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.

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Delicious Popcorn Party Mix Idea and Recipe

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…at least as far as the kids are considered, because the kitchen is full of baked goods and sweet treats.  Every year we love to bake and make homemade goodies for friends and relatives and popcorn party mix ideas are some of our favorite go-to treats.  You can … Read more

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Easy Breakfast Ideas for School : Parfait to Go

In just a week we’ll be heading back into the grind.  School mornings are TOUGH!  Trying to get everyone up, dressed, fed and out the door in record time can be VERY stressful.  Easy breakfast ideas, especially quick and easy breakfast ideas for school, are hard to come by.  Try making it healthy and that … Read more

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Easy Roasted Vegetables Recipe : Easy Side Dish Ideas

I am always on the hunt for healthy, delicious and most importantly EASY side dish ideas.  My kids are good about eating vegetables as long as they taste good, and fortunately, this easy roasted vegetables recipe is SO good it will have the kids begging for more.  Mine did last night!  These deliciously seasoned roasted … Read more

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The Most Delicious Seven Layer Bar Recipe

I love dessert and I love it even more when it is super easy.  The kids have been excited for the latest Disney Channel Original Movie, Freaky Friday, to come out, and it’s finally happening.  So, of course we need to celebrate. 😉 I have so much fun putting together movie nights for the kids … Read more

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Delicious Beet Salad Recipe

As a kid I always thought I despised beets.  The first few years John and I were married he always put beets on his salad whenever we were at a salad bar and I though it was disgusting. lol!  Well fast forward a few years and I have gotten older and wiser…and now I’m sad … Read more

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Best Summer Dinner Party Menu Idea

We’ve seen glimpses of what summer will look like around here with a few warm nights.  The minute the weather heats up we are outside enjoying every minute, which for us means lots of dining al fresco and simple meals.  When the heat of the summer comes, it’s prime entertaining time…but it’s also the least … Read more

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The Most Delicious Snickerdoodle Ice Cream Sandwich Recipe

During these dog days of summer nothing makes a hot day feel better than a cold treat.  This delicious snickerdoodle ice cream sandwich recipe will make all of your trouble melt away.  The best part is, they are so easy, you won’t even mind making them for the neighborhood…because believe me, when the kids hear … Read more

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Beach Theme Cookies : DIY Clam Cookies

Living by the beach, we are always looking for fun beach party dessert ideas and cute beach party table decorations either for parties or our weekly trips with friends to hang out at the beach.  I saw some cute beach theme cookies while searching for beach themed party ideas a bit ago and I thought … Read more

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How to Make The Best Traditional Potato Salad (with egg) Recipe

With temperatures heating up and BBQ parties on the calendar I figured it was a good time to share my favorite go-to potato salad recipe.  I love potato salad, but I have to admit I don’t make it terribly often because it is time consuming.  Every time I decide to just grab some from the … Read more

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Hosting a Brunch Party : Creative Brunch Ideas for a Crowd

Brunch is my favorite meal of the day.  I love finding new great restaurants that serve brunch near me or great brunch recipes.  Hosting a brunch party when the weather is nice is even more fun.  With Mother’s Day next weekend and the fun baby showers and bridal showers that spring and summer bring, I … Read more

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The Best Avocado Toast With Egg Recipe

A few months ago when we had the chance to stay at the Monarch Beach Resort, our stay came with daily breakfast.  Yum!  Well, little did I know that the complimentary breakfast would include one of the yummiest avocado toast with egg recipes I have EVER had.  It was absolutely delicious.   I have been dreaming … Read more

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Easy Leftover Halloween Candy Recipes : Halloween Blondies

I don’t know about you guys, but we are on sugar overload at our house.  Each week I try and bake homemade goodies for the kids to have in their lunches at school throughout the week and this time of year I find myself wondering what to do with leftover Halloween candy.  Do you have … Read more

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Spinach Salad with Berries

I hope you all had a wonderful Easter weekend!  We spent time at church, neighborhood egg hunts, visiting with friends, eating ham and potatoes, and getting fun visits from the Easter Bunny.  Oh, how I love these days!  It has become a tradition for us, since our dear family friends the Peo’s moved back to … Read more

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Delicious No-Bake Peanut Butter Coconut Easter Nest Cookies

One of my favorite things about food, are the memories that it carries with it…kind of like music.  When I hear a certain song on the radio I am transported back to a period of time like a Jr. High dance and can vividly remember that moment in time.  When I make certain recipes, the … Read more

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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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Perfect Bakery Style Snickerdoodle Cookie Recipe

