Buttermilk Biscuits

I think everyone needs to make buttermilk biscuits.  They’re flakey, tangy, buttery, and quite simply delicious.  I first fell in love with biscuits when I ate at Pine State Biscuits.  In my attempt to recreate their biscuit, here’s is my recipe.

Click the link for the recipe!


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Carnitas Slow Cooked Meat

I went to school in Portland, Oregon and would go to Por Que No? as often as I could.  Every time I had to get the carnitas.  Even to this day I crave their carnitas tacos. Since leaving Portland, I have attempted to recreate their amazing carnitas slow cooked meat.  This is my version.  It’s savory, herbaceous, and goes beautifully with the usual taco toppings: onion, cilantro, salsa, and cotija.

Click the link for the recipe…

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My Happiness List

My inspiration for My Happiness List is from the blog Lauren’s Latest.  If you haven’t yet, check out Lauren’s blog.  She and her family just moved from Idaho to New York and I love reading about her exciting new city life!

Here is a list of a few items that make me the happiest.  Honestly, I could have written more but tried to keep it to my ultimate favorites.

Click the link below to read all about my favorite foods, the things I love to do, and the places I always want to visit…


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Buttermilk Fried Chicken

Buttermilk Fried Chicken

This buttermilk fried chicken recipe is a go-to in my family.  The chicken is moist, tender, and full of flavor.  The seasoning is crispy and pops in your mouth with hints of garlic powder and cayenne.  Served with a side of ranch and bbq sauce or hot sauce and blue cheese dressing, you will have yourself a very tasty dinner.

Click the link to get the recipe…



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Marinated Asian Chicken Recipe

My marinated Asian chicken recipe is a simple yet flavorful dish.  The savoriness of the fish sauce combined with the citrus notes of lime juice creates a chicken that is truly addicting.  While this chicken can easily be eaten by itself, I love to place it on fresh bread and top it with pickled vegetables to recreate a banh mi style sandwich.  Either way you eat it, you won’t be disappointed.

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Seasoned French Fries

Seasoned french fries are a weakness of mine.  I’m pretty sure I could eat them for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  The only issue?  I don’t want to make homemade fries every time I crave them.  So, my way of getting my fry fix without much work is turning boring frozen fries into delicious fancy seasoned fries.

For the recipe, click the link below…


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Best Coffee Shops in Salt Lake City

Best Coffee Shops in Salt Lake City

Looking for a cup of joe and homemade goodies?  Check out my list of the Best Coffee Shops in Salt Lake City.

*The coffee shops are listed in no particular order.

The Rose Establishment

Excellent coffee and food.  I have yet to eat a disappointing dish. I would sell my soul for their chocolate chip cookie or the avocado toast.  Or really anything else they serve.  My only advice is to get there early because their pastries often sell out before closing.

Click the link below to find out what other coffee shops are on the list…



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Must Have Monday 8.21.17

This week’s Must Have Monday is inspired by my time in South Korea.  It is…

A pair of scissors or kitchen shears.

You may question the use of scissors in the kitchen but they truly make prep time quicker and easier. In Seoul, I saw scissors mainly used to cut grilled meat, which worked great, but I have found it has many more uses.  Here are the items I use to cut scissors with:

  • Raw bacon, pancetta, or prosciutto
  • Herbs (chives work especially well)
  • Scallions
  • Slicing a quesadilla
  • Trimming fat off meat
  • Dicing up dried fruit
  • Slicing a pizza
  • Breaking up whole canned tomatoes
  • Romaine lettuce for salads


On Amazon, the prices for kitchen shears range from $10-$15.  I use regular scissors which work just fine.


A few recipes I have used scissors include deviled eggs and caesar salad

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Deviled Eggs Recipe

Deviled Eggs Recipe

Oh how I love this deviled eggs recipe.  It is inspired by our experience at The Spotted Pig.  Their deviled eggs are truly melt in your mouth perfection.  The two key elements to these deviled eggs are the creme fraiche and topping of good olive oil.  Yes, it makes them sound very hoity toity, but I’m fine with that as long as I have some delicious deviled eggs to devour.

