Rule of Thirds – Photography

Rule of Thirds

Great Photos On Auto Composition – Rule of Thirds Do you ever look at photos and wonder why some photos evoke emotion and others don’t?  You may think it is because of the camera that was used to take the photo.  This is a common misconception that couldn’t be farther from the truth.  The phone […]

2 Ways to Make Breakfast Easy

Simple Burrito Fillings

Crustless Quiche – Breakfast Burritos   Crustless Quiche –  makes 2- 9 inch Quiches Ingredients: 12 Slices of cooked Bacon 4 Tbsp of Melted butter 8 Eggs 1 Cup of Pancake Mix 3 Cups of Milk 2 Tsp of Salt Pepper to taste Add a combined two cups of any cheese, any meat, and/or veggies. Directions: 1.)  […]

3 Delicious Easy DIY Hostess Gifts

Homemade Toffee in an airtight container

 Peanut Brittle – Peanut Clusters – Homemade Toffee  Microwave Peanut Brittle Microwaveable Peanut Brittle Ingredients: 1 Cup of shelled peanuts 1 Cup of Sugar 1/2 Cup of Karo’s Light Corn Syrup 1/8 teaspoon of Salt 1 tbs. of Butter 1 teaspoon of Vanilla 1 teaspoon of Baking Soda Directions: Place the first four ingredients in a […]

Happy Father’s Day Dad

Oahu, HI Sea Turtle

RIP to the man that used to wear these shoes.  Here is a picture of me standing in my father’s shoes.  I love this picture because it symbolizes all the years before his passing that I wanted to be just like him.  What is it that I saw in him that I admired so much?  […]

Arens Family Banana Bread

Ally's Banana Bread

Banana Bread Buddies! For the last nine years, my daughter has had a darling friend by the name of Ally.  You know those friendships that kids get where it is “Ally this and Ally that”?  Well Ally is one of those girls for sweet Emily.  Ally is often in our kitchen baking right along side […]

Wok Cooking with My Son

Wok Cooking - Beef Stir-fry

Wok cooking has been on my “in the Kitchen Bucket List” for some time.  Without that knowledge beforehand, a friend gave me a Wok, a simple starter wok from Bed, Bath and Beyond,  for Christmas this year.  After some phone calls and google searches on how do you season a new wok, what type of oil […]

King Cake for Epiphany Celebration


King Cake? A King Cake is known by many different names, from Epiphany Cake to Three Kings Cake to Galette de Rois.  They all are the same thing, which is a cake to celebrate the Feast of the Epiphany.  This is celebrated on January 6, which is the day the the Magi, or three wise […]

Condy Girls Snack Guide


I have three awesome nieces who are working on launching a blog of their own but in the mean time I gave them my number one tip in being successful at blogging: WRITE. So while they are in the planning stages of their blog they will be writing and posting here on CEOoftheHouse.   After […]

Crock Pot Hot Dogs

Crock-Pot Hotdogs for a Crowd

Pull out that slow cooker and get ready to make a lot of people happy.  We recently did this for a tailgate party and it was a quick way to get a lot of people fed in a little bit of time. Crock Pot Hot Dogs Ingredients: Hotdogs Aluminum Foil Directions: Place hotdogs vertically in […]

Renken Family Mac & Cheese


A lighter version of the old classic. PrintRenken Family Mac & Cheese Ingredients1 16 oz package macaroni noodles, regular or whole wheat 2 T butter 2 T flour 2 cups chicken or vegetable broth 1 tsp dried mustard powder 1 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese 4 T bread crumbs InstructionsPreheat oven to 375 degrees.   […]

Disneyland Tips: Beating the Crowds

Disneyland Tips for beating the crowds

Disneyland Tips & Tricks for Family Visits during Crowded Times Do you have school age kids that limit your vacation windows to major holidays and summer? Do you and/or your kids want to go to Disneyland for a vacation but you’re dreading the crowds? That was our predicament as we tried to squeeze in a […]

Happy Birthday Johnny Appleseed!

Apple Picking & Gabriel Farm 2011 - 20

Johnny Appleseed Chapman was born on September 24, 1774.  I have many childhood memories of the tall, slender man who wondered the country planting apple trees and whistling a tune.  It was my kindergarten teacher who first introduced me to this wonderful man.  While celebrating his birthday in school we would eat apples, save the […]