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.

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

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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

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How To Decorate Easy Santa Face Christmas Cookies

School is letting out for Christmas break today and so the celebrating is really about to start.  No more homework, alarm clocks or after school activities to interrupt the fun.  One tradition always on our to-do list is decorating Christmas cookies.  We’ve been doing it since the kids were tiny and it is always fun … Read more

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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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Easy no cook summer menu and dinner party idea

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

Easy no cook summer menu and dinner party idea
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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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Avocado toast recipe

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 ever

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

Best cranberry sauce ever
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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 pancakes

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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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

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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

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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
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

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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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