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Chicken Pot Pie Crescent Ring

Chicken Pot Pie Crescent Ring - Only 10 minutes prep!

Hey guys!  I haven’t told you yet, but I started a new gig last fall with one of my favorite brands, Pillsbury!  I’ve been doing a little recipe development, photographing, and writing for them about once per month.  It’s fun! Since we’re at Disney World this week, I thought I would take this break to quickly […]

Brown Butter Toffee and Chocolate Chip Cookies

Brown Butter Toffee and Chocolate Chip Cookies

Brown your butter in a skillet to take these toffee chocolate chips cookies to the next level! We are going to DISNEY WORLD!  This trip was a year and a half in the making and it’s finally here!  My side of the family is traveling down from Michigan to meet up with us.  We are renting […]

Family-Friendly Austin: Where to Stay and Where to Play with Young Kids [Austin, TX]

Family-Friendly Austin, TX: Omni Hotel Downtown Austin, TX

Family-friendly ideas of where to stay and where to play during your visit to Austin, TX with young kids. We recently made our second trip to Austin, TX with the kids.  Our first visit was two years ago for a conference I attended.  The whole family came and we had a great time venturing our way to different restaurants […]

Banana Bread with Walnut Streusel Topping

Banana Bread with Walnut Streusel Topping

Banana-nut bread with an easy walnut streusel topping sprinkled over top. Happy new year!  Did you enjoy the holidays?  I enjoyed taking some much needed time off!  We traveled to North Carolina for Christmas and once we returned, Ben threw out his back and was in bed for a few days (yikes!).  Poor guy was […]

German Chocolate Pecan Pie

German Chocolate Pecan Pie - easiest gourmet pie!

Mix up your holiday pie offerings with this German Chocolate Pecan Pie – a perfect union of German Chocolate Cake and Pecan Pie! Thanksgiving is not the only time we eat pie.  What kind of pies are you serving this Christmas?  I bet many of you will have the traditional pumpkin or pecan pies.  Maybe a buttermilk […]

Kid-Friendly Eggnog (No Alcohol, No Raw Eggs)

Kid-Friendly Eggnog (No Alcohol, No Raw Eggs)

This creamy eggnog recipe cooks the eggs and doesn’t include alcohol, so your kids can safely enjoy it with you! Do you like eggnog?  I have to be completely honest – this is the first time I’ve ever tried eggnog.  Ben loves it, but I could never find it in me to drink something with […]

Salt Dough Santa Handprints

Salt Dough Santa Handprints - Just flour, salt and water! Bake or air dry then paint. Easy as 1-2-3 and a perfect homemade gift for the grandparents!

These salt dough handprints painted as Santa Claus are the ideal Christmas craft for your kids!  Wrap them up and give them to Grandma and Grandpa as an EASY homemade Christmas gift! Are you still looking for ideas for a homemade Christmas gift from your kids to their grandparents?  You’re in luck!  This is as […]

Soft Christmas Cut-Out Sugar Cookies with Easy Icing

Soft Sugar Cookie Cut Outs for Christmas - holds perfect shape and an easy icing recipe included!

These perfectly shaped and decorated sugar cookies are my favorite cut-outs for the Christmas season and any other festive occasion!  Use the simple icing recipe to easily frost the cookies with a delicate smooth finish. We have finally reached the day where I get to share my favorite sugar cookie cut-out recipe with you!  I love […]

Gingerdoodles (Gingerbread Snickerdoodle Cookies)

Gingerdoodles (Gingerbread Snickerdoodle Cookies)

A mesh of my favorite snickerdoodle cookies recipe with the flavors of gingerbread boys to create a new classic holiday gem – introducing Gingerdoodles! Are you still searching for the perfect holiday cookie exchange recipe?  Look no further, friends!  I’ve already made these cookies three times this season and, yes, I plan to bake them […]

Jingle Bell Bites (Holiday Bites)

Jingle Bell Bites (Holiday Shortbread Bites)

These Jingle Bell holiday bites are miniature shortbread cookies with green and red nonpareils speckled throughout for fun festive cheer! You saw these during Halloween, and now I’m introducing them again for Christmas.  Jingle Bell Bites!  It took me up until just five seconds ago to finally decide on what I would name these this time around.  I […]

Saturday Seeds: Live Video Chat with Santa Claus!

