Slow Cooker 3 Bean Chicken Chili

In a perfect world everything we ate would be fresh and totally from scratch.  But perfect is boring and I’d rather be prepared for real rather than perfect.  This recipe takes about 10 minutes to prep, if that. This chili is half from scratch.  Good enough.  We are going to be moving into a rental in a […]

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Coffee & Cable Knit Socks

So I thought I wanted to be a Family Nurse Practitioner for a hot second.   I finished two semesters in my dream program before dropping out.  Looking back, I don’t know how I managed to finish those two semesters…with all A’s… Because after getting accepted, we got pregnant with our third baby.  And my […]

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The Original Farmhouse

Our farmhouse plans are coming along and we’re getting really, really close to actually starting the building process — which I’m so, so excited to share! Our kids will be the 5th generation of Dieckman’s to live on this farm, how cool is that?! I love that they will grow up in a place with […]

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Dark Chocolate Salted Caramel Pretzel Bark

So I forgot to put the first layer of chocolate down.  I suffer from night time dementia induced by my kids. Caramel.  Who doesn’t like caramel?  True question…I want to know…how in the world could you NOT like caramel?  It’s sugar + heat.  The stuff addiction is made of. Ghirardelli dark chocolate chips are my […]

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The $20 Sweater You NEED in Your Closet this Winter

Ah, motherhood.  The most rewarding, challenging, exhausting, awesome, expensive, fun, and confusing project I’ve ever taken on. I’ve been either pregnant, breastfeeding, or both since I was 21…so for about 6 years.  All while finishing nursing school, starting a new career, planning and throwing a huge wedding, pursuing graduate education, moving, and trying to stay […]

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COMPLETEly Awesome Brownies

These brownies are not healthy.  But they’re not the unhealthiest either.  After a rough week, something about fudgy chocolate, homemade salted caramel sauce, and fresh whipped cream sounded real, real good. And I would say: “not to toot my own horn,” right here…but come on, I made a blog for the sole purpose of cooking […]

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Air Fried Chicken – No Oil, No Breading, but SO Good!

Fried Chicken.  What can I say?  It’s the bomb.  Crispy and delicious.  I don’t really “fry” anything at home anymore.  I save my fried food binges for outings specifically dedicated to fried food.  Like fairs, drive-throughs after a night out drinking,  fish frys, and church dinners (oh the irony….Corinthians 6:19). So this isn’t really fried chicken in […]

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