Kid Friendly: Hidden Veggie Pizza

KidFriendly Veggie Pizza recipe from

I have a three-year old who let’s be honest, if I get her to eat one tree of broccoli at dinner I’m lucky.  So, I’ve had to get sneaky and cook her favorite foods with hidden gems of veggies inside… Pizza is an easy way to hide veggies.  I actually just grabbed Birds Eye spinach […]

Easy Weeknight Steak Dinner

The most fabulous marinated steak that is so easy and done in 20 minutes from

Get ready for my husbands favorite steak dinner – and even better, it’s super easy – so easy you can totally make it on a busy weeknight.  The key is getting it marinated overnight so the next night you can just cook it up in a matter of about 20 minutes. Easy Weeknight Steak Dinner […]

Crockpot Beef with Homemade Gnocchi

Crockpot beef stew with homemade gnocchi from

Talk about a super hearty fall meal, this recipe made in the crockpot is easy and one of the tastiest things I’ve had in a long time.  I made it for our old nanny who was visiting us while she was back in town.  She always appreciates my food so I love cooking for her. […]

Easy S’mores Brownies Recipe

Super yummy recipe for smores brownies from

I’m cooking up a tasty treat for my girlfriend Jessi at Practically Functional today!  Head on over to get the recipe for these super easy, mini s’mores brownies. You can make these with a kitchen torch or if you don’t have one you can add the marshmallows on top before baking – tastes just as […]

Gin and Tonic with Lime and Cucumber

the BEST gin and tonic with a little cucumber recipe from

Happy Thirsty Thursday!  My friend Karla got me started on Gin and Tonics maybe 10 years ago in San Francisco and now I just love them (this post is for you girlfriend!).  A glass can be so refreshing after a long day at work and very festive among friends – especially friends who also share […]

Caprese Pizza + 1st Birthday Party

Caprese Veggie Pizza from

I swear, my girlfriend, Kori, is the queen of cute birthday parties.  Last year her daughter had an amazing cowgirl party complete with a petting zoo!  Her boy turned one and she mailed out invitations on beach balls, and had the whole backyard decorated so cute and colorful.  After the swim party we came home […]

My Favorite Crockpot French Dip

Best French Dip Sandwich made in a crockpot from

Well Fall came to Northern California about the time the calendar said it was officially Fall.  What does that mean to me?  Crockpot time…. This is one of my favorites that I shared with the Practically Functional blog readers a while back and I wanted to make sure you all saw it too.  This crockpot french […]

Pear Infused Cucumber and Mint Water

Pear Mint and Cucumber Infused Water from

This is the week of the pear – I shared my pear, basil and cheese toast appetizer on Tuesday and today for Thirsty Thursday, I have a refreshing pear infused water. My Dad dropped off a bag full of pears for our housewarming party and I wanted to put them to good use. Pear Infused Cucumber […]

Basil, Pear and Cheese Toast Appetizer

Savory Pear Basil and Cheese Toast from

My Dad has a pear tree and dropped off a bag of them at our housewarming party last weekend.  There’s nothing like fresh fruit off a tree – get in my belly!  We ate some straight out and then I decided to make something a little fancier; a basil, pear and cheese toast with a […]