About Kelly

A happily married twenty-something wife blogging about life in New Jersey, marriage, personal finance, cooking, home decor, and more!

Bad Blogger (and a late announcement!)

It is incredibly safe to say that I have been a VERY bad blogger!  Sorry about that.  I hope to use this space to write new posts and share a lot of the recipes and projects that I’ve been slacking on.  I really miss having a way to catalog the cool things that I create (food and crafts) and other nice life stuff!

Many of you who follow me on my personal Facebook page know that we are expecting our first baby: a son!  We can’t be more thrilled and I have been feeling really, really good. Baby Boy is set to arrive in September!

HappyWifey.net Baby!

My darling guy has been working diligently on converting our guest bedroom into a nursery which included making the closet bigger, repairing at least 2 walls of drywall, and installing two new windows.  Up next, he is going to put up the new drywall, tape, spackle, sand, paint, and install some lovely closet stuff for us.  I look forward to sharing project photos here!

I have a few food posts that I should be able to have up here soon, but not too many!  Sometimes, housework tackles me and I forget all about how I love to take photos of what we make.  I want to be able to post during maternity leave (which should begin in September, if this babe cooperates) with food ideas, my experiences, and so much more <3  I’ve been loving finding all sorts of parenting information on Pinterest (but taking EVERYTHING with a grain of salt of course!) and would love to help contribute there.

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Dark Chocolate Buckeyes

Christmas ‘baking’ has begun… with a no bake candy recipe 😉  I have made these buckeyes before, but opted this year to go to with a dark chocolate dip to see how it would come out!  The result is delicious, and I cannot wait to serve them to my friends.

Buckeyes @ All Recipes (I halved this recipe)

Dark Chocolate Buckeyes @ HappyWifey.net

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Pecan Baklava

This is a keeper recipe, folks!  I decided to make baklava for Thanksgiving and I am so glad I did.  I decided to use the following Pioneer Woman recipe… I am convinced everything that comes out of her kitchen is just perfect!  This baklava came out sweet, nicely browned, and delicious!  Ree suggests walnuts or pecans but I definitely went with the chopped pecan variety.  Delish!

Baklava @ Pioneer Woman

Pecan Baklava @ HappyWifey.net

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Marinated Pork Tenderloin

I find making meat of any kind very daunting! However, today I stepped up to the plate and made my first pork tenderloin (that didn’t end up as pulled pork!). It came out good! Here we go… Thanks for stopping by!


Marinated Pork Tenderloin


  • 1 pack pork tenderloin (my package contained 2 pot tenderloins)
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • salt, pepper to taste
  • canola oil


Combine all ingredients (except oil) and refrigerate for at least 1 hour. When marinating, we use our Food Saver marinating bowl and suck the air out if it. It works great!

Heat oil in a heavy pan when you are ready to cook. Place the tenderloins in the hot pan and cook 3-5 minutes on each side. I started with high heat and had to put it in medium while turning. Preheat your oven to 450 degrees.

Cook the pork for 15 more minutes in the oven (I used a glass Pyrex dish) until juices run clear.

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Gratitude and Grace

Hi friends!  I have renewed HappyWifey.net for the next year… I know I don’t post ALL the time, but I am anxious to make some new recipes and share them with you sometime in the future.

I recently started a hand-written gratitude journal… which just details my happy gratitude thoughts every few days.  Just like this blog, I will not task myself with writing in it every day.  I think it is the best practice to continue to be grateful for all that we have.  This weekend, I am especially grateful for great neighbors, wonderful family times, and the ability to provide and share good food and experiences with the people that I love.

I will continue to give myself grace in life and on this blog.  I WANT to post every week, but realize that I can still keep the things I love, even when I fall short.

I have been having a wonderful time working my Thirty-One business… I will be attending our conference this month!  I can’t believe the folks I have met and connected with because of 31.  I feel incredibly fortunate <3

Thanks for stoppin’ by!

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