• Two Ingredient Dark Chocolate Pie

    Easy but delicious and pretty is the name of the game when it comes to pies for me.

    So I start with store-bought dough and roll it out. 

    And in this kind of pie you pre-bake the crust. So poke a bunch of holes it in and

    make a pretty design on the crust all just using a fork.

    Take your second, pie dough and cut out whatever shape you want to put on top of your pie.

    For a Christmasy look, I chose stars.


    Don't bake them as long as the pie crust takes, just watch them til they look done!

    Then add sprinkles and powdered sugar!

    While the pie crust bakes, make your two ingredient filling!

    All it takes is dark chocolate and whipping cream!

    Once the pie crust is cooled, just add your filling and let it chill.

    Add your decorations before you're ready to serve!

    Two Ingredient Dark Chocolate Pie


    Store bought pack of 2 pie crusts

    Bag of dark chocolate chips

    1 C Whipping Cream


    Bake pie 1 pie crust according to package. Use second crust to make decorations.

    While crust is baking, combine dark chocolate with whipping cream over heat until smooth.

    Pour into pie crust and let cool. Once chilled, add decorations.

    Best served with chocolate loving friends. 

  • Holiday Home Tour (With Bonus Printable)

    Welcome to our home! Grab a cup of cocoa and come on in!

    When it comes to Christmas decor, I try to go more wintery instead of in-your-face Christmas.

    This is so I make less work for myself in January. The tree is the main attraction of course.

    And those white twinkling lights up the cozy factor by, like, 1000x. 

    My son Grady added this Santa hat to the TV and it's probably my favorite touch to this room.

    Switching out the colors and the art helps set the tone for me.

    p.s. I'm sharing this You Warm my Heart printable at the end of this post!

    I shared about this Mother Embrace art piece in another blog post but I felt it was still perfect for Christmas decor thinking about Mary and Baby Jesus. That story just does wonders to my mama heart.

    I'm a little non-traditional when it comes to our tree too. A pom-pom blanket for a tree skirt and a homemade ribbon ball tree topper. No two ornaments are the same on our tree and they all hold the dearest memories.

    G poster

    Making Christmas fun for the boys is such a joy for me. 

    They've enjoyed doing our Advent Calendar each day.

    And our Christmas books are being read on repeat.

    Our dining room didn't change too much from fall to winter. I did add some seasonal and festive touches and rearranged my shelves.

    Pinecone Still Life Poster

    Mornings Away Art Piece

    Felt Like Sharing Letter Board

    I pretty much keep the Christmas decor to our main living areas. Adding it everywhere is just too much for me. I do super small touches like the mistletoe in our bedroom.

    Or a few Santas in the kitchen.

    But my favorite thing to do in our house at Christmas is share it with people we love.

    With festive dinners,

    Hot Cocoa bars,

     Felt Like Sharing Letter Board

    and just sweet times spent together.

    So while of course I want my boys to remember us baking cookies together, being granted all their requests for hot cocoa, dancing to Christmas records, and watching Christmas movies by Christmas tree light, I really just want them to remember a home filled with love because of the One who first loved us. 

    Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas!

    xoxo, the Goodmans 

    Family Photos by Adam Mullins Photography




    You Warm my Heart Printable

    Adding seasonal art prints are an easy way to change up your decor!

    Check out my shop for loads of other prints and printables!

    Click here to download this print

  • Mini Rosemary Wreaths

    Making people feel special when they come over for dinner at my house is always my goal.
    I show people I love them through crafting, I can't help it.
    So when my small group at church decided to do a Friendsgiving Dinner together, I was
    delighted. This was the very reason I asked Josh to build us a 12-person farmhouse table, so
    I could fill it up with people. 
    I had seen a few ideas of mini wreaths floating around on pinterest and
    was excited to try my hand at some. 
    And lucky day for me when I had a friend who let me snip some of his overgrown rosemary!
    So the wreath part is pretty self-explanatory:
    Get a sprig of rosemary and bend it into a circle.
    I tied a knot with a piece of twine and then topped it with a pre-made bow.

    The banner part looks a little trickier, but it's really not.
    Check it:
    Cut a strip of paper

    Make two folds the same size as the width of your wreath

    Fold the side flaps in half again

    Press it down and snip the ends to make them prettier

    Write your guest's name

    Then tuck it around the wreath.
    Done and done.

