DIY Charcuterie Boards

If someone asked me what my favorite food is, I would easily say a charcuterie board. I know it's not a meal or a dish per say, but as someone who has a hard time picking and loves variety, a charcuterie board fits the bill. You can get vegetables,…
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Summertime Tomato Pie

One of our family's favorite things about Carlton Landing is the community garden. Our boys love to grab their bikes and head over for exploration, vegetable picking and chicken watching.  They like to call it the Farmer's Market.  I love…

Peanut Butter and Jelly Ice Cream Sandwiches

If I told you I had a recipe for something so delicious and satisfying that also happened to be gluten-free, dairy free, and vegan, would you believe me? These peanut butter and jelly ice cream sandwiches are exactly that. I discovered…

Hot Dog Bar

Nothing says summer like eating a hot dog fresh off the grill.  As a kid, many a summer day was spent devouring a hot dog on a scorching day, dripping wet from playing in the water, finishing it all off with a fresh slice of watermelon. As…
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Frosted Sugar Cookie Slab

Today is National Sugar Cookie Day! You're probably just as excited as I am. Okay, well maybe you're not as thrilled as me or maybe you didn't even know today was National Sugar Cookie Day, but during unpredictable times like these, why not…

Lemonade Stands and Strawberry Lemon Cookies

One of my favorite summer memories is having a lemonade stand. As a little girl, I wasn't terribly entrepreneurial. In fact, I probably handed out more free lemonade to neighbors than money made, but it was the idea of creating something of…

Texas Sheet Cake

Well, summer may not officially be here, but ask anyone in the south, summer is most definitely here.  From the hot temperatures, swarming mosquitos, ice cream trucks, and endless supplies of fresh watermelon and cherries, the summer season…

Magic No-Churn Vanilla Ice Cream

Ice cream. Just the thought of it makes my mouth drool and brings back a plethora of memories. For me, it's slow summer days with my Grandma finished with a game of Uno and a treat at Braums. It's an afternoon surprise from my mom after a…

Olive Oil Carrot Cake

If you're reading this in fairly current times, then you know we are all experiencing a global pandemic. While it's easy to focus on the fear and panic, there's also so much joy and beauty in the simplicity all around us.  It's always been…

Best Ever Granola

I love many things, but high up there is the smell of my favorite granola baking in the oven. The cinnamon and hint of maple syrup atop oats and a plethora of nuts fills the house.  If I could bottle up this smell in a candle, I would. But…
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New Year's Eve and White Almond Cake with Cranberry Almond Buttercream

How can it be that Christmas seemed so far away yet now it's over just like that?  I personally think time moves faster during the holiday season, or at least it seems that way, not to mention as you get older.  But with a new year upon us,…
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Pumpkin Cupcakes with Salted Caramel Frosting

It's the season for being with those we love, life around the table, and all things food. And with Thanksgiving just around the corner, we are getting our kitchens and our appetites ready to go. Thanksgiving is one of the most anticipated and…
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Caramel Apple Bar

Apples.  They’re pretty much the unofficial mascot of fall that everyone seems to love. (I’m sorry, pumpkin, but not everyone loves you.  I sure love you but just being honest.) Apples are delicious, versatile, and healthy.  They…
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October, Tablescapes, and Southern Chili

October. It’s the beautifully inviting front porch entrance into a season of cooler temperatures, holidays, and time with those we love. To me, October is all about the anticipation of what's to come, yet in all honesty, I'm not really that…
Southern Peach Cobbler
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Peach Cobbler & the Heart of Carlton Landing

Hi, y'all! My name is Lauren Jones.  Most of you may not know me, and I sure wish I could pull up a chair, grab a cup of coffee and get to know you and you get to know me, but to say I am excited to be sharing recipes, life in community, all…
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