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 [...]

hot chocolate on a stick

winter's coziest treat- hot cocoa on a stick

It’s no secret that winter is not my favorite season. January and February are particularly rough on my heart- the holidays are over and the Spring-ish light at the end of the tunnel seems so far off. During these long, cold months, I drink a few cups of green tea every day, and occasionally drink [...]

fabulous tuscan kale salad

true food tuscan kale salad recipe

This is my go-to at one of our favorite restaurants here in Denver, True Food. Don’t let the raw kale scare you- it’s seriously delicious. Tuscan Kale Salad (recipe modified from this one) INGREDIENTS 1 bunch kale, ribs removed 2 Tbs olive oil 1/2 lemon, juiced 1 clove garlic, minced pinch garlic salt pinch chili [...]

the best posts of 2013 (and happy new year!)

best posts of 2013

Happy New Year dear friends! I mentioned last week that I was kind of hurrying 2013 out the door, and that’s true. However, looking back through pictures to round up the best posts of 2013 was good for my heart. Last year, though not the easiest, was also full- full of celebrations (including some of my [...]

homemade vanilla marshmallows

homemade vanilla marshmallows

Sometime last Spring, Burke and Piper Jane tried homemade marshmallows. As they professed their undying love for this most-fluffy-of-treats, I promised, “Next winter, we’ll try to make our own homemade marshmallows.” And, folks, the Smooches have iron trap memories about this kind of thing. With our recent frigid temperatures, it is now clearly winter (love [...]

everything-but-the-kitchen-sink juice

kitchen sink juice

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite days of the year. What’s not to love about a holiday that revolves around yummy food and family time? Throw in a Turkey Bowl, homemade PIE, domino battles and Black Friday strategizing and the day catapults into Best of Year status. I have to admit, though, my body is [...]

how to put together a mimosa bar

mimosa bar directions

I love trying new food and drink stations at parties and showers, so it is a rare occasion when one makes a reappearance. But a Mimosa Bar is just such a timeless, one-size-fits-all crowd pleaser. When we were putting together a Baby Sprinkle for a dear friend a couple of weekends ago, nothing else fit [...]

pumpkin soup


Didn’t kirst’s last post just hit right to the core? I know I am constantly struggling with balance and how to live life to the fullest, be a loving wife, caring mom and still feel like I am a member of society. Your notes and comments were all so sweet and I just loved the [...]

purple recipe berry bubble smoothie

color your summer tutorial

I adore (let me say it again- ADORE) today’s guest, Kate from See Kate Sew. She is a sewing guru (just browse her archives for evidence- love this tunic and this dress), has some seriously great boy projects (how cute is this skinny tie?), takes great pictures, makes amazing things (like this book clutch!) and [...]