5 Minute Avocado Salad

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5 Minute Avocado Salad

a bowl of avocado salad mixed with toasted pine nuts and chunks of manchego cheese topped with cilantro.

This avocado salad is bright and fresh and only takes 5 short minutes to make! Creamy avocados topped with a simple tangy dressing, toasted pine nuts and chunks of manchego cheese. It’s just a lovely salad!

Avocado is one of my love languages. They are pretty much the best little fruit ever. I mean, how many foods out there can you eat for any and every meal? They are healthy and satisfying. They are beautiful and so creamy. Throw them on some toast, mash them into guacamole, add them to a taco, wrap them with bacon, blend them into a dressing, or in this case, make them the base of a salad. Winning, winning, winning!

Ingredients for Avocado Salad

I love coming up with new salad recipes and this one is a little out of the box (i.e. I didn’t find another salad quite like it out there on the interwebs) but it seriously just works! All you need is a few avocados, a couple of simple ingredients for a zesty dressing and a few fun add-ins that just make dish come alive! Here is what you will need:

  • Avocados: you’ll want ripe hass avocados, see my section below on how to pick ripe avocados
  • Lime Juice: fresh is best, like by far the best
  • White Wine Vinegar: combined with the lime juice, this is just the acid you want to balance out of the creamy richness of the avos
  • Manchego Cheese: a semi-hard Spanish cheese made from sheep’s milk that is buttery in texture and similar in flavor to pecorino romano
  • Pine Nuts: toasting the pine nuts gives them a little crunch and enhances their flavor
  • Salt: adds and enhances flavors
  • Cilantro: adds a fresh herby pop of flavor and is my favorite herb to pair with avocados

The measurements for each ingredient can be found in the recipe card at the end of this post.

Possible Substitutions:

Ok, I realize that some of these might not be common ingredients to have on hand, so here are some possible substitutes, but I highly recommend hitting the grocery store and trying the original recipe.

Avocados – no substitutes here because nothing can replace the heaven of an avocado

Lime Juice – you could try lemon juice, but lime and avocado just belong together

White Wine Vinegar – try red wine vinegar or rice vinegar (not seasoned)

Manchego – pecorino romano, asiago or monterey jack are ok substitutes

Pine Nuts – pistachios, toasted almonds or chopped cashews

How to Pick a Ripe Avocado

There are few things better than a perfectly ripe avocado and there are few things worse than an over- or underripe avocado! To pick a r

Easy No Knead Artisan Bread

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Easy No Knead Artisan Bread

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How do you make a loaf of No-Knead Artisan Bread and have it turn out just like the local bakery? It all starts a day ahead, but don’t worry, it’s a simple process.

Looking for a simple and delicious bread recipe? This easy no knead artisan bread is perfect for beginners and seasoned bakers alike. The outside of the bread is golden brown and crusty in texture and the inside is soft and pillowy. It’s ideal for dipping in your favorite soup or sopping up all the leftover sauce from your plate of lasagna. Follow our step-by-step instructions for a crusty and flavorful loaf.

When we were visiting San Francisco many, many years ago we took a walk down the boardwalk and the smell of fresh, hot bread was completely intoxicating. How can something as simple as bread be so wonderful? That beautiful, golden, crispy crust, the soft pillowy inside and the smell that makes you feel such peace no matter what.

You can’t deny it, fresh bread baking is one of the greatest smells of all time. And fresh cut grass. Oh, and the rain, I love the smell of the rain. Growing up in Washington state will do that to you.

We love to make homemade bread, and Cade’s dad happens to be a fantastic bread maker, but the truth is, sometimes you don’t just want a sandwich bread — no, you want artisan bread. But can you really do it from home? Here’s how to make this no knead bread recipe in 5 minutes.

What is Artisan Bread?

If you’ve never made artisan bread before, you may be wondering what makes it so special. In truth, there’s no single definition for “artisan bread.” To us, artisan bread is a type of bread that’s been made with real ingredients (i.e. no preservatives or flavorings) and left to ferment overnight to create a slightly nutty flavor and easier-to-digest loaf. 

