(Photography by Heidi Ann)

Hi! Welcome to Sweet Basil, a site about “Reinventing Family Dinner” I’m Carrian and this is my family.


My husband and I met back in 2004 in college. He was a personal trainer and Abs instructor while I was teaching Pilates. We struck up a great friendship, which eventually led to marriage and now we are the parents to two darling girls. We are each other’s best friends and we love any chance to cook, bake, and eat together.

Chneye family

(clothing for the girls by our favorite store, Fleur and Dot and bows by Nora’s Bows)

What Sweet Basil Is All About

This is a place that you will learn new recipes, tips on cooking and inspiration to get back into the kitchen. Whether you are a seasoned cook, or a reluctant one, there is something for everyone. Not everyone grew up cooking, but there is still time to learn. The recipes section holds all of our past recipes, so if you need any ideas head over there.

how to tie rolls into knots

The “How-To” section is a great section where we will place all of the posts about handy tricks, tips and facts to help you be more successful in the kitchen.

Health/Fitness are a major part of our lives. We believe that living a healthier lifestyle not only gives you the break to eat the treats, but it’s essential to teach to children and to have a happy and full life. This section is where we will share fitness tips, ideas, and advice on getting in shape or living a healthier life.

cookie #monsters are so much fun to make! Plus read the tips in the recipe about how to make different monsters with one easy tip #halloween

Life is where we talk about ways to be successful in and outside of the home, products and ideas that we love and lastly…

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Travel  where we gab about our favorite destinations like one of our absolute favorite places is Deer Valley Resort in Park City, Utah.

“Reinventing Family Dinner”

Having dinner around a table with home cooked food is somewhat of a lost tradition these days. We sincerely believe that getting back into the kitchen and making your own food versus eating out all of the time is not only healthier for your weight, but for your mind and spirit too (plus it saves money!). We love that being in the kitchen together opens up opportunities to really talk to each other. Making memories in and outside the kitchen will last a lifetime, and will allow you to build better relationships with each other.

Get cozy with us and join us around our dinner table!

We can’t wait to “meet” each of you. We love reading your comments and emails. Get in touch with us by commenting or writing through the contact tab. Feel free to ask questions, get advice for cooking/baking, and leave some love.