Are You Ready For Some Football?

Unless you have been living in a cave, you probably know that the Super Bowl is this Sunday. The Denver Broncos are playing the Seattle Seahawks. Exciting times! It is also the day we celebrate my husband’s birthday and this year he is turning 50! Wow – he is old! 🙂

Is it just me or does it seem like the Super Bowl people are leaning a bit more toward a feminine audience this year? I heard that they are having an opera singer do the national anthem and Bruno Mars is doing the halftime show. Also I heard that they are having two different Greek yogurt commercials. Seriously, is yogurt that big of a market? Who knew? Oh and I heard a rumor that David Beckham will be making another appearance in his underwear. In Jordan’s words: “Most guys really do not want to see David Beckham in his underwear. Girls on the other hand….”

I personally “watch” the Super Bowl just to eat the food. So here are a few of our past recipes that we think would be great additions to your Super Bowl line up. GO BRONCOS!

Kalua Pork

pork 6


salsa 8 edited

New Year’s Appetizer

new year's eve appetizer 2

Thai Pasta Salad

thai 7 edited final

Three Bean Salad

bean salad 1

Faux Banana Cream Pie

banana dessert 13 edited

Poke Cake

My Daughter and I Poke Cake edited 2



Bacon & Kale Pizza

My Daughter and I Bacon and Kale Pizza 2

I love pizza. If I could only eat one thing for the rest of my life, I would probably choose pizza. Or bacon cheeseburgers. Tough decision, huh? This pizza is incredibly easy and because there is kale on it, it could even be considered healthy! The dough is quick and easy and before you know it dinner is ready.

My Daughter and I bacon and kale pizza 1

Let’s start with the pizza dough. I made it in my mixer, so it came together very quickly and with very little mess. But you can mix it up by hand and knead it too.

bacon and kale pizza 3

^^^It must be Super Bowl time!! My dad asked me to take a picture of the haul- a banker’s box literally overflowing with handpicked, homegrown avocados. Mhmmmm! I see some delicious guacamole in my future! Thanks dad!

Bacon & Kale Pizza

Makes one 12″-14″ pizza, so recipe could easily be doubled

4 slices extra-thick bacon
2 cups chopped kale
1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
salt and pepper
1/3 cup BBQ sauce (or more or less depending on how saucy you like your pizza)
1/4 cup Sun-dried tomatoes, sliced
1/4 cup red onion, sliced
3/4 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
1/4 cup fresh grated Parmesan cheese

For the pizza dough:
1/2 cup warm water (think “hot-tub” temp – not luke-warm, but not scalding)
1-1/2 teaspoons instant dry yeast
1 Tablespoon honey
1-1/2 cups flour + more for kneading
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil


For the pizza dough: Combine water, yeast, and honey in a large glass bowl then stir to combine. Let sit for 10 minutes in a warm place, until foamy. Add flour, salt, and extra virgin olive oil and mix with dough hook until ball forms.

Spray a large glass bowl (or keep the dough in your KitchenAid mixer bowl, if that’s what you used to mix) with nonstick spray then add dough and cover with a towel (don’t let towel touch dough.) Place bowl in a warm spot, I put mine into the oven that I preheated to about 200*, and then turned off. Let the dough rise until doubled in size about an 1 hour. You can cover and refrigerate the dough at this point for 1-2 days. Let come to room temperature for 30 minutes before continuing on to next step, of you are using dough from refrigerator.

When dough has 20 minutes left to rise, line a baking sheet with foil then place a cooling rack on top and spray with nonstick spray. Lay bacon slices on top of cooling rack then place into a cold oven. Set oven to 400 degrees. Bacon will cook as oven heats up. Continue to cook at 400 degrees until crispy, mine took an additional 10 minutes after the oven was preheated. Cool slightly then chop.

Lightly massage kale with extra virgin olive oil, salt, and pepper in a bowl, then set aside. It might seem like a lot of kale at first, but it wilts down a lot. Massaging the kale is definitely a necessary step!

Spray a pizza pan or baking sheet very well with nonstick spray then spread risen dough into a 12″ circle, or into an even layer on a baking sheet. Spread BBQ sauce on top then sprinkle on massaged kale, sun dried tomatoes, chopped bacon, and cheese. Bake for 10-15 minutes or until crust and cheese are golden brown. Slice then serve.

My Daughter and I Bacon Kale Pizza collage

Original recipe from Iowa Girl Eats. We changed it up quite a bit to suit our tastes.


My Photography Gear

Because of the pictures that I take for the blog, I’ve had a few different people ask about my camera equipment. I’m borrowing almost all of it from my uncle, which I am so thankful for. I’m really excited about buying my own camera sometime soon (hopefully!), but for now I have really enjoyed trying a couple different cameras out and getting a feel for what I’ll want in my own camera.

