• Secret Source: Walmart

    I love finding a deal… Walmart is full of them. They have REALLY stepped up their style game, and really, their quality too! I have a full set of marble melamine plates (you can find them on My Favorites Things Page!) that match this platter and they are the BEST. Look what other treasures I have found to set up the perfect backyard soiree. Click on corresponding number to shop image!    1. / 2. / 3. / 4. / 5. / 6. / 7. / 8. / 9. / 10. / 11. / 12.

  • Kale Salad For A Crowd

    Memorial Day Weekend is the unofficial start of Summer- yay! It is also the start of all the fun potlucks and barbecues! We had a fun event last weekend, Comedy Night, where I brought a large enough kale salad to feed a crowd (20 people to be exact). This was a winner! You can dress it before you go, too; it makes it super easy. It also happens to be low fodmap friendly (obviously), and vegan as well! You can certainly scale back the size to just feed your family for the night. I’ve thrown in some chicken or grilled shrimp for a complete dinner. Kale Salad with Maple Mustard…

  • Basil – Spinach Pesto (dairy free)

    Sooooo I have not been cooking all that much these past few weeks. We are trying to sift through some health stuff and our diet has been a bit restricted. Besides my current Low FODMAP Diet (oh how I miss shiitakes, cauliflower and YOGURT!!!) we have our child on an elimination diet. He has TERRIBLE eczema so we are trying to get to the root of it. An elimination diet is painful… for both parent and child! So when you have to be dairy free, egg free, gluten free, soy free, corn free, nightshade free, peanut free, pork free, beef free and citrus free it can be… well… tricky to…

  • Breakfast Bowls (for breakfast, lunch or dinner!)

    This perfectly balanced bowl came together with the goods I had last week from Mike’s Organic Delivery (if you are local use my code AMH10 to get 10% off your order!). Vegetable, protein, carb (if you want it) and healthy fat. What is not to love? The best part about these bowls is they are really flexible and can work with whatever is fresh at your market that week. Easy to swap spinach for kale (or even broccoli), goat cheese for cheddar and so on. Also I tend to make the components ahead of time and throw it all together at dinner time to keep it super easy- especially those rushed…

  • Chicken Taco Chili in the Instant Pot

    So this is not the fanciest recipe… or the prettiest. But it is super delicious, super fast and super easy. Hard not to love a family friendly recipe that has those attributes! And, it’s five ingredients, FIVE!!! And we all know how much I love the Instant Pot! Read my review here if you haven’t already! We enjoy ours with taco toppings and tortilla chips! Ingredients: 6 Boneless skinless chicken breasts 2 15 oz cans pinto beans, rinsed 1 16 oz jar of salsa (I love this one) 1 Bottle of beer (I used gluten free Red Bridge) 2 Teaspoons Adobo seasoning (I LOVE Primal Palate which you can buy…

  • Food 52 Shop

    Normally I am scanning through Food52.com for all the amazing recipes. Once in a while I will scroll through their shop section. It never fails to make me want to completely redo my entire kitchen, overhaul my cabinets and set a perfect tabletop for a midweek meal. It is such a well curated space, it is inspiring. With the next round of holidays coming up (Easter & Passover are the perfect time to bring out your best for family gatherings) I wanted to share a few items I have and love and what I currently have my eye on from Food52.com. Copper & Brass Louise Trays – These are just so…

  • Thrive Market Review

    Who out there has tried Thrive Market yet? I swear I signed up for an account over a year ago and never ordered. Something about membership fees always gets me. Yes, it is like Costco, but I always hesitate. I did the same thing with Beachbody. I waited forever and we all know how that turned out. So, my advice to you is DO IT. Don’t wait like I did. I think it may just be the best online source out there for natural and organic products! My first box arrived this weekend and it was packed perfectly. Glass jars intact, delicate pasta noodles still perfectly whole in their box,…

  • Black Beans in the Instant Pot

    I love black beans. Love them!  I have found them to be a little trickier to make at home than any other bean. Why? Who knows. It has just been difficult to achieve that perfect inky soft bowl of beans we get at our favorite taco joint. Since the Instant Pot seems to be able to do no wrong I thought I would give it a whirl. We are not huge heat lovers in this house so I like to make things mild and add hot sauce after the fact to taste. Feel free to add some jalapenos here to bring the heat you want. There are a few steps…

  • My Instant Pot Review

    Behold the mighty Instant Pot. If you follow me on social media then you are aware that I love it… I mean, okay, it is bordering on an obsession. My Brother and Sister-In-Law gave me the Instant Pot DUO80 for Christmas and I could not wait to get back home to use it. It came out of the box a couple of days before the New Year and it has taken up residence on my kitchen counter ever since. It is used almost every day and sometimes multiple times a day. It seems to do EVERYTHING. It is part pressure cooker, part yogurt maker, part rice maker and part slow cooker.…

  • A Modern Housewife Holiday Gift Guide: Kitchen Edition

    Happy December guys! Are you all ready for the holidays? I am still working on our holiday shopping, you? It is only the 8th so we still have time! I put together a list of my favorite kitchen items that we use all the time as well as a few things I have my eye on this holiday season! They range from little stocking stuffers to the big present! The links are listed below just click on the item name.  Enjoy and happy shopping!   #1 Vitamix Professional Series 750 Okay guys, this is the big one! We received this as a gift from my parents a few years back and…