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June 30, 2015 / tyandolivia

Ty’s Delicious Homemade French Bread

Homemade French BreadChatting about Ty’s perfected French bread recipe at my new place at – the last loaf was half-eaten before it had cooled! For more updates, subscribe easily by entering in your email address and get a quick email each time I update.

For the full recipe, hop on over and check it out! Yummy eating and happy reading to you all!

May 27, 2015 / tyandolivia

Ty’s Buttermilk Chicken Recipe

Buttermilk ChickenLast week when I walked y’all through how to make homemade buttermilk, I mentioned Ty’s buttermilk chicken recipe and am glad to share it. We usually use chicken thighs or leg quarters. I personally think leg quarters are the best deal economically, especially if you have kids (or a wife) who prefers a chicken leg.

Check out the full recipe at my new place at Interested in more recipes like this and other fun adventures in motherhood? Subscribe by submitting your email address and receive notices when I update the blog. Happy cooking!

May 20, 2015 / tyandolivia

Chattin’ About One of My Fave Appetizer’s on Jane’s Dish

TomatoesThis week, I’m chatting about one of my favorite appetizers at Jane is not only a great friend, she is a former co-worker and co-author of our book Babymaid! She now has a fun, new blog, so hop over and check it out!

May 18, 2015 / tyandolivia

Check Out Our Homemade Buttermilk at My New Place!

Homemade ButtermilkFor anyone interested, I’ve moved to I would love to keep up with this blog, however I basically stopped cooking for several months while the extreme nausea from my pregnancies kept me almost entirely out of the kitchen. Ty is an incredible cook, but he also works really hard and would rather spend time with me and the boys or fixing up our house than typing up his meticulous cooking instructions for the internet.

My new place isn’t solely dedicated to cooking. Sorry, I like it, but I like a lot of other things as well and wanted to expand my range.

But for your benefit, today I’ve posted Ty’s recipe for homemade buttermilk. Come check it out, susbcribe to my newsletter and see what’s up!

February 22, 2015 / tyandolivia

Galentine’s Day 2015

I recently watched all the episodes from Parks and Recreation from the beginning in honor of the upcoming series finale. It’s even more amazing when you watch it back-to-back like that. The writing, the characters…I honestly can’t decide which character I like best.

One of my favorite things about Leslie is her dedication to her friends. Each February 13th, this wonderful (fictional) woman hosts a Galentine’s Day brunch for her lady friends. “Just ladies celebrating ladies…breakfast style.”

I love it. Any time women can lift one another up in encouragement and mutual celebration with mimosas is a grand time to me. So this year, I hosted my first Galentine’s Day and it was a hit (if I say so myself). I made a Quiche and provided the coffee and everyone brought a dish to share.

Between work, husbands, kids (not in that order) life can get pretty crazy which is why it is so important to take time away from those things, relax and celebrate one another. Amy Poehler who plays Leslie Knope on Parks and Rec has a website called Amysmartgirls and it has downloadable graphics you can print out and use for your own Galentine’s Day. I also printed out a few Galentine’s and we passed them around and wrote positive and encouraging things about each friend on them. I also created a Galentine’s Day wordsearch…which turned out to be much more difficult than I anticipated. Why would you look for a word backwards, upside down and diagonal?

Anyway, I love my friends. I love breakfast. We will be doing this again.

Galentines DayAlso my Quiche was a hit, so here is the recipe.

Pie crust (this is ridiculously easy, trust me)

Ingredients: 1/2 cup vegetable oil

1/4 cup ice water

2 cups flour

1 tsp salt

Pre-heat to 450 degrees. Add ice water to oil and whisk until it emulsifies (this takes about 5 seconds). Put the flour and salt in a bowl and add the water/oil mixture. Stir until it is a ball of dough. Place dough between two pieces of parchment paper and roll into a circle. This will fit an 8″ pie pan. Bake for 5 min.

Quiche ingredients:

1 pie crust

4 oz deli ham meat (or bacon)

4 oz. can sliced mushrooms (drained) (or 4 fresh mushrooms, sliced and sautéed in butter and olive oil)

10-12 oz cheese (cheddar, swiss, pepper jack)

4 eggs, beaten

1/4 cup milk

salt and pepper to taste

Chop ham into small cubes. Put ham into baked pie shell, then cheese and mushrooms. Beat eggs, milk, salt and pepper and pour over other ingredients. Bake 45 min to 1 hour at 350 degrees.

February 4, 2014 / tyandolivia

I’m Officially an Author!

So, in a nutshell, that’s the great news. My friend and former co-worker, Jane O’Dowd, and I have published Babymaid, a tale of friendship and pregnancy. It’s now available on and Barnes & Noble and I couldn’t be happier!Babymaid

Jane and I started this book about three years ago (has it been that long?!) when she was pregnant with her daughter. My sister was also pregnant at the time as was another friend. I was surrounded by baby bumps, hormones and icky stories that made my mouth drop.

Meanwhile, I was planning my wedding. Jane and I frequently went to Barnes & Noble on our lunch break so she could check out pregnancy books and I could research wedding planning books. She’d read me crazy stories from the books and I’d catch an unwanted glimpse or two of some graphic images I wasn’t quite ready for yet.

And that’s basically how Babymaid was conceived.

We are so proud of our book and hope you enjoy it. We also just launched a blog dedicated to the book with posts on pregnancy, friendship and plenty of behind-the-writing sneak peeks. Stop on by at!

February 3, 2014 / tyandolivia

Get Ready for Some Big News!

I have some super exciting news I want to tell everyone about – but I’m going to make you wait just a little bit longer.

Let’s just say I’ll be talking with my agent (did you know I have an AGENT?!) later today about this great news.

Ok, that’s all I’m going to say. Get excited people. Get excited.

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