Live Video Chat with Santa via

Happy Saturday, y’all!  Today I’m going to tell you about a VERY cool thing we did the day after Thanksgiving.  We talked to Santa on a LIVE video chat!  You guys, it was so cool!  It’s possible I was the most pumped about this experience, but I know that my kids and Ben loved it, […]

Kid Friendly Orange Pomegranate Fizzy Drink

Kid Friendly Orange Pomegranate Fizzy Drink

Let your kids enjoy a fun festive holiday drink this Christmas or New Years with natural orange and pomegranate juices, topped with a fizzy soda. What a week!  Judah turned FIVE on Wednesday!  Can you believe it?  Doesn’t it seem like it was just yesterday that I was announcing his birth and explaining my hiatus […]

Help End Hunger in America #ShareAMeal #HatchKids

MADCAAP Helping Hands garden produce

It’s officially the holiday season.  The time of the year we should all be giving thanks AND just giving.  How are you giving this year? Consider joining the conversation with SheKnows Hatch and Unilever Project Sunlight to #ShareAMeal and help end hunger in America.  Did you know that 1 in 5 children in America live in a food-insecure […]

Vanilla Latte with Tate+Lyle® Gourmet Beverage Syrups

Vanilla Latte - you can make at home without an espresso machine or fancy equipment!

Find a few minutes to flavor your moment with the new Tate+Lyle® Gourmet Beverage Syrups.  You can boost your normal cup of joe with just a couple ingredients and turn it into one of my favorites–the vanilla latte.  No fancy equipment needed! Brilliant!These days, I’m lucky if I fit in a cup of coffee once […]

Roasted Root Vegetable and Hot Dog Skewers (Plus 4 More 30-Minute Meal Ideas with Alexia Foods)

Roasted Root Vegetables and Hot Dog Skewers - Kid Friendly and Well-Balanced 30 Minute Meal Idea

Struggling to feed your family quickly while still keeping your meals well balanced? Read on for five 30-minute balanced weeknight meal ideas using Alexia Foods. Families are busier than ever these days, finding it difficult to get dinner to the table on a normal weeknight. It’s even more challenging to serve a quick dinner that […]

Slow Cooker Cream Corn (Rudy’s BBQ Copycat)

Slow Cooker Cream Corn - creamed corn just like Rudy's BBQ!

The best ever creamed corn recipe similar to Rudy’s BBQ Restaurant.  Made in the slow cooker with just a few ingredients! I guess I don’t know if this is supposed to be called “cream” corn or “creamED” corn.  It seems that everyone calls it creamed, but when looking at the Rudy’s BBQ menu on their […]

Saturday Seeds (Black Friday Thoughts and Christmas Gift Ideas)

Snap Circuits, Jr. - Christmas gift idea

Thanksgiving is next week!!  AHHHHH!!!  Is that how you’re feeling, too, right now?  What are you serving?  Are you hosting?  Traveling?  Shopping? Judah had his Thanksgiving party at school this week where they made these super cute Indian costumes.  Somehow they came up with the name “Shining Brook” for him.   We’ve also been at […]

Gingerbread Biscotti

Gingerbread Biscotti

Gingerbread biscotti are twice-baked cookies with a spiced holiday aroma filling your kitchen.  Perfect for dipping into your hot morning coffee during these cold winter days! Ben and I have done a lot of talking lately about challenging ourselves.  We have witnessed others who are currently struggling or have struggled in the past with self-satisfaction […]

Five-Cheese, Fifteen-Minute Stovetop Mac ‘n Cheese

Five Cheese Fifteen Minute Mac n Cheese

With five different creamy melty cheeses and just 15 minutes of your time, this delightful macaroni and cheese dish will entice your family to gather “Back Around the Table“. You probably can tell from the title of my blog that one of my passions in life is to make sure my family spends time around […]

Chessmen Cookies Banana Pudding

Chessmen Cookies Banana Pudding

A thick and creamy banana pudding topped with hearty and buttery store-bought cookies for a lovely display. Yesterday.  Let’s talk about yesterday.  Yesterday was one of only two days each week where I have four work hours while the kids are at a Moms Day Out.  Yesterday was the day I was supposed to use all […]

Pailles Recipe #RaspberryDessert – Plus a Driscoll’s Berries and Cookbook #Giveaway!

Pailles with Raspberry Jam + Dorie Greespan's Baking Chez Moi cookbook giveaway with Driscoll's Berries #RaspberryDessert @driscollsberry @doriegreenspan

These Pailles are sugar-dusted puff pastry sandwich cookies with a raspberry jam filling.  A delectable French dessert you can easily make in your own home. Oh, Dorie Greenspan.  Who doesn’t love her?  She recently released another fabulous cookbook, Baking Chez Moi: Recipes from My Paris Home to Your Home Anywhere.  It is such a beautiful […]