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Home Tour: Our Bonus Room – Guest Room, Theater Room and Playroom All in One!

Home Tour: We use our bonus room for three uses in one! A DIY built-in murphy beds and shelves, along with a full bathroom turns this into a guest room, while it's also a theater room and a playroom!

A homemade built-in murphy bed, custom made movie screen, play table with toys and a full bathroom allows our bonus room for three uses:  Guest room, theater room and play room all in one! (The photos in this post are animated .gif photos, so they should switch back and forth continuously.) Once in a while […]

S’mores Graham Cracker Cookie Bars

Smores Graham Cracker Cookies Bars - Graham cracker dough baked in a pan with the usual S'mores fixins.

Graham cracker dough baked in a pan with chocolate chips and Mallow Bits for the ultimate S’mores cookie bars. Our weather is SO beautiful right now!  In Mississippi, you need to take advantage of the very few fall temperature days.  It’s cooled off (meaning it’s in the 70’s and low 80’s rather than the 90’s) […]

Boo Berry Donuts

Boo Berry Donuts - using General Mills Monster Cereal collection and Pillsbury Grands! Blueberry Biscuits!

The General Mills Monster Cereal collection is back with new illustrations from DC Comics!  I put the classic blueberry flavored cereal to use in these frighteningly delicious Boo Berry Donuts! When we returned from our week long Michigan trip, I found a package at my door from General Mills with each variety of their Monster Cereal collection inside.  Although […]

Baked Pineapple

Baked Pineapple

One of the easiest side dishes you can contribute to a party or potluck.  Crushed pineapple and cubed bread with just a few other ingredients gets this in the oven quickly! Have you reached the age of 40 yet?  I turned 34 this year, but I have friends in their 40’s.  Most of them have […]

Graham Cracker Ghosts S’mores Snack Mix

Graham Cracker Ghosts Smores Mix-2

Surprise your kids this Halloween with this S’mores snack mix made of ghost-shaped graham crackers and marshmallow bits! Can I start by telling you how proud I am of these fun little munchies?  It took me a few tries to get this recipe just right, but I finally nailed it! One attempt involved forgetting about the pan in […]

Giant Halloween Sprinkles Sugar Cookies

Giant Halloween Sprinkles Sugar Cookies-2

These giant bakery style cookies, rolled into multi-colored sprinkles, are a festive option for Halloween! If you are looking for a quick fun way to celebrate Halloween, look no further.  These cookies are so easy and your kids will love helping you roll the dough balls into the sprinkles.  Judah is ALL about sprinkles these […]

Chicken Rice Green Bean Casserole

Chicken Rice Green Bean Casserole - Your meat, grains and greens all in one colorful dish!

Get your meat, grains and greens all in one with this colorful Chicken Rice Casserole dish. We are in Michigan this week visiting my family.   We’re staying with my parents.  My sister, her husband and their two kids and two dogs are living with my parents right now while transitioning from a Colorado move. […]

BOO! Bites

BOO! Bites - tiny shortbread cookies with Halloween sprinkles.

These tiny Halloween shortbread cookies come together very quickly for festive little munchies everybody will love! Do you have your Halloween costume picked out yet?  What about your kids?  Judah told me a month or two ago that he wants to be Pac-Man this year and Simon one of the ghosts.   I love the idea! […]

Peanut Butter and Bacon Burger with Peach Chutney

Peanut Butter and Bacon Burgers with Peach Chutney

Taking the burger to the next level by topping with peanut butter, bacon and peach chutney.  This sweet and savory flavor combination will rock your world! Have you ever had a peanut butter burger?  I really should have shared this burger recipe with you weeks ago.  Time has slipped by so quickly!  Peach season has come and […]

Kidstir: Fun & Educational Cooking Kits Mailed to Your Door!

