Five Easy Appetizers

Five Easy Appetizers

I have lots of favorite easy appetizer recipes, because I love making Hors d’oeuvres for any occasion.  Over the Thanksgiving weekend we had five different events going on!  So I had lots of easy appetizers to make.  I put together five of my favorite easy appetizers this weekend and thought...
Our Favorite Slow Cooker Recipes

Our Favorite Slow Cooker Recipes

My slow cooker is my best friend during a busy school week.  I really don’t know what I’d do without it.  I love the sort meals where you can dump it in the slow cooker for the day and come home to a delicious meal.  I’ve put together a list...
Family Fun in Siesta Key & Sarasota

Family Fun in Siesta Key & Sarasota

Last year we took our family of six to Siesta Key for a long vacation.  We had so much fun exploring Siesta Key and the surrounding area, that I wanted to share my ideas for family fun in Siesta Key with you.  Our focus was mostly on beach lounging, so...
Getting Organized :: Children & Chores

Getting Organized :: Children & Chores

I am a stay at home mother of four children.  I hate housework, but I also hate a messy house.  It’s a frustrating way to live.  And with five other people in this house with me, keeping up with the housework is a never ending task.  My husband and I...
Holiday Toy Trains at the Behringer Crawford Museum

Holiday Toy Trains at the Behringer Crawford Museum

Henry and I went to see one of our favorite holiday attractions today, the Holiday Toy Trains at the Behringer Crawford Museum in Devou Park.  While Henry likes watching the trains zoom around and pushing all the interactive buttons on the display, I always like to look for the interesting...
Walt Disney World with Kids :: Tips for a Fun Trip

Walt Disney World with Kids :: Tips for a Fun Trip

For Spring Break last year we took the family to Florida and spent three days at Walt Disney World.  It was a blast!  I was so thankful to have the tips & advice from friends and family before we went…I felt somewhat prepared for the special kind of chaos that...
Our Favorite Homemade Pizza Recipes

Our Favorite Homemade Pizza Recipes

Pizza & Salad is a favorite dinner around our house.  I’d say we have it on the menu almost every week.  When Michael and I were first married he would make the dough and I would make the sauce, and we made some very yummy homemade pizza.  As the years...
Hot Chocolate Bar

Hot Chocolate Bar

When I told my mom that I was going to have my husband’s family over for Christmas she offered to give me my Nana’s coffee mugs.  At first I turned them down, as we are not coffee drinkers.  But then I had a stroke of genius…why not have a hot...
Thirteen Ways to De-Stress

Thirteen Ways to De-Stress

I have days where I feel stressed & overwhelmed all day.  I’m not going to bore you with the reasons behind all of this, because we’ve all been there…we all have our laundry lists of stressors.  We all have moments where we feel so overwhelmed we just want to lay...
Create Your Own Chihuly Sculpture

Create Your Own Chihuly Sculpture

Our family loves the arts, and we also love creating our own works of art.  A few months back I read about a very cool art project for kids on the blog Mary Making and it inspired me to do a similar project with my children.    The project was to...
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The Little Things Blog on Fox 19

Last month I was contacted by Fox 19 News and asked to come on their Sunday Morning show and share one of my favorite winter recipes.  I immediately thought of my Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff recipe because it’s so easy to put together and it’s a perfect hearty meal for a cold winter’s night.  On...
Cincinnati Ballet presents ALICE {GIVEAWAY}

Cincinnati Ballet presents ALICE {GIVEAWAY}

I have a confession to make, I’ve only ever been to one ballet, and that is The Nutcracker.  I have seen it several times over the years, but I have yet to see another Cincinnati Ballet performance.  Not for lack of wanting, but because I just couldn’t make it happen.  That is all about to...
Easy Garlic Chicken

Easy Garlic Chicken

Are you looking for an easy dinner recipe?    I have just that for you.  You should try this Easy Garlic Chicken recipe that I concocted this week.  The weekend got away from me and I never made it to the grocery store and had to make dinner with what I had on hand Monday night.  Which...

Menu Plan Monday {January 12}

It was a delicious week at our house last week!  What’s cooking at your house?  Do you need inspiration?  Visit OrgJunkie’s Menu Plan Monday Roundup or my Recipe Archives for recipe ideas!  Have a great week! Menu Plan Monday :: Spaghetti Carbonara Beef Goulash Soup ~ perfect winter night dinner!  And the leftovers hold up...
Our New Addition

Our New Addition

Say Hello to our newest mouth to feed, “Maximus Heinrich Samwell”, a tiny Bearded Dragon.  In the summer of 2011 we told our children that instead of buying them birthday presents we were going to get them a pet Bearded Dragon.  Fast forward three and a half years and we finally made good on our...
Broadway in Cincinnati presents Cinderella

Broadway in Cincinnati presents Cinderella

Cinderella is in town for just a few weeks and you are going to want to see this show!  If you are planning on going to see Cinderella at the Aronoff Center and expecting to see a story about the animated princess we are all so familiar with then you need to get that notion...
Game Restaurant in Louisville

Game Restaurant in Louisville

Are you a big fan of burgers?  Do you like to try different kinds of meat?  If so, you need to stop by Game in Louisville, Kentucky.  My sister turned thirty today, and in celebration we took a little road trip to Louisville with our brother and Henry for lunch at Game, a restaurant that serves...
Garlic Asiago Risotto

Garlic Asiago Risotto

A few months back my cousin Joe married his sweetheart Andrea, and Prince Henry was their ring-bearer.  The rehearsal dinner was held at my aunt and uncle’s house and my Aunt Patti made a five-star meal for us.  It was seriously one of the most delicious meals I’ve ever had.  She served a tenderloin, scallops...
Chicago :: Lincoln Park Zoo

Chicago :: Lincoln Park Zoo

Chicago Vacation :: For Spring Break 2014 we took the kids to Chicago for three nights and four days.  We crammed as much fun as we could into those four days and had adventures all over the Windy City.  I’m going to share our adventures with you in a series of installments so you can...
New Riff Distilling & Ei8htBall Brewery at Party Source

New Riff Distilling & Ei8htBall Brewery at Party Source

I have always loved shopping at The Party Source.  They really are a one stop shop for any sort of party.  We are particularly impressed with their selection of craft beers, especially the local brews.  Now there’s even more reason to head to The Party Source, as in the past year they became the home to...
Cincinnati Ballet's Nutcracker

Cincinnati Ballet’s Nutcracker

On Sunday Ella and I went to see a holiday classic, the Nutcracker presented by Frisch’s and performed by the Cincinnati Ballet at the Aronoff Center.  The Nutcracker is a Cincinnati Holiday tradition!  We don’t make it to the show every single year, but when we do have the opportunity to go it’s a magical...

Menu Plan Monday {December 22}

Hello Monday!  And Hello Holidays!  It’s going to be a wild and crazy week with the Christmas holiday, so I should have some great recipes for you next Monday.  As for today, I’ve got some great stuff to share as well.  If you are looking for even more inspiration see my Recipe Archives or OrgJunkie’s...