     And here they are in action,

    These would be so cute with a little red bow for Christmas!
  • Galantines Brunch + Printable Cards

    Galantines Day is one made up holiday that I definitely celebrate.
    Because good girlfriends are the stuff of life.
    I started doing throwing a little Galentines Day brunch several years ago when I lived in Virginia 
    and for me, it was the perfect way to celebrate the girls who had 
    invested so much in my life by their friendship. I really encourage you to do this. 
    Not Galentines, although that's a perfect excuse, but just celebrate the people who invest
    in you. Good friends are among the best things in life and deserve that celebration.
    For me the food is the hardest part. So I made it easy on myself and made stuff that I know how to make and make well. Two types of quiche and hash browns. And bread and fruit are always an easy add on. 
    Making these Pink Grapefruit Mimosas was maybe my best decision. So delish.
    The recipe is super simple and I just made it up so just go with it.
    Equal parts: 
    -pink grapefruit juice 
    - and champagne 
    and then blood orange slice and blueberries for garnish!
    (You can always sub grapefruit flavored sparkling water for anyone who doesn't prefer champagne)
    I think simple and beautiful is the way to go. 
    Pull out a table cloth, the real napkins, put out place settings and maybe grab some fresh flowers
    and you'll have yourself a well set table!
    I've even made it easy for you and I've included my placards here as a free printable download
    I like to do the printables for you guys as a little thank you for all the ways you support my brand and my online shop. So, enjoy and celebrate the people in your life! These would even make cute little encouragement cards to send in the mail! 
    Update: I've also included this Dear Galentine, Fill in the blank to share those words of affirmation with your best gals!
  • Easy as Pie Decorating Tips + Strawberry Rhubarb Pie Recipe

    You guys, please don't mistake me for a baker. I am a decorator. 
    As a graphic designer I work creatively with my brain a lot and sometimes I just craaaave making something with my hands. This translates into a lot of things but often time into food.
    What can I say, it's so satisfying to make pretty things with my hands.
    So when it's time to make a pie, I seize the opportunity to make something pretty.
    So here are my trusty tools.
    1. Rolling pin
    2. Circle Cutout
    3. Leaf Cookie Cutters (You could win a set via my Instagram @shelbygoodman)
    4. Pie Crust. I don't make my own pie crusts. I buy them. 
    Remember, I'm here for the decorating part.
    And my motto on that stuff is 'if it ain't broke, don't fix it'.
    And if you've ever tasted pre-made crust, you know it ain't broke.
    5. A sharp paring knife
    6. Pie Plate
    7. Crust Saver 
    I seem to decorate pies differently based on seasons, but here are my favorite decorating tips!
    Pie Roses
    As seen per this photo tutorial:

    Essential you're just making 4 circles, overlapping them, rolling them into a log, slicing the log in two, making a flat bottom on each rose and then fanning out the 'petals'. And you get two roses per every log you make. Easy as pie. :)

    Lattice Crust
    (variated sizes)
    For a good lattice crust, I like to use a sharp paring knife and just make variated sizes of strips. I think this adds more visual interest. Then just have fun with with. Criss and cross how ever you feel.

    Pie Cookie Cutters
    These babies make a big impact and make your pie decorating life much easier.
    If you wanted to you could just cover the whole pie in cutouts!
    My only tip for these is to make the dough thick enough so they don't get crispy. 
    If your dough is too thin, these guys will tend to burn. 

    For this particular pie, I used all of these decorating tips.

    And then the sky's the limit. Just go with whatever you feel looks good!
    Next time I might make more of a wreath look with the leaves I think!
    And I do have a couple tips on the finishing end to ensure it looks just as pretty baked 
    as it does pre-baked.
    1. Use egg wash. It gives the perfect browning in my opinion.
    2. Use coarse sugar. I mean, look at those roses. You can see the coarse sugar on them like tantalizing dew drops.You could obviously skip this step, I just love the way it looks. 
    3. Use a crust saver (as pictured above in tools). Outer crusts notoriously get too browned before the whole pie is done. You can save the crust from getting too browned if you use it correctly. 
    And now with out further ado, my favorite Strawberry Rhubarb Pie recipe.

