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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 …

Our New Home {First Glance}

April 30, 2015 duchessoffork 11

It’s no secret that we move often. My husband became a general contractor in 2010 and has been creating gorgeous custom homes ever since. We are often the guinea pigs, as we move from house to house, waiting for them to sell. The packing and moving part is no fun, but s …

Spicy Bacon Cheese Ball

April 23, 2015 duchessoffork 2

I’m always searching for new appetizer ideas. We love to entertain, or constantly find ourselves attending functions for this or that, and I get tired of the same old dips. I tried this cheese ball at an Easter egg hunt and was hooked! So many cheese balls are simple an …

Weekly Meal Plan {4/20-4/24}

April 20, 2015 duchessoffork 0

Happy Monday! It’s been a while since I’ve shared our menu, but I promise I’ve been planning them. I just haven’t been posting. Weeks are getting busy and flying by at record rates. Now that the days are longer and warmer, we’re getting out and a …

Strawberry Pretzel Salad

April 9, 2015 duchessoffork 1

Can you believe that up until this past Easter weekend I’d never tried the beloved Southern Strawberry Pretzel Salad? It’s true. My mom was never into casseroles and congealed salads that many other women in her generation were known for. We never had tuna noodle …