Blueberry Hand Pies

What screams summer more than mini blueberry hand pies?! These would be perfect for a picnic or to take out on a boat, but they’re also amazing warm from the oven served with vanilla ice cream. They’re also perfect for the 4th of July! I’m sure you guys were expecting some sort of epic blueberry…

Chicken Pesto Pasta

This is the perfect pasta to make in the summer when you want a quick an easy dinner that won’t heat up the house. Here my amazing homemade pesto is tossed with warm pasta and topped with the best ever grilled chicken. It’s a hit every time! If you’ve never made my pesto before, I…

Spring Picnic at Kuhlman Cellars

I had the best time visiting my friends at beautiful Kuhlman Cellars down in the Texas hill country last week! I spent my last normal day of 2020 before all hell broke loose sipping wine at Kuhlman Cellars so it holds a special place in my heart and I’ve been dying to go back. My…

Happy Hour on the Beach

The time has finally come: my first picnic on our new beach at the lake house. We have dreamed about having a beach out at Blueberry Hill for at least a decade! I’ve been saving my 2017 Ignis from Kuhlman Cellars for a special occasion. It seemed fitting to toast the beach with a really…

Rainbow Pasta Salad

Wondering what to do with rainbow pasta? Here’s a super simple chilled pasta salad that lets the beauty of rainbow pasta shine. Normally I would add a ton of herbs and veggies to pasta but I found this gorgeous rainbow pasta and I didn’t want anything to detract from its beauty. I’ve been spending a…

Herbed French Potato Salad

Looking for a quick and easy side dish that won’t heat up your kitchen in the summertime? You’ve come to the right place. This potato salad only has a few ingredients and really lets garden fresh herbs shine. This is a French-style potato salad, one without mayonnaise or any of the traditional American ingredients. It’s…

Charcuterie Cones

Could this be any cuter! I’m squealing just looking at the pictures. A couple of years ago, I made homemade bread cones for Disney Dinners: Cars because Disney’s California Adventure sells the “cozy cones” at the Cozy Cone Motel in Cars Land. For my dinner, I filled the cones with mac ‘n’ cheese a la…

Sunset Picnic by the Lake

This week I celebrated my friend Jacob’s birthday with a sunset picnic by the lake at the beautiful Harbor District in Rockwall, Texas. The Harbor is about twenty minutes east of Dallas and has gorgeous Spanish-esque architecture, fountains galore, an amphitheater, and a picturesque lighthouse. It’s the perfect spot to watch the sunset over the…

Loaded Focaccia

Today in the kitchen we’re taking a trip to Italy! My loaded focaccia is cheesy, flavorful, and easy to make. With mozzarella, homemade pesto, olives, and tomatoes, this focaccia is a dream Italian lunch. I’ve spent a lot of time this past year virtually traveling through YouTube and blogs. I was reading old Europe posts…