Chit Chat

What a fun few days at The Pioneer Woman’s Ranch with the Land O Lakes® Kitchen Conversation bloggers!


Photo via Julie

If you follow me on Instagram, you saw that I was at The Pioneer Woman’s Ranch last week!  Still can’t believe I was there, lol!

Kitchen Conversations brings together a really great group of food bloggers including myself, my pal Ree from The Pioneer Woman, Maria from Two Peas and Their Pod, Bridget from Bake at 350, Sommer from A Spicy Perspective, Brenda from A Farmgirls Dabbles, Julie from The Little Kitchen, Joanne from Fifteen Spatulas, and Jessica from The Novice Chef.

We arrived to the ranch last Monday evening and had a jam packed fun schedule ahead :)

The Pioneer Woman Ranch Sunrise

I woke up Tuesday morning to this gorgeous view.  The cows were mooing, birds were chirping and the sun rising.  I could have stayed out here all day!

Picky Palate and The Pioneer WomanRee is the sweetest around.  She showed us around her gorgeous ranch and spent the day chit chatting, laughing and eating with us.  Love love love spending time with her!  How fabulous is this pantry by the way?!  Love the ladder.

he Pioneer Woman Kitchen

Had to snap some pictures of her beautiful kitchen that’s on her Food Network Show.  That orange KitchenAid Stand Mixer is just sooo fabulous!


We had a big breakfast that featured many of our recipes.  It’s safe to say that we did not go hungry, lol!

Butter Tasting

Photo via Brenda

After breakfast we had a butter tasting session.  Loved spending time with these girls!  Left: Brenda, Maria, Jessica and Me.

The Pioneer Woman Ranch

We took a fun tour around Ree’s ranch.  LOVE this picture of her sitting with the cows.  We also got to tour Ree’s building they are renovating.  See Ree’s post HERE.

Butter Showdown

Photos via Ree

Up next was our Butter Showdown!  We had to pick two mystery ingredients and create a recipe using Land O Lakes® Butter.  We had a great time.

The Pioneer Woman's Charlie The Basset Hound

Charlie came for a visit Wednesday morning.  That sweet face just melted my heart.  What a sweetie he is!

Picky Palate and Two Peas and Their Pod

Photo via Ree

Had so much fun being roomies with Maria.  So excited that they are having another little boy.  Congrats Maria!

Dinner and treat

We had a lovely dinner featuring more of our recipes.  Ree made us her Cashew Crackle to snack on, talk about to die for.  It will be available later this year :)

The Pioneer Woman Ranch Sunrise

I’ll never forget the gorgeous early morning sunrises on the ranch and my time spent there.  I feel so lucky to be a part of such an amazing group of women!

Have a great weekend!!

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Happy Friday! It’s been a crazy past couple weeks, lots to chit chat about :)


Last Friday I was on my way to NY to meet Amanda for a fun girls weekend.  We’ve had this planned for a while and I can not tell you how excited I was to go back to the city!  I had my magazines, Tieks and I was ready to go!  Oh and can I just say that I walked ALL day in my Tieks and they didn’t bother my feet even once.  They are the perfect traveling shoes.  So excited to collect more colors :)


We met at the hotel Friday evening and headed out to dinner to “Parm.”  Not even kidding the best Chicken Parm I’ve ever had.  The baked ziti was to die for too.  Keep in mind that it is a very small restaurant, so call for reservations to prevent long waits.

71376a34a67311e39f0c127ea8075ce8_8After shopping it was time for some late night Max Brenner.  This 80’s Milkshake and S’mores Waffles are such a treat.  Theres’ nothing quite like it.


We had some amazing breakfast during our trip.  The picture on the left is from Laconda Verde and we had a Zucchini Fritatta and Lemon Ricotta Pancakes.  Those pancakes were some of the best pancakes I’ve ever had.  So excited to try and re-create them at home :)

The picture on the right was from the cutest little bakery/cafe called Sugar and Plumm.  We ordered those crunch french toast sticks topped with fruit and lots of butter.  Such a treat.


We made our way to Chelsea Market after breakfast.  Seriously one of my favorite places to shop and eat ever.   Such a charming place.

Jen and Amanda

Had so much much fun walking around the city!  Time Square and the cute Oreo Wall in Chelsea Market.


Later Saturday night we walked around Union Square.  So gorgeous at night!

