January 19th, 2012

cheddar bay delight

I don’t know about you but sometimes I just have a craving for something tasty and I have to have it. Recently one of those cravings was for those delicious cheddar bay biscuits at Red Lobster. I have to say, I’m not a huge Red Lobster fan, but I can eat those biscuits all night long!

So, lucky for me, one of my favorite recipe blogs, The Girl Who Ate Everything, posted a recipe to try at home and of course I had to!


If you decide to try these, they definitely taste best fresh from the oven. If you let them cool, just pop them in the microwave for a few seconds before serving (or enjoying, yourself!). Yummmm! Warm garlic-cheesy goodness!

So here’s the scoop, courtesy of The Girl Who Ate Everything:

2 1/2 cups Bisquick
4 Tbsp cold butter
1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
3/4 cup milk
1/4 tsp garlic powder

Garlic Butter Glaze
3 Tbsp butter
1/2 tsp garlic powder
3/4 tsp dried parsley flakes

1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Lightly grease or line one cookie sheet with parchment; set aside.

2. Combine Bisquick with cold butter in a medium bowl using two forks (or a pastry cutter, if you have one). Don’t worry about mixing too thoroughly; there will be small chunks of butter in the mix, about the size of peas. Add shredded cheddar cheese, milk and garlic powder. Mix by hand until combined; don’t over mix.

3. Drop ~1/4 cup portions of the dough onto the lightly greased or parchment lined cookie sheet. Bake for 13-15 minutes in preheated oven until the tops of the biscuits begin to turn light brown.

4. While the biscuits are baking, melt butter is a small bowl in the microwave. Stir in garlic powder and dried parsley flakes. Use a brush to spread the garlic butter over the tops of all the biscuits. Sprinkle a little kosher salt on the freshly coated biscuits.

Makes one dozen.

January 18th, 2012

colonial days

So this is coming a little late, but forgive me…it’s been a busy month!

On Christmas Eve, hubby and I visited Colonial Williamsburg with my parents for the afternoon. We needed to pick up a couple last minute gifts at the nearby outlet stores (and maybe a few snacks for ourselves from Harry & David…yum!), so we thought we would go into town so I could take a few pictures with my early Christmas present (LOVE my camera from my hubby!).

The colors of this door with the contrast in the wreath and the warm lighting…love.

I spent most of my life before college in Northern Virginia so this was definitely not my first trip to Williamsburg; in Virginia, school field trips tend to be in places like this, Jamestown and various locations in DC. (We were very lucky to be so close to these places!) But even so, the beauty of it never gets old. And I love feeling like we’ve stepped back to a simpler time, even if only for an hour or so.

Please forgive the photo dump…I narrowed it down the best I could!


Found here.

Especially in the working world, days can begin to fade into one another. I think it’s immensely important to remind ourselves that every day is a new day and we can choose how we feel about that. I feel grateful and blessed for the wonderful people and things in my life.

So even on this grey, rainy day, here are some things that are making me happy.

 1. me & the hubby // 2. my sweet boy // 3. kitties are always up to no good // 4. a new flower on one of our orchids this morning //
5. love this anthro vase gifted from my lovely friend // 6. admiring my ball jars on the windowsill // 7. chamomile tea before bed //
8. not a chocolate fan, but this stuff is too good for even me to resist

January 16th, 2012

moving in & moving up

Since my husband and I moved into our first house about three months ago we’ve done a lot of updates, despite the holidays putting our home renovations on pause.

(Ha! You can still see the 'Sold' sign in the front yard in this one!)

One of the biggest challenges so far had to be the kitchen. To say it was ‘blah’ is an understatement; builder-grade everything with a sink too shallow to wash a pot in, and a dishwasher and oven that broke within a month of moving in.

New beautiful granite countertops, new (ah-mazing) undermount sink and faucet, all new appliances and a couple coats of paint later…ta-da!

I LOVE it! We are planning to refinish the cabinets in the spring, when the weather is more cooperative for some outdoor drying time. In the meantime, I think the difference is night and day.

And these appliances are my new best friends! Oh yes…this range is not only beautiful, but it cooks some delicious dinners! In fact, I may just have to share a few recipes soon.

We’ve got plenty more projects in the works, partially completed, and still on the to-do list. But that’s the beauty of having our very own house! We are doing what we want and learning as we go…and enjoying every wonderful (and sometimes frustrating) moment!