Saturday at the Pumpkin Patch

07 December 2022

These little cuties had such a fun time at the pumpkin patch back in October. We went with the Gattins and Smiths and had so much fun! Watching these little girlies pull their wagons of pumpkins was precious. Give me allll the fall things! 

Blistered mini Peppers

06 December 2022

Oh I love these! We actually had these for dinner tonight. We've cooked these a few times but popping them in a pan and letting them blister is our new fav way. We had some just like this in NYC. A little EVOO, peppers, salt + pepper and yum. Brian even tossed some balsamic vinegar on ours tonight and they were excellent! Enjoy! XOXO


Trip to the Zoo

05 December 2022

The first weekend in October, we hit the zoo for fun day with friends! Perfect weather and the kiddos way outnumbered the adults. Lots of fun to spend time with our buddies and tons of animals too :) 

Kate is FIVE!

04 December 2022

Kate had a really wonderful birthday celebration back in September! That's how far I am behind here :) oops. We explored a million different options for birthday parties and still somehow ended up at home. It turned out so perfect and she had the sweetest day. 

Baby Girl Door Hanger

03 December 2022

I am so behind on blogging but I had so much to share! Like this fun little baby door hanger. I made two door hangers this year for little ones. I've been out of the game for so long, it was super fun to be creative again. Love how this one turned out and can't wait to meet that sweet baby girl! XOXO


Spider Halloween Cookie Cake

02 December 2022

I saw this fun little cake on a instagram reel back in October and knew I had to make it. It was super easy. I actually used premade cookie dough, smushed to the edges of my pan. It was kind of hard to cook, the consistency of the cook here was not good but smothered with icing, you really didn't know. I learned a trick here, heat up your icing can for a bit and pour it on. Loop around some black icing, use a toothpick for the web, sprinkles and enjoy! XOXO


In New York you can be a new (wo)man!

18 October 2022

Hello and welcome back! To my third and final blog post on NYC. I started working on a reel for our trip--still brushing up my reel skills. Stay tuned! But anyway-- our second to last morning, we started by heading over to Brooklyn for brunch. 

New York Part 2

12 October 2022


Not sure why I like this picture so much but I do. I think it's all the nostalgia surrounding it. We really just walked the block like three times before we stopped in this place for a drink. And it was so great. But I'm jumping ahead. I'm here (in this post) to talk about day 3 in NYC. Proceed :)

In The Greatest City.. NYC Part 1

10 October 2022

I know.. you are probably thinking we just took a solo trip to New York. We did but then the world shut down and we did nothing for a really long time. We longed for the wonderful food, drink and entertainment that NYC had to offer and lucky us--on the week after the mask mandate was finally lifted, we were smack dab in the middle of New York! Any guesses our very first stop?

Fall Teacher Gifts

16 September 2022

I love putting together little gifts for everyone! Especially my kiddos teachers. I'm always hunting fun little things at Target. I grabbed these little towels a month or so ago. Last week while browsing I found the spatula/cookie cutter combo and knew they would all work perfectly together! I tied them with some black/tab twine and now I just need to create the perfect little tag! Love this! 


Labor Day at the Lake

15 September 2022

We had a fun little Labor Day weekend earlier this month. We made a quick trip down to the lake to visit family and the girls finally, FINALLY love the water! Which makes me so happy!! 

Chicken Adobo, Version 2

14 September 2022

A couple months ago, I picked out a recipe to cook, got all the ingredients and when it was time to cook.. I totally forgot what it was. Couldn't find anything similar and then stumbled on this recipe which would work with my ingredients. It was a happy accidents and I've made it three times since! 

Living Room FLIP

13 September 2022

Version number million of our living room since moving in. Kidding.. kind of. I've blogged (i think) all the pervious versions but have taken forever putting this one together. We actually ordered a new couch in December 2020. It took until May of 2021 to come in. Then the rest of the room was kind of slow to build. Until one day-- it was done! 

Encanto Sisters

01 September 2022

Dying over these silly pictures of these little sisters. They have been planning outfits for Kate's birthday party. Kate needed a flower for her hair and Emmy requested glasses and a bag. Everything came in last weekend and they had a blast playing! 

The Perfect Pancake

31 August 2022

This past weekend, Brian tried a new pancake recipe that was fantastic. I don't know that we'll ever be boxed pancake kind of people again after this. We also joined Costco over the weekend and grabbed a big ole handle of maple syrup! This will be on rotation from here on out-- the crisp edges, the fluffy middle-- perfection! 

