Dear Carissa: Part 2 1

Hello and welcome to the 2nd edition of “Dear Carissa” – where I answer your questions about cooking, budgeting, wellness, and life!  (Since I’m such an expert… NOT.)  Actually the real reason for this series is that I wanted a way to answer your Frequently Asked Questions in one place so that others might benefit […]

Dear Carissa: Part 2 - I'm back to answer more of your questions about food, budgeting, wellness, and life!

Your #veganism FAQs - Answered!

Curious about Plant-Based Eating? 8

~ I’m not sure what predispositions you bring to the table when it comes to plant-based eating, or what you think when you hear that phrase.  I know that we live in an age where trendy new “diets” lurk around every corner and that you probably know numerous people who are trying “paleo” or “gluten-free” or “soy-free” […]


The Impossible (Possible) Fudge Brownie Cookies! 1

~ Something very odd has happened to me lately… I’m am losing my desire for super-sugary sweets.  What is going ON with me?!?  It’s quite baffling.  All of a sudden I cannot finish a pint of Ben & Jerry’s (which is unheard of!)  Even my ongoing love-affair with Seasonal Reeses just isn’t burning as hotly […]

HEALTHY Fudge Brownie Cookies (Except no one would ever know they are healthy!) #vegan #chocolate

Why not try red wine in baked goods?  This Red Wine Apple Bread is fabulous!

Red Wine Apple Quick Bread 2

~ Oh hello there. I have a fabulous recipe to share with you today.  I invented it.  And I am in love with it.  But I do feel the need to provide a disclaimer and tell you that my husband does NOT love it.  (And now I feel the need to disclaim that disclaimer and […]


A Farm-Fresh Meal Delivered to my Door!

“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” Hippocrates 460 B.C   As you all know, I’ve recently had a baby!  She’s two weeks old, in fact.  And throughout the past two weeks, we’ve been very blessed to receive some wonderful food gifts from friends and family to help relieve the burden of food […]

Farm-to-Table Meal Delivery!

A fat-burning, hormone-balancing, post-partum super smoothie!

My Post-Partum Super Smoothie 6

~ Hello there!  Good news- We had our new baby just over a week ago and she is PERFECT, as you can clearly see from the photo above.  If you want to see more little life moments like these, I’m on Instagram!  And if you’re into birth stories, I wrote about Ava’s here and here. […]


Butternut Squash, Cheddar, & Thyme Bread Pudding with Goat Cheese Cream Sauce 9

I recognize that there is a very important time and place for “quick and easy” recipes… I’m all for them!  It’s just that today’s recipe is not one of them.  #sorrynotsorry ~ ~ You see, I have this strange attraction to complicated food.  (Actually, let’s call it “complex” food… that sounds fancier and less scary.)  […]

Butternut Squash, Cheddar, & Thyme Bread Pudding with Goat Cheese Cream Sauce

The Pretty/Hungry 2015 Recipe Calendar- By Carissa Casey - Featuring original recipes and photos for every season of your year

The Pretty/Hungry 2015 Recipe Calendar 4

I am beyond STOKED about this year’s Pretty/Hungry Recipe Calendar…. and today I finally get to tell you about it and open it up for pre-order.  Woohoo!! I put out the first-ever P/H Recipe Calendar last year in 2014.  I was as excited then as I am now to unveil it because it was so fun […]


Blackberry Muffins for Better Homes & Gardens® 4

~ We might be two weeks away from my due date, but truth be told, today is the day I’ve been eagerly anticipating all summer!  (Kidding, Unborn Ava!  If you end up reading this in the future, know that your birth far outranks any exciting blogging milestones I will ever have… even when they involve Better […]

Blackberry Sour Cream Muffins

A fun idea for a hostess gist - Jars of mozzarella with herbs, spices, and good olive oil.

Mozzarella Hostess Gifts 8

~ Last weekend, some lovely lady friends of mine honored me and Baby Ava (the 37-weeker I’m lugging around in my belly and who’s currently wreaking havoc on my right groin muscle) with a baby shower!  And to say I loved it would be the understatement of the year. It was such a delightful morning in […]


“A Mommy’s Guide to Taking Better Pictures” 9

I don’t know about you, but sometimes I look through the photo files on my phone/computer and am sorely disappointed in myself.  I mean, of all the things I photograph in life, shouldn’t priceless memories with my husband and children rank right up at the top?  And yet I find that the photos I do […]

A Mommy's Guide to Taking Better Pictures - by Taylor Jackson

Babymoon in Memphis, TN

Babymoon Getaway 2

Are you familiar with the Babymoon trend?  Essentially, it’s a mini-vacation you take right before a new baby enters the family.  A bit of a “last hurrah” where you soak up the pleasures of uninterrupted sleep and quiet restaurant meals before those things become ancient history.  (By the way, our lives changed in awesome ways […]


Meals for Friends in Need! 8

You all have been very patient with me, since clearly I have pregnancy and new babies on the brain 24/7.  My Twitter feed is basically a chronicle of my latest cravings (mayonnaise toast, anyone?)  My Instagram is a stream of bump photos and (again) food… and I may have even made a few inappropriate comments […]

Meals Ideas for New Mommies

Salted Caramel Mocha at home recipe! (Tastes better than Starbucks, AND saves $5!)

Salted Caramel Mocha at Home! 6

Today, I am doing something I never do. I am interrupting the schedule of posts I had planned to bring you this week in order to give you this recipe.  (Which for someone like me, who thrives on planning, making lists, and checking items off one by one… is a pretty big deal.  Go ahead […]


So Long, Summer! 2

~ Well, we are nearing the end of August.  And believe me, NO ONE is happier to be bidding summer farewell than this girl!  For one thing: I’m 8 months pregnant.  For another: I live in Arkansas, where it has been in the upper 90s with 200% humidity since May.  I’m itching to see those leaves […]

Heirloom Tomato and Goat Cheese Tart