Celebrity Sightings

These are my favorite pictures….while we were walking through Eataly in Union Square Saturday night, for a split second, I made eye contact with Scott Foley….of Scandal….of Felicity walking through the busy walkways!!  I stopped dead in my tracks and after I froze up I managed to tell Amanda who it was, lol!  We turned around and followed him (In the green puff jacket, this is exactly what he was wearing).  He and his friend walked very quickly into one of Mario Bataly’s restaurants so this is the best I got.  We were dying.

So, the picture on the right is a bit out of sequence, but after I left NYC, I had to fly into Atlanta and I saw Ian Somerholder of Vampire Diaries!  Not even kidding.  I was talking to my mom at the time and could hardly even talk, lol!  Can you tell I don’t do well around celebrities?!  I wanted so badly to ask for a picture with him, but just couldn’t do it.  Such a chicken!


We also tried some fun treats while we were there.  Had an assortment of macarons from Dana’s Bakery like the left peanut butter and jelly then some amazing gelato from Amorino shaped like a flower!  Love!!


Sunday morning, there was no question that we were going to Levain Bakery.  I mean look at that cookie!  Hot out of the oven, chocolate peanut butter heaven!


After breakfast at Sugar and Plumm and getting our nails done we made our way over to this fun Bowery Mural.  Its a huge wall painted with these amazing colors.  It also just happened to match my Tieks, lol!


Later Sunday afternoon we made our way over to Rockefeller center to watch the ice skaters and grab a bite to eat at Bouchon.  How perfect is this?!



Can’t say enough about Ippuddo.  We had the best steamed pork buns and Ramen I’ve ever had.  You have to start lining up 1/2 hour before they start dinner at 5pm or you’ll be waiting a very long time.  We got there about 4:45 and got right in.  A must visit!!



You know we had to go to Serendipity 3 for Frozen Hot Chocolates!  This time I tried the peanut butter frozen hot chocolate and it’s even better than the original if you are a peanut butter fan.  Delicious.  Keep in mind that even at 11pm there will be a wait.  We got there at 10pm and had to wait 45 minutes to be seated.  Good thing Dylan’s Candy Bar Shop is just down the street to browse through while you wait!



Amanda and I stayed at the lovely Omni Berkshire Place Hotel and had the best experience.  They made sure we had everything we needed and then some.  Highly recommend them!!

So much fun packed into 2 days in the city.  There’s just nothing like a little trip to NYC!  Can’t wait to go back again :)

Have a great weekend!!

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Happy Friday! Chit Chat day here at Picky Palate.

Favorite Sweets and Eats in NYC

I am on my way to NYC this weekend to meet one of my best traveling friends Amanda of Kevin and Amanda.  We have been traveling together for years and one of our favorites is definitely NYC!  Please be warned, my Instagram feed this weekend is going to have LOTS of food pictures and I mean lots.  If you are on a diet, you might want to unfollow me, lol!

I’ve put together some of my favorite places to eat while visiting this weekend.  I intend to eat every single one of these goodies, lol!  Can’t wait!

Levain Bakery Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookie

Levain Bakery.  Quite possibly one of my favorite cookies on the planet is this warm chocolate peanut butter cookie.  Can’t wait to sink my teeth into it!!

Doughnut Plant

Doughnut Plant!  Heaven help me when I walk through these doors.  There’s no telling how many doughnuts I will order, lol!  That top one is a creme brûlée doughnut and there’s nothing like it.  Amazing to say the least :)

Bouchon Bakery

Photo via Amanda

 Bouchon Bakery, Columbus Circle location is a classic and has the best macarons I’ve ever had.  The vanilla one is to die for!

Max Brenner

 Max Brenner!  The best milkshake I’ve ever had.  Period.  It’s called the 80’s milkshake.  A must order.  Their breakfasts are over the top delicious too :)

Chelsea's Market NYC

Photo via Amanda

Chelsea Market is one of those places you could just move in and live in the walkways.  So many fun places to eat and shop.  Food Network Studios are here too.  A must visit.

Eleni's New York City

Inside Chelsea’s Market is Eleni’s Bakery.  A must visit in Chelsea’s Market for whimsical sugar cookies and irresistible cupcakes.

Serendipity 3 New York City

Serendipity 3 is a classic.  You don’t go to NYC without getting a Frozen Hot Chocolate from Serendipity.  I re-created the recipe, be sure to check it out HERE.

