Christmas Goodies Ideas


Thanksgiving is over (did you survive?) which means it is now time to focus on Christmas!  Are you planning your holiday gift baskets?  Let me help you out! Last holiday season, we experienced a life-changing event.  Our dear son, Judah, entered our lives.  Because of his highly anticipated arrival, I didn’t have the chance to […]

Taking the Day Off…

…for some Black Friday shopping!  Which door-busting deals are you snatching this morning?  🙂 Happy Thanksgiving and see you Monday!

Corn Casserole


Corn Casserole is one of my favorite sides during the holidays or at potlucks during any time of the year.  It is the easiest recipe to throw together and can be prepared with various ingredients mixed in.  Me?  I like it in its simplest form, with mainly cheese, corn and corn bread.  Mmmm…mmmm…good! Some people […]

Maple-Glazed Cinnamon Rolls


If you are having guests stay with you this holiday season, it is a good idea to serve them food, including breakfast.  That’s where these cinnamon rolls come in.  This recipe makes an ungodly amount of batches, perfect for freezing and popping in the oven when you need them to impress your guests in the […]

Soul Sweet ‘Taters


This is my third and last installment of my sweet potato recipes this week. My family will need to take a vote on which one should be made for Thanksgiving next Thursday. I already asked Ben, and he surprisingly didn’t vote for his favorite “life-changing” marshmallow variation but asked for this one instead! The best […]

Candied Yams


A few weeks ago I picked up this month’s issue of Better Homes and Garden magazine.  I should sign up for a subscription, but I usually just grab it from the news stand around the holidays.  This year there is a feature of Tyler Florence’s Thanksgiving recipes.  The one dish that caught my eye right […]

Sweet Potato Casserole


Do you call it Sweet Potato Casserole or Sweet Potato Pie?  It’s like poh-tay-toh or poh-tah-toh in my book.  🙂 Thanksgiving is officially NEXT week.  Can you believe it? NEXT week!?   I’ve never roasted a turkey, therefore I have no tips for you there.  So, I decided that this week I’m going to focus on […]

Beef Brisket with BBQ Sauce


Beef brisket and pulled pork are favorites in this household.  As I was making beef brisket for dinner the other night, I realized the post I had on this was ancient and needed some updating!  Although I wasn’t able to capture the best photo, it certainly beats what I previously shared…in 2007. This is a […]

Sweet Corn Bread Muffins


Ben and I have an addiction for barbecue.  One of our favorites (when you combine taste, price and availability of sweet tea) is Famous Dave’s.  Although it’s a chain, we love it.  Now that we have moved to the desert of California, the closest Famous Dave’s restaurant is about 45 minutes, as the natives here […]

Chocolate Peanut Butter Revel Bars


Starting this week, Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays (MWF) are going to be our favorite days.  You may have been getting used to seeing new recipes from me five days a week, Monday through Friday.  Now, as the end of the year draws near, my life is going to be filled with a lot of traveling […]

Easy King Ranch Chicken


My friend, Stephanie, introduced this meal to me a few years ago.  She mentioned King Ranch Chicken is a Texas staple, which is where she is from.  There are many variations of this dish, but I have found this one to be the easiest while it’s very delicious!  This is a simple casserole for those […]

Queso Blanco, The First Attempt


Queso Blanco… it’s that yummy white cheese dip that you enjoy at *some* Mexican restaurants.  Ben and I love it, but it’s proven hard to find.  Even more difficult is finding a recipe for it!  I’ve been on the lookout for a few years now, so you can imagine my “hip-hip hooraying” when I saw […]

Pumpkin Recipes in Review


Can you believe we are already halfway through Fall?  Thanksgiving is THIS month! Yikes!  Are you ready? Let’s take a quick breather and review the pumpkin recipes I’ve enjoyed so far this season.  Have you tried them yet? Pumpkin Bread French Toast   Pumpkin Scones   Pumpkin Ice Cream   Pumpkin Bars   Pumpkin Spice […]

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Brownies


What?!  You thought I was done posting pumpkin recipes?  Ha!  I fooled you! 🙂 A few weeks ago, Ben and I started leading the college group at church.  To start things out right, I decided to bring a batch of these brownies to one of our first Bible studies.  It was a busy day, so […]

Halloween Candy Bark


Happy day after Halloween!  Are you recovering well from candy overdose or are you (like me) still indulging in all its sweetness?  🙂  I bookmarked this recipe a few weeks ago to share with you today, so that you can make use of your leftover Halloween candy in a more creative way than just shamelessly […]