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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Sweets: DIY Cute Nutella Hand Pies

Everyone knows that everything is better with Nutella. Pair a little of this incredible chocolate hazelnut spread with puff pastry, and you’ve got a simple, rock star dessert in no time! Here are our ingredients (not pictured, one egg): Start by laying out puff pastry on a flat, lightly floured surface, and use any shape … Read more

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Sweets: Foolproof Caramel Apples

Have you ever made homemade caramel apples, only to have the delicious caramel slide off the apple? There are different ways to make sure that doesn’t happen, but I’ve got a secret for you that will make your life so much easier! Sandpaper. Yes, I said sandpaper. Simply run the sandpaper over the entire surface … Read more

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Eat: Recipe: Spiced Caramel Apple Cider

There are a few things I really crave at this time of year, and one of them is definitely Starbucks Spiced Caramel Apple Cider.  Fortunately, I can save you a trip to Starbucks next time you are craving it too. 🙂  There are a few things you can keep on hand to whip this treat … Read more

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How to Make Cute and Easy Halloween Spider Web Pretzel Treats

I LOVE Halloween!  I can’t get enough of all the fun.  My kids, especially my daughter, is a girl after my own heart.  She loves to celebrate any and everything and is ready to start decorating as soon as school starts.  So you can imagine her excitement when I broke out the fake spiders a … Read more

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Sweets: DIY Halloween Meringue Ghosts

As Halloween quickly approaches there’s just one question you need to ask yourself. Who doesn’t love a friendly little ghost? These little darlings are easy to make, delicious on their own, and also double as the perfect topper for a cake or cupcakes.   These little cuties are spooky, sweet and delicious! Enjoy! To see … Read more

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Eat: Recipe for Quick and Delicious Chicken Tortilla Soup

Dreaming of cold weather and rain has me wanting to make some homemade soup.  This is one of Ashley’s favorite dinners and a regular in our house, so I thought it was about time to share it here.  It’s super easy and delicious and you know how I feel about that combination! 😉     You can … Read more

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Sweets: Two Ways to Dress Up Your Fall Desserts

You don’t have to be an experienced baker to add a little style to your fall desserts! All it takes are a few extra ingredients from the store, and you’re in business! I’ve made a pumpkin spice cake with maple frosting, but a boxed cake and frosting would work beautifully here as well. After completely … Read more

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Recipe: Jenny’s Pasta Carbonara

Fall is right around the corner and with that comes the yearning for some good ole comfort food. You know the kind that makes you want to sit on the sofa, with your legs curled under you and enjoy a bowl full of warm and satisfying… in the most delicious way… kind of food! As … Read more

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Quick and Easy Party Drink Idea

We are in the middle of a crazy heat spell here in So Cal…temps hitting more than 100 degrees.  YUCK! To help keep cool I’m whipping up one of my kids favorite frosty beverages.  It’s super easy, tasty and colorful…what more can you ask for? Here’s what you’ll need: Prepared Kool Aid in assorted colors/flavors … Read more

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Irresistable Banana Muffin Recipe

One thing I definitely love about the summer is the freedom I have to make a few more homemade breakfasts.  Usually we are rushing to get started on daily schedules and out the door for things, but these lazy days we are able to wake up late, lay around the house, and bake and cook … Read more

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Ginger Sesame Chicken and Rice

I am always on the lookout for quick, healthy meals that I can make with minimal effort.  With crazy afternoons running kids to lessons and practices, I need something that quick and delicious.  Today I’m sharing one of my all-time favorite recipes for chicken and rice.  I got this recipe from a friend years ago … Read more

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Thai Chicken Pasta Salad

I don’t know about you guys, but I have been in a cooking rut lately.  I am tired of all of my old recipes and always on the hunt for new fresh ideas that don’t take forever to make. Thank heavens for pinterest! 🙂 I stumbled across this recipe last week from Better Homes and … Read more

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Cute Easter Egg Hunt Party Food

Looking for a quick and delicious treat to bring as a hostess gift or party food for an Easter egg hunt this season?  These cute Easter egg hunt treats are sure to please your guests and they only take a minute to make.  That is my kind of party food!  If you have made our … Read more

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DIY VIDEO: How to Make Shaped Chocolate Pops with Wilton Candy Melts

As a party planner I spend countless hours searching the internet for the perfect party or picture prop, party favor, creative decoration or party activity. Sometimes it is challenging to find exactly what I have dreamed up, and other times it is just WAY too expensive and out of my, or my client’s budget. Most … Read more

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Party Food Ideas: Rose Topped Brownie Bites

I’m working on a project and wanted to share a quick and easy idea for upcoming valentine parties, weddings, or any other fun event! These are super simple and take about 5 minutes to make a dozen.  Here’s what you’ll need: Brownie Bites (you can use homemade or I purchased mine at Coscto) White frosting … Read more

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DIY Party Food: How to Make Turkey Cookies

These DIY Turkey cookies are always a hit for Thanksgiving. My kids love to get a couple of friends together and make them. They turn out so cute too. Each one has it’s own personality. 🙂 Here’s what you’ll need: mini reeses peanut butter cups oreos…double stuff are the best whoppers candy corn (5 or … Read more

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Patriotic Party Ideas : Sprinkle Dipped Ice Cream Sandwiches

It’s that time again! I LOVE Memorial Day, Flag Day, the 4th of July…EVERYTHING patriotic! I am always looking for patriotic party ideas.  Red White and Blue is just such a stellar color combination, it just makes any party supplies and party food look fun.  Here’s a SUPER easy and budget friendly DIY treat that … Read more

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Easy DIY Party Food: Donut Holes on a stick

I am always on the hunt for cute and easy DIY party food ideas, and these semi-homemade DIY Donut Holes on stick certainly fit that description.  Everything is cuter on a stick, and donut holes are no exception!   Andy’s class was having a Valentine party at school past week, and I was assigned to … Read more

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DIY EASTER PARTY FOOD : Chocolate Bunny Pops

Easter is almost here and nothing screams Easter more than some chocolate bunnies. Have you ever used candy melts or candy molds before? I tried using them a bit ago for a birthday party and guys…they are SO easy!  I thought it would be fun to share some DIY Easter party food ideas and so … 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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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

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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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

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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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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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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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