Magnolia's Bakery NYC

Magnolia Bakery has all kinds of delicious baked goods to choose from.  Famous for their banana pudding, and adorable store front, I can’t wait to go back :)

Crumbs Bake Shop

Photo via An Edible Mosaic 

Another cupcake favorite for me is Crumbs Bake Shop.  Their Cookie Dough Cupcake is one of my very favorites!

Waffles and Dinges Food Truck

The Waffles and Dinges Food Truck is a must too!  Belgian crispy sweet waffles.  Mmm!

Artisinal Mac and Cheese NYC

Photo via Amanda

I know I’m talking mostly sweets, but a trip to NYC wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Artisinal Bistro for the best mac and cheese around.  Love!!

Have a wonderful weekend!!  I’m going to live by the motto that there’s no calories when on vacation, lol!  At least I’ll feel better :)

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Happy Friday!! Feel like a little chit chat? Oh good, me too :)


Phew, the last few weeks have been busy, fun and busy again.  Things got started on Valentine’s Day when we took a road trip back to CA to visit our friends and  to visit Disneyland.


I love being a mom to all boys and all, but what is it with “being too cool” to stand for pictures for your mother?!  You have no idea what I have to do to convince my boys that I am not kidding about taking pictures at Disneyland, lol! I swear it’s like pulling teeth to get them to stand by Mickey, lol!  These knuckleheads need to know that you are never too old or too cool to get a pictures with Mickey.  Sheesh!


It had been a few months since Pax has been to Disney with us and he was LOVING the rides this trip.  Melted my heart watching him clap for the animals on the Jungle Cruise.


My girlfriend Brandi and I snuck out for a quick breakfast before we went back home and shared these lovely blueberry pancakes.  If you visit Southern California, go try Champagnes French Bakery and Cafe for these pancakes.  To die for :)


I was making my Oreo Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies last week and had a tiny bit of cookie dough left in the bowl.  I stuck it inside an extra Oreo.  Just do it.  Not kidding.  Yum!


Loved this thread on Instagram when I posted this picture of my spaghetti noodles.  We probably have spaghetti once a week and my boys don’t get sick of it.  Does spaghetti show up on your dinner table weekly like it does ours?


Sometimes you catch the perfect picture.  I  found Pax and Mason snuggling on the couch last week.


Cullen and I had a weekend to ourselves with no kids in Park City with some friends.  Barely had time to unpack and re-pack our bags from California.  We hit up Paradise Bakery in the airport before our flight and my grilled cheese was extra cheesy!  I wasn’t complaining :)


We made it to Park City!  It.was.COLD…but so pretty.  Cullen and his friends went snowboarding.  I went skiing, or I should say tried to ski.  It had been over 15 years for me, so let’s just say I’ve got some lessons to take, lol!  Loved it anyway :)


Had a snowy fruit and yogurt breakfast one of our mornings.  Love!!


Got to go to dinner with Maria and Josh at Deer Valley’s Fireside Dining.  What a treat!!


Stopped for breakfast before heading to the airport and shared these Utah Scones with our table.  Hot fry bread dusted with powdered sugar with a elderberry sauce for dipping.  Gulp.


I recently tried a new soda called Dry Soda.  It is a less sweet, all natural soda made with just four ingredients, including a little bit of pure cane sugar. Each of DRY’s eleven unique flavors is perfect to sip on its own or paired with a meal.  Check it out!


Had some fun peek a boo time with Pax at the breakfast table.  This little boy is such a joy.  Happy mom.

Pax is just about 18 months and loves to say “what’s that?!” at everything in the house.  He loves to point at airplanes in the sky, roar like a lion, moo like a cow, say “woof woof” like a dog, give kisses and say thank you when you give him something.

Have a great weekend!!

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Happy Friday! Happy Valentine’s Day!

We are at Disneyland today, be sure to follow me on Instagram to see the fun :)  Talking about the Top 10 Things You HAVE to Eat at Disneyland today!

Top 10 Things You HAVE to Eat at Disneyland

Since we are spending the weekend at Disneyland I thought it would be appropriate to highlight my favorite eats at Disneyland.  Let’s take a look shall we?  The castle just never gets old does it?

