easy creamy crockpot slow cooked butternut squash soup
By Joni
Category: Cooking & Cocktails

I’m new to butternut squash. Prior to this year, I’d look at any gourdy squash and think, “looks like too much work.” Because, honestly, I LOVE cooking, but I don’t love recipes that take hours.

I have things to do. Or maybe I don’t, but I’d like the option.

Well, I learned a few things.

  1. Butternut squash tastes like pumpkin. Who knew?! (P.S. I FUCKING LOVE PUMPKIN.)

  2. It’s really not that much effort. About as much effort as it takes to peel and chop potatoes.

  3. It’s tricky, because it almost tastes like potatoes. Which is amazing because my stomach is like “mmmmmmmmm starch,” but it’s a much healthier alternative.

homemade coconut vanilla almond butter granola
By Joni
Category: Cooking & Cocktails

Wow. It has been WAY too long. I’d apologize, but you guys have probably been just as busy. Thanksgiving basically just happened and Christmas is right around the corner.

Also - a word to the wise: If you need to order stuff online for Christmas, DO IT NOW. It just hit me like yesterday that there are like 10 business days until Christmas and I had gifts to order!

Anyway, Michael and I decided to take a day off tomorrow (no reason in particular - just mental sanity!), so I wanted to whip up something delicious to eat for breakfast.

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But… the truth is, I’ve done SO much baking lately, I’ve gained like 5 lbs. For reals. It’s been EVERYTHING, guys. Pecan pie muffins, brown sugar cinnamon cookies, coconut oatmeal cookies, pumpkin pie, pecan pie…

By Joni
Category: An Attempt at Sophistication

I tried to make you guys a cheeseball. My aunt’s delicious cheeseball. It’s one of my family’s passed around recipes, which says a lot, because I can only think of like four of those. Butterfinger pie, cheeseball, brunswick stew… maybe just three.

Anyway, it didn’t work out. Instead I just ended up with a delicious cream cheese dip that couldn’t hold its shape in a ball, but could be deliciously spread onto a pretzel cracker. Somehow I suffered through eating it. hehhheheh

Also - work was like supercrazygonutsbusycantstop for a while there, but now that things have equalized back to a normal pace, I plan to get back to bloggin.

So for now, I thought I’d offer you all my thoughts on three things: getting discounts, favorite Dallas foods and Halloween candy.


Halloween Munch with Oreos and Reeces Pieces
By Joni
Category: Cooking & Cocktails


You’re terrified, I know.

Allllllllright people, the Munch is back in FULL FORCE. And it’s donning a new look because, duh, Halloween.

Yes, I know it is September. And yes I know Halloween itself is more than a month away. But ask those glittery pumpkins that I got for $1 at Walmart if I care. I don’t.

Speaking of that, anyone have a particularly awesome Halloween costume? I’m finding it hard to beat my costume from last year

Anyway, the only thing really “Halloween” about this Munch is the colors. Oh - and the fact that you’ll look like a munch-thirsty monster while you chow down unashamedly.

I don’t judge…

But whether it’s just a fun weekend treat or a Halloween party, this is a fun take on a favorite.

Nutty Pumpkin Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting
By stacy
Category: Cooking & Cocktails

We’ve been embracing a low-carb diet recently, so I opted to use almond flour in this recipe, instead of regular flour. Boy was it tasty! I highly recommend going this nutty route for this (sure to be) new fall staple.

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Seriously - don’t those look amazing?! Let’s get started…

Preheat your oven to 350° F, and start on your pumpkin bars by combining all of your dry ingredients.There are so many spices in this recipe, it starts to smell great right off the bat. In a smaller bowl, combine your wet ingredients and mix until fully blended. Now add your pumpkin mixture to the dry ingredients until they are completely incorporated into one another.

Once your mixture is ready, pour it into a pan that has been sprayed with non-stick cooking spray. For half the recipe I used an 8x10 pan and there was room to spare. For a full batch, a 9x13 will do the trick. Bake your pumpkin bars for about 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Pumpkin Honey Beer Bread
By Joni
Category: Cooking & Cocktails

From our bake-off last fall, to our kitchens, this fall - you’ll love this delicious recipe from Cooking Light magazine!

This recipe’s pretty easy. First mix the dry. Then mix the wet. Then mix it together :)

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This makes enough for two loaves or one large bundt. I went for the bundt because, well, it’s just prettier. And I only have one loaf pan. Either way - coat the inside of your pan(s) with cooking spray and pour in your mix.

Bake at 350° F for about an hour and 10 minutes. Pop it out of your pan(s) and allow to cool for about 10 minutes. Then have a piece!

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By Joni
Category: Cooking & Cocktails

I love the slow cooker. Who doesn’t?

Now the football season is back in full force, it’s time to get lazy and eat some chicken wings. Yes - you can do both at the same time.

With the slowcooker.

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It’s magical, I tell you. Basically, combine everything, walk away, maybe drink some beer, and your wings are done.

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This recipe in particular has a great spicy and sweet flavor from the red pepper, peanut butter and brown sugar. Seriously - serve these at your next watch party and people will not be disappointed!

Slap Ya Mama Buffalo Wings
By Joni
Category: Cooking & Cocktails

This took our regular buffalo recipe from decent to AMAZING. I will never make them without pre-seasoning the wings with spices again. A dinner date with friends led us to this amazingly spicy, peppery and salty spice blend call “Slap Ya Mama.” We’ve tried it on breasts and thighs with much success, so I’m happy to say these WINGS (!!!) are our favorite. So grab Slap Ya Mama! at the store (seriously, don’t cheat yourself) and get ready.

​First, line a baking pan with foil, spray it with non-stick spray and get your oven preheating to 375F. Then liberally sprinkle your wings with your seasoning. I sprinkled both sides to ensure perfect flavor.

Throw those suckers in the oven, and flip them halfway through. Cook until the wings reach a minimum internal temperature of 165F. They’ll start to brown up and look divine.

pumpkin caramel frappe frappuccino homemade
By Joni
Category: Cooking & Cocktails

You guysssssssssssss.

I’ve got a good one for you here. I don’t even want to give it much setup because I want to get to the got dang point. Know what I mean?

Basically, I live in TX and it’s still hot here… makes no sense to obsess over Fall… yada yada yada PUMPKIN CARAMEL FRAPPE.

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You’re going to want to get all of the ingredients for this recipe STAT.

By Joni
Category: Bitchin Bargains

A few weeks ago, my man treated me to tons of new kitchen goodies for my birthday, including some really swanky stainless steel measuring spoons in like 12 sizes.

This may not sound like a big deal to you, but I was PUMPED.

Then they arrived, and I saw that they were held together by one of those dumb ball/chain clasps. Why would someone think that was a good idea? I’m not looking for a 3-minute ordeal every time I go to grab a measuring cup!

So, in my typical fashion, I looked for a cheap and easy way to remedy my problem. I’d hoped I could just search for “measuring cup rings” or something, and then have them magically appear for like $.50. I had no such luck.

Then, through a series of searches, it hit me: shower hooks.

$5 later, my measuring cups were GOOD TO GO - far more practical and accessible. Check out the transformation!

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