How my husband encourages me in the kitchen (featuring a bowl of pappardelle pasta we love)

How my husband encourages me in the kitchen (featuring a bowl of pappardelle pasta we love)

My husband and I have been married a year today, something that feels impossible and wonderful and has been cause for much celebration (more on that in an upcoming post).

But we've been together for about 8 years total, so I've had a lot of time to learn to appreciate things about him. Toward the top of the list is the fact that he is perhaps the world's least picky eater, something I am thankful for every time I set a plate of food down in front of him.

Candy you can make at home with 5 ingredients or less

Candy you can make at home with 5 ingredients or less

Do you remember that episode of the classic 1990s sitcom Friends, in which type A chef Monica Geller takes it upon herself to make homemade candy for the entire apartment building?

That could be you!

Okay, it doesn't have to get that crazy, but making your own candy conjures up a specific magic perfect for this week leading up to Halloween. (It's a great kid/group activity.) Bonus: Having more candy around the house will probably help that stash you bought for the trick-or-treaters and were not supposed to eat last longer.

Here are a couple of recipes that you can make using five ingredients or less.

A healthy bowl perfect for Meatless Monday

A healthy bowl perfect for Meatless Monday

I'm a big fan of meat. Never one to shun a carnivore option, my love for lean proteins goes waaay back

But I also dig the idea of a Meatless Monday, for health and also because, well, meat is kind of gross to work with. I would prefer never have to dig my hands into a slimy bowl of raw meat at home ever again, but dang burgers are just too good. 

Enter the nutty meatball!