Disneyland Churro

First and foremost Disneyland is not Disneyland without eating your fair share of churros.  There’s just something about Disneyland’s churros that are irresistible and highly addictive :)

Chocolate Peanut Butter Sandwich

Likely my favorite treat at Disneyland…..the chocolate peanut butter sandwich.  You can find this at a number of places at Disneyland, however my favorite is at Pooh Corner Bakery in Critter Country.  It’s just kind of a tradition and I would hate to break tradition :)

Disneyland Chocolate S'mores Bar

Nearly as delicious is the chocolate s’mores bar.  Crispy chocolate with a layer of soft marshmallow and graham cracker at the bottom.  Mmmm!  Ordered this at Pooh Corner Bakery as well.

Disneyland Mickey Caramel Apple

I don’t get these much, but I do love looking at all of the cute apples that Disney offers.  These are displayed from Pooh Corner Bakery as well.


One more from Pooh Corner Bakery is the White Chocolate and Chocolate Chip Cookie.  I have to say, there has been times it’s a bit on the dry side, but if you happen to get a fresh one…..sooo good :)


My husband’s favorite thing to order is this flaky Baklava from Paradise Grill in California Adventure.  I know it’s not technically Disneyland, but we always do both parks when we visit!  Be sure to try this one! Totally surprised us.  We are not even baklava fans and this completely changed our minds :)  UPDATE: 3/2014 – on our recent trip to Paradise Grill we ordered a baklava and was disappointed in it.  Upon asking the workers, we found out they recently changed the recipe.  Now, there’s a thick pavement like layer of walnuts that ruins this once desired treat.  NO LONGER RECOMMENDED!!!  Go HERE to see a new item we recommend.

Pomme Frites from Cafe Orleans

Cafe Orleans in New Orleans Square has some of the best french fries in the park.  They are the Pomme Frites.  Pleeaaase order another side of the dipping sauce.  It’s so good and isn’t nearly enough :)

Disneyland's Monte Cristo Sandwich

If you are a Disney goer you have heard of the famous Monte Cristo Sandwich.  You can order it at Cafe Orleans as we did here, or also at Blue Bayou.  It is absolutely sinful.  Deep fried ham, turkey and cheese sandwich dusted with powdered sugar, dipped in a berry puree.  Weeeeee!

Disneyland's Dole Whip

The beloved Dole Whip from the Tiki Juice Bar!  A must!

Disneyland's Corndog Truck

You can’t beat The Corndog Truck on Mainstreet!  The greasiest, crispiest best corn dogs you’ve ever had.  Gotta try these!


I know it’s not food, but I can’t wait for Radiator Springs this weekend!  Such a fun ride at Disneyland…..worth the long line.


Disneyland wouldn’t be the same without my crazy family of boys.  This was one of the last trips we took before we moved to AZ. We’ll see if I can bribe them to take pictures with me this time, lol!


Have a great weekend, I’ll be sure to eat some extra churros for you!  See you Monday with a new recipe :)

Oh, did I miss any of your favorite Disney eats?? I’d love to hear your favorites :)

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It’s another chit chat day! I thought it would be fun to look at some of my favorite things this week that would make great Valentine’s Day gifts!


One of my favorite perfumes is by Jo Malone called Peony & Blush Suade.  It is so light and fresh.  Go hunt it down and try it out!  I am still dying to try the new Tory Burch Perfume too!



How cute is this Forever 21 Love Stacked ring?!  For $4.50 I seriously need this!!


This Forever 21 Necklace too!  $6.80?  I need this too, lol!

Bath and Body Works Cosmetic Bag


I was in Bath and Body Works last weekend and on my way out I saw these adorable little clutch/bags that say “Smell the Roses” and “Hello Sunshine.”  How cute are they and they are neon?!  Under $10 each.  I couldn’t pass them up.  I’m actually going to get a few more for gifts.  Love them!!


Drugstore find of the week!!  My sister told me about this Maybelline “Pink Pop” lipstick and it is fabulous.  The pink is perfect and it’s under $6!  We found ours at Target.

Nordstrom Pillows

You + Me = Awesome PillowLean on Me Pillow and I Love Us Pillow


Love this simple print from Etsy!


Ok, this is funny!!!  Found on Pinterest.

Not going to happen, but would LOVE this new dress from Kate Spade and the Heart purse to go with it, lol!

Looking forward to treating myself to a new manicure with a nice red color like this.

Want to order some prints from Yellow Bungalow.  I have a few of her prints in my guest room and they are soooo cute!

