So Long, Summer! 1

~ Well, we are nearing the end of August.  And believe me, NO ONE is happier to be bidding summer farewell than this girl!  For one thing: I’m 8 months pregnant.  For another: I live in Arkansas, where it has been in the upper 90s with 200% humidity since May.  I’m itching to see those leaves […]

Heirloom Tomato and Goat Cheese Tart

Rigatoni with Tomato Basil Vinaigrette

Rigatoni with Tomato Basil Vinaigrette 1

Ok… so this is just one girl’s opinion (feel free to vehemently disagree with me)… but I believe it is nothing short of a sin, a travesty, and a crying shame to cook garden-fresh tomatoes! ~ ~ Was that a confusing statement?  What I mean is that in my ever-so-humble opinion, there is only one […]

My Pick for Photos, Web Design, and Creative Consulting! 1

I want to introduce you to a very good friend of mine today… ~ ~ This handsome dude is Zach Cheatham, and I’ve actually mentioned him numerous times on the blog before (like here when I showed you our maternity pictures, or here when I showed you my new business card design!) If I’m being […]

Zach Cheatham - Z-Axis Creative - Web Design & Creative Consulting

"Sundae Cookie Dough Bites"

Ice Cream Party! + Recipe for “Sundae Cookie Dough”

~ My little girl turned two last Thursday. Thus far, her milestones have not been overly-emotional for me… perhaps because each day she gets older, she seems to get more fun!  Seeing her enjoy her 2nd birthday party was no exception.  It was truly a blast!  She was so much more aware of what was going […]

One For Your Summer Bucket List: Honey Vanilla Peach Jam + A Giveaway! 4

~ I’ve been so excited to share this post with you! This past weekend, I was gifted with a gigantic box of gorgeous, sweet-as-ambrosia, Washington peaches.  I absolutely love summer peaches… there’s just nothing like em’ in this world!  (The peaches I buy at the grocery store, especially in the wintertime, are totally flavorless… I’ve […]

Honey Vanilla Peach Jam - A Taste of Summer!

Rice Krispie Treat Pops are perfect for a baby shower or birthday party!

Rice Krispie Treat Pops! 1

My husband works with some wonderful, wonderful people. And on Monday, those wonderful people hosted a double baby shower for him and another co-worker from his office (who happens to be due just a week before us!)  We were so honored to be included in the festivities, and I, of course, had a hay-day photographing every detail of […]

Blogging: Behind the Scenes – Part 5 2

{Note: Today’s post is not the usual Pretty/Hungry fare… normally around here we’re talking about things like cookies, savvy weeknight suppers, and the special splurge recipes that keep life fun (like this one)!  But today’s post is Part 5 in a series dedicated to all the bloggers out there, in response to your requests for blogging tips. […]

Blogging: Behind the Scenes - Insights into how to improve and monetize your blog!

Maple Cream Cheese Glazed Cinnamon Rolls

Brunchin’ with My Sister! 2

Ok, technically this meal was a “Brinner”… but that’s not a well-known word so I went with “Brunch.” Regardless of its formal title, this collection of breakfast foods pretty much sums up my most favorite things in life.  My sister chose each of these dishes for her birthday celebration this weekend (and last year, she chose […]

Budgeters Unite! 5

This week I had the honor and privilege of speaking to a group of ladies about one of my favorite topics: Cutting Your Household Spending! ~ ~ Truth be told, I’m a bit of a budgeting nut.  I actually find the challenge of a tight budget to be very rewarding and fun in itself (weird and […]

A recap of this week's Budget Homemakers Seminar!  |

Browned Butter Cookie Bars  |

Browned Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars 5

I’ve been posting some pretty darn healthy stuff around here lately, so I thought now might be a good time to take a break from the healthy stuff and show you these cookie bars (or “blondies” if you prefer that title.) ~ ~ If you don’t take one look at that picture above and want […]

Bleepety-Bleep Pesto! 4

~ ~ Intrigued by the title of this post? Well, here’s the deal… I couldn’t bring myself to title this pesto as it should be titled, because doing so would require me to break TWO of my cardinal rules of recipe naming.  Those rules are: #1- Do not include the word “protein” in a recipe […]

Can you guess the secret ingredient in this fabulous pesto?

Peach, Balsamic, & Basil Pizza

My 28th Birthday Dinner + Recipe for Peach, Balsamic, & Basil Pizza 8

What a weekend we have had so far! My siblings blessed me with a celebratory meal last night in honor of my 28th birthday. (And since food is my love language, this was pretty much the best possible gift they could have given me.) ~ ~ ~ OH, but that wasn’t all!  They also created […]

What I Bought on my Whole Foods Shopping Spree… 5

As you know, thanks to my incessant reminders, I had a birthday a few days ago!  (I turned the big 2-8.)  And my birthday activity of choice this year was a bit unusual.  Normally, we spring for a fun and fancy date night on the town at a nice restaurant.  But this year I decided […]

Whole Foods Shopping Spree  |

My new business cards!  |

Swanky New Business Cards! 3

Happy 4th of July, dear friends! This is one of my favorite holidays ever.  :)  (Though I may be biased because it happens to fall one day after the 3rd of July, which is my birthday, which always makes for an extra fun couple of days for this girl!) As we speak I am enjoying a […]

My Spin on BBQ Pizza- Just in time for the 4th! 1

~ Honestly, WHAT is more perfect for 4th of July festivities than BBQ?  It’s fun, it’s messy, it’s casual… it’s the essence of summer.  :) And BBQ Pizza?!?  Well, in my humble opinion, the only way to improve upon juicy barbecued goodness is to add mounds of melty cheese and lots carb-y, perfect bread.  That sounds […]

BBQ Pizza for 4th of July!