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Instant Pot Yogurt

Two years ago in January, my husband told me that he already had my birthday gift wrapped. That’s a full month before my birthday…..and this is very unlike Zach….probably unlike about 99.9% of men. (Right ladies?!) Since he was so early, I knew it was something he must be pretty excited about. This, my friends, […]


Healthier Stuffed Mushrooms

Hey there….happy Sunday!! It’s been a pretty chill (or should I say chilly?!) weekend here at the Byrnes household. With the low temps outside, we have been total home-bodies, and I’m completely fine with that. I think parenthood has changed me in that regard…. 3 years ago, there’s absolutely no way I’d be okay with […]

Main Dish

Beefed Up Ramen

Step up your ramen noodle game with this 15-minute, three ingredient meal fix – Beefed Up Ramen!! When I say “ramen noodles” what’s the first thing that comes to mind? For most, it’s probably the endless bowls of ramen noodles you downed as a college student. I can’t say I was a huge ramen eater […]


RumChata Cheesecake Shooters

We all have those weeks.  You know, THOSE weeks…..the ones where you wish you could crack open a cold one before noon in the middle of a workday.  I’m sure it would increase productivity, don’t you? 😉  Well anyway, it’s been one of those weeks for the Byrnes’ clan.  McKinley was diagnosed with bronchiolitis Sunday […]


Cranberry & Pecan Salad

When I was a sophomore in college preparing for the career fair, I closely examined all of the food companies that would be in attendance that day. I was determined to land an awesome internship for the upcoming summer. I remember my adviser recommending that I stop by the companies that were lowest ranking on […]

Appetizers/Snacks, Dessert

Churro Bites

I’ve got a raging sweet tooth….actually, I’m pretty sure that each of my 28 teeth fall into this category. Don’t get me wrong, I love juicy bone-in chicken wings, cheeseburgers, and ooey-gooey slices of pizza, but 9 times out of 10, I’d prefer to skip the main dish and head straight for dessert! It must […]

Main Dish

Spring Roll Bowls

I have a love/hate relationship with Iowa’s weather.  I love our mild summers, putting on a sweatshirt in the fall, and snowy winters.  However, I really only like winter until about December 26th.  Once Christmas has come and gone, I’m ready for the snow to melt, the grass to turn green again, and the temperatures […]

Main Dish

Enchilada Casserole

As a first time parent, sometimes I’ve felt like a 5-year old walking into the first day of kindergarten. Excited, nervous, and completely clueless. There have been many times in the past year that Zach and I have said well, I don’t know! Such as “is she getting enough to eat?” or “does her poop […]