homemade restaurant style salsa

memade salsa at kojo designs

This salsa came out of necessity. When we first lived in the middle east years ago our closest “mexican” restaurant was in another country, so I had to figure out a good recipe. Fast forward a couple years to us living back in Texas with plentiful mexican food, and I realized I still preferred this [...]

baked sweet potato chips

baked sweet potato chips

We have been eating a lot of sandwiches around here lately (panini all the way) and this is the perfect side. These would also be great with a burger. Word to the wise though- these take a bit of time, so don’t plan on making these if you are having 50 of your closest friends [...]

homemade mint limeade

homemade mint limeade at kojo-designs

We have a TON of mint growing at our house currently and our friends have a lime tree and often send us home with more limes than we know what to do with. So, we drink limeade. Homemade Mint Limeade Ingredients: 6-8 limes (medium size) 2 large handfuls of mint 1/4-1/2 cup sugar (depending on [...]

vegetable barley soup

Vegetable Barley Soup

I know, I know. It’s spring. And y’all are probably sick of cold weather and warm cozy meals and all things wintery. But here in the desert we haven’t been beaten by the cold for several months and I am still jumping at any opportunity to make soup. This week we have had unusually cool [...]

easter egg decorating ideas

Easter Eggs Ideas at Kojo Designs

In pursuit of some fun easter egg decorating ideas the other day, I may have spent a little bit too much time perusing the internet. Y’all. There are so many wonderful ideas out there for decorating eggs! I thought I’d pass along some of the ones that I thought were just too cute not to [...]

no-dye easter egg ideas

White pen on brown eggs.

This week we have had a gloriously rainy week. In the desert this is not a common thing, so we are LOVING the week of cloudy skies, warm drinks, soup (more on that later) and crafts! My girls have been itching to dye easter eggs since we got a package from some sweet friends back [...]

skinny chocolate coconut bites

skinny chocolate coconut bites. made with coconut oil and cocoa powder. delicious!

Have you guys seen these morsels floating around pinterest? You know how we love coconut and chocolate together and anything that pairs the words ‘skinny’ and ‘treat’ is right up our alley.¬†They are made with coconut oil and cocoa powder. The maple syrup appeases your sweet tooth, but with far fewer calories (and unpronounceable ingredients) [...]

how to help your kids fall in love with fish and seafood

how to make fish for non fish lovers- this white fish recipe is the perfect intro to seafood

Our family lives on a fishing beach on the coast, which means that our sweet neighbors often drop by with their ‘catch of the day’ to share- everything from tuna to barracuda to sardines to cuttle fish to crabs to an entire bucket of clams. Drew and I love seafood, so this is pretty much [...]

how to make gorgeous paper flowers

paper flower tutorial

Last week, we shared Keadryn’s Garden Tea Party at Shiny Happy Sprinkles. Since the wall-of-giant-crepe-paper-flowers-backdrop was the star of the show (and since you probably need a few of these as decor, or a party backdrop, or even a gift wrap accessory!), we thought we’d share the paper flower how to as well. You will [...]