the game changer in our kitchen

pfister faucet

When it comes to our household’s use of filtered/bottled water, let me just say, we use a LOT. While we cook with tap water, we always drink and make beverages (iced tea, coffee, etc) with water that’s been filtered. Our primary source of filtered water is our refrigerator filter. You know the one-that teeny stream of water that takes 10 minutes to fill your Keurig reservoir or teapot?

The problem I’ve always had with faucet filters, is that they’re so obvious. Aesthetically speaking, they’re just not my thing. Enter the Pfister Clarify Faucet-a unique faucet with Xtract technology, which delivers filtered and tap water from the same faucet and twice as fast as typical water filtration products.

pfister faucet

Just look at it, folks. Isn’t she lovely?

It seemed a bit too good to be true, so I pulled out a couple of trust water test kits, and performed a series of tests on our water, both before and after installing our new “shiny indoor water hose.”

water test

Now, fortunately, our tap water fairly pure and safe on it’s own. After installing our new Pfister Clarify Faucet, though, the numbers got even better; copper and chlorine, especially, went down. Just as important, though, is the convenience our new faucet affords-Pfister claims their filtered water is twice as fast as traditional filters, but, compared to our refrigerator filter, we’re looking at ten times faster (at least). The filters last for 6 months, are recyclable, and are included with purchase.

And as a busy mom, having my appliances work for me, instead of the other way around, is a major plus.


The Pfister Clarify Faucet is sold exclusively at Home Depot. Head over to their site for more info, where to buy, and some fun videos/audio explaining some of the main features.


simple fall flower arrangement {a tutorial}

While flipping through an issue of Family Circle yesterday afternoon, I came across a clever and quick way of arranging flowers…one that was so simple, even a flower-arranging novice like myself felt certain of success. And this morning, while watching an episode of Barefoot Contessa (LOVE her!), she showed the exact same technique. It was fate, I needed to try it for myself. I’m happy to say, it was a success! My 5 minute arrangement was quick to put together, and impressive to look at. I’ll show you how it’s done….

foam floral ball
mum stems (you can use any flower you want, though)


Step 1: Gather your supplies, and soak your floral ball in water. This doesn’t take long, the foam quickly absorbed the water I added to the bowl.

Step 2: Trim your flowers, leaving about an inch or so of stem on each flower. I found my mum bushes at Kroger…and they were on sale for $2.99…I bought two, but actually only used one.

Step 3: Place your ball into your vase, and start inserting the flowers into the foam. I found that they went in easier if I used a wooden skewer to pre-make the holes. Depending on how thick your stems are, this may not be necessary.

Keep going….you’re almost there….

And you’re done. See how easy that was? I only made one, but wish I had bought the materials for me-this turned out so cute!

Happiest of Fridays to you!


homemade peanut butter cups {a recipe}

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peanut butter recipe

natural peanut butter

Like many of you, I spend a lot of time making sure my grocery budget is being spent on the very best food for my little ones. For many years, this has included natural peanut butter. With one child preferring crunchy peanut butter, and the other preferring creamy, I was thrilled when I came across this newest option-Peter Pan Simply Ground.

peanut butter

It’s perfectly creamy, with a bit of crunch, and, best of all, contains no artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives. Another plus, no stirring before enjoying! We loved the texture of this peanut butter so much, we decided to recreate one of our favorite recipes with it-homemade peanut butter cups! In this season of giving and showing gratitude, I created some printable gift tags so we could package them up and hand them out to the teachers, coaches and friends we are grateful for this Fall.

peanut butter

I’ll share a printable file for the tags later in the post, but first, let’s talk about these peanut butter cups…

peanut butter cups

  • Peter Pan Simply Ground Honey Roast
  • Equivalent of 1 Bag Chocolate Chips (I Used a Combination of Milk Chocolate & Bittersweet)
  • 1 Cup Powdered Sugar
  • 4 Tbsp. Melted Butter
  • Mini Paper Liners (I used 24)

Step 1: If using chocolate chips, transfer them into a microwave-safe bowl. I used milk and bittersweet chocolate bars, which I chopped up and transferred to a bowl. Heat for 30 seconds, stir, and heat in 10 second increments until chocolate is almost melted, making sure to stir after each 10 second increment. After my first 10 second increment, there was enough heat in the bowl to melt my chocolate after a bit of stirring. Don’t overheat or your chocolate will lose it’s temper and not set up correctly.

Step 2: Meanwhile, combine your peanut butter, melted butter, and powdered sugar in a bowl. Take a look at the texture of this peanut butter for a moment…

homemade peanut butter cups


This combination of creamy and crunchy is just heavenly; it has the texture of freshly ground peanut butter, which is hard to beat.

But as I was saying, add ingredients to a bowl and mix.

natural peanut butter

Step 3: Fill your paper cups with about a tablespoon of chocolate. I wanted to smooth the chocolate out a bit, so I took a measuring spoon, dipped the bottom in melted butter to prevent it from sticking, and smoothed down the melted chocolate. Refrigerate for about 10 minutes or so.

peanut butter

Step 4: I filled a quart-sized plastic baggie with my peanut butter mixture, trimmed the end, and added about a teaspoon worth to each cup.

homemade peanut butter cups

Step 5: Add another tablespoon or so of chocolate, filling the cups almost to the top. Refrigerate until firm.

peanut butter

Now you’ll be tempted to keep these all to yourself, but if you feel like sharing, I’ve created some adorable printable tags 

that you can use to package up your peanut butter cups…

free printable

These will print four to an 8×10 sheet; just print, clip, punch a hole through the top, and add twine.

peanut butter

I found Peter Pan Simply Ground Peanut Butter in the peanut butter aisle on a recent trip to Walmart. Here’s a coupon to use for your next trip to try Peter Pan Simply Ground yourself!


I’d love to know–how would YOU use Peter Pan Simply Ground Peanut Butter?