BBQ Chicken Meatza

You read that right…Meatza. I started making Meatza when pizza night no longer had a place in my life…cause pizza makes you chubby.  It’s not the piles of toppings, the olive oil, or even the gooey cheese that’s the culprit though…it’s the crust.  The Crust!  Why haven’t they told us this all our lives? That Continue Reading…

Pink Peppercorn Blondies

It was an eventful Friday for the Havey’s today.  Luke had a field trip to the ice rink and ended up breaking his ankle 45 minutes in.  In retrospect, I probably should have known not to send him…I mean an entire 4th grade class on an ice rink?  Not sure what the school was thinking Continue Reading…

Shut the Front Door!

I used to spend a lot of time on my house, but since I started the blog and committed so much time to my cooking, I just don’t have the time I used to and I’ve let a few things get a little shabby.  Well, I’ve let everything get a little shabby. I knew I Continue Reading…

Goodbye Summer, Hello Soup!

I set out to have a great summer with my little family.  One full of memories, all spun on a tight budget and woven in between busy work schedules and summer camps.  I have to say, think we did a really great job of relishing plenty of sun-soaked mornings and balmy late nights this season.   Continue Reading…

Beef Sausage and Tomato Ratatouille

Oh, my heavens thank goodness back to school week is over!  I always hate to see my kids go back to school because to me, there is just something comforting about having them safe at home, even though Chad and I work all day.  I never look forward to the homework, the worrying I do that Continue Reading…

Called to Birthday Duty

If you’re a Mom, you know the sinking feeling in your heart when your child drops the bomb about the birthday party they are planning in their heads.  I mean, you want to make them nothing but happy, but where are you supposed to find a Spiderman stand-in or a flying pink unicorn?  If they Continue Reading…

Luke’s Strawberry Neapolitan Pizzettas

Luke submitted an entry  in a kid’s cooking contest this weekend through California Strawberries over Twitter.  See the #KidsCookoff hashtag.  The rules were that you could only use strawberries and four other ingredients and you had to Tweet a video or photo of the child making the dish.  Luke was just not in the mood to Continue Reading…

DIY Food Photo Backgrounds

I got a little bit of my DIY on this weekend and made up some pretty food backgrounds for my photography. Well,  I should say I got a little DIYH on because my “H” (husband), had to help me glue the wood together.   But still…I did a lot of it myself and it was pretty Continue Reading…

Everybody has an Off Day

I tell myself that every creative being has an off day.  I have to believe that looking down at the slice I made in my left thumb with the exquisitely sharp tip of  my brand new chef’s knife.  That wasn’t the end of it either. I forgot to separate the eggs for my pastry cream and Continue Reading…

A Trip to the Local Zoo

My sons are eleven and six now and they probably have, for all intents and purposes, grown out of visiting the local zoo.  Their father and I, however, cling to their childhoods with a white knuckle grip and make them visit Hogle Zoo with us every spring. And yes, I make them pose for pics Continue Reading…