Kidstir September Review-2-2

I’m proud to be a Kidstir Ambassador where I get to tell you about my favorite educational cooking kits!  For less than $20/month, your child can build his/her own cookbook and receive fun new kitchen projects to add to it each month!  To sign up for your own Kidstir subscription at 25% off the first month, […]

Saturday Seeds [Making Time for Quiet Time]

Jesus Calling Women's Devotional

Do you live near your family? I’ve really been missing mine lately.  These last couple of months have been hard, especially, and I’m not quite sure why.  I’ll have good days, but then in the evenings it hits home that the closest immediate family we have is a couple states away so then I feel sad. […]

Pimento Cheese Stuffed Jalapeño Poppers

Pimento Cheese Stuffed Jalapeno Poppers-2

Jalapeño peppers stuffed with my favorite pimento cheese and topped with a crumble of bacon.   I wish I had some great story to tell you right now, but the truth is, I am rushing to get this recipe up for you so you can have it for the weekend.  So we’re gonna be short and […]

#LunchingAwesome with HALF TIME™ Lunch Kits

HALF TIME™ Lunch Kits - convenient, pre-packed lunch kits with Mom's most trusted brands (Applegate, Stonyfield & Annie's)

Are your kids lunching, or they lunching awesome? Finally, they can be lunching awesome when it comes to pre-packed lunch kits — thanks to HALF TIME™! Recently, my family had the opportunity to try Applegate’s new HALF TIME™ pre-packaged lunch kits. Instead of sending the samples I received to school with the kids, we each […]

Copycat Recipe: Panera Bread’s Pumpkin Muffin Tops

Copycat Recipe: Panera Bread's Pumpkin Muffin Tops

A copycat recipe for Panera Bread’s Pumpkin Muffies, otherwise known as muffin tops, with a powdered sugar streusel topping.  No special pan required! We were in Nashville this weekend visiting friends.  What a whirlwind!  When you have a 17-month old running around your friends’ entire house grabbing anything he can get his hands on, you definitely […]

Rice Cooker Sausage & Grits Breakfast Casserole

Rice Cooker Sausage and Grits Breakfast Casserole - An easy #RiseAndShine Breakfast in your rice cooker!

No longer is your rice cooker a uni-tasker!  Wake up with it for breakfast and make this easy cheesy Sausage & Grits Breakfast Casserole with the touch of a button! I accepted a challenge for @HomePanasonic Better Breakfast Month to create a #RiseAndShine breakfast recipe that can be made in a rice cooker.  Before this, I didn’t […]

Pimento Cheese Spread

Pimento Cheese Spread

What southern cook doesn’t have a good ol’ pimento cheese spread recipe?   We all claim ours is the best! During my first years of blogging, about 7 years ago, I made a recipe for pimento cheese from a cookbook.  Being a northern gal, I really didn’t know what it was.  Honestly, I’m not even sure […]

Cook With Your Kids #BensBeginners

Uncle Bens Cook With Kids

This post is made possible by Uncle Ben’s and The Ben’s Beginners Cooking Contest. Scroll to the end to find more information on how you can enter to win big while cooking with your kids. Hurry and enter, as the contest ends 10/10! By now, you should know that I love to spend time in […]

Bacon Wrapped Jalapeño Poppers

Bacon Wrapped Jalapeño Poppers with Cream Cheese - the ultimate classic game day party food!

Hitting the classic football party food with these jalapeño peppers stuffed with cream cheese and wrapped in crispy bacon! I know what you’re thinking:  “Nikki, these are soooo five years ago!”  You’re wrong!  They are more like “soooo SEVEN years ago!” when The Pioneer Woman placed this recipe in the spotlight.  HA!  But, it’s a recipe I make […]

MoxieJean: Get the Look for Less!

MoxieJean.com - a fabulous upscale resale site that focuses on baby and kid clothes. Click through to receive a coupon code!

Hey guys! We finally experienced a little bit of fall weather here in Mississippi this weekend! However, if you know the deep south at all, you know that the cool temperatures are not yet here to stay. It’s already back in the high 80’s this week! BUT…the glimpse of cool weather did get me excited […]

Broccoli Cornbread Squares

Broccoli Cornbread Squares - Get your fill of broccoli in this mildly sweet broccoli cornbread recipe - comfort food side dish at it's best!

Get your fill of broccoli in this mildly sweet broccoli cornbread recipe – comfort food side dish at it’s best! Have your broccoli and eat it, too!  Oh, wait, that’s not the right saying?  This is a fun recipe that spins from the traditional cheesy cornbread and adds a serving of veggies.  With cottage cheese in the […]

#NaturalDifference: Mountain Trail Cookies + Family Visit to Vicksburg National Military Park

Mountain Trail Cookies - pecans, pretzels, butterscotch chips, chocolate chips...

A brief overview of our visit to Vicksburg National Military Park as part of the “Make a Natural Difference” campaign for The J.M. Smucker Company.  Plus, a delicious cookie recipe to take along with you to your next outdoor adventure! I have cookies for you today!  These cookies are the best, especially if you love […]