No-Knead Artisan Bread Ingredients

To make this dutch oven no-knead bread, you only need flour, sugar, salt, yeast and water. That’s it. 5 ingredients!

  • Flour: just regular all-purpose flour is all you knead
  • Sugar: The sugar helps to activate or feed the yeast just a little, which I’ve noticed helps to yield and fluffier inside, but in a pinch you can skip it.
  • Salt: enhances all the flavors
  • Yeast: gives the bread its rise and fluffiness
  • Water: helps binds all the ingredients together and helps activate the yeast

Easy 3 Ingredient Chorizo Potatoes

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Easy 3 Ingredient Chorizo Potatoes

a red and white skillet with quick and easy 3 ingredient chorizo potatoes with cilantro on top

We went to Mexico a few year ago and these easy 3 ingredient chorizo potatoes had to be recreated for a savory breakfast or side!

We had the most amazing meals while staying in Mexico. Maybe the location helped a bit, maybe it was the sun, the pool at our side and the absolute peace of having nothing on our schedules to distract us from just loving and being together, but either way these Easy 3 Ingredient Chorizo Potatoes tasted like one of the most simply delicious things ever. We just had to recreate them!

Let me tell you a little bit about what I’m talking about. Cade and I did a speaking tour a few years ago. It was amazing. Have you heard of Time Out for Women before? It really is the most amazing weekend to go and fill up your tank to be a better person.

However, when you’re one of the speakers that comes with an extra load to carry as it means finding sitters to stay with your kids while you fly out of town. Praying and writing to come up with the best talk to give to the women who have sacrificed time, money and efforts to be there. It means staying up late and getting up early, worrying and working through nerves, etc.

It was the best experience of our lives, but by the end of the tour we knew we needed to get away as a family. And get away we did!!

San Jose Del Cabo, Mexico

We are going to be writing an entire post on why we chose the location we chose, where we stayed (Casa Mariposa is already being booked by our family for next year it was seriously that amazing!!!!) and what we did, but for now let me say this, it was everything you’ve always dreamed a vacation would be.

At Casa Mariposa there is a small staff to help you with what you need, the concierge is Carlos and Lupita does all the cooking. I’ll be honest with you, I thought for sure that we wouldn’t use them. Cade and I are so easy going and we love to cook and go out to eat so why would we need anyone?

We were wrong.

Lupita cooked breakfast and lunch for us every day, and it was not only delicious but made for an unforgettable experience. One morning she made us these easy 3 ingredient chorizo potatoes with simple huevos rancheros and I’m pretty sure Cade fell in love.

Easy 3 Ingredient Chorizo Potatoes

So what are Lupita’s papas con chorizo (or chorizo con papas)? Well, to be fair, we forgot to ask her how she made them, but I carefully ate them, savoring every bite and while our chorizo probably isn’t as good as theirs I’m pretty sure hers was the same as this recipe, or only slightly different.

All you need is 3 Ingredients:

  1. Yukon Gold Potatoes
  2. Minced, Fresh Garlic
  3. Chorizo

How to Make Chorizo Potatoes

These potatoes are first pan fried creating a roasted, caramelized flavor on the potatoes, and then spicy chorizo is thrown in along with a little garlic to bring out everything you’d want in a simple Mexican breakfast. Here is a little more detail:

  1. Place a large skillet over medium heat, add a drizzle

Honey Garlic Butter Roasted Carrots

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Honey Garlic Butter Roasted Carrots

a photo of a large blue serving bowl full of honey garlic roasted baby carrots sprinkled with chopped herbs

Elevate your vegetable game with these delicious honey roasted carrots with garlic butter. Easy to make and packed with flavor, they make the perfect side dish for any meal.

They are the new favorite in our house and even the kids can’t get enough of them!

Other than salad, mashed potatoes, or sweet potatoes I never know what in the heck to do for delicious side dishes. Those three all have great recipes and variations out there, but don’t you ever want something else for a veggie?

