• 25 Sweet Treats + A $100 Ghirardelli Giveaway! August 31, 2015 Raspberry-Cheesecake-with-Oreo-Crust-by-Hip-Foodie-Mom
    September 1st is tomorrow! I can’t believe how fast the summer went by. .  but I guess it’s always like that. Well, some of you are already back in the swing of things and have already started school again and are back in your normal routines. We go back to …
  • Filet Mignon Burger August 26, 2015 filet_mignon_burger_9307-2
    You guys!
    It’s almost that time of the year! Two more weeks until the start of football season. Fans and tailgaters everywhere are getting excited.
    Now, for those who don’t know, I was born and raised in Dallas, Texas. .  where they basically teach you how to throw a football, boy or …
  • Eggplant Mapo Tofu August 24, 2015 IMG_9641-2
    We still have a week left before we get back into the back to school routine and I plan on kicking back and enjoying every minute of it.
    I’ve been cooking a lot and trying new things and you can tell if I’ve had a productive day by the amount of …
  • Texas Caviar August 20, 2015 IMG_9865-2
    I was compensated by PARTNERS, A Tasteful Choice Company, for my time in creating this post. All opinions are my own.
    It’s funny. There are days when my kids magically know how to be on their best behavior, without me telling them or any ice cream bribes. It was a Wednesday …
  • Simple Cantaloupe Salad + A Giveaway! August 17, 2015 IMG_9751
    You guys. This week has finally arrived. It’s a big week!!! And I’m not talking about back to school.
    My half marathon is this Saturday!
    I’ve been running and training for this race for like the past three to four months. And during that time, I ran a 10k and a 10 mile race. …
  • 25 Healthy Back To School Lunch Ideas August 14, 2015 IMG_9718-2
    School supply shopping, done. Clothes shopping, done. Meet the teacher night, done (well, at least for one kid).
    So, what’s left? Gotta get my “what to pack for lunch” game plan in place. I’ll be honest, sometimes, dinner leftovers become lunch for the next day  . . but when that doesn’t …
  • Barbecue Pulled Chicken Salad August 12, 2015 IMG_8657-1
    I’ve definitely had my fair share of salads this summer. I mean, with all the fresh, in-season produce, how can you not?!
    Whenever I see heirloom tomatoes or yellow tomatoes, I am immediately drawn to them. I can’t just walk away. I have to pick some up. I picked these up …
  • Blueberry Cherry Mojito August 10, 2015 IMG_9479
    Last week I had the pleasure of traveling to Nashville to attend a Southern Baking Retreat hosted by White Lily Flour. I’ve never been to Nashville and heard what a great city it was and was so excited to go. The food, people and hospitality did not let me down. …
  • Back to School with PackIt Freezable Bags + A Giveaway! August 5, 2015 IMG_9375-2
    You guys.  . you might not be ready for this, but it’s that time of the year.
    Back to school.
    Parents everywhere are celebrating. .  while the kids, not so much. I feel like August is such an interesting month because, I don’t about you, but we try to cram in every …
  • Zucchini Watermelon and Feta Salad August 3, 2015 IMG_8772-1
    Last week I was in Minneapolis with my kids and actually had to fly out to Arkansas for a quick trip for two days. I had a great time, but in the back of my mind I was thinking about my girls. I left them in Minneapolis to finish up …
  • Mediterranean Freekeh Salad + A Giveaway! July 31, 2015 IMG_9558-2
    It’s been such a crazy week you guys.
    Busy and fun, but crazy. My kids and I are in Minnesota and they are at Korean Culture Camp. It’s been so great and fun seeing them learn and interact and get excited about being Korean and learning more about their culture.
    On Wednesday, …
  • Berry Smoothie Breakfast Bowls July 29, 2015 IMG_9665-2
    Yes, I’m coming at you with two smoothie recipes in a row. Smoothies aren’t just meant for a glass and straw anymore. Make a parfait. Or, in this case, make a smoothie breakfast bowl.

    It’s like bedazzled cereal . .  but with a smoothie instead of milk. A freaking delicious smoothie. So …

  • Chocolate Almond Smoothie Parfaits July 27, 2015 IMG_9254-1
    It’s summer and our fridge is packed with our favorite summer fruits. We’ve been living off of berries, peaches and cherries. It’s amazing how much two little kids can eat!

    We have one more glorious month of summer and we plan to enjoy it to the fullest. I was pretty busy …

  • Cobb Salad Lettuce Wraps July 24, 2015 IMG_8632-1
    As I was driving back home from dropping off Madeline at summer camp, I was looking out the window. I drove past a farmer on his tractor, and then by a farm, and then by a dairy farm with some cows and then drove by some corn fields and then, some …
  • Moroccan Chickpea and Carrot Salad + A Giveaway! July 22, 2015 IMG_8971-1-2
    Two chickpea recipes in a row? Well, I have a lot of catching up to do! It’s like when something you love is suddenly taken away from you. .  and then you get it back. .  and you go a little crazy because you missed it so much.
    So yeah, I’ve …
  • The Best Chickpea Burger Ever July 20, 2015 IMG_8740-1
    We’re more than halfway through summer and I can’t believe it. How many times have you guys fired up the grill for some nice juicy steaks or burgers? Since doing the Whole30, I definitely had my fair share of meat and it’s time to slow it down.
    And bring chickpeas back …
  • Summer Snacking with Blue Diamond Almonds July 17, 2015 IMG_9200-1

    On a day where we had no summer camps, no errands to run and I was actually caught up on work, the girls and I went out for an adventure. Their favorite pastime in the summer seems to be picking flowers and running around trying to catch bugs. They’re kids. …

  • Olive Oil Honey Cake with Fresh Peaches July 15, 2015 IMG_9145-16
    During my stint of doing the Whole 30, my body was too wrapped up in figuring out what I could eat so I wasn’t as concerned about what I could not eat. Early on, I didn’t miss dessert as much as I thought I would and by Day 10, I …
  • Almond Wheat Bread July 13, 2015 IMG_9066-17
    If you told me 10 years ago that I would be living in Wisconsin, I probably would’ve thought you were crazy. But now that we live here, I seriously couldn’t see our family living anywhere else right now.
    I’m a big believer in things happen for a reason and realize now that everything over …
  • Summer Berry Salad + A Giveaway! July 8, 2015 IMG_8879-1
    Today is July 8th and this is my LAST Whole30 Day! Day #30!! I made it! I didn’t do it perfectly . . especially in these last 10 days but I did pretty darn well and I’m happy!! So, how am I celebrating today?
    By bringing you a salad!
    I feel great and …
  • Strawberry Coconut and Peanut Butter Popsicles July 6, 2015 IMG_8601-1
    It’s summer and we’re getting creative. And can I just say . .  mad props to all the other food bloggers out there who can rock the popsicles! I, on the other hand, need more practice . . but at least I got the darn things out of the mold …
  • Mini Coconut Cream Pies July 1, 2015 IMG_8808-9
    Recently, I was reading one of my favorite blogs and started thinking about what my life would be like if I weren’t working from home. If I had never quit my full-time job and became a food blogger and still had an office job in advertising. Let me re-phrase that.  . …