First Day of School 2022

30 August 2022

Our girls went "back to school" last week and for Kate-- she started "real" school! She entered PreK and is LOVING it!! 

Sweetest Little Weekend at Home

24 August 2022

We had the best little weekend in Little Rock. Each year before school starts, school closes for a few days to reset. We usually end up taking a day or so off to keep the kiddos. This year we reserved Friday for fun with the girls and some friends! 

Artichoke Chicken and Orzo Goodness

22 August 2022

I made this for dinner this past weekend and it was delish! Sign me up for anything with artichokes-- and orzo, always forget that I love that! It looks a little wonky in my picture but I swear to you that was easy, tasty and something you are going to want in your life! 

Kate's Last Day at ECEP

21 August 2022

Kate has attended the Early Childhood Education Program at Trinity Episcopal since she was 10 months old! She's spent 4 years, the majority of her life at this place! It's bittersweet to move on but I know we're all excited about her jump to "real" school!

On The Go End of Year Party

20 August 2022

Emily had her first end of the year party! Thanks to COVID, we haven't had these little fun things in a while! Emily had such a great year with her teachers and friends! God bless Sabrina and Niecey-- they are angels! 

Roasted Tomato Ricotta Pasta with Crispy Prosciutto

19 August 2022

I didn't get a good picture of the finished product because I was too busy killing my bowl. It was so fantastic! That crispy prosciutto was amazing-- it made this whole dish. I absolutely recommend you trying this! 

The very best cookie sandwich :)

18 August 2022

Brian claims that the are THE BEST YET! I had mu doubts and worried a fair amount. I tasted one of the cookies and they weren't that fantastic. I was pretty bummed until I added the icing and OMG.. they were perfection. 

Weekend at the Lake

17 August 2022

We had a nice little weekend at the lake a couple weekends ago. Brian and I got to spend some quality time together during naptime-- we even took the little convertible out for a spin. The kiddos joined us that evening and the next morning-- they had a blast and have come SO FAR in the water this year. 

Kate's End of the Year Party, 2022

16 August 2022

Kate's time at ECEP is coming to a close. It's bittersweet. We've made so many good friends and I'm sad she won't be moving on with the majority of them. They had a fun little going away party a week or so ago-- love these sweet little friends! 

Mushroom Ravioli with Spinach

15 August 2022

It's wild how easy and tasty this dish was. We made one a couple weeks ago that was similar-- it's actually only two posts back. I loaded up on ravioli on my last trader joe's run, stumbled on this new, different version and the rest is delicious history.

Destin Family Vacation 2022

14 August 2022

After three years away, we took a trip to the beach last month with Brian's family. The girls enjoyed the beach and had so much fun with our family. We actually got to see the entire side of one family and it was great being together! 

Chicken Ravioli with Pesto and Veggies

13 August 2022

I cooked a lot a few weekends ago-- and everything was fantastic and bloggable. This one was so delish that we did a variation of it last night and that version/picture is coming so soon! This was easy and packed with flavor. I used my left over sun dried tomatoes from the couscous accident the day prior and anything with a basil pesto is something I absolutely want. 

My kind of "salad."

12 August 2022

Not a salad fan here. But I'll eat couscous "salad" all day long! When I saw this recipe, I knew we needed to make it ASAP. Last weekend we grabbed a rotisserie chicken from Edwards and added this. I loved it! Would def recommend cutting back the amount of couscous unless you are cooking for a crowd. The artichokes and feta were the perfect additions! Make this! 

Thai Basil Beef and Lemongrass Rice Bowls

11 August 2022

I've made plenty of variations of beef rice bowls. This one is my favorite! That lemongrass coconut rice is the bomb. It's so fantastic that I want it with every meal. I was worried it could be overpowering but it was not in the slightest. Perfect meal for any night of the week! 

PreK Registration

10 August 2022

Took my big girl to her new big girl school to register last week. She's excited and I think I'm really excited too.. pause... yes, I am! She was incredibly quiet but I think she's really going to love all the things PreK has to offer. Maybe not the school lunch... 

DIY: You're ex-STRAW Special!

09 August 2022

Freaked out the day of when I realized it was Kate's end of the year party and I had no end of the year gifts. Quick run to Target for these crazy straws. Grabbed an ADORABLE tag from Etsy that I altered from Valentines to ..I'll miss you-- called it a day. XOXO


Spicy Corn and Shishito Salad

08 August 2022

Just prepare to love this. It's so summer in a bowl. It's so fantastic. And light and just really good! We got a ton of fresh corn and I used that-- ready to make this one again! 

