Recipes

Browse all of our recipes, from quick and easy appetizers to easy weeknight dinners, brunch to family holiday favorites. Whether you're in the mood for salads or pasta, cakes or cookies, you’ll find all kinds of deliciousness here in our recipe gallery.

soft and chewy ginger molasses cookies

Delicious Soft & Chewy Ginger Molasses Cookie Recipe

Nothing says Christmas to me like a great soft and chewy ginger molasses cookie. Lofthouse makes some amazing ones that I love to pick up at the grocery store, but for years I have been looking for a great homemade ginger molasses cookie recipe that mimicked those same great molasses and ginger flavors along with … Read more

soft and chewy ginger molasses cookies

How to Make Delicious Baked Cinnamon Sugar Apple Slices

This is the simplest recipe that makes the most delicious apples for snacking and adding to LOTS of other amazing recipes. I’ll be sharing several more recipes in the coming weeks that incorporate these delicious baked cinnamon sugar apple slices, so be sure to pin this recipe so you can find it again easily! 🙂 … Read more

delicious fall salad recipe

Easy & Delicious Fall Salad Recipe

With Thanksgiving quickly approaching, if you’re anything like me you are finalizing your menu and starting to prep your shopping lists. I always like to have a salad as part of our menu, just something light and fresh to balance all of the heavy comfort food. This easy and delicious fall salad recipe is a … Read more

delicious fall salad recipe
the best thanksgiving stuffing recipe with apples

Best Thanksgiving Stuffing Recipe with Apples

I was having a conversation with a friend today who said that Thanksgiving is her least favorite holiday. She doesn’t love all the pressure of cooking the perfect meal and the time that goes into it, only for it to be gobbled up in 10 minutes. It’s funny how different people think about things. I, … Read more

the best thanksgiving stuffing recipe with apples
nutter butter acorn cookies

Easy Nutter Butter Acorn Cookies

Cute food has my heart. If it looks like it belongs at a party, I want to make it…and eat it. 😉 These adorable and SUPER easy Nutter Butter acorn cookies are definitely on the list of cute foods. They are the perfect treat for fall and, if you’re looking for a treat that the … Read more

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Spooky Halloween Food Ideas : Tomato Soup with Mozzarella Eyes

There’s nothing that I love more about Halloween than spooky Halloween food ideas. It’s so fun to make cute and creepy food for kids and see the faces and hear the squeals of delight from the kiddos when you present the spooky food. This year I’ve been keeping it relatively simple in the Halloween department, … Read more

spooky halloween food ideas tomato soup with eyeballs
green halloween party punch

Easy Green Halloween Party Punch: Monster Juice

This sweet & bubbly Halloween sherbet punch is always a hit and the perfect punch for your Halloween parties this year!! Years ago…and I do mean years…I was nine and my parents were about to celebrate their 10th wedding anniversary. Can we say honeymoon baby?! Anyways, party planning is in my blood…I come by it … Read more

green halloween party punch
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Amazing Shrimp Tacos with Pineapple Salsa

I am so excited to be sharing another yummy and SUPER easy recipe with you all today! These meal blog hops are SO fun because I find tons of new things to try. It can be dangerous too! 😉 These amazingly easy shrimp tacos with pineapple salsa are an idea that was shared with me … Read more

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HelloFresh Meals : How it Works & Why We Love it

Last week I shared a little bit about how I am working on my health and trying to walk and watch what I eat. I have been getting so many questions and comments about what I am doing, I am so surprised by the response! I am super grateful for your messages of encouragement, and … Read more

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green chile sour cream chicken enchiladas recipe

Best Green Chile Sour Cream Chicken Enchiladas Recipe

I am so excited to be joining in on this week’s recipe hop. I am ALWAYS in search of some delicious, easy and budget friendly recipes for dinner around here, so I am SO glad that Marty decided we needed to do a fun recipe share. 🙂 Do you cook dinner every night? I used … Read more

green chile sour cream chicken enchiladas recipe
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Best Banana Bread Recipe Ever

