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Easy Ground Beef and Vegetable Soup in The Slow Cooker

Summer was back, but it’s on the way out again! Here’s an easy beef and vegetable soup to warm you up when the temperatures drop. It’s a cool weather favorite around our house! My grandma used to make this soup on the stove top, but I love the ease of throwing everything into the slow cooker so I can set it and forget it! Ingredients:  1 pound lean ground beef 1 medium onion, chopped 3 cups of water 3 medium red potatoes, peeled and cut into 3/4 inch cubes 1 can (14.5 oz) Italian diced tomatoes, undrained 1 can (11.5 ounces) V8 juice 1 cup chopped celery 1 cup chopped carrots 1 cup frozen corn 2 cups frozen green beans 2 tablespoons sugar 1 tablespoon dried parsley flakes 2 teaspoons dried basil 1 bay leaf Salt and pepper to taste or approximately 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper Elbow macaroni (optional) Prepearation: In a non-stick skillet, cook beef and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink, drain. Stir in salt and …

A Thanksgiving Day Roundup: Hostess Gifts, Recipes, Wine Pairings, and More!

It’s almost here! A day for family, friends, football, and FOOD! Also know as Thanksgiving. This is surely one of my favorite days of the whole year! I absolutely love the food and the time with family and friends! It’s an all day event for sure starting with the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in the morning, followed by football games, the big meal, and ending the day with a classic holiday movie and another round of turkey 😉 And all day the house smells heavenly! If you are still looking for some Thanksgiving day inspiration, I have rounded up a few things from around the Internet to help make your Turkey day a success! Tablescapes, hostess gifts, movies, and more! Hosting Thanksgiving at your house and looking for some decorating inspiration? Some top designers share their tips at My Domaine. Going to someone else’s house for Thanksgiving this year? Need a Hostess gift that isn’t wine? I love these 10 Affordable Hostess Gifts at Apartment Therapy!   Recipes galore and other Thanksgiving tips can be found …

Cook This Weekend: 5 Slow Cooker Recipes For Fall That My Whole Family Loves

Yea! It really feels like fall in Houston this week and this weekend is supposed to be even cooler! When the temperature drops it’s the perfect time to get your slow cooker (crock pot in the south 😉) out and make some warm, comforting soups, stews, and other dishes that you might not cook in the warmer summer months. I love the ease of cooking a meal in the slow cooker. After a little prep while the kids are at school you can set it and forget it from 5 to 8 hours depending on the recipe. It makes dinnertime, and cleanup, a breeze. Oh, and don’t forget the aromas that fill the house throughout the day! Below I wanted to share with you some of mine and my family’s favorite fall and winter slow cooker recipes. Really I cook some of these year round, but when the temperatures dip they are way more pleasing! Just this week I made the red beans and rice and the taco soup. Today I’m throwing the lentil soup …

15 Dog Friendly Restaurant And Bar Patios in Houston

The official start to fall has arrived and we are finally experiencing more pleasant temps in Houston! Ahhh…..Patio weather! Those fleeting couple of months where us Houstonians actually want to sit outside and enjoy the beverage of our choice, some grub, and people watching. Who better to invite for dinner, or brunch, and drinks than your dog? Don’t you think he (or she) would love to join you on a patio somewhere, drinking something cold, and mingling with other dogs and dogettes! Who can say no to that face! Thanks to the foundation of Paws on Patios in 2010, Houston restaurants can obtain city permits to allow dogs at outdoor tables. This initiative finally put Houston in line with other Texas cities that already had a similar permit program in place. Woof woof!! You love your dog, don’t you? Take that puppy out for some fun! Here are some Houston area restaurants and bars that welcome your furry friend. Just check ahead with these establishments to make sure their dog policy hasn’t changed. And, if you have …

Fig-licious: Recipes to Try with Figs

Hi friends! Is it cooling off where you live? Not so much here in Houston yet. Though the day time highs have dropped a little bit. I am looking forward to the first cool front to blow through and bring us some cooler temps. I love when that first hint of Fall is here and the season starts to change! Another thing that I love about this time of year is that big, juicy figs are available in the supermarkets and at the local farmer’s markets! As a kid growing up in Louisiana my grandmother had a couple of fig trees in her yard. I realized from an early age how much I loved figs. I’d go right outside and pick them from the tree! I’m pretty sure I didn’t even take them inside to be washed off! After all, it was the 1970’s, we were out in the country, and they were washed by Mother Nature! You can trust her, right 🙂 Figs aren’t just delicious, they’re  nutritious too. They are high in fiber …

