DIY Wedding Seating Chart Tips and Tools

09/29/2014   |   No Comments »

Nisa Burns and Carolyn Cox

We are almost a month away till the Big Day. We have gotten a lot done. All the centerpieces and table numbers are finished, and we had our final planning meeting with our wedding coordinator. I cannot believe our wedding day is almost here!

I officially finished the seating chart, too. Wow, was that a task! I really had no idea how much of a task it was going to be until I recently tackled it full force. The hardest part was making sure everyone seated had RSVP’d, so you have an accurate head count. And then, of course, you get those stragglers who don’t RSVP, and those who put a plus one on the RSVP that you were not expecting… Read the rest of this entry »


Fruity Pancakes Recipe for National Pancake Day

09/26/2014   |   No Comments »

blueberry pancakes recipe | @kitchenability

Today is National Pancake Day! So, I’m reposting my festive Fruity Pancakes recipe for the occasion.

These tasty cakes are easy to make and are perfect on their own or paired with sausage or bacon — Mmmm! Read the rest of this entry »


14 Honey Recipes for Celebrating National Honey Month

09/24/2014   |   No Comments »

photo of honey lime salad

September is National Honey Month, so I’ve got honey and honey recipes on the brain.

First up is this Honeydew and Pistachio Salad with Honey-Lime Dressing recipe, which you can find on my Parade blog (pictured). It’s delicious and different. If you have a melon baller, it really adds to the presentation of the salad, but dicing the melon works just as well.

Then there’s my deliciously decadent recipe for Whiskey Peaches, which I like to serve on Read the rest of this entry »


19 Chicken Recipes for National Chicken Month

09/22/2014   |   No Comments »

mango lime salsa chicken

Have you noticed I love chicken recipes?

If you just look through the recipes files on Kitchenability, as well as on my blog at Parade, it becomes clear pretty quickly that I’m a fan of cooking chicken, in all forms.

So, in honor of it being National Chicken Month, I decided to round up all of my various chicken recipes in one convenient place for your chicken-cooking convenience.

You. Are. Welcome. Read the rest of this entry »


Wedding Countdown: It’s Only 6 Weeks Away!

09/19/2014   |   No Comments »

keep calm wedding poster

As my wedding day gets closer and closer, I am starting to feel it more and more. We are 6 weeks till the Big Day.

Recently, I had my hair and makeup trial. It was a total success, and it gave me some serious butterflies: like, “Wow. This is what I will be looking like the day of my wedding.” Amy Becraft and Stacy Poore did an amazing job helping create a look I fell in love with.

I wanted to share a couple articles I enjoyed that are appropriate since we have officially hit the 6 week wedding countdown mark! Read the rest of this entry »


Roast Chicken Recipe with Lemon and Herbs

09/17/2014   |   No Comments »

roast chicken recipe | @kitchenability

September is National Chicken Month, which means, after a summer filled with salads and grilling, it’s time to start turning those ovens back on and roasting up a flavorful chicken dinner!

This is a quick and easy recipe that requires very little preparation. Just rub your bird down with some olive oil, dust it with herbs, and place some slices of lemon on top and around it, and you’re good to go.

Once you pull it out of the oven, pair it with your favorite fall sides and enjoy! Read the rest of this entry »


Homemade Guacamole Recipe & Skinny Margaritas

09/15/2014   |   1 Comment

guacamole recipe

Tomorrow, September 16, is National Guacamole Day! Yes!

One of my all-time favorite go-to snacks is dipping chips into some fresh, homemade guacamole. And what better to pair with a bowlful of guacamole than a cool margarita. Mmmm… Read the rest of this entry »


Banana Cinnamon Waffle Sandwich Recipe

09/12/2014   |   1 Comment

banana cinnamon waffle

It’s National Waffle Week! That means it’s time to cook up and eat some waffles!

This is a great recipe for those of you that are already fans of frozen waffles. Frozen waffles are great to have on hand for those busy mornings when you just want to grab something quick and head out the door.

But, instead of having them plain, take a couple of extra minutes to follow the recipe below. The peanut butter, banana, cinnamon and honey will add some extra energy-fueling nutrients to your meal. And, it’s really, really, really tasty. I promise. Read the rest of this entry »


Chef Nisa Burns’ Virginia Beach Wedding Vendor Picks

09/10/2014   |   No Comments »

nisa burns and billy cochran

It’s a mere six weeks till the Big Day! Wow! My heart is starting to beat a little faster and my to-do list seems to be getting a little shorter. 

Several months ago, I wrote about all of the wedding vendors we’d decided on. But, a few more have been added, so I wanted to share our full list of vendors:  Read the rest of this entry »


Quick Snacks: Cream Cheese Dip for Apples

09/08/2014   |   No Comments »

cream cheese dip for apples | @kitchenability

With school back in session and fall quickly approaching, I’ve been in an apple-snacking mood.

One of my favorite ways to eat apples is to slice them up and dip them into this sweet and tangy cream cheese dip—a recipe my fiancé’s mom used to make and serve quite often when he was growing up.

It’s a quick and hearty snack that you can make in five minutes or less! Read the rest of this entry »