Alright, I know it’s the beginning of January and we’re supposed to be on some sort of health kick right? Isn’t that how New Year’s works? 😉 Well, we’re still on lock down so I think this January is a little bit different. I need some comfort food so the baking continues. At least this … Read more

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delicious halloween bark recipe

Delicious Chocolate Halloween Bark Recipe

I am always looking for fun and easy ways to celebrate the holidays and Halloween is one of my favorites. Halloween treats are a must, and the cuter the better! I love to make all kinds of treats, and finding ways to use leftover Halloween candy is always a fun challenge. I had a few … Read more

delicious halloween bark recipe
delicious salsa fresca recipe

Delicious and Easy Salsa Fresca Recipe

Last week I posted about one of my favorite go-to dinners and part of that insanely yummy Mexican dish is this delicious salsa fresca recipe. Mexican food is my absolute favorite and since moving to SLC part time it has really put a crimp in our usual 3-4 nights a week Mexican food habit. 😉 … Read more

delicious salsa fresca recipe
pork carnitas tacos toppings

Amazing Pork Carnitas Tacos Recipe and Toppings

Mexican food is a staple in our house. Like when we’re home in Orange County we eat it 4-5 times a week, can’t get enough of it staple. 😉 Moving to Utah has made it a bit more difficult to find delicious Mexican food, especially some of our favorites…pork carnitas tacos…so I have gotten desperate … Read more

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Pietros antipasto salad platter recipe

Summer Salads for a Crowd : Antipasto Salad Platter

I have been spending a fair amount of time over these past months at home sifting through tens if not hundreds of thousands of pictures from the past 15 or so years. It’s been a great project for all our “stay at home” time, and I’m amazed by how many pictures I have forgotten about … Read more

Pietros antipasto salad platter recipe
No chill sour cream sugar cookie recipe

No Chill Sour Cream Sugar Cookie Cut Out Recipe

So, I had an idea. 😉 With quarantine not looking like it’s ending any time soon, I am working on something fun that I hope will help everyone keep kids busy and families having fun. I would rather have this time of uncertainty be a time making memories with our loved ones that time spent … Read more

No chill sour cream sugar cookie recipe
How to make a charcuterie board

How to Make a Charcuterie Board

Several years ago I walked into a restaurant (maybe I should say I walked into a bar because this is starting to sound like a bad joke 😉 ) and saw this word staring at me from the menu…CHARCUTERIE. Huh? What is that? The description read something along the lines of “Chef’s Choice of Meats, … Read more

How to make a charcuterie board
Mint mountain refresher mocktail

Delicious Ginger Mocktail with Mint & Lime

A few weeks ago we went to one of our favorite spots for dinner and I decided to try one of their specialty drinks. It was SO yummy. A spicy ginger drink with hints of lime and mint. I was itching to recreate it at home since at $6 a pop I wouldn’t be ordering … Read more

Mint mountain refresher mocktail
Gluten free stuffing recipe

Easy Thanksgiving Side Dishes : Delicious Gluten Free Stuffing Recipe

I can’t believe it’s time to be thinking about Thanksgiving menus already!  Do you host at your house, or do you usually go somewhere else?  This year we’ll be heading to my aunt’s house in San Diego and I can’t wait!  She has the most amazing property…her own farmhouse and gorgeous oak trees lining the … Read more

Gluten free stuffing recipe
Spooky halloween party food

Awesome Spooky Halloween Party Food Idea – Sweets Charcuterie

Take me just about anywhere for dinner these days and I’ll be browsing the cheese and charcuterie board options on the menu.  I LOVE the pretty boards full of delicacies styled to the nines.  Creamy cheeses, nuts, dried fruits, olives, chutney, bread and crackers, spicy meats…so many good things!  And let’s face it.  There is … Read more