Around Town: Helen In The Heights Brings The Tavernas Of Greece To Houston

This past Friday my friend Courtney and I enjoyed a late lunch at Helen in The Heights. Courtney and I have been friends for a few years and share a passion for travel, great food, and discovering new places. You should check out her Insta @Hiptrip52 for traveling on trend in Texas! Back to Helen… Nestled in a 5-story red brick building known as 1111 Studewood Place Helen is a modern Greek taverna offering traditional Greek cuisine and regional Greek wines. This sister restaurant to Helen Greek Food and Wine is just shy of 4 months old, but this ‘little sister’ holds it’s own and more with it’s taverna style menu and vast all Greek wine list! Upon entering Helen you’ll feel welcomed by the fabulous interior designed by Erin Hicks. Stained concrete floors, red brick walls, rustic chandeliers, exposed air ducts, inviting banquettes, and even a wall of faux greenery in the rear of the restaurant. Designer Erin Hicks was aiming for “a traditional taverna feel with deep blues, brick, whitewashed wood, and replicas …

Take Me Away: Tropical Smoothie

Hi there! It’s heating up here in Houston, Texas! It’s even hot in the morning when I get up in my beloved city! However, it’s Houston. It’s Texas. It’s July! It’s not like we are not used to this here… In the name of staying cool and being healthy, I wanted a nice mid-afternoon treat to hold me over until dinner, and give me a little boost! Something that would taste like one of those “umbrella drinks” on the beach, but no alcohol. So, I decided to make a smoothie with the ingredients that I had on hand. It’s nothing fancy, but it sure did taste good! This would be great poolside! Here goes… Ingredients: 1 to 2 cups fresh pineapple chunks 1 banana 1 scoop of vanilla protein powder 1/4 cup of 2% milk 1/4 cup of coconut water (add more if needed for consistency you like) a few pieces of ice to make it colder Blend all ingredients together. Pour in a glass, close your eyes, take a sip, and imagine you are on a …

The Pisco Sour: One Of My Favorite Summer Cocktails

Hi friends! The weekend is upon us and it looks like here in Houston the cycle of daily rain and clouds is lifting!  AND 4th of July is right around the corner! If you’re looking for a different cocktail to serve at your Independence Day festivities I’d like to introduce you to the Pisco Sour! All in all, I am not a big mixed drinks person. Though, I do love a good margarita and a good martini from time to time! But, I was wanting something different. Something that isn’t offered everywhere you go. HELLO Pisco Sour! I looooove Pisco Sours! Have you tried one? A Pisco Sour is a cocktail typical of South America. The drink’s name comes from pisco, which is the base liquor, and the term sour is in reference to the sour citrus juice, lime to be exact. Picso is actually a style of brandy common in Peru and Chile which has a bit of tequila flavor! I had my first Pisco Sour about 5 years ago at a Peruvian restaurant …

Miso Hungry! Celebrate Sushi Day!

Hello friends! Kon’nichiwa! That’s Japanese for “hello”! It’s a beautiful, but HOT day here in Houston. It’s Father’s Day and it is also International Sushi Day! Do you remember the first time you had sushi? I do. I was out in Los Angeles with a friend. I was 19. Coming from a small-ish town outside of Houston sushi wasn’t on every corner like it is in a big city. I remember trying California rolls, tuna rolls (tekka maki), fresh salmon (sake), and eel (unagi), among other things. While it wasn’t love at first bite, I was definitely hooked ( pun intended ;)) and wanted to try more! Both of my kiddos had their first experience with sushi by the time they were 5! Although they started with california rolls, they have begun to like many other things and are starting to experiment more. Proud mama 🙂 These days, sushi is everywhere: the airport terminal, the strip mall and even your local supermarket. A spicy tuna or salmon roll is as easy to come by as a …

7 Margarita Recipes To Try For Cinco De Mayo!

Holy guacamole!  Cinco de Mayo is just a week away!  And, it’s on a Friday this year! What better way to celebrate than with a deliscious margarita! I’ve rounded up some fresh margarita recipes on the blog today for your upcoming fiesta celebrations! This weekend is the perfect time to mix some up at home and see which ones you think are muy bien! And, don’t forget the chips and guacamole! But first, here are some Cinco de Mayo factos: In case your Spanish is *muy rusty*. Cinco de Mayo is Spanish for the fifth of May. The holiday celebrates an unexpected victory. The holiday actually celebrates the Mexican victory over the French at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. The Mexican army won the battle despite being smaller and ill-equipped. Cinco de Mayo is not Mexican Independence Day. That occurred 50 years prior to the Battle of Puebla. It is celebrated on September 16. Cinco de Mayo is a bigger deal in the United States. In Mexico, the day is observed with political speeches and battle …