Better with Jess

Can’t Forget the Food in Memphis
If you don't already know me on a personal level, you will know that Tyson and I share a mutual love for food. I am more open to trying new foods than he is, but he also has an aversion to anything labeled as a vegetable or anything green. Food is one of my...
My First Memphis Experience
I have always been a fan of traveling and experiencing new things. With a 4 year old, that is a little hard to do sometimes. You better believe though that we are ready to do more traveling as soon as he gets older. Ever been to Alaska? I managed to mark that off of...
Actor Alan Rickman (aka Professor Snape) passed away at 69
tumblr_nk4m964fKB1ty0e2ko4_1280 Actor Alan Rickman, who many know as Professor Snape in the "Harry Potter" films, passed away Thursday morning after a short battle with cancer at the age of 69. J.K Rowling tweeted the following regarding the occurrence: Screen Shot 2016-01-14 at 1.52.49...		</div>
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20 Years
12310599_993263814070863_7416898567174221574_n     12304154_993263764070868_1774690243988972938_o     12348174_993263867404191_5037751730411596742_n What comes to mind when you hear the word, "firefighter"? Bravery, life-saving, big, shiny, red truck...all of these things encompass Dyan Current in her career field as...
Holy Chocolate Slices!!!

Unfortunately, the company that makes these is sold out, but I would LOVE to get my hands on a package of these just to see what I could do with them. The possibilities are ENDLESS!!!!

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12 Days of Crockpot FAIL
I have been awful at keeping this up since Thanksgiving. Truth be told, I barely had to cook much the days following Thanksgiving because my grandparents sent me home with all the leftovers they did not want at their house. So for a couple of days or so after Thanksgiving, we munched on leftover...
12 Days of Crockpot: Day 5- Chicken Tortilla Soup
I'm trying so hard to catch up! The busy weekend and the upcoming holiday weekend has me in a tizzy! Between work, parenting, girlfriend-ing, and student-ing, I'm trying to also squeeze chef into the cracks. The holiday season always puts me in the mood to spend time in my kitchen. I have always had...
12 Days of Crockpot: Day 4- Cinnamon Roll Bake
Friday was a BUSY day! With the Holiday Parade occurring in the evening, and the $1000 Cash Giveaway occurring prior to the parade, I knew that I would have zero time to even pay any mind to dinner. I also knew we would be going out to dinner collectively as a staff, so even...
Day 3: Quick Garlicky Shrimp
This one was a last minute decision. I had intended on making Tyson's favorite of Philly Cheesesteaks on Wednesday. However, in the day, Tyson came up not feeling very well. He asked me not to change my plans for dinner as he had hopes he would feel better as the day progressed. Unfortunately, he...
12 Days of Crockpot: Day 2- Loaded Potato Soup
One of my favorite dishes my grandmother (my dad's mother) always made, and still makes to this day, for me is potato soup. It could be 90 degrees outside and I would still devour this soup. I have always been a fan of starchy carbs like potatoes, so this soup never does me wrong. Unfortunately,...