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Happy 4th Birthday, Julia!

July 30, 2015 duchessoffork 0

My Darling Julia, You are four years old today! Sometimes I forget that you are still a little girl because you are wise and mature beyond your years. Your first four years have gone by in a flash, but in a way it seems that you’ve always been with us. You have the pure …

The BEST Squash Casserole

July 6, 2015 duchessoffork 1

My beloved Granny Flash will be 90 years old this October. I just love that woman and everything about her. Her memory is sharp as a tack and I could listen to her stories of days gone by for hours on end. Though she doesn’t get in the kitchen as often as she used to, & …

Five Products We’re Loving This Summer

June 29, 2015 duchessoffork 0

It’s hard to believe that the Fourth of July is just days away! Summer is definitely in full swing down here in Destin. Now that school is out, our days are filled with beach play dates, swim lessons, and countless hours in our pool. We love being able to walk out our b …

Totally Rad Gifts for Dad!

June 15, 2015 duchessoffork 0

Father’s Day is just a few short days away. I don’t know about you, but I find it very hard to shop for the men in my family. Jason, his dad, Tommy, and my dad, Ben, are all pretty easy going and humble men who don’t want or need much. They’re all good …

Green Goddess Dressing {My New Favorite!}

June 8, 2015 duchessoffork 1

I absolutely love a giant salad piled high with everything but the kitchen sink. Avocado, feta cheese, cucumbers, sunflower seeds, strawberries, I’ll take it all. And I’ll take it drizzled with a fabulous dressing. I tried green Goddess Dressing for the first time …

Quick Trip to Chicago

June 4, 2015 duchessoffork 1

Jason and I just returned from a quick and very chilly trip to Chicago. My great friends at Dr. Smith’s had me as their guest at the Best of Bump Club and Beyond event at the Swissotel in downtown Chicago. Jason joined me and we made a long weekend out of it. I had the …

When The Grass Isn’t Greener

May 27, 2015 duchessoffork 4

I decided to go back to teaching at the start of this school year. Well, part-time, anyway. I taught elementary school before Julia was born, and absolutely loved my 5th graders. Once Julia was born I was a full time stay-at-home-mom until the start of the 2014 school year. I …

Greek Tomato & Cucumber Salad {Perfect Summer Side}

May 15, 2015 duchessoffork 0

I love a good ole fashioned cookout as much as anyone, but even I need a break from the baked beans, cole slaw, and potato chips. I crave something fresh on my plate, no matter the occasion. Don’t get me wrong- I can’t resist my mother-in-law’s broccoli or t …

Weekly Menu {5/11-5/15}

May 11, 2015 duchessoffork 0

Happy Monday after Mother’s Day! We had the best weekend and spent the majority of it in the pool. I knew we’d love having a pool right in the back yard but it’s just been better than I could have imagined. It’s so easy to throw on our suits and get in …

Weekly Meal Plan {May 4-8}

May 4, 2015 duchessoffork 1

Monday again…but only three more Mondays of the school year and then I’m a full time SAHM again! In that case, Monday isn’t so bad. The weather here has been just perfect and we’ve been soaking up every drop of sunshine. This past weekend we went to th …