I tend to be pretty simplistic when it comes to setting up the pictures for the blog, but I’m hoping to experiment a bit more with the pictures in the future. All of the pictures on the blog, unless otherwise noted, are original- I take the majority of the pictures, and my mom takes the rest. If I’ve only gotten one thing out of doing this blog, it’s how much my pictures have improved. I’ve really enjoyed the learning process.

If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions about my photography or the equipment I use, please do not hesitate to leave a comment or email me at I’d absolutely love to hear from you!

Nikon D3100


This is the camera that I’m using right now- it’s small and light and the menu is easy to use. I’m not sure if I like it as much as the D200 (see below), but that isn’t exactly surprising considering the price difference. I guess that you get what you pay for, and for this price range, I really like this camera.

Nikon D200


This is the first DSLR camera that I’ve used and I loved it. I borrowed it for about 6 months and by the time I returned it to my uncle, I felt like it was my baby 😉 It’s considerably bigger and heavier then the D3100, and it is an older camera with less flashy menus etc. But there’s something about it that I really loved- it just seemed so consistent.

And I appreciate the fact that the camera didn’t make as many decisions for you – the computer doesn’t override the photographer’s decisions in the same way that the D3100 does sometimes.

Nikon Nikkor 18-70mm Zoom Lens


Just the basic, all-around lens that I keep on the camera nearly all of the time.

Meike Auto-Focus Macro Extension Tube Set


These things are awesome. As someone who photographs food a ton, a macro lens is indispensable. There a couple problems with macro lenses though- first, it’s another lens to bring with you, and if you’re short on space in your camera bag, one less lens can make a big difference. Second, and most important to me at least, is the price difference. Macro lenses run anywhere from $300 to $2000, so they are definitely a big investment.

This set of three macro lens adapters runs for about $70- so there is no beating the price. One thing to keep in mind is that I’ve never used a true macro lens, so I can’t compare the quality of the photographs they take, only the price and convenience.

Brown Leather Vintage Camera Bag


I think that a camera bag is the only piece of photography “equipment” that I’ve actually purchased. This particular bag is just a bit different than the one I have (mine doesn’t have the flap closure pockets on the sides). I didn’t love the idea of carrying around the large black camera bag everywhere I went, so I found this one.

It’s the perfect size for me- it’s light and still fairly small, but I can fit the camera with lens attached, an external flash, charger, macro lens adapter, and a few extra batteries and memory cards without the bag being absolutely stuffed. And I love that it looks more like a purse than a camera bag.

Nikon Speedlight SB-800


I don’t use an external flash very often, but on the occasions when I do I really appreciate it. The built-in flash on the camera tends to way overexpose photos and the flash on this Nikon speedlight is highly adjustable.

And that’s it in the way of the equipment I regularly use. One other invaluable thing is a good editing program- currently I’m using and loving PicMonkey, which is free and awesome. I would like to get into Photoshop a bit more though- I’m sure that my photos would benefit from a more advanced program.


Fashion Friday- It’s a Chambray Kinda Day

I’m pretty sure that I’ve done a Fashion Friday with a similar theme before, but as I was gathering items to feature, I realized that I had a lot of blue stuff. And I found the most amazing chambray jacket, which settled it- I had to do a chambray Fashion Friday.

People aren’t kidding when they say that a chambray shirt is a closet staple. I wear mine all the time- normally as a jacket. It goes with pretty much everything and even looks cute with dresses. Here are a few adorable options if you’re looking for a chambray shirt-

chambray shirts

1/ Loft Faded Chambray Shirt 2/ Anthropologie Etta Chambray Pull-over 3/ J. Crew Factory Classic 4/ Loft Dark Chambray Shirt 5/ Old Navy Chambray Pull-over

The Old Navy pull-over (#5) is only $12, so you have absolutely no excuse not to add a chambray shirt to your wardrobe 🙂

Janelle Embroidered Dress


So adorable.

Riverside Floral Backpack

813121FS_blue-cl-w350Elephant Ring


I know- it’s not chambray. I’s not even blue. But it’s just so dang cute and quirky- I couldn’t pass it up.

Chambray Jacket


I think I might just love this. Part chambray shirt, part denim vest and part military jacket. And those are some pretty good things 🙂

Tiny Cluster Set of 6 Studs


I’ve been wearing a lot of studs lately and these are super cool. They come in a bunch of different combos too.

Roll Tab Sleeve Shirt


Another one that comes in a ton of cute colors. Silky and pretty and simple and perfect.

Distressed Chambray Romper


Love this.