Hi, I'm Liz

I'm a midwestern girl who lives in Iowa with my amazing husband, Tim and our incredible son Theodore.  I love to cook, entertain family and friends, visit unknown travel destinations, and enjoy the occasional martini.  

 

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In the Kitchen

Nothing brings people together like good food. 

My love of good food has grown over the years. My mother-in-law Pat put so much care into her food and showed affection for those she loved by creating a delicious experience around the table with great conversation. She sparked my love for cooking and entertaining and I hope to carry on her legacy with my own family and friends. You can follow along with my experiments in the kitchen here.  

August 15, 2019

Tim's grandma Kathryn has the best chocolate chip cookies recipe. I got my hands on this recipe while I was on maternity leave after she sent some in the mail to us. I'm not sure if it's the amount of butter or the ginormous amount of chocolate chips - whatever it is, these are my favorite. 

Grandma's Chocolate Chip Cookies 

  • 1 C. butter, softened

  • 3/4 C. packed brown sugar

  • 3/4 C. white sugar

  • 1 egg

  • 2 1/2 C....

August 13, 2019

Food blogging has changed since I became a mom. I used to plan out every meal, take pictures of every step of the cooking process and made tons of notes along the way. Now, I don't even cook the meal I want to share... #lifegoals 

My mom is here for the week and she made us the most delicious meal tonight. As soon as I walked in the house, I knew it was going to be good based on how good our house smelled. I peeked in the pots...

July 23, 2019

We're starting to implement Taco Tuesdays. Mexican food is one of Tim and my favorites and we are determined to get our children on board. So get ready for a bunch of fun new taco recipes we plan to try! 

Taco Pasta Bake

  • 1/2 lb. shells pasta

  • 1 lb. 93% lean ground beef

  • 2 Tbsp. taco seasoning (1 packet)

  • 1/2 C. water

  • 1 C. jarred salsa

  • 1 C. shredded cheddar cheese

Cook pasta according to the direc...

March 22, 2019

Life is slowly settling into a pace we can handle. Spring is here and days are longer. I was able to try a new recipe this week. Tim occupied the kids and I was able to dominate in the kitchen with an Ina recipe. It was great to try something new and I was happy to feed my family with something delicious. 

YUMM! 

Pasta Bolognese 

(Inspired from Ina's Recipe

  • 1 lb. lean ground sirloin

  • 4 Tsp. minced garlic

  • 1...

October 23, 2018

We're heading into the winter season, or what I like to call - cold season.  As I was checking my son out from daycare, I saw a sign I always dread: GREEN ROOM - 1 CASE OF CROUP. 

This past weekend, I felt like Teddy was getting a cold and now I think M might be catching something as well. It's the perfect season for Chicken Noodle Soup.  

Whenever I was feeling under the weather, Pat would drive over and with her...

October 8, 2018

I mentioned in an earlier blog post about going Dairy Free because M has a sensitivity to it.  I have a major sweet tooth and wanted to have something available while on maternity leave I could enjoy without feeling guilty on how it would later affect Madeleine.  

I found an easy recipe that substitutes butter with coconut oil. They make the perfect bite-size cookie. I keep them in the freezer and think they are best when...

September 25, 2018

Crock Pot Chicken Taco Soup

  • 1.5 lb. chicken breast

  • 16 oz. jar favorite salsa

  • 6 C. chicken broth 

  • 1 pkg. low sodium taco seasoning 

  • 15 oz. can black beans, rinsed and drained

  • 1 small can whole kernel corn, drained

  • 1 Lime 

  • 1/2 C. brown minute rice

Place chicken breasts on the bottom of slow cooker. Pour salsa, chicken broth into the slow cooker. Make sure liquid gets under chicken....

May 29, 2018

Summer is here and I am so excited! I love the longer nights, grilling and getting outside each night.  Last night we had this awesome margarita flatbread.  

It was light, fresh and the cherry tomatoes add a burst of sweet flavor.  We'll be adding this to the menu throughout the summer. 

Margarita Flatbread

  • Naan Flatbread

  • Olive Oil

  • Pizza Seasoning

  • Fresh Mozzarella 

  • Cherry Tomatoes (halved)

  • A...

March 16, 2018

One of our favorite pasta recipes.

October 11, 2017

Tim and I enjoyed some delicious gourmet burgers the other night.  I love when I can make a delicious meal at home, that we could have ordered at a restaurant, but we saved ourselves money and the hassle of leaving the house.  

These are savory and delicious! So so good! 

Enjoy! 

Burgers with Grilled Onion Strings

  • 1 1/2 lbs. lean ground beef

  • 1 tsp. Greek Seasoning 

  • 1 white onion, thinly sliced

  • 1 tsp. hickor...

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