The Secrets of Pairing Wine and Chocolate

The Secrets of Pairing Wine and Chocolate There are fewer pleasures to the culinary palate than the combination of a great wine and sweet chocolate. Whether the occasion is a romantic evening with a special loved one or an after-dinner treat, pairing these two flavorful options is a mouthwatering experience. The key, however, to successfully combining a chocolate confection with a fine wine – while not complicated – does require a bit of thought in order to properly complete a complex blend of textures and flavors. The following are a few no so secret tips that will assist you in making the most of the delights of pairing these two dining favorites. Use a wine that is as sweet as your chocolate While this is not necessarily a hard and … [Continue]

DIY Upcycled Doll Table

DIY Upcycled Doll Table from Chick-fil-A soup containers! My family LOVES Chick-fil-A! When I say love I mean we probably eat there once a week. We all have our favorites and then we have our seasonal favorites! I absolutely love eating the Chicken Tortilla Soup from Chick-fil-A at this time of year. It is so rich in flavor and I like the spice it has!  We were challenged to use our Chick-fil-A soup containers to upcycle. My kids and I threw around many ideas as to how we wanted to upcycle these containers. The winner was my daughters idea to use the containers as a table for her dolls! She has several 18" dolls that she enjoys playing with daily. Santa even brought her a Jeep and travel trailer for Christmas. She has some … [Continue]

Spring Cleaning With Essential Oils

I am always looking for ways to eliminate all toxic chemicals from my home by replacing with more natural cleaners like essential oils, vinegar, baking soda and even fruits like lemons and oranges. Not only is it better for your families health but it is better for our environment. Check out these awesome Spring Cleaning With Essential Oils … [Continue]

Smoked Pork Chops on the Grill!

Summer is here and at our house that means grilling several nights a week! We love to try new recipes and products on our grill. Thanks to Cave Tools we recently had the chance to try and review their Smoker Box! My husband has been asking for a smoker for some years now but we just haven't got around to purchasing one. I thought this Smoker … [Continue]

Enhance The Romance

I don't know about anyone else but I am always looking for ways to enhance the romance in my marriage (this is especially true after having four kids). I thought I'd share some of my husband and I's favorite diffuser blends that help set the mood with their romantic aroma! What are your favorite blends to diffuse to give a romantic … [Continue]

2016 Word of the Year

  Do you like to choose a word of the year? If so I am curious, what is your one word for 2016? Last year my family and I chose COURAGE for our 2015 word of the year. We had no idea how much courage we would embody throughout the year. I wanted my kids to gain courage and they certainly did. Having been our hardest year yet we all became … [Continue]

I Still Believe In Santa!

I've struggled to write this because just thinking of it makes me emotional. As a child my favorite holiday memory was a year I knew my parents had no money for gifts. My mom worked tirelessly to hand sew me and my two younger siblings each a gift for Christmas. I'm not sure when the huge basket arrived on our door step but on Christmas morning I … [Continue]

Clean Safely and Effectively!

Thieves Household Cleaner is one of my favorite Young Living products! It's all natural, non toxic and safe for pets and children. We use Thieves cleaner for everything from our toilets to our kitchen sink and everything in between.  Check out this awesome graphic for ideas on cleaning your home!! It wasn't until I started really … [Continue]

Cool Off This Summer AT Splashtown San Antonio

We were *invited by Splashtown to spend the day having fun in the sun and cooling off on their water slides and pools! We had a blast! If you are looking for a fun summer activity that will keep you cool I HIGHLY recommend a day or even season pass to Splashtown San Antonio! A couple years ago I shared why we wanted to get season passes to … [Continue]

All Time Favorite Salsa Recipe!

I made my salsa for Fiesta Bunco night a couple months back and since then my friends keep requesting it at all of our get-togethers. They asked if it was a secret family recipe and although my family all does make this salsa in our varying ways, it is no secret. I do have a secret ingredient that I think takes my salsa to the next level! See if … [Continue]