Kiss Pies

With Valentine’s Day coming up, my Kiss Pies are a fun little treat to make.  Only 2 ingredients!


My friend Shelly at Cookies and Cups posted the cutest little snack mix ever this week!  Go check it out :)


Have a great weekend!

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It’s Friday! It’s Chit Chat Day, yippee!


Angie of Bakerella has outdone herself yet again!  I am dying over the cuteness of her Whale sugar cookies that work for Valentine’s Day and really any time.  Check out her post.  Amazing Angie!!


I have been on the hunt for the perfect chapstick for a verrrry long time.  There’s nothing worse than chapped lips right?!  Well, Burt’s Bees came out with a new flavor….Blueberry Dark Chocolate!!  Not only does it smell like a dream, it works wonders!  Go check it out.  I think it was under $3.

Honey Whole Wheat Pizza Dough Recipe by Picky Palate

I made my husband take these photos of me and my pizza dough.  Kind of love how they turned out!!  Funny thing is I had no make-up on and my hair was still  in a messy bun from the gym.  Haha!  Funny what a dress and red high heels can do :)

Vanilla Cherry and Chocolate Cherry Ice Cream Floats

LOVING Your Home Based Mom’s Vanilla Cherry Ice Cream Float!!  My boys are going to go nuts for this!!


Since moving to AZ and having a home to decorate, I have been obsessed with positivity quotes, photos, chalkboards….the list goes on and on.  I love surrounding myself with great quotes and uplifting words.  Found this cute text from Pinterest.  Love it!

Paper Source

These Valentine Cards from Paper Source!!  One of my all-time favorite stores.  Can’t wait to go see all of the other goodies they have!

Stella and Dot

Loving Stella and Dot’s new collection, especially these charm necklaces “Love” and “You are my sunshine.”  How fun!  I think I need both, lol!


I am thinking the hot pink Tieks for Valentine’s Day?!  Haha, probably not going to happen, but I REALLY want a pair!!


This Donut Apron!


It’s Superbowl Sunday this weekend!  I will be honest, I am not a football fan, but I love the food, company and commercials.  I will definitely be making Cooking Canuck’s Healthy Mediterranean 7 Layer Dip!  Mmm!

Hope everyone has a great weekend!!

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Happy Friday to you!  Another Chit Chat edition today.

Has life slowed down a little since Christmas?  It definitely has for me.  I am finally feeling at home in our new AZ location.  I think with the move being right around Thanksgiving and Christmas I was so busy that I couldn’t enjoy being in our new home completely.  That sounds ungrateful, but now that we are half way into January, I am LOVING being here in AZ.  I snapped this photo above of Pax running to Brady when he was walking home from the bus.  I love to see how much they love each other.  Melts my heart!


We took a weekend hike close to the Superstition Mountains with the kids, grandparents and cousins.  The weather could not be more beautiful right now.  I’ll be singing a different tune come summer, lol!


Have you heard the news on Instagram yet?!  Waffle Love has a food truck in AZ!  Yippee!  I went to their “blogger night” and was blown away by their waffles.  Follow them on Instragram to find out their weekly locations.  They also have locations in Utah.


Can you believe this cheeseburger?!  It’s from Liberty Market in Gilbert, one of our favorite places to visit.  Stay tuned for our full review coming soon.


I am finally back on Pinterest.  I took a break around the Holidays.  I fell in love with this great print.  I am totally into positive quotes all over my house right now.  I found the print online and it was $50 which seemed really expensive.  Instead I created a similar print on PicMonkey and had it printed at Walmart for $2.50.  Can’t wait to go pick it up and frame it :)



I decorated a little shelf for Valentine’s Day.  I am going to try to do one for each Holiday this year.  Most of this is from Target.  The Bird and Love letters are from Kneaders.  They have the cutest little home section.  Shopping and lunch, can’t beat that, lol!


Drooling over Marla of Family Fresh Cooking’s Blueberry Coconut Steel Cut Oatmeal.  Love her gorgeous photos too.


Also loving Heather Christo’s Frisee Pear Salad!!  This photo!!


 I am dying to make a roasted Chicken thanks to Donna Hay’s gorgeous recipe.


Are you kidding me with this Cheesy Ham Bread?!  Let me just plant my face it in.  Thank you “The Noshery.”


I’ll leave you with Pax and his funny little one piece suit.  Love this kid!

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