Super Easy Meatball Casserole Video Tutorial NEW!

Click here for the full recipe I love easy & delicious recipes like this Meatball Parmesan Casserole. You only need 5 ingredients, it’s ready in minutes & it’ll feed a crowd on the cheap. This has quickly become one of the most popular recipes on my blog… After one bite, you’ll see why. EASY &… {read more}

The BEST Slow Cooker Pot Roast – 5 Ingredients!

Are you looking for an absolutely delicious pot roast that requires almost no effort at all? Look no further because you’ve found it! My Crockpot Pot Roast is the BEST EVER, only requires 5 ingredients, & is as simple as throwing the ingredients in your slow cooker and turning it on. Perfection! When I was… {read more}

The BEST of 2015

Everything from Philly Cheesesteak Stuffed Peppers to the BEST 3 ingredient anti-aging moisturizer – here are the BEST of 2015 on! Ok, so I realize I’m a little late jumping on the top posts of 2015 bandwagon (you can read why here if you don’t already know) – but I figure – better late… {read more}

An Update

Just a little update to let you all know that I’m still here. It’s been harder returning to the blog than I thought it would after my husband passed away in July. Creating that new normal is a lot easier said than done. However, I AM back to making & photographing recipes again. It’s just… {read more}

Cuban Melts

Cuban Sandwiches are a new fascination of mine. I didn’t have one up until a couple months ago, and instantly I fell in love with the flavors. I’d been making a traditional Cuban sandwich for a while using an adaptation of one of Tyler Florence’s recipes & my family seriously can’t seem to get enough… {read more}


I didn’t know what to call this post… so I called it what I’m about to tell you gives me. Goosebumps. This isn’t going to be anything long – a super fast read really. This is something that occurred to me not long after my husband passed away back in July & as I’m sitting here… {read more}

Brazilian Lemonade

This Brazilian Lemonade is the epitome of a refreshing & delicious beverage. Contrary to the name, it contains zero lemons & the secret ingredient may surprise you! Edit to add: This is one of the last recipes that I made & photographed alongside my husband before he passed way back in July this year. It’s… {read more}

Golden Rice Salad ~Guest Post~

Hi Everyone, my name is Jodie Rodriguez and I blog about building literacy skills while cooking with kids and my favorite project- Family Dinner Book Club at Growing Book by Book. I’m glad to be able to do a very small part in helping Crystal during this time. I love to cook and eat! I’m… {read more}

Tomorrow is Not Guaranteed So I’m Saying Goodbye to Isolation…

I’ve been procrastinating writing this for as long as I can. I knew I needed to sit down & write it but the emotions that come with that kind of thing can be overwhelming at times. I was officially supposed to be ‘back to the blog’ yesterday – at least, that’s what I thought last… {read more}

Hawaiian Haystacks ~Guest Post~

Hi! I’m Debra and I am stopping by from my blog, Life Between the Kitchen and the Coop. I am so excited to guest post on Crystal’s blog today and to share a recipe that I have loved since I was a kid. I have tried several variations of it and I have never met a… {read more}

Easy Smoked Chicken Salad~ Guest Post~

This is Edan Goode, from the blog, E.A.T. (Everyone Around the Table)  ! I am happy to be able to help Crystal during this difficult time. As the mother of four children in their teens, I believe in the power and benefits of family dinner, even when (and especially when) everyone has busy schedules. My… {read more}

Sicilian Spaghetti ~Guest Post~

Hello everyone! My name is Sandra and I blog at where I share a lot of mediterranean recipes. I was immersed in the italien culture since my childhood (my grandparents were sicilian), and for sure this influences the way I cook today. I would like to share with you a recipe of pasta: Spaghetti… {read more}

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