Cowboy Cookies

Cowboy Cookies - soft, chewy chocolate chip oatmeal cookie

Today is the first day of school here in the Pacific Northwest.  I realize some of you have been in school for almost in a month but we start late, always the day after Labor Day.  The first day of school means one thing at my house – chocolate chip cookies.  For many years I made chocolate chip cookies on the first day of school to welcome my kids home.  There is nothing better than a warm chocolate chip cookie and a cold glass of milk to welcome them home and get [Continue Reading...]

Inspiration Monday Linky Party

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Today’s Inspiration Monday is a special one! We’re adding a seventh permanent hostess to our fun! Please welcome Meegan from What Meegan Makes! And we also have a fabulous giveaway from One BLESSED Mommie!   We feature lots of your projects during the duration of the party via social media. To search for features, use #InspirationMonday.  Feel free to follow along via our blogs below: I Should Be Mopping the Floor | Refresh Restyle Redhead Can Decorate| | Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom twelveOeight | What Meegan Makes | Your Homebased MomLast week’s party had us drooling [Continue Reading...]

Cilantro Lime Coconut Pork Kebobs

Cilantro Lime Coconut Pork Kebobs

Lately I have felt like I have lost my groove when it comes to fixing dinner. After we came back from our week at the beach I was totally unmotivated to cook. I think I overcooked! I loved every minute of cooking 3 meals a day for 7 -10 people but after having cooked for just two people for the last few years it took a little adjustment. I did warn Jim though that I wasn’t cooking for a week!  I don’t think he thought I was serious, but I [Continue Reading...]

Teriyaki Chicken Bento Box with Dipping Sauces #HorizonB2S

Jazz up your back to school lunch selection with a teriyaki chicken bento box and 3 different dipping sauces

We’re a little late to the game here in Oregon and school doesn’t start until after Labor Day. My college girl starts school next week too. Back to school means back to fixing school lunches. When I was in school I always took my own lunch to school. It might have had something to do with the fact that I was a very picky eater and through elementary school and junior high I think I took a peanut butter and jelly sandwich for lunch every day! Every day! If I [Continue Reading...]

Chocolate S’mores Pie

Chocolate S'mores Pie

A few weeks ago we spent the week with all of our kids enjoying the Oregon Coast and our home in Manzanita. Of course the best part of the week is getting to spend time with these crazy kids! Man, I love them and miss them like crazy already! It was a glorious week full of lots game playing, golfing, kayaking, beach time, amazing sunsets and s’mores!  One of our favorite things to do at the beach is to head down there before sunset, build a fire, play some games [Continue Reading...]

Lovin’ my Tieks

Tieks

So I usually reserve Saturdays to share with you things I am loving.  This last Saturday kind of got away from me.  If you follow me on Instagram you know we were out celebrating birthdays with our friends.  We had a yummy breakfast at Mother’s Bistro and then a wild and wet jet boat ride on the Willamette River!  #lifeofanemptynester So you are getting a What Leigh Anne’s Lovin’ on Monday!!  Happy Monday. About a month ago I teased some of you on Instagram by showing you this photo: My [Continue Reading...]

Inspiration Monday Linky Party

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Welcome! We’re so glad you’re here! Link up on one blog and be seen in 6 different places: I Should Be Mopping the Floor | Redhead Can Decorate | Refresh Restyle Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom | twelveOeight | Your Homebased Mom Are you tired of your old furniture? Is it old and lacking personality? Or did you pick up a piece on the side of the road! Boy, do we have some ideas for you! This week’s selections were made by Debbie from Refresh Restyle 1. Mint Desk [Continue Reading...]

Lemon Cake with Olive Oil

Lemon Chiffon Cake

 This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Pompeian.  All opinions are 100% mine. Did you know that August is National Olive Oil Month? In honor of National Olive Oil Month and as a Pompeian #PantryInsider, I took the Pompeian Pledge.   I agreed to swap butter for olive oil in one of my favorite recipes.  There are lots of reasons to use olive oil vs. butter.  When you use olive oil you cut your fat by 25%.  You are also getting less saturated fat and no cholesterol.  For those of you who [Continue Reading...]

May & June 2014 Recommended Reads

Recommended Reads

I’m a little late with this Recommended Reads post.  I like to do them every two months and it’s almost time for the July & August one so I figured I better get this one done! I’ve got some good books for you this time!  What have you been reading lately?  Be sure and leave me a comment to let me go.  I love hearing what you are reading and I add many of them to my list! May Recommended Reads Songs of Willow Frost by Jamie Ford.  This book was [Continue Reading...]