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 »


Where Are the Best Honeymoon Destinations?

09/05/2014   |   No Comments »

We recently booked our honeymoon! I am so excited! Time to buy some new bathing suits…. :)

I’m not going to give away where we are going yet; we want to keep that a secret. But, I will tell you that we will be dipping our toes in white sandy beaches and swimming in crystal clear blue water! I cannot wait! I am so excited to be taking the trip of a lifetime with my best friend. 

To give you a clue about our honeymoon destination, here’s a picture:

Antigua beach

Any guesses? Read the rest of this entry »


Weeknight Meal: Baked Herb Lemon Chicken Recipe

09/03/2014   |   No Comments »

herb lemon chicken recipe | @kitchenability

For this Baked Herb Lemon Chicken recipe, you can either buy a whole chicken and whack it in half, or buy two chicken halves.

It’s a really easy and healthy baked chicken recipe that pairs well with tons of sides. I opted to pair mine with homemade mashed potatoes, roasted asparagus and sautéed mushrooms and onions.

It’s a simple and healthy weeknight meal. And, it’ll make your house smell amazing as the chicken is roasting in the oven. Read the rest of this entry »


What’s the Proper Wedding RSVP Etiquette?

09/01/2014   |   No Comments »

wedding rsvp

So, the wedding invites are out! Wow — it’s really starting to hit that this is happening. We are getting so excited. The rehearsal dinner is all set to go…. So, what’s next? Well, a lot! Read the rest of this entry »


College Snacks: “Nutty Mix” Trail Mix Recipe

08/29/2014   |   1 Comment

trail mix recipe

Did you know this Sunday, August 31 is National Trail Mix Day?

I love to assemble different varieties of trail mix for easy and healthy grab-and-go snacks. I buy different nuts and treats and create different mixes to keep things interesting.

One of my favorite mixes, which you can find in Kitchenability 101: The College Student’s Guide to Easy, Healthy and Delicious Food, has been dubbed “Nutty Mix.” I’ve included the recipe below. It’s super easy to mix up, toss in your bag and head off to class. Read the rest of this entry »