  The little accessories are artificial, but the cupcakes definitely were not.   Repeating pattern: I love the pattern of our red pillows.   How was your weekend? … [Read more...]