Chocolate Chip Brownie Mix Cookies


Once in a while, our neighbors come over to watch a movie with us after they put their seven kids to bed. (Yes, you read that right, seven!)  Sometimes they bring us chocolate milkshakes, other times I have a little snack for us to feast on.  A few weeks ago, though, it was such a […]

Buffalo Ranch Chicken Quesadillas


Sometimes a recipe is so unassuming and so basic, I never think to post it here and add it to my recipe collection.  But, why should I keep these easy ideas to myself and assume that no one would benefit from this?  Even if there are only two of you out there reading this and […]

Black Bean Tortilla Chip Salad


Recently, I had one of those days that usually happens around the end of the month, right before our monthly pay day.  Meal planning ideas ran out, leftovers were used up, and the pocket book was virtually empty.  These things, combined, caused for a hopeful run through the pantry to see what I could use […]

Chocolate Covered Crispy Poppers


This recipe came out of nowhere.  It surprised me.  After making the Cake Batter Rice Krispies Treats, I guess I felt that I needed to immediately use up the rest of the cereal and then, of course, incorporate some chocolate.  So, I came up with this snack.  A-hem, let me rephrase that.  I came up […]

Upside Down Peach Crumb Cake


This really should be titled as a breakfast dish. I didn’t want to label it as such, in case you wanted to serve it as dessert, because you definitely can.  I did, originally.  It was my dessert contribution for dinner at a friend’s home.  Since there were just four (and a half) of us, we […]

Cascal: A Natural Soft Drink GIVEAWAY


Winners Announced:  This contest is now closed.  Congratulations to our two winners: Lindsay, who said: “I want to Win!! I am desperately seeking an alternative for a friend who is obsessed with “pop”.‘ and Allison, who said “I would love to win this! I love trying new things:)” and also liked Cascal on Facebook. Check […]

Southern Berry Cobbler Ice Cream


Ever since we became southerners, we’ve been trying to engage in and embrace southern food.  Don’t read this wrong, it’s been easy.  We love it. One southern staple we were introduced to very quickly after our move is Blue Bell ice cream.  Oh my goodness sakes alive!  We are hooked!  It’s hard not to stroll […]

Birthday Cake Pancakes


After today, I have no doubt that you now want to be my real-life friend or relative, because I plan on making these pancakes for anyone who is at my house the morning of their birthday.  For reals.  Honestly, though, they are so good that I know I won’t wait to make them only for […]

Cheesy BLT Pizza


Try a cold pizza for something different!  This Cheesy BLT Pizza is loaded with fresh lettuce, tomatoes and salty bacon on top a layer of seasoned cream cheese. We’re battling a fierce cold in our household this week.  Last night during video chat with Judah and my parents, my mom scared me into going to […]

Easy Apricot Sesame Crock Pot Chicken


As much as I love to cook from scratch, there are days that I just need a quick meal to throw together and be done with it.  Ben and Judah appreciate these days because it means more time with them during the rushed after-work hour, and less mess in the kitchen to clean up after […]

Cake Batter Rice Krispies Treats


Now that I have my homemade yellow cake mix hanging out in the freezer, I’ve been tempted to throw a scoopful of it in just about everything I’m baking.  No worries, I do have my limits! 😉 One of the first things I made with it were these Rice Krispies Treats.  Actually, I made these […]

Proud to Be a K-Cup Ambassador! (And a Discount Code for YOU!)


Have you gone out and bought your single-cup Keurig coffee brewer yet?  I’ve had mine for almost a year now, and still love it. Ben even started drinking coffee because of the Keurig! But, did you know there are many other beverage varieties you can make in this single-cup brewer?  You can find K-Cup portions […]

DIY Homemade Yellow Cake Mix


This isn’t one of those “I won’t eat boxed cake mixes anymore” posts.  Although it has been a fun adventure for me to find recipes I can make at home and cut back on the processed store-bought varieties, I have no shame in admitting that I’ll take a good ol’ short cut any day of […]

Homemade Pita Pockets


Have you ever run into a recipe that was somewhat of a failure, but good enough to eat even though you couldn’t use it for what you originally intended?  Such was the case with this pita bread.  I had to make these four times before they finally puffed to where I could actually put them […]

Chocolate Hazelnut Surprise Cookies + A JIF Giveaway! – CONTEST CLOSED


Contest Winner Announced:  Congratulations to our winner of the JIF Tasting Giveaway Package, Kelsey, who said “Wow! What a great giveaway, Nikki! I would love to win this. I think the first thing I would do would be to make cheesecake bars swirled with the mocha cappuccino spread. YUM!” Check your email, Kelsey, to claim […]