My mom used to make creamed carrots for Sunday dinners and while I’m totally wondering why I haven’t posted that recipe yet I do have one for honey roasted carrots today. They are simple enough to make for a quick weeknight meal but fancy enough to be a side dish for a holiday feast.

The biggest reasons I love this recipe is, A. it’s crazy easy, and B. you can actually prep everything including partially roasting the carrots in the morning and then finish them off before everyone arrives. Just make sure you don’t overcook them because no one wants bitter carrots.

What Do I Need to Make Oven Roasted Carrots?

Carrots are a great vegetable! They are budget-friendly, kid-friendly, and they will last in the refrigerator for weeks. You only need a few ingredients for this honey roasted carrots recipe. Here is your shopping list…

  • Baby Carrots: whole carrots can also be used if desired
  • Olive Oil: neutral flavor is perfect for roasting
  • Kosher Salt: adds flavor
  • Black Pepper: adds flavor
  • Butter: adds richness and helps the carrots get golden roasted
  • Garlic: adds flavor
  • Honey: adds natural sweetness, maple syrup could also be used
  • Lemon Flaked Salt: regular flaked sea salt will work great as well

The measurements for each ingredient can be found in the recipe card at the end of this post.

How to Make Honey Glazed Carrots in the Oven

This recipe is super easy and comes together in less than 30 minutes. And most of the time time is just roasting the carrots in the oven. Roasting carrots brings out their natural sweetness and is one of my favorite ways to enjoy this classic vegetable. Here are the steps:

  1. Boil: Place the carrots in a large pot of boiling water and boil them until almost tender. Drain the carrots.
  2. Preheat: While the carrots are boiling, set the oven to 450 degrees F.
  3. Toss: Add the olive oil, salt and pepper to the carrots and toss to coat.
  4. Roast: Place the carrots on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or foil and put them in the preheated

The Most Delicious Mexican Black Beans Ever

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The Most Delicious Mexican Black Beans Ever

A photo of a bowl of Mexican black beans stopped with diced red onion and chopped fresh cilantro.

Black beans taken to the next level with bold Mexican flavors all from ingredients you have around the house! Sometimes black beans become a forgettable side dish, but not these! They will be the highlight of your meal!

Easy Black Bean Side Dish

We just barely survived an extremely stressful summer. Before I get into the details, let me just say that these Mexican black beans from scratch came from some friends who had us over for dinner one tonight. They were the best black beans we have ever had!

All you need are a few simple ingredients and you’ll be in the middle of a Mexican black bean fiesta! Ole! Serve these alongside our pork carnitas or either one of our chicken or beef fajitas!

Okay, so this summer we made a major mistake. Well, not a mistake, but we went through an incredibly stressful summer and it was all at our own doing. We chose to completely gut our kitchen and three of our bathrooms.

You guys, I know that seems like it’s not that big of a deal, but have children, have your job be completely centered around cooking, and then take away the sinks, anything with cooking, showers and toilets and then fill the whole house with endless people, dust, dirt, and chaos.

That is stress.

One thing after another fell apart, the kitchen backsplash tile was accidentally installed in the shower, the cabinets were late, and then late again, and then wrong. The floors were ruined, which we hadn’t planned to replace.


I mean, the list literally goes on for another mile and we were stretched beyond our own capacity. It was so hard living off of protein bars and cereal in plastic bowls and I’m not kidding, that’s what we ate. We aren’t the type to say, hey folks, we could use a dinner or heck a plate of cookies because we are drowning!!!!! But we have two friends who reached out and cooked us a meal at one point.

One of those meals involved these easy black beans and although they filled our spirits and we knew, we knew it was such a crazy tender mercy that day, they also happened to be the best, the most delicious Mexican Black Beans Ever!

What’s Needed for Mexican Black Beans?

To make this simple black bean side dish, you need just a handful of mostly pantry ingredients. Here’s what goes into this easy recipe:

  • Olive oil
  • Garlic
  • Cumin
  • Canned black beans
  • Tomato sauce
  • Fresh cilantro

The measurements of each ingredient can be found in the recipe card at the end of the post.

How to Make Mex