Aunt Dot’s Crazy Cake

Aunt Dot's Crazy Cake

There is no doubt in my mind that the recipes handed down from generation to generation are the absolute best. When a recipe can weather the test of time, you know it is a good one! This particular dessert comes from my great aunt Dorothy’s recipe arsenal. Although, if anyone ever called her Dorothy she… Read More

Jalapeno Popper Dip

Jalapeno Popper Dip

Have you lost your husband to football season yet? Family time taking a backseat to fantasy football meet-ups? The first games of the season were just a few days ago and Sunday (and Saturday if your guy likes college) football is about to take over a lot of households for the next few months. More… Read More

Easiest, Crispiest Bacon You’ve Ever Had!

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You know that when a person claims something is the “easiest” or the “crispiest”, they better mean it. And I do! Seriously, folks, I’m not a bacon eater but my husband is and he approves of this method without question. And whether you are a bacon fan or not, you have to agree, it’s kind… Read More

S’mores Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

smores stuffed cookie bars

While I’m sad that summer is ending, I’m pretty darn happy that the kids have gone back to school. Before we really get into the swing of school activities, we took a quick trip to visit family over Labor Day weekend as one last summer fling. As I’ve told you guys before, there are a… Read More

Ham and Cheese Gold Fish Sandwich


  School is right around the corner and all I am obsessing about is what am I going to put in my little munchkins lunch boxes everyday! We were at our local stop and shop supermarket and I picked up a package of Pepperidge Farm Goldfish sandwich bread. The bread is whole grain and a… Read More

Leftovers Never Tasted THIS Good: Spaghetti Frittata

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I hate to waste food and I know many people feel the same way. Inevitably we make too much of something, we put it into an airtight container to eat later and then it sits in our fridge until it grows legs and walks away or we are forced to clean out the fridge because… Read More

Chex Muddy Buddies Brownies

Muddy Buddy Brownies

You already know how I feel about peanut butter and chocolate. It’s a match made in food heaven. These brownies that I came up with this past weekend are just another tribute to that magical combination. When grocery shopping recently, I came across a bag of Chex Muddy Buddies. Now, I know you can make Muddy Buddies mix… Read More

Apple Turkey Sliders and Cinnamon Honey Carrots


Apple Turkey Sliders and Cinnamon Honey Carrots Summer is almost over so you are either pulling all your hair out with the kids at home, picking up school supplies or trying to squeeze in one more beach day.  I completed my son’s long school supply list after visiting 3 stores, you would think he was… Read More

Baked Breaded Pork Chops


I get asked a lot about weeknight meals. People are always curious what my weeknight go-to family meals are. Because I develop recipes for a living I think that most people assume I’m feeding my family fancy-pants meals every night and that’s just not the case. Regardless of  my profession, we’re still a family and… Read More

Whole Wheat Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies

Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookies

Who doesn’t love homemade chocolate chip cookies? I have one better….homemade whole-wheat banana chocolate chip cookies. They are delicious and a healthier version of an old classic. I add the baked bananas to the recipe to add moisture and a natural sweetness to the cookies. I must admit I used to make the ones that come… Read More

Teacher Love on the First Day of School

Teacher Gift

How to show appreciation to your child’s teacher from the very beginning I come from a family of teachers. Honestly, it’s a wonder I’m not a teacher myself; it seems to be in the family genes! My Mom has taught Kindergarten for the last 20 years and my younger sister weathers the world of middle… Read More

Chocolate Covered Caramel Pretzel Bites

Chocolate Caramel Pretzels

I went to St. Louis to visit family a few weekends ago and that means – “let the baking begin”! I can’t go to visit them without whipping up something yummy and fabulous. It is just expected of me these days. The weather was beautiful and the pool temperature was just right, so I needed a… Read More

Chi-Chi-Chi-Chia Seeds, My New Best Friend!

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You see those things up there that look like black sesame seeds? They are Chia Seeds and they’re my new best friend. Ever since they popped up in my local Trader Joe’s as a “new item”, I cannot stop using them. I know, I know. Now you have that dang Chi Chi Chi Chia pet… Read More

Peanut Butter Cup Bark


Ever had Buckeye Balls? You know, those peanut butter balls of yumminess dipped in chocolate? If you haven’t tried them, you should! My family loves them! They are the perfect combination of peanut butter and chocolate. My only problem with them is that sometimes I just don’t like the process of making them. It’s not… Read More

Strawberry Basil Chicken Recipe

Strawberry Basil Chicken

If you have a toddler at home you know they would eat chicken nuggets everyday until they went to college.  My two little ones love chicken nuggets! They could eat the same tried and true homemade nuggets everyday, but I like to switch it up a little and try different recipes. If you never attempted… Read More

Shirley Temple Ice Pops


We love popsicles around our house and over the years I’ve come up with quite a few recipes. I’ve discovered that no matter what ingredients I choose, if I freeze them inside a cute mold on a stick, the kids are sure to love them.  Needless to say they are really pop-ular  (pun intended-I’m a dork!)… Read More

Nutrient Rich Smoothies For Kids


Not only are smoothies quick and easy to make, but they are usually full of vitamins and nutrients, and keep you feeling full. Now that we have reached that back to school time of year, what better way to send your little one off than with a refreshing and delicious smoothie- great for children, parents,… Read More

DIY Pizza Rolls Recipe

Pizza Rolls

I am always looking for fun and quick snack/lunch ideas for the kids. While I am a fabulous baker (if I do say so myself!), I’m not that great of a cook. I can rarely think outside the box when it comes to mealtime. While quesadillas, sandwiches and mac and cheese are my kids’ lunch… Read More

Pesto Roasted Chicken Thighs

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I’ve told you before just how much homemade pesto rocks! I’ve even given you five great uses for it besides as a pasta sauce. But today my friends, I give you yet another tasty recipe using pesto and quite possibly my favorite of the bunch: Pesto Roasted Chicken thighs. That’s right! Pesto makes an excellent… Read More

Summer Squash, Corn and Cheddar Fritters


It’s no secret that summertime is an exciting time to visit the farmers market. Even the produce aisle at your local supermarket is more enticing and bursting with colorful fruits and veggies this time of year. I have to admit I have to restrain myself when I’m shopping in the warmer months because if I’m… Read More