Decisions, Decisions, Decisions


To say my brain is fried after three design meetings and countless paperwork and numbers would be a complete understatement. Building a custom home is a dream and it’s one of the most exhilarating things I’ve ever done but holy hell. It is A LOT of work. I honestly feel I’ve spent over 10 hours scouring paperwork after the design meetings.

We’ve had a total of three design meetings clocking in at four hours each. Think about your house and then think about every little thing that makes your house and then think that times five. The minute details from grout color to roof color to where you want electrical outlets to where you want certain things prewired to what carpet padding we want.

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Marsala Chicken Rigatoni and Mushroom Pasta

This marsala chicken rigatoni and mushroom pasta is pure comfort food. Filled with flavorful ingredients and a creamy marsala wine sauce coated on every inch of pasta, you will love every bite!

Note: This post first appeared on June 23, 2011. The recipe has been edited slightly (to make the recipe slightly healthier and tastier!) and the photography got a huge facelift so that you might actually want to make this now, haha…someone really should’ve told me that half-eaten pasta and horrible yellow lighting is NOT appetizing! Enjoy! Growing up, chicken marsala was one of my favorite dishes that my aunt made for us whenever we visited her. I don’t know what…

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Cheesy Chorizo Chili Dip

A cheesy dip for all your tailgating and game days! This cheesy chorizo chili dip is so easy to whip up and all your friends will be wanting the recipe! Made with ingredients you probably already have in your pantry; you will love how easy this is to prepare!

I am so excited to share this cheesy chorizo chili dip recipe with you guys because hello: tailgating season/game days have officially arrived! This dip is the perfect appetizer to have at the table for snacking. Honestly, my favorite part of football season isn’t the actual game. I’m all about the food possibilities and the excuse to eat to my heart’s content on game days. This cheesy chorizo chili dip can potentially warm you up, too, on chilly days because…

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Pumpkin Quinoa Parmesan Fritters

A fun, new way to enjoy quinoa during pumpkin season! This recipe is a unique way incorporate pumpkin into a savory recipe that you've never thought to try before! Pumpkin quinoa parmesan fritters are going to be your new favorite side dish to accompany your dinner this season!

I’m so thankful that I had a three day weekend. I don’t typically care for Columbus Day (because I don’t agree with the reasonings behind the holiday) but I am definitely thankful for it this year because these house design meetings have been INSANE and completely frying my brain. Yesterday, on our day off, we went into the design center again and finalized everything. Signed off on everything and confetti fell from the ceiling. Only, I wish that last bit…

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My Kinda Caviar (Cowboy Caviar)

The most colorful salad you will have at your next party or barbecue! Cowboy caviar is like a mashup between salsa and beans. Salsa and beans had a baby and named it cowboy caviar because it's just so hearty and richly delicious!

I could never pinpoint the category of shows that I like to watch. I always knew I liked to watch suspenseful shows but I’m also totally into family type shows like Parenthood and This Is Us. My coworker told me about this detective show on Netflix about how a girl gets killed and they are trying to find out who the killer is. I mean, I know that sounds like the most basic detective show but I don’t know how…

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Curry Lemongrass Chicken Noodle Bowl

Curry lemongrass chicken noodle bowl is pure comfort for those days you aren't feeling the best or you just want a deliciously creamy and flavorful dinner!

I went and got my flu shot yesterday and my upper right arm is so sore! They tell you to get the shot in your dominant arm because you move it more and it totally makes sense but I’m still sore. :) nothing this curry lemongrass chicken noodle bowl can’t cure! Okay, so I’m seeing more and more Halloween costumes start to pop up in my newsfeed and I’ve always hated Halloween. I don’t like the dressing up part AT ALL.…

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Healthy Coconut Banana Bread

The intoxicating smell of coconut banana bread will be drifting throughout your house as soon as you pop this in the oven! Super moist and tender; you will want to make a double batch!

Our favorite type of bread is banana bread. I know it seems so basic and boring but it’s classic and I have always loved the banana bread smell drifting through the house when we were younger. My mom would make banana bread often because not only was it our favorite, it was also my dad’s favorite. If you’ve followed my blog for some time, you’ll know that I love to bake my dad goodies for his birthday. His favorite is…

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