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Deviled Eggs

Recipe: Deviled Eggs


8 eggs
1 1/2 tablespoon creme fraiche
4 tablespoons mayonnaise
1 teaspoon champagne vinegar (If you don’t have champagne vinegar white wine vinegar works just as well)
1 1/2 teaspoon dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoon chives, minced (topping)
Sea salt, sprinkling (topping)
Drizzle of good olive oil (topping)


Boil water in a medium sized pot.  Once the water gets to a low boil, carefully place eggs in pot.  Cook the eggs for 9 minutes.  Place the cooked eggs in a bowl that has ice water in it.  This cools the eggs down quickly and makes for easier peeling.  Once the eggs are cool enough to handle, peel them.

Cut the eggs in half, scoop out the yolk and place the yolks in a bowl.  Place the whites on a plate.

In the bowl of yolks, combine the creme fraiche, mayonnaise, vinegar, dijon, and salt.  I suggest using an electric mixer so the ingredients fully incorporate and become smooth.

Using a spoon or a piping bag, fill each egg white center with a tablespoon or two of the yolk mixture.  Top the mixture with a few pieces of chives.

Cover the eggs and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.  When ready to serve, top with a drizzle of good olive oil and a sprinkling of sea salt.

*Optional: You can also crisp us some prosciutto in a pan and sprinkle that on top for a meaty, crispy component.



If you’re wanting to make other appetizers, I suggest my cheese ball or baked shrimp scampi


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Pregnancy Update

Pregnancy Update

I’m officially 26 weeks!  According to What to Expect, I’m only 2 weeks away until I enter my third trimester.  Having been so busy this summer and now starting school again, I have been able to keep my mind off what’s arriving in mid November.

What’s new…

Heartburn.  Rumor has it the more heartburn you have, the more hair your baby will have.  Well, at this rate my baby is going to look like Big Foot.  I suffered early on with heartburn while pregnancy with Owen and he came out with so much hair the nurses showed him off to the other patients, doctors, nurses, or really anyone who would see.

Kicks.  The baby is kicking like a wild man at this stage.  It’s the most reassuring feeling knowing he is alive and moving.

Hip/Back Pain.  My hips hurt with Owen, so I was prepared for that.  Back pain, on the other hand, is a whole other ball game.  While it has gotten a bit better, a few weeks ago it felt like someone was ripping my lower back apart.  My doctor said it’s due to the hormones relaxing my joints and there wasn’t much I could do about it besides rest.  Rest?  Me rest?  Obviously my doctor doesn’t know me very well.  I kept doing my thing and the back pain has subsided for now…

Bigger Belly. Ian took my first baby bump photo yesterday (yes, I know I’m totally behind the 8 ball on this) so I could compare bump sizes between pregnancies.  This time I am quite a bit bigger.  I haven’t gained that much more weight (10 pounds so far) and I’m on track to gain about the same as I did with Owen (20 pounds) but I look and feel much bigger.  I’m assuming this means a bigger baby?  Owen was a little guy at 6 pounds 4 ounces, so we’ll see.

First pregnancy update 26 weeks

1st Pregnancy 26 Weeks

2nd Pregnancy Update 26 Weeks

2nd Pregnancy 26 Weeks

The Plan…

As of now, I have decided to schedule a c-section.  I had a c-section with Owen because my water broke but I wasn’t dialating, so after 19 hours of labor and stressful issues with Owen’s heart rate, I opted to get my little guy out safe and sound and have a c-section.

Since there is a risk of my uterus ripping open if I have regular birth, I decided to just schedule the labor and go from there.  If baby #2 decides to arrive earlier then that date we’ll just see what happens.  I’m not stressing over it like I did with Owen.  I learned labor plans often never turn out the way you think they will, so I figure there is no need stressing or over thinking the process.

I think it has finally hit home for Ian and I that we’re 3 months away from bringing another baby into the world. We’re starting to talk more about what the baby will look like and act like in comparison to Owen. We’re also starting to talk about babies with Owen.  He’s still so young that it’s hard to gather how much he understands, but we’re trying!

Does anyone have any advice about having a second kiddo?  How do we make the transition Owen easier?

Any suggestions would be lovely!

Recipes Pregnant Women Will Love

Buttermilk pancakes are light, tangy, and perfectly sweet.  Add a side of bacon and you’re in pregnancy heaven.

Cheese balls are not just for the holidays.  In fact I eat them year round.  When I’m pregnant I eat them more than I would like to admit.  The perfect appetizer for a party or an entree, if you’re a cheese and cracker lover like me.

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