make your own honey roasted barbeque sauce (aka chick fil a sauce)

honey roasted barbecue sauce (aka chickfila sauce) recipe- SO YUMMY!

Because almost all food items are shipped in by boat or airplane, and because the island we live on is only about 48 square miles, our access to things I’d consider ‘comfort food’ (and even pantry staples) is limited at best! Jord came up with a copycat Chick Fil A sauce recipe awhile back that [...]

woodland pie party (with a fabulous pie bar!)

What better way to ring in fall than with a pie party (complete with a pie-tasting buffet of course).

For how much we love pie during the summer (which is a lot… because, strawberry plus rhubarb), fall seems to waken a pie monster around here that Requires Pie. And More Pie. Pair the Pie Monster with the fact that there is this magical-woodland park here in Saipan and, really, it was only a matter [...]

10 realities of being married to a DIY maven (and food blogger)

10 realities of being married to a DIY maven and food blogger

When Jordan’s husband Drew sent this post over (unsolicited, I might add- we didn’t even give him so much as a ‘prompt’), I pretty much died. And after laughing for a solid half hour as I read this out loud to Adam (who offered stories to support most of the points and also said he has [...]

make a simple leather tote

how to make a simple leather tote

It’s funny the power that the seasonal rhythms hold over my creative mind- I am living in the land of endless summer (well, currently the land of crazy rain and typhoon warnings, but you get my drift). And yet, my mind swirls with cozy, texture-y ideas like big pom pom lined throws and pumpkin-y treats [...]

freezer cooking sampler- ten different freezer meals

Ready to try Freezer Crockpot Cooking? But want to find freezer cooking recipes your family actually likes? Make this sampler of ten DIFFERENT freezer meals.

So I know that one of the main ideas behind Freezer Crockpot Cooking (well, all freezer cooking, really) is making dinner time easier. And I also know that batch cooking is one of the easiest ways to accomplish that. However, I also know that freezer crockpot cooking carries with it a bit of a learning [...]

chocolate coconut “mounds” cake

chocolate coconut mounds cake with real mounds bars bake into the cake!

Ok, so I am sure you have noticed that Kirst and I kind of have a thing for coconut. I mean, we really love coconut. Even more, we die for the coconut plus chocolate combo. The best combo in the world, if you ask me (or Kirst). Well, luckily a friend of mine requested the [...]

lentil soup with arabic spices

lentil soup at kojo-designs

Guys, do you love soup as much as I do? I love love love soup, and my girls loves soup. My husband…he tolerates it. Me and the girls could eat this soup by itself for dinner once a week, but per the hubs request I usually serve it with grilled cheese, or as a side. [...]

the perfect star garland

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Piper Jane wanted a sparkle party this year for her fourth birthday (well, actually, she wanted another sprinkle party… and then decided that a sparkle-party-with-lots-sprinkles would work instead). It’s such a fitting theme- that girl just exudes sparkles. So while I edit five hundred pictures, I thought I’d share the leather star garland how to. [...]

pumpkin pie ‘harvest popcorn’

harvest popcorn with yummy fall flavors!

Even though the weather here is still in the high 90’s, we try to make things feel as “fallish” as possible. We start burning fall candles, we decorate with fall leaves and pumpkins, we watch football, and we make this popcorn. A friend shared it with me a couple years ago and we make it [...]

how to make a sparkly confetti tutu

confetti tutu tutorial

I absolutely love throwing smaller parties- I don’t do it very often (haha), but I love it! The two best parts of a more intimate gathering? Creating actual place settings and going nuts with the favors! And since my niece Keadryn’s Confetti Surprise Party was a cousin-only affair, I got to do both of those. [...]