Spooky halloween party food
Kid friendly halloween treats

Easy kid friendly Halloween treats : Ghost Cupcakes

Halloween and cupcakes….pretty much two things that make me deliriously happy. Themed treats and punny sayings, costumes, decorations and parties…what is not to love about this time of year?  I am so excited to be sharing one of our favorite cupcake recipes, along with this simple idea to turn them into the perfect easy kid … Read more

Kid friendly halloween treats
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How to Make Tie Dye Cake Mix and Cupcakes

I’m sure you’ve seen them all over the place.  Those super cool tie dye cakes and cupcakes.  You know the ones where you cut into the cake and it is all swirly and colorful inside?  Well, Ash has been wondering how to make tie dye cake mix for some time now, so we thought we … Read more

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cinco de mayo dessert

Cinco de Mayo Dessert : Easy Tres Leches Cake Recipe

With summer upon us I thought this is the perfect time to share my family’s FAVORITE Cinco de Mayo dessert that will be the perfect compliment to your tacos and guacamole. 😉  Have you ever wondered how to make a tres leches cake? Well, you’re in luck, because this is a super easy Tres Leches … Read more

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How to Make Fruit Decorations : An Easy Strawberry Topiary

Spring and summer are all about Strawberries.  Strawberry Jam, Strawberry pie, a great strawberry shortcake recipe …I can’t get enough of them!  I am always looking for pretty party centerpieces and these strawberry topiaries are always a hit at any gathering…baby shower, bridal showers, Mother’s Day brunches..you name it.  If you are wondering how to … Read more

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nordstrom cafe recipe for salads

Nordstrom Cafe Recipes for Salads : Chinese Chicken Salad Recipe

A few of my favorite recipes for delicious salads happens to be from Nordstrom Cafe.  In Orange County, my local Nordstrom is about a 5 minute drive and so I make sure to plan frequent visits for lunch when I’m there.  In Salt Lake, our closest Nordstrom isn’t to much much further, but what I … Read more

nordstrom cafe recipe for salads
Ice cream sundae party ideas

Ice Cream Sundae Party Ideas : Ice Cream Party Food

An ice cream party is a timeless classic perfect for any occasion. I remember back when I was in elementary school they used to have an ice cream sundae party every year at open house. I can’t remember all of the details, (because I’m old! lol!) but I’m sure it was a fundraiser designed to … Read more

Ice cream sundae party ideas
easy healthy chicken enchiladas

Easy Healthy Chicken Enchiladas Recipe

I am NOT a very good meal planner.  We have always homeschooled, so our schedules have historically been very flexible, allowing us to be out doing fun family activities on weeknights.  That usually led to eating out and no need to meal plan.  One of my New Year’s resolutions this year is to make cooking … Read more

easy healthy chicken enchiladas
Easy burrata and heirloom tomatoes appetizer recipe

Easy Burrata and Heirloom Tomatoes Appetizer Recipe

Lately I have been frequenting one of my favorite lunch spots for their delicious burrata and heirloom tomatoes appetizer.  It is SO yummy I can eat it as a meal.  With the start of the new year coming soon, that means it’s time for New Year’s parties, Hollywood awards season parties and football parties and … Read more

Easy burrata and heirloom tomatoes appetizer recipe
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Irresistible Dip Recipe : Cheesy Chili Salsa Dip

Feeding a crowd with delicious food that is easy and also allows you to enjoy your guests and the game, can sometimes be tricky.  Fortunately, with an event like The Big Game, guests are expecting grab-and-go, appetizer type foods that they can help themselves to over a period of several hours.  I always try to … Read more

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How to Make Yummy Thin Mint Ice Cream Sandwiches

These easy to make thin mint ice cream sandwiches are sure to lure all the little leprechauns in your neighborhood.  I mean, who doesn’t love a great mint and chocolate combination?  I don’t know about you guys, but I LOVE to buy Thin Mints from the cute little Girl Scouts in my neighborhood and then … Read more

