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Weekly Meal Plan {1/5-1/11}

January 5, 2015 duchessoffork 4

I’m a meal planner. I set aside a bit of time every Thursday or Friday to take inventory of our pantry and freezer, then come up with a game plan for the following week. It might sound silly, but being organized makes me feel calm and in control. If I didn’t plan …

A Merry Little Christmas Break

December 30, 2014 duchessoffork 2

It has been so lovely to have the last two weeks off. I’ve been able to sleep in a few days a week, leisurely enjoy my morning coffee, and soak up lots of time with my kiddos. I’m dreading going back to work, but that’s an entirely different post for another …

Soaking Up the Season

December 18, 2014 duchessoffork 1

The Christmas season is certainly a magical and joyous time, but it can also feel busier than ever. Our past few weeks have been filled with parties, pageants, parades, and presents, oh my! Even though our days are jam-packed, it’s such a blessing to watch the wonder of …

Martinis & Mistletoe Party Inspiration

December 12, 2014 duchessoffork 3

If there’s one thing my husband and I love, it’s entertaining. There’s something so rewarding about having a house full of friends and family, sharing stories and laughs over food and drinks. Our house is set up perfectly for hosting parties. It’s very …

My Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookie

December 8, 2014 duchessoffork 2

I bake a lot of cookies. TONS of cookies, people. When I met Jason I’d lost a substantial amount of weight and really didn’t have a sweet tooth. Well that strapping husband of mine could eat sweets all day long, and he’s ever so kindly passed his love of sug …

Thanksgiving Prep 2014

November 24, 2014 duchessoffork 2

We hosted Thanksgiving last year for the first time and had a blast. It is certainly a lot of work, but nothing is better than opening your home up to family, especially on Thanksgiving. Now that we’ve moved into the new house and are mostly settled, we’re looking …

40 Weeks {The Movie}

November 19, 2014 duchessoffork 1

40 Weeks is a brand-new documentary all about pregnancy (one of my favorite topics!). The film follows several women, week-by-week, throughout their entire pregnancies and deliveries. Previewing the movie felt more like chatting with girlfriends for an hour and a half. I laug …

4 Ingredient Cake Mix Cookies

November 13, 2014 duchessoffork 1

Baking cookies from scratch is one of my greatest joys. My kids love nothing more than helping me mix, stir, and lick the beaters, of course. When I’m pressed for time, or just in the mood to shake things up, I use cake mix to make cookies. Have you ever tried this litt …

A Very Busy Fall, Y’all

November 10, 2014 duchessoffork 2

Goodness, the last two months have been one heck of a whirlwind. I feel like our feet haven’t touched the ground since summer ended. Our fall has been jam-packed. I’ve been stretched as thin as one can be, but the blessings are abundant. Jason and I kicked off Sep …

Moving On Up: Take 6

October 31, 2014 duchessoffork 4

We’re moving tomorrow. For the SIXTH time in our 5 years of marriage, we’re moving to a new house. This is what my life currently looks like: To commemorate this special occasion, I’ve written a poem. Moving boxes are brown, Packing tape is clear. I need a c …