4th of July in Pictures

07 August 2022

We had such a wonderful little 4th of July weekend! We had already planned to go to NWA for the holiday weekend and just spent even more time since we were up for my Nonno's funeral. We were able to hit all the family members and spend time with our friends too :) 

Tuna Poke Bowl

06 August 2022

Loved this so much, I've already made it a second time! So fantastic and if you live near a Fresh Market, they have great deals on sushi grade tuna on Sunday! Enjoy! 

Sweet Little Summer Weekend

05 August 2022

I snapped some sweet little pictures of our girls a few weekends ago. Wanted to post them so I can search and remember forever! 

Bok Choy

19 July 2022

I can't tell you how much I want to eat this right now while typing this. I loved this side dish and know it will be in our rotation FOREVER. It was so good! SO GOOD. 

My Nonno

18 July 2022

We lost my sweet Nonno at the end of last month. I'll never forget my last visit with him. I was so scared to go. He had been having episodes where he didn't know who anyone was and I was just scared. I was scared that would be my last memory. When I went to see him, he looked up, smiled and said, "My Alex." It brings me to tears just thinking about it. He asked how the girls were and he just smiled and was so happy to see me. I am so glad I have that last time to hold onto for all time. 

Trip to Tontitown

13 July 2022

Earlier this month we went to Tontitown to celebrate the life of my Nonno, Andrew Floyd Penzo. He passed away at the end of June. I'm terribly sad he is not with us anymore but find peace knowing he's made it to his heavenly home and no longer sick. 

Snapper + Carrots

12 July 2022

OMG. I know, I KNOW this picture doesn't look like much but it was seriously like everything. Those carrots were possibly the best carrots that I've ever had. And that red snapper was so fantastic, light and perfect. 

Summer in a Bowl

11 July 2022

I just love this! And it always just sings summer to me. I got Brian hooked and we make it as long as the cucumbers and tomatoes are flowing. I don't have a real recipe for it but base my "throw-stuff-in-a-bowl-recipe" off one this sweet little man in Malvern taught me. I love to add banana peppers and white onion. Brian likes celery seed so we add that with salt + pepper. Pour over everything a sugar and vinegar mixture and BAM. YUM. 


Blistered Shishito Peppers

09 July 2022

Brian made a seafood run a couple weeks ago and came up with some shishito peppers. He blistered them as an appetizer and they were so good! That little flaky salt really made them a fantastic bite! Simple, easy and perfect! 

Smoked Salmon + Endives

08 July 2022

I really loved these and so did Brian. He's actually asked for them again since we had them only two weeks ago! I actually found the recipe a while back and had been wanting to try them. I stumbled on some endives at trader joe's the other day and the rest is tasty history. 

Brownie Sandwiches with Cookie Dough Buttercream

07 July 2022

In my quest to be the very best baker-- I made these brownie sandwiches and they WERE SO FORKING GOOD! I know that I will make these again. They were fantastic. 

Happy Father's Day!

05 July 2022

I'm late but still wanted to post this adorable picture of the girls with Brian on Father's Day! It was a sweet day <3


Emmy: Allergy Testing Complete!

04 July 2022

Y'all... I hope your kiddo never has a food allergy. We were lucky and had one-- well two at one point, that usually the kid grows out of. It just stinks! All of it. Carrying the Epi, the testing, the appointments, the bloodwork. I'll have nightmares about that bloodwork FOREVER!

Emily's Birthday Party!

03 July 2022

We celebrated Emmy's birthday party over Memorial Day weekend and had so much fun! I loved having a day dedicated just to sweet Emily. She's really letting her personality shine and she's so silly and funny! 

DIY Party Bubbles

02 July 2022

I made these fun bubble stickers for Emily's birthday party. I just designed them on Canva, printed on sticky paper and wrapped around some dollar tree bubbles. Viola! XOXO


Camden's 1st Birthday!

22 June 2022

We celebrated baby Camden's birthday the first weekend in June. And I guess I officially can't call him baby Camden anymore since it's a big boy! And so stinking cute. 

Sweet Little Sisters

21 June 2022

I snapped these sweet pictures when we were in Wynne a few weeks ago. The girls just happened to be sitting there, looking sweet, and I got some adorable little shots. How many uses can we get out of these adorable Easter outfits?! Love them so much!

Roasted Bok Choy

20 June 2022

Last weekend we made one of my favorites-- shrimp curry! This time we decided to add bok choy. I did a quick search and found an interesting recipe. We tried it-- but Walmart gave us regular bok choy and not baby. I can't wait to try it again. It was easy and delicious! 
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