    Strawberry Rhubarb Pie
    For filling:
    1 1/4 LB sliced rhubarb (about 4 large stalks)
    1 1/4 LB strawberries, sliced
    1/2 cup sugar
    1/4 cup cornstarch
    1/4 tsp lemon juice
    1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    Egg wash: 1 large egg yolk beaten to blend with 1 teaspoon water 
    Make filling:
    Preheat oven to 400°F. Combine first 7 ingredients in large bowl. Toss gently to blend.
    Roll out 1 dough disk on floured work surface to 13-inch round. 
    Transfer to glass pie dish. 
    Roll out second dough disk on lightly floured surface to 13-inch round. Cut lattice strips or cover and leave venting slits.
    Brush egg wash over crust. Bake 20 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 350°F. Bake pie until golden and filling thickens, about 1 hour. 
    Best served warm with ice cream. :)
    Let me know if you make one this weekend for Memorial Day!
    And find me on IG and pin an image from this post to enter to win a set of pie cookie cutters!
  • A Dino Party fit for a FIVE year old

    You guys, my baby turned 5! I know everyone says this, but I really don't know how it happened.
    I feel like I blinked. Wasn't it yesterday that I just gave birth to him?
    And I'm not sure why 5 feels like SUCH a big milestone but it does. 

     It also felt like a big milestone because this was the first year HE knew exactly what he wanted.
    He understood his birthday was coming and he wanted to plan his day, invite friends, the whole nine.
    And one day while we were at Walmart he saw a dinosaur piñata and that was it, he was sold.
    A dino party complete with piñata would be the perfect celebration for this 5 year old.

    And if you've been around here for any time at all, you know I'm all about cuteness on a dime.
    Getting creative with what I already have and challenging myself to spend as little money as possible are usually my method. Things that cost little money but make a big impact (see balloon 5 below).
    I brought out Grady's plastic dinos, went and scrounged up plants from around the house, and got out our family party hats + Happy Birthday banner that we use for everyone's birthday in our family plus a couple cute pictures of Grady and made this little scene!

    The only thing I really needed to make was the Gradysaurus banner. I bought a $3 pack of letters from the Target Dollar Spot and painted them green. It didn't have all the R's or S's I needed so I just traced them on cardboard and added them in.

     The cake is a big deal, of course.  And while I love to decorate a cake, I'm no baker.

     So I made it easy on myself and just did a triple layer boxed funfetti cake.
    Store bought icing as well. If it ain't broke, why fix it? That's my motto when 
    it comes to baking. hah!

    To make it even easier on myself, I made cupcakes for all the kids.
    Pre-measured, contained cake for the win.
    The only other decor we did was this super fun balloon 5.
    If you're looking for a statement decor piece and don't want to spend much money but don't mind investing some time, this might be for you!
    We just bought a big piece of plywood and painted it white for the backdrop.
    Then I freehanded a huge number 5 outline for us to follow. 
    We bought six $1 packs of balloons for 72 balloons total and then went to town blowing them 
    up in all different sizes. Start with your big balloons first to make the shape and then fill it in with the littler balloons. Use strong, white tape. Enlist someone else to do all the balloon blowing (that's what I did, hah!)
    This was my first time hosting a *real* kid party. Like with more kids than adults.
    I was not really sure how it was gonna go, but it was great.

    We did some simple dino themed games for the kids:
    Dinosaur Egg Hunt
    Dinosaur Dig
    And of course, the thing that started it all, 
    Dinosaur Piñata 

    My boy had a great day. He is such an extrovert so being surrounded by his
    people was the best gift of all. 
     (Thank you to my friend Trish who grabbed my camera and took pictures so I could 
    be in the moment. That's a good friend right there.)

    My sweet Grady boy, I count it such a privilege to be your mama.
    We've done this thing together from the start. So, your birthday kinda feels like my birthday - the day I became a mom. You've turned into such a kind, compassionate, and helpful little boy.
    You are by far one of my greatest blessings and I love to celebrate YOU.
    Every year we try to take pictures of our kids on/around their birthday and here are a
    few to remember our Grady Boy at age 5.