I have a son that I’m pretty sure didn’t get any of my genes, because he doesn’t like chocolate chip cookies.  Who doesn’t like chocolate chip cookies?  Whenever given a choice, that is my go to cookie…especially if they are fresh out of the oven and there is a glass of cold milk to go … Read more

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Easy Appetizers for a Party : Cream Cheese and Pepper Jelly Puffs

Happy Tuesday!  I hope you all had a wonderful weekend and are looking forward to more fun coming up this week!  This coming weekend is all about parties and great food to celebrate the season with family and friends.  If you are hosting or attending a party and in charge of an appetizer, look no … Read more

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Amazing Appetizers : Chicken Piccata Stuffed Mushrooms

Truth be told, I actually use this blog as my personal recipe file too.  Whenever I need to make something I know that it is safely stored here so I won’t ever lose it and can always find the recipe.  I had a bit of a panic moment a few weeks ago when I wanted … Read more

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Best Cranberry Sauce Recipe Ever

I don’t usually like to toot my own horn, but when it comes to creating a cranberry sauce recipe, I’m pretty convinced this is the best cranberry sauce recipe ever. 😉  The best part is, it was an accident.  The mishap occurred about 8 years ago, but I always forget to write about it here, … Read more

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Halloween Sugar Cookies

Awhile back we made that cute sprinkle mix , remember?  It’s time to bring it back and put it to use…this time a Halloween version!  I used pre-made sugar cookie dough at the grocery store which can be a little bit runny.  The cookies are a bit thin, but oh man!  They taste amazing!  If you have … Read more

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Chocolate Pumpkin Ice Cream Sandwiches

Chocolate pumpkin ice cream sandwiches.  Does that sound decadent or what?  You guys…I found the most AMAZING ice cream!  Have you tried the pumpkin pie ice cream from Trader Joes?  It is DIVINE!  I knew when I tasted it that I needed to make something fun with it, and well, I had some chocolate chocolate … Read more

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Roasted Beets with Goat Cheese

There are two kinds of people… those that love beets and those that don’t. I am the latter. But I decided one day to come up with a recipe that I would like… and guess what? I not only love beets made this way… I absolutely love them.. as in I cannot stop eating them! … Read more

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Chicken Teriyaki and Grilled Pineapple Sandwich Recipe

A few years ago, while we were visiting the North Shore of Hawaii, we spent a long day of snorkeling at Shark’s Cove and were starving!!  Aside from a grocery store across the street, there wasn’t much in the area at the time, as far as food was concerned.  We parked in the grocery store … Read more

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Ooey-Gooey Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies

The other day Ash was watching the Pioneer Woman (her absolute favorite show!) and she was making some fudgy chocolate chip cookies, and they looked divine.  I have never made chocolate chocolate chip cookies, so I decided that I needed to give some a try.  I whipped up a batch and Oh man!  They are … Read more

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Coconut Pineapple Pancakes Recipe with Coconut Syrup

I have a favorite breakfast spot in Waikiki…the Hula Grill…do you know it?  Not only is the view to die for, but their coconut pineapple pancakes is my absolute favorite!  And the coconut syrup? Well, I could practically drink it.   We love to visit Hawaii in September after school is back in session and … Read more

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Infused Water Recipe: Strawberry Canteloupe Pineapple

It is SO hot this month, I thought is was time for another infused water recipe to help us stay hydrated.  A few months ago I told you about one of my favorite mixes, well, I’ve tried a few more recently and this recipe with strawberries, cantaloupe and pineapple is DELISH! The secret is to … Read more

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Grasshopper Pie Recipe: The most Delicious Birthday Treat

I’ll admit, sometimes when I tell people that I love Grasshopper Pie I get a funny look. 😉  For years I had my kids going, convinced that they were actually eating grasshoppers in this yummy dessert.  When I finally told them the truth they didn’t find it too funny. lol!  I don’t remember the first … Read more

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Indoor Smores : Rocky Road Ice Cream Smores

Nothing screams summer like smores and ice cream, so I decided to pair the two together for this amazing indoor smores recipe that is sure to be your new favorite smores dessert.  It has all the elements of a classic smores : chocolate, graham crackers and marshmallows, with a little bit of a twist.  These … Read more

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Pineapple Dessert : Grilled Pineapple with Coconut Gelato

I’ve been on a pineapple dessert kick lately…it must be summer. 😉  Have you ever grilled pineapple before?  One of my favorite Hawaiian sandwiches (recipe coming soon!) includes grilled pineapple and I just love it.  This is a super simple, somewhat healthy dessert, because at least it’s fruit and not cake, right? 🙂  Grilled pineapple, … Read more

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