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Make these Easy Red Valentine Heart Pancakes

Looking for the perfect, easy Valentine’s Day breakfast that will only take a few minutes to make and will make the kiddos squeal with delight?  Well, look no further!  These red valentine heart pancakes with a powdered sugar heart are the perfect treat and SO easy! Simply make your favorite pancake recipe.  When you are … Read more

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Hearty and Delicious Cherry Apple Cobbler Oatmeal Recipe

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #BringYourBestBowl #Target #CollectiveBias I don’t know about you guys, but this time of year just about the only thing that will get me out of bed on these chilly winter mornings is the thought of something yummy to … Read more

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Recipe for Easy and Delicious Taco Salad with a Twist

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #YesYouCAN  #CollectiveBias With The Big Game on the horizon it’s time to think parties!  Mexican food is always a favorite and this hearty and delicious crowd pleaser will make hosting a breeze.    I’m always on the lookout … Read more

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Perfect Cinnamon Roll Recipe : Quick Bread Cinnamon Rolls

Yes, I can confidently claim these to be “The Best” cinnamon rolls ever because I have been told that by everyone that has had them! I’ve never had a Cinnabon cinnamon roll, but an owner of one asked if they could pay me to bake my cinnamon rolls for her… “best cinnamon roll I’ve ever … Read more

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Delicious Frosted Banana Bars Recipe

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #MinionsMovieNight #CollectiveBias Are your kids as excited as mine that the new Minions movie is finally available on DVD?  I don’t think that the word banana will ever be said normally again in our house.  They will always … Read more

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Spinach and Citrus Salad Recipe

This delicious spinach and citrus salad recipe was passed along to our family by my dear friend Mandi more than a decade ago!  It has been a hit in our family ever since.  So much so, that it was served at my brother’s wedding!  It’s perfect for any time of year since the ingredients are … Read more

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Sweets: Chocolate Ganache

The fastest way to anyone’s heart is through chocolate ganache. It’s a scientific fact. And just in time for Valentine’s Day, here’s the best ganache recipe I know of… here’s what you’ll need: I like to make a double batch of this sauce and share it with neighbors and friends. It’s delicious over ice cream, … Read more

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Football Party Food: Great Guacamole Recipe

  Are you ready for some football?  How many of you are hosting a Super Bowl party this weekend?  The best part about any football party is the food.  It can range from down home to gourmet and it’s ALWAYS good!  A must have at any football party in our house is some killer guacamole.  … Read more

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Sweets: Red Velvet Bliss

Raise your hand if you’re a fan of red velvet desserts! I’ve got both my hands up. Ordering this southern classic is easy as pie, but getting that bakery quality red velvet flavor and coloring is a whole other challenge. Until now. Let me introduce you to the cheat of the century. LorAnn’s Red Velvet … Read more

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How to Create a Cheese Plate : An Easy and Beautiful Appetizer

Do you have company coming for New Years? It is SO easy to create a cheese plate that is a show stopping appetizer.  It is quick, tasty and beautiful…and it’s my go-to appetizer when I’m having company.  I love it because it’s SO easy to put together and looks like a million bucks.  Here are … Read more

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Recipe: Sugar Crusted Carmelized French Toast

I have to say that this is one of my family’s absolute favorites. It’s definitely not on the diet, but for a once in awhile treat it’s ok. 🙂 I discovered it last Christmas. We were having a crowd over for Christmas morning for presents and breakfast AND we needed to be a church at … Read more

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Recipe: Pumpkin Cupcakes with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting and Toffee

I love pumpkin desserts…but I don’t really care for pumpkin pie.  Is that  funny?  I’m the same way with Bananas.  I LOVE banana bread, banana chips etc., but I can’t eat a regular banana…they make me gag. 😉 Weird, I know. 😉  With Thanksgiving coming up next week, I thought I’d share one of my … Read more

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