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 […]

Fettuccine with Tomato-Cream Sauce


This is one of those recipes that the minute I saw it, I knew I had to make it.  Can you relate?  It was such an immediate decision that I actually made it for dinner the next evening.  There was no doubt we would love it for its taste, but I love it even more […]

Roasted Cherry Chocolate Brownies + A Very Cute How-To Video


These brownies… they are “IT!”  And, I’m not talking about the horrid Stephen King clown/novel-turned-into-movie that I shouldn’t have snuck behind my parents’ back to watch at the age of 12.  I can’t even tell you how long afterwards I decided I could finally brave a shower again.  Seriously. But, very seriously, these brownies are […]

White Chocolate Cherry Ice Cream with Fudge Ripples


Please don’t get turned off by the thought of “white chocolate”.  Who cares if white chocolate isn’t real chocolate?  It tastes good, and it’s a treat!  Like David Lebovitz said in his book, The Perfect Scoop, “French fries aren’t ‘real chocolate’ either…yet they’re pretty darn good!” This recipe includes a few extra steps, but they […]

DIY Homemade Chocolate Syrup


Judah and I have been reaping the benefits of this homemade syrup for quite a few months now.  I always have some available in the fridge, because we are quite the chocolate milk drinkers.  And, now that it’s summer, the syrup is making frequent appearances on top of our ice cream. Ben doesn’t drink as […]

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork with Peach Barbecue Sauce


Is it just me, or does there seem to be an endless amount of ways to make pulled pork?  I’ve tried two variations before this one, and still like and use them to this day.  But, I have to say that since this one makes a refreshingly light peach barbecue sauce to accompany it, it’s […]

Candied Cherries and Cherry Syrup


July is National Ice Cream month and I’ve only shared one new ice cream recipe with you so far.  My apologies!  But, I have good reason.  I’m trying to give me you ideas to use up my your cherries, before their short season is over. Take a look at this, I’m killing two birds with […]

Cherry Barbecue Chicken Pizza


“When life hands you cherries, make pizza.”  What?  That’s not the right quote? Well, life handed me cherries at only $1.99 per pound, so I decided I needed 10 pounds.  I thought I better snack on them and throw them into everything I ate so they wouldn’t go to waste.  Then, I realized I could […]

DIY Homemade Spaghettio’s


Are you a closet SpaghettiO’s fan?  Take it a step further by admitting you also like their meatball version…or (alas!) their hot dog one?  😉  Or, did I just lose a few of you from readership at the disgust that I would even mention this distasteful cheesy American canned “pasta”?  Whichever side you’re on, I […]

Banana Split Ice Cream Cake


It’s JULY!  Is it just me, or is this summer already flying by?  We’re kicking off National Ice Cream month with this explosive cake I made for our neighbors when the husband/daddy was sick and down for the count.  With the mom left to care for their 7 kids (yes, you read that right) I […]