Author Archives: Lauren McKechnie

If you’re looking for something healthy to eat in the New Year that actually tastes good too, and is super easy to make in advance – look no further. My family always called this Black Bean Salsa, but most people know it as Cowboy Caviar. I think we called it salsa because we ate it…

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Christmas Card Outtakes

My top three favorite Christmastime traditions of all time are: Making my grandma’s sugar cookies and decorating them Watching National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation with my family Sending and receiving Christmas cards I’m not sure anything brings me more joy than getting Christmas cards in the mail. It’s why I (almost) always send them out, and…

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Don’t let the fact that the name of this bread leads with a vegetable fool you – there is nothing mildly healthy about this bread, and that just makes it super extra delicious. It’s my “signature” thing I bake, and it’s perfect for holiday gift-giving. RECIPE: Oven temp: 350 F Cooking time: 50 – 60…

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To me, Thanksgiving, more than any other holiday, is all about family time. I’m sure that’s true for a lot of us. But even without COVID, there have been years we haven’t been able to get together. My family is spread out all across Texas (and NYC), and sometimes that means holidays apart, and choosing…

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There’s been much debate in my family, because we actually refer to this dish as “candied yams” which is wholly inaccurate. This is in fact, despite what our yee old recipe book from 1982 says, sweet potato casserole. Regardless, it’s our favorite recipe and our absolute must-have for Thanksgiving and Christmas, and brings back wonderful…

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Let’s talk tablescapes. Yes, I used the word tablescapes. (Anyone else used to watch that show Semi-Homemade with Sandra Lee? She was a character, for sure, but she had some good ideas!) Anywho. I am not a fancy person. I don’t set tables properly and I have a “make yourself at home” philosophy to entertaining…

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A couple of weekends ago, we struck gold at both Lowe’s and Home Depot. Both stores were passing out FREE kits they usually use at their in-store DIY workshops for kids! I would say this is a matter of serendipity, but the truth is we visit at LEAST one of these (if not both, multiple…

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A couple of weeks ago, I got inspired by this video to make some concrete pumpkin planters for our front porch. They were surprisingly easy! Supply List: 4 Small Pumpkins 120 pounds of Quickrete is just enough for 4 pumpkins (we bought two 60-pound bags from Home Depot) Plastic pumpkin trick-or-treat pails – the $1…

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Have y’all heard about the new Crunch Fitness coming to Parker Square this October? I’m so excited to share they reached out to us about partnering on the blog to do a giveaway!! I have to admit I personally have had very inconsistent relationships